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I want to get off pills. Can I just stop taking my antidepressant and anxiolytic?

I want to get off pills. Can I just stop taking my antidepressant and anxiolytic?

No: It is not advised to stop without consulting with a doctor to see if you are ready and come up with a weaning schedule. If you do, you greatly increase your risk of having recurrent problems that can be even more severe. ...Read more

Anxiolytic (Definition)

Any medicine that makes a person less troubled by anxiety is "anxiolytic" ("lysis" is literally a loosening). The term is traditionally used for medicines but perhaps insight / behavioral treatments for anxiety or intervening in a crazy life situation (one of a physician's most helpful procedures) ...Read more


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Do i need to stop taking my anti-depressant while i’m pregnant? I take an anti-depressant for anxiety. Will i need to stop taking this once i get pregnant?

Do i need to stop taking my anti-depressant while i’m pregnant? I take an anti-depressant for anxiety. Will i need to stop taking this once i get pregnant?

Many : Many women who suffer from anxiety find themselves in a bind when they become pregnant. Some medications used to treat anxiety, such as some serotonin uptake inhibitors (ssris) and benzodiazepines, are questionably safe in pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, so we recommend that those who don’t really need these anxiety medications refrain from taking them during pregnancy if possible. Some anti-depressants have better safety profiles than others, so you might ask your doctor whether yours is one of the safer ones. However, if your anxiety is significantly reducing your quality of life, it may be worth the potential risk of taking medication. Each case is individualized, and only you and your doctor can make the decision that is right for you. If you’ve decided to stop your medications during pregnancy, be creative about healing your anxiety in other ways. Try meditation, guided imagery, expressing yourself creatively, seeking support from friends, practicing prenatal yoga, taking a warm bath scented with aromatherapy oils like lavender, attending religious services, or keeping a journal. ...Read more

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How can I stop taking buspirone and citalopram and if i stop will i still fell the enxiety and depression?

How can I stop taking buspirone and citalopram and if i stop will i still fell the enxiety and depression?

First talk to ur Dr.: S/he prescribed you both meds to treat ur depression & anxiety. If you stop your meds on your own, it is at your own risk, not medically recommended at all. Avoid this & be safe: get a second opinion if needed, make sure you are helped and monitored by a psychiatrist you trust, together u will review your meds and consider other non meds treatment options like talk therapy, relaxation, etc. ...Read more

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I take 10mg proprananol for palpatations. My husband and i want to start trying for a baby in may. Do I have to wean off this or can I just stop?

I take 10mg proprananol for palpatations. My husband and i want to start trying for a baby in may. Do I have to wean off this or can I just stop?

Yes: That's a really low dose and if you are taking that low dose once per day it's period of activity is only about 6-8 hours. Stopping it will probably not be a problem. ...Read more

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I am takeing diazepam and amitriptyline and 30mg prolonged i find that i can not do with out them now so how can I stop takeing them?

I am takeing  diazepam and amitriptyline and 30mg prolonged   i find that i can not do with out them now  so how can I stop takeing them?

No... Don't Stop: You need to discuss this with your attending physician to determine if you need a dosage adjustment, drug change or discontinuation. Should the decision be discontinuation, a taper-off regime needs to be followed as abrupt discontinuation of either drug could lead to adverse consequences. Whatever you do, do not on your own stop these medications abruptly. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have been on methadone for about a year started on 60mg i want to get off of it got myself down to 30 mg i need to stop so i can take depression med?

I have been on methadone for about a year started on 60mg i want to get off of it got myself down to 30 mg i need to stop so i can take depression med?

There's interactions: Methadone will have some cautions due to potentially negative side effects as a result of interactions with ssri's snri's as anti-depressants. The tricyclic anti-depressants also have interactions. This needs to be carefully evaluated by a prescriber with your other physical and relapse risk issues considered as well. Speak to your doc ! ...Read more

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I am trying to get my wife pregnant and i just stop taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg and my doctor switched me to citalopram 10mg. I would appreciate any feed back?

I am trying to get my wife pregnant and i just stop taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg and my doctor switched me to citalopram 10mg. I would appreciate any feed back?

