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What anti depressant is best?

What anti depressant is best?

Which is best: To determine the best antidepressant is to assess which specific one (s) would be best for you. That requires a thoughtful evaluation by a psychiatrist usually, though sometimes your pcp will initiate the prescription process. Sometimes you will not respond best to the initial one and need adjustments, depending on your situation and response, side effects, etc. ...Read more

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How effective are anti-depressant pills?

How effective are anti-depressant pills?

Very effective: There is no one antidepressant that is effective for everyone, but there is an antidepressant or combination which will help anyone with depression. Unfortunately, it is a matter of trial and error to find the right treatment. ...Read more

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How can I stop taking my anti depressant?

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Antidepressant: If indicated, gradual tapering under supervision by your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Could anti-depressant drugs actually work?

Yes: Yes they can actually work. Most people it takes a few weeks for them to take effect but they are often very helpful. Often there are side effects for the first 7-10 days but they mostly resolve with time. Full effect takes about 8 weeks but most people notice substantial improvement at 4 weeks ...Read more

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What is the best anti depressant medication?

What is the best anti depressant medication?

No best one: It is what is best for you (side effects and symptoms). Atypical depression - think wellbutrin. Weight gain problems- think wellbutrin or lexapro. Depressed with pain - think cymbalta. Aggressive or can't sleep - think remeron. Anxious & need to gain weight - think paxil (paroxetine). Ptsd - think zoloft and other ssri's etc. Etc. ...Read more

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Can we eat food after having anti depressant?

I don't know: Of any antidepressants that must be taken on an empty stomach. ...Read more

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Is there an anti-depressant that is safe for glucauma?

Glaucoma antidepress: Yes. Many of the antidepressants can be safely used with glaucoma. Some of them include wellbutrin, (bupropion) prozac, celexa, possibly lexapro. Always include your psychiatrist and your ophthalmologist in the decision. ...Read more

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What is the best anti depressant drug in the market today?

What is the best anti depressant drug in the market today?

Depends: That depends on your symptoms & side effects. If you have atypical depression - possibly wellbutrin. If you have pain - possibly cymbalta (duloxetine). If you can't sleep or are aggressive- possibly remeron. If you need inexpensive - ssri generic. I could go on & on. ...Read more

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Can you tell me alternatives to anti-depressant medication?

No: As a physician, if a patient is consulting with me for evaluation and treatment of a major depressive illness, I am going to recommend what I believe is the most effective, safe treatment. If that is treatment for low thyroid, I recommend that. If they have a general medical illness, such as diabetes, I recommend they treat that. For most typical depressions, I recommend an antidepressant. ...Read more

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What is the best anti-depressant medication in your opinion?

What is the best anti-depressant medication in your opinion?

It depends: There is no antidepressant that works for everyone. I choose the antidepressant after getting a thorough history of symptoms. A person who sleeps excessively and is gaining weight and has no energy will get a different medicine than someone who is anxious, can't sleep and can't eat. Please consult a psychiatrist, who has the most knowledge about how best to use antidepressants. ...Read more

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What improvements will I see when my anti-depressant kicks in?

What improvements will I see when my anti-depressant kicks in?

Reduced depression.: You will experience the reversal of your symptoms- if you were feeling sad, the level of sadness will start decreaing. If u had crying spell the frequency of crying will decrease. If you had thoughts of suicide they will go away. The list goes on. ...Read more

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Why might 70% of all anti-depressant medications eventually fail?

Change: I am not sure that your statement is correct. But, your chemistry changes as time passes. What may have been effective when you started medication may no longer suit your the chemistry that you have at this time. ...Read more

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Might a successful anti-depressant help get my "common sense" back?

Wants common sense: If you have lost your common sense as a result of either depression or anxiety illness, then you likely will get it back with effective treatment. This may involve more treatment than one anti-depressant medication though (multiple meds, tms, &/or psychotherapy: cbt, dbt, ipt). If you lose common sense with hormone changes, medications (hormones, ssri/snri, or tms) can treat. Otherwise, maybe not. ...Read more

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My anti depressant makes me sick and high. Should I just stop taking it?

No: This can have a bad result. Call your prescribing doctor and ask for advise. ...Read more

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What anti-depressant should I switch to if the one I'm taking isn't working?

Varies: Talk to your prescribing doctor. He or she will recommend a medication based on your condition, your history, and any side effects you have experienced. Sometimes, the doctor may advise you add a drug instead of replacing the one you are taking. ...Read more

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I am currently using me+ as my anti-depressant, is there anything else better?

Is me+ working?: The important thing to understand is that depression is treatable. If a person has depressive symptoms that are interfering with their life and state of well being, she or he should have an evaluation. Therapy and/or medication can be helpful. ...Read more

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What should I expect from anti depressant medication once I start taking them?

