Posted by zeugma on September 3, 2005, at 20:04:18
In reply to Re: executive functioning etc..... » zeugma, posted by Phillipa on September 3, 2005, at 18:33:56
> Okay as usual I'm getting confused. As you know I'm starting tonight on a dose of l0mg of nortriptaline. I'll be taking this with l0mgof valium. I've been getting a lot of nightmares and one of side effects is this and also says notify doctor of thyroid disorder and I'm hypo. So if my main symptom is extreme anxiety resulting in panic attacks at times how will a med that is stimulating help me sleep and be calmer. Fondly, Phillipa
presumably your doctor knows of your thyroid disorder. Nortriptyline is a good antipanic medication; naturally this is not a guarantee of its efficacy in every case but it does have a known effect in panic disorder.
As to whether nortriptyline is 'stimulating', it is not a 'stimulant.' I did not find low dosages sedating, but this varies among people too. The only way to find out what effect it will have, of course, is to try it, and 10 mg is a very low dose. I found that its analgesic and antipanic effects set in at lower dosages than sedating or antidepressant effects.