Sexual side effects: Antidepressants which affect serotonin as citalopram and Effexor (venlafaxine) do, may cause changes in sexual desire and functioning. (effexor (venlafaxine) also affects norepinephrine at higher doses). If you're having difficulty with your sex drive or other issues, your doctor could consider wellbutrin (causes less sexual side effects) as long as anxiety is not the main reason you've been prescribed these medicines. ...Read more

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Can I just stop taking hydroxizine or do I need to wean off it?

Can I just stop taking hydroxizine or do I need to wean off it?

Depends on dose: It usually not a problem to stop it but what is the dose and why do you take it. depending on these answer you may taper and just taper slowly. If you took it for sleep your sleep probelm may return. If you took it for hives, they may return. If you took it for something else that may recur. ...Read more

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Remeron (mirtazapine) is causing me painful periods I want to stop the medication and i take 15mg how should i do that?

Remeron (mirtazapine) is causing me painful periods I want to stop the medication and i take 15mg how should i do that?

Not a likely cause: You should stop the medication under instructions from the prescribing doctor. As a reproductive endocrinologist I will tell you I do not believe the Remeron (mirtazapine) is making your periods painful, but you may still choose to get off it - just do it with a doctor's help, we cannot prescribe or treat you online. Good wishes. ...Read more

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I am quitting taking seroquel (quetiapine) now that I am trying to get pregnant how long will it take to be out of my system?

I am quitting taking seroquel (quetiapine) now that I am trying to get pregnant how long will it take to be out of my system?

A few days but ...: It may be wise to wait a while to see how you do without the medication before you try to get pregnant. Also the reason why you are taking seroquel (quetiapine) is not stated so there are other concerns that may need to be discussed with both your psychiatrist and your OB md. ...Read more

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If I am on a antidepressant to quit smoking can I just stop taking them?

If I am on a antidepressant to quit smoking can I just stop taking them?

Taper is best : Bupropion is the antidepressant used to aid in smoke cessation. If you've accomplished your goal (hooray!) and you are otherwise healthy, then you can try just stopping it. But bupropion can have discontinuation side effects that are like having the flu. It's best just to cut down on the dose slowly over a week to avoid the nuisance of discontinuation symptoms. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti. ...Read more

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Will taking 1mg xanax everyday and then stopping it cause me withdrawal seizures? I need to come off them to start my sleep med

Will taking 1mg xanax everyday and then stopping it cause me withdrawal seizures? I need to come off them to start my sleep med

DEPENDS: If you took 1 pill there is no withdrawal. If you took it daily for 2 weeks then there may be withdrawal. ...Read more

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If I wanted to start weening off of my Seroquel XR and my Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL, how can I do that?

If I wanted to start weening off of my Seroquel XR and my Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL, how can I do that?

Schedule an appt: There is no one best way to wean off of, or taper, psychiatric medications like seroquel or wellbutrin (bupropion). These medications are commonly used in the treatment of depression, bipolar illness, and multiple other psychiatric illnesses. See your prescribing doctor to discuss if they should be tapered, and what instructions to follow, as well as a follow up schedule before making any change to your meds. ...Read more

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I'm switching from cymbalta (duloxetine) to Prozac so i can get off do I really have to take Prozac before i can go off it as we'll. Just using Prozac as a halfway?

I'm switching from cymbalta (duloxetine) to Prozac so i can get off do I really have to take Prozac before i can go off it as we'll. Just using Prozac as a halfway?

Check game plan.: Everyone who is being tapered from Cymbalta (duloxetine) does not have to hake prozac. However, there may be good reasons why your doctor wants to switch you to this medication . It is possible that this medications will work better for you. It is always best to talk it over with the prescribing doctor so you understand the game plan. ...Read more

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Hi i just stopped taking my birth control pills september 29 and i would like to know how long will it take me to get pregnant?

Hi i just stopped taking my birth control pills september 29 and i would like to know how long will it take me to get pregnant?

Less than a year: 85% of couples get pregnant in the first year of trying - if you're 22 see a fertility specialist (reproductive endocrinology and infertility or rei) if you're not pregnant after a year of unprotected intercourse. See an rei sooner than a year if you have irregular cycles or either of you have known issues - like endometriosis, ovarian surgery, or a history of chlamydia or pid. ...Read more

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I want to get off pills. Can I just stop taking my antidepressant and anxiolytic?

No: It is not advised to stop without consulting with a doctor to see if you are ready and come up with a weaning schedule. If you do, you greatly increase your risk of having recurrent problems that can be even more severe. ...Read more

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