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prozac for atypical depression

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
35 years experience Psychiatry
Weeks, not years: You may feel better in a matter of weeks, not years! if this is your first serious depression and treatment goes well, you may be able to stop Prozac ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emma Rishton
12 years experience Clinical Psychology
Keep asking: Keep taking your meds as prescribed by your doctor. What else are you doing to manage your depression? Meds alone are usually not enough. Ask your do ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Work w/your doctor: This is something that you really need to work with your own physician on. 80mg/day is quite a large dose already --and personally, i wouldn't change ... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience Preventive Medicine
Benefits likely : outweigh risks. As with nearly any medication, there are risks and benefits. Prozac/fluoxetine has been in use for many years and, in general, is safe ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Samuel Miles
46 years experience Psychiatry
Depends: Any of those drugs may be useful under certain circumstances. It's important to recognize the drug is an adjunct to the primary treatment, which is lo ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Completely different: Effexor is directly an antidepressant, and is fda indicated for this disorder & generalized anxiety, etc. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic, ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Steiner
42 years experience Psychiatry
No specific med: There is no specific medication approved to treat borderline personality disorder and there is no specific medication that is considered better than o ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used: To treat depression. It is excellent for atypical depression. I have seen it used for adhd - but usually when more typical adhd medication were not an ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
No answer: Responses are varied and dependent on each patient's specific condition.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Davies
23 years experience Psychiatry
It can.: Bipolar disorder involves both mania and depression. Seroquel (quetiapine) has been shown to be helpful in treating bipolar disorder. Not all medicat ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
IT IS NOT CLEAR: The mechanism of aripiprazole (Abilify) is not exactly known. However, it seems to enhance the effects of dopamine and serotonin when these are low ... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jane Steiner
42 years experience Psychiatry
Hard to say....: Neither one is actually "better". What matters is simply how you tolerate each one and which one works better for you. That's all.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience Pediatrics
Your doctor: is the best person to answer this question. The answer requires detailed knowledge of your situation, no two are alike, and your struggles with depre ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
21 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: The FDA has approved this medication for depression.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
26 years experience Clinical Psychology
Cannabis & Depress'n: Marijuana worsens depression & anxiety. Users feel temporary relief from these problems but long term use decreases serotonin levels, leading to incr ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Not by itself: Risperdal is an antipsychotic medication, usually used for people with hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, thought disorder, etc. When someone's dep ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Safe: And may be very effective.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred Gallo
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Yes: Antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotic medications are often combined to treat schizophrenia. The decision is best made by the treating ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Mejor Depression: If after comprehensive history, family history, and mental status exam I am convinced this is truly major depressive d/o (not bipolar depression) then ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
That is quite: individual. Each person responds differently to medications and medication combinations. It can't be exactly predicted how well you will respond to o ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
35 years experience Psychiatry
Many meds: You've tried many meds already, although there are some you haven't mentioned that often help anxiety: buspirone, beta-blockers, other mood stabilizer ... Read More
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Excellent: Inexpensive also but like anything else, it's all about you and what works for you. Talk to your doctor. Sometimes we try several until we find what w ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Tabby
36 years experience Neurology
Unlikely: but major depression could cause them
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
38 years experience Psychiatry
Reasonable combo: Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a SNRI for depression, anxiety and pain and Risperdal is a med that helps with agitation, paranoia. A low dose of Risperdal ... Read More

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