Feel better: Antidepressant medication is designed to elevate mood, that is to help you decrease symptoms of depression. It often takes several weeks before a patient notices a difference. If you have specific questions please contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Do anti depressant really make you feel happier and make you love yourself more?

Sort of: Antidepressants don't do much of anything if you are ok to start with. But if you are depressed, they usually result in a happier mood and better feelings about yourself, after a few weeks of use. Talk to your doctor if you feel depressed, as there are many medication and non-medication treatments available, and treatment should be customized to you personally. ...Read more

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Could you please describe, in general, the two ways anti-depressant medication works?

Briefly: 1. SSRI will block reuptake and result in increased Serotonin in the synaptic cleft
2. SNRI will block reuptake and result in increased Norepinephrine and Serotonin in the synaptic cleft
3.This will down regulate the 5HT1A auto receptor which will increase serotonin.
This increases the neuronal firing rate and brain activity, increase BDNF, decrease depression. ...Read more

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Why do I need to start and end my anti-depressant gradually. What will happen if I don't?

Why do I need to start and end my anti-depressant gradually. What will happen if I don't?

Antidepressants: With most antidepressants, dose is gradually titrated upwards to therapeutic levels. This is so that your body can become accustomed to the medicine, and any side effects (if they occur) will be less overwhelming. It's wise to taper antidepressants so that you don't experience discontinuation symptoms, and so that you & your doctor can respond to any potential return of depressive symptoms. ...Read more

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I can't think nearly as quick as I used to be able to. Would an anti-depressant help me get this back?

To find out: There can be many reasons that thinking or cognitive function can change or worsen, so there is no way to know if antidepressant the answer without formal evaluation to identify what might be causing the problem. Please see a practitioner to address this. ...Read more

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If anti depressant make you happier, why doesn't everyone take them? Wouldn't it be of benefit to anyone?

If anti depressant make you happier, why doesn't everyone take them? Wouldn't it be of benefit to anyone?

Side effects: All medications have side effects, tolerances can build up, and less than expected results can occur, to name a few reasons. Also, roughly only 25% of people get clinically depressed, and then hopefully only for a short time. ...Read more

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I've been on an anti-depressant for like 3 months and have seen very little difference. Advice/suggestions?

I've been on an anti-depressant for like 3 months and have seen very little difference. Advice/suggestions?

Consult with your MD: After 3 months, you should be noticing a reduction in symptoms. Your doctor should be monitoring this with you. The standard of care is to begin a treatment; wait 2-4 wks; re-assess. If no benefit or only partial benefit--increase the dosage (when indicated) or switch to a different anti-depressant. 3 months is too long of a period. Call your doctor and be specific symptoms you are noting. ...Read more

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To join the army I must get a med exam. If I take an anti depressant and benzo will they reject me? And what consist of this exam?

Yes.: You will get a comprehensive history and exam. You can be sure they wil screen for drugs and any prior psychiatric history. Based upon reasons for taking the above meds you may or may not be rejected. You should talk to recruiter before wasting your time. ...Read more

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My dr prescribed anti-depressant drugs to me for 30 days but I left them after 3 weeks because I feel no improving but he told me before to comeback!

Well, here's the: Deal - most antidepressants take 4 to 6 weeks to start having a real impact (once your are on the optimum dose). Side effects often start right away but patience is required for you to start showing clinical change. I'd get back on them. Be frank with the doctor/ psychiatrist. It will provider him/her with the opportunity to teach you more about the medication. ...Read more

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Can my anti-depressant stop working?

Yes: Unfortunately this is not at all anuncommon event. It is the bread and butter of psychiatry. When one antidepressant fails to work, it is our job to come up with another antidepressant or combination of medications that will bring the persons mood back to normal. Please consult with a psychiatrist on this. I think once this has happened this is beyond what most family practitioners are comfortable dealing with. Best wishes for a blessed holiday season. ...Read more

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Can coffee work as an anti-depressant?

Can coffee work as an anti-depressant?

Not really: Coffee (due to the caffeine) may pick up a person and energize them. In doing so it may temporarily relieve some of the symptoms of depression such as fatigue, tiredness and lack of energy. However, coffee does not treat depression and if it is present it would be helpful to have an evaluation by a psychiatrist or other mental health professional. ...Read more

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Which anti-depressant gives the most energy?

Which anti-depressant gives the most energy?

Usually bupropion: Or wellbutrin, (bupropion) which can give more energy but also can increase anxiety. Also, if someone is bipolar (manic-depressive) and given an anti-depressant, they may have a mood swing into mania, which is a state of extreme (abnormal) energy. ...Read more

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What is the best anti-depressant for anxiety?

What is the best anti-depressant for anxiety?

The one that works: For you! Each person is an individual, and what works for someone else might not be the best choice for you. ...Read more

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