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Do they sell anti-depression pills otc?

Do they sell anti-depression pills otc?

Antidepressants: All antidepressants approved by the fda are prescription medication, no otc. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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How can I stop my medication for anti-depression gradually?

How can I stop my medication for anti-depression gradually?

Work w/psychiatrist: I strongly suggest working with your psychiatrist about this rather than attempting on your own. Stopping antidepressants too soon can lead to relapse of depression. If you have been feeling well for at least a year on your medication, tapering may make sense -- and your doctor will be able to help you with a schedule for doing this. Be well. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an anti-depression medication to work?

Varies: What is clear is that antidepressants essentially never work instantly. Typically, we talk about 2-4 weeks--but that's once we get to a therapeutic dose, which itself may take several weeks. An adequate antidepressant trial can take as long as 3 months--but benefits also can happen much quicker than that. ...Read more

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Why is my depression getting worse when my antidepressant wears off?

Poop out: True antidepressants don't wear off like a stimulant. Antidepressants can take weeks to take effect. Some people find they get benefit from the medication but it seems to "poop out" after several months. This seem to be related to need for an additional medication to balance out or could be symptom of bipolar disorder with cycling. I discuss this in my book. Psychiatry in technocolors. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if your depression worsens on antidepressant?

Not the correct med: It means that you need to keep talking to your prescribing psychiatrist to find the medication that is best for your particular bodily system. Keep trying. ...Read more

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Can I take medical merquina and take anti-depression medication at the same time?

Can I take medical merquina and take anti-depression medication at the same time?

Not a good idea: There is some evidence that using marijuana can worsen depression, and we do not know enough about how anti-depression medications interact with substances like marijuana to state that it's safe. ...Read more

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If switching from one antidepressant to another, can depression get worse before it gets better.?

If switching from one antidepressant to another, can depression get worse before it gets better.?

That might happen.: When going down on one medication ; up on another - the change is not always seamless in regards to your depressive symptoms. This would be especially true if you need to stop one medication completely and be drug free for a while before starting the new medication. ...Read more

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