If you frequently struggle with depression and anxiety, you may want to consider talking to your doctor about Aventyl. This medication is commonly prescribed to help patients improve feelings of well-being and relieve their tension and anxiety.
However, Aventyl is more than just an antidepressant. If you suffer from frequent, disruptive migraine headaches, then it’s time to consider a preventative treatment like Aventyl. While it’s not FDA-approved for migraine prevention, controlled trials have demonstrated that it’s effective for preventing them in both depressed and non-depressed people. A 2010 study recommended it as a first-line medication for migraine pain.
- How Does Aventyl Work?
Aventyl belongs to a group of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants. It's believed to work by affecting the balance of chemicals in the brain, elevating the patient's mood. For patients who struggle with migraine headaches, it increases the number of specific nerve transmitters, impairing the body's ability to deliver pain messages to the brain.
- Is Aventyl Easy To Get?
Because Aventyl is commonly prescribed both as an antidepressant and migraine-prevention medication, you can typically find it at most pharmacies. Not having insurance isn't a problem either! At Nurx™, we make it easy for our patients to get access to the medications they need without it costing them a fortune. However, Aventyl does require a prescription from a doctor. If you don't have a prescription or even a general practitioner you see on a regular basis, we can help with that as well. We have real physicians in every state we work in, making it easy for you to get access to the medication you need without ever having to leave the house.Our physicians prescribe Nortriptyline, the generic version of Aventyl, only as a migration preventative. The consultation for Nurx Headache and Migraine Treatment costs $60 per year, a fee that isn't covered by your insurance. That fee is charged upfront when you complete your initial medical evaluation. If you do carry insurance, we will bill your insurance provider for the cost of your medication. The co-pay you would be responsible for paying depends on your insurance plan. If you don't have insurance, rest assured that your medication won't break the bank.
- Are There Any Precautions That Should Be Taken When Using Aventyl?
Before you take Aventyl, let your doctor know if you're allergic to nortriptyline, the active ingredient, or any other tricyclic antidepressants. It's important to communicate all known allergies to your doctor, since you may be allergic to one of the inactive ingredients in the drug. Let your doctor know if you have a history of liver problems, breathing problems, difficulty urinating, overactive thyroid, or if you have suffered a recent heart attack. Also let them know about whether you have a personal or family history of mental health problems or glaucoma, or a family history of suicides, seizures, or conditions that could increase the risk of having seizures, such as alcohol withdrawal or brain disease.It's also important to know that Aventyl can make you more sensitive to the sun. Always wear sunscreen and protective clothing when you're outside and try to limit your exposure to the sun. Additionally, this drug can make it harder for people with diabetes to control blood sugar levels. It's important to regularly monitor your blood sugar levels an communicate the results to your doctor, in case your dosage needs to be adjusted.
- What Are the Possible Side Effects of Taking Aventyl?
What we love about Aventyl is that most of the side effects are extremely mild. That said, like every antidepressant, Aventyl does carry a risk of side effects, although they usually go away after a few doses. The most common side effects are dry mouth, constipation, insomnia, anxiety, nausea or loss of appetite, vision changes, breast swelling, or a decreased sex drive.
Some of the less common side effects that require immediate medical attention include blurred vision, fever, restless muscle movements, seizures, light-headedness, painful or difficult urination, jaundice, new or worsening pain in the chest or pounding heartbeats, or high levels of serotonin, which can cause nausea, vomiting, fainting, and loss of coordination.
- Does Aventyl Interact Negatively With Other Medications?
Like other drugs, Aventyl can interact with other medications, which is why it's so important to let your doctor know about other medications or supplements you're taking. If you take Aventyl with other drugs that cause drowsiness, taking Aventyl can worsen the drowsiness effect that you may feel. You should always ask your doctor about taking it with narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, or other drugs for depression, anxiety, or seizures.
Aventyl has also been known to interact with drugs that treat glaucoma, nausea, or urinary incontinence. Also let your doctor know if you've used an SSRI antidepressant in the last five weeks, such as paroxetine, sertraline, or escitalopram. If you've been taking fluoxetine, otherwise known as Prozac, you should wait at least five weeks before you start taking Aventyl.
- How Do I Get a Prescription for Aventyl Through Nurx?
We typically prescribe the generic version of drugs for our patients, which would be Nortriptyline. However, new patients begin that journey by completing an assessment where they let the physician know about their medical history and drugs they have taken in the past for their condition. If you tell our doctors that the name brand version of a drug worked well for you in the past, the physician will often prescribe it. That said, Nurx only carries the generic version, Nortriptyline, so we cannot ship Aventyl to you directly. You would need to take your prescription and have it filled at a pharmacy.
- Can I Buy Aventyl Online Through Nurx?
Unfortunately, no. However, we do carry the generic version, Nortriptyline. In order to get a prescription for Nortriptyline you will need to complete an online medical assessment and pay a consultation fee. Once one of our doctors reviews your medical history, they'll come up with a treatment plan for you and prescribe the medication that's the best fit for you. Your medication is also shipped straight to your door, which means you can avoid the hassle of waiting in line at the pharmacy.
- How Long Would It Take to Deliver Aventyl if I Bought It Online?
We offer free delivery through USPS, using their one- to three-day priority shipping. This means that you can expect your medication approximately three to five days after the medication has been filled at our pharmacy.
- Who Makes This Drug?
Aventyl is manufactured by AA PHARM INC., a company based in Ontario, Canada.
- Are Aventyl and Nortriptyline the Same Thing?
Yes. Aventyl is the brand name of a drug that's commonly prescribed to treat depression and migraines and help patients quit smoking. It also is available as a generic version using the name Nortriptyline and in another brand called Pamelor.
- When Is It Best to Take Aventyl?
It's best to take it in the evening, ideally one hour before bed. If you notice that you're experiencing some drowsiness the next morning, try taking it earlier in the evening.
- How Should I Take Aventyl?
You can take Aventyl on a full or empty stomach. Your doctor will tell you how much you should take and when you should start increasing the dose. They may start you on a low dosage and increase it slowly based on how your body reacts. Never take more than your physician prescribes.
- Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Aventyl?
Alcohol can increase the sedative effects of the medication, so it's best to avoid alcohol when you first begin taking it in order to see how your body responds to the medication. Once you've grown accustomed to the drug, you may choose to drink some alcohol in moderation, although it can make you more drowsy.
- Can I Drive While Taking Aventyl?
It's best to see how you react to the medication before driving. If it causes drowsiness, you should not drive.
- How Does Nurx Work?
Nurx is a telehealth platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better. For more information and to sign up, visit www.nurx.com and follow us @nurxapp on Twitter and Instagram.