I have been on nortriptyline for about 7 weeks. I started at 10mg for a week and then went up to 20mg. Due to some side effects I went down to 10mg again after 3 weeks at 20mg. But by day 4 at 10mg I decided the good effects of the 20mg outweighed the bad, so I went back up to 20mg. My neuro-otologist wanted me at 30mg.
I’ve been on 20mg straight now for 4 weeks. I have been feeling about 60% better the last two weeks and without a vertigo attack for almost 6 weeks. But about a week ago I started suffering with heartburn. I am prone to it but have had it under control with diet and digestive enzymes for years. But now I’ve been getting it all day and particularly painful bouts at night. It wakes me up.
Monday—two days ago—I had a vertigo episode after helping my husband with some computer work. I spent too much time on the computer for sure. But I had been hopeful that the nortriptyline was going to stop the vertigo attacks. But no.
So now I don’t know if I should continue the nortriptyline, especially if it’s giving me this painful heartburn and not even stopping the vertigo attacks. I have been set back to not feeling well since the vertigo attack…so I’m disappointed and disheartened and depressed.
My neuro-otologist has already dumped me since I told him I was having side effects with the nortriptyline. He told me if I want to change meds I should see my primary doctor. This was my first med trial! So I don’t even have a neuro to consult with!
Any suggestions for me? I need to find a new neuro but I am feeling so crappy I am not up to that research or “interviewing” a new doctor.