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Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Yes: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazipine, this class of meds can be addicting, even small doses used over an extended period of time can be very difficult to stop. Some people take them as prescribe and find it very hard to stop, others can be more overtly addicted and continue to take higher and higher doses. In general best for short term use only. Try to avoid if history of addiction like alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benzo withdrawal: Some antidepressants can have very unpleasant flu like withdrawal symptoms, like Paxil or effexor, (venlafaxine) but benzo withdrawal can result in seizures and death if going cold turkey from a high dose of benzos. Both should be tapered if you would like to stop taking them, to minimize the withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more
No: It is not an addictive drug. However if you have been taking it regularly and then decide to just stop it abruptly, you my not feel good and may have a return of some of the symptoms that you took it for in the first place. ...Read more
Not traditionally: Trazodone is an antidepressant. Its sedating properties make it useful for sleep problems. It differs from more clearly addictive medicines like xanax (alprazolam) or klonopin. "addiction" implies craving, continued use despite negative life effects, & withdrawal on stopping the substance. Still, stopping trazodone suddenly can lead to "discontinuation" symptoms: fatigue, myalgia, anxiety, dizziness, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risperidone : Risperidone is not considered addictive. Patients can however, experience withdrawal symptoms when stopping risperidone. Withdrawal symptoms can include insomnia, irritability, depression and hallucinations. Risperidone should not be stopped abruptly. Risperidone should be discontinued under a doctor's supervision. Normally, the doctor will slowly taper down the dose of Risperidone to prevent the development of withdrawal symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is computer game addiction similar to alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or a gambling addiction?
Yes: Methylphenidate is a common medicine used for the treatment of add and adhd. Used appropriately and under the watchful eye of a physician, the medication is very effective. However, this medication, like many others in its class, can be addictive if not used appropriately. The addiction is both physiologic and psychologic. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: Not in the same sense as you would think of street drugs or some prescription pain medicines. However, it *is* possible to develop a kind of chemical dependence on it, such that suddenly stopping it might provoke symptoms of withdrawal or a relapse into depression. While not all professionals agree, one way of avoiding that that some take is a slow dose taper during drug discontinuation. ...Read more
All: Most all antidepressants can affect a person's normal sexual functioning at various different levels and in different ways. The antidepressants which affect serotonin can cause problems with the ability to have an orgasm. The one antidepressant which has the lowest risk for sexual side-effects is called buproprion or wellbutrin (bupropion). ...Read more
Do any of these drug combinations work? Prozac abilify, (aripiprazole) Prozac zyprexa, wellbutrin zyprexa, for schizophrenia.
I've depression + manic episodes postnatal depression generalised anxiety which meds best fluoxetine quetipine olanzapine or mirtazapine?
PostNatal Depression: Because patients' responses to these drugs, singly or in combination, are varied and dependent on each patient's specific condition, it is best to defer to your managing physician who will monitor your condition and response to treatment closely and titrate the doses of these drugs accordingly for optimum effect. Good luck! ...Read more
Depends: Desipramine is an old medication from the tca group. It is relatively norepinergic, that can possibly increase motivation. Nardil (phenelzine) belongs to the group of maoi, which are supposed to increase all three neurotransmitters, promote alertness etc., which also can improve motivation. I normally let my patients to try both and choose. (nb! cannot be taken in the same time!). ...Read more
Which is better for borderline personality disorder n mood swings?Prozac, topamax, paxil, effexor, (venlafaxine) lexaproor wellbutrin?
I am about to start methadone for a herion addiction. Will it make me tired and depressed? What antidepressants are safe to take while on methadone?
Discuss w/ provider: Fatigue does appear to be a frequent complaint and some mood effects are reported, but not depression (major?) specifically. Most anti-depressants warn about risky interaction w/ Methadone but leave it up to the provider to determine how to deal w/ the issue. So, make certain to have a good conversation w/ your provider and work together on decisions about treatment. You can succeed! Best wishes. ...Read more
No. : People often ask this because of the withdrawal symptoms linked to abruptly stopping antidepressants (ad). Keep in mind, the hallmark of addiction is not physical dependence- it's compulsive use of a substance w/o regard to consequences. As a result something can be addictive without causing physical dependence (e.g.Cocaine), while ad discontinuation can lead to withdrawal. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on the antidepressant--some do give people feelings of euphoria that is strong enough for a patient to develop an "addiction"--to make someone lie to his or her physician and abuse office visits to get them. I would think this is relatively rare, though. Especially compared to the abuse we see in regards to pain medications, add (adderall) and anti-anxiety medications, like xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more
Multi infarct stroke dementia patient, will stopping ssri antidepressant have a negative impact after some time and patient has shown improvement? Is it addictive or have a downer. Any ALT antidep's?
Vascular dementia: These days multi infarct dementia is referred to as vascular dementia. After a stroke there is evidence that ssri antidepressants help prevent post stroke depression. There is a little but not a lot of evidence that ssris help those with vascular dementia. Ssris are not addictive. For specific advice about using any antidepressant it would be best to see a mental health expert. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If 1mg Xanax (alprazolam) has proven to work for sleeping due to severe back issues and no addiction in the past, why is new dr. Anti xanax (alprazolam)? Why antidepres instd?
Is valerian root addictive as an antidepresant?and also does it have any tolerance like xanx?thanks
Hi, my cousin has been diagnosed with anxiety, but she refuses to use anti-depressants. Is there a natural, non addictive medication she can use?
You are a caring cousin.
Have Heart to Heart talk with her to share about her nervousness, tension, effect on sleep, appetite, energy; restlessness, irritability, her functioning in relationships and at work.
Express your concerns and discuss Breathing and Music relaxation, Meditation, Yoga, and Tai Chi classes; join her in these.
If her anxiety continues, she may be open to take medication. ...Read more
Antidepressants Hx: Researchers discovered the first antidepressant purely by chance in the 1950's. The drug was iproniazid which was being used to treat tuberculosis, where one of its side-effects was elevation of mood. After that, a professor in switzerland was treating schizophrenics with Imipramine & found that it relieves depression. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline): Here are the us sales rankings from 2010: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/antidepressant#most_commonly_prescribed. ...Read more
Could be a bad idea: Suddenly stopping your antidepressant medication could lead to serious problems called discontinuation syndrome and it is no pleasant at all. Talk to your prescribing doctor to review your reasons for wanting to stop and discuss alternative options or proper ways to stop. ...Read more
Abused?: I am not sure why you would ask such a question. Antidepressants are often overprescribed, but abuse usually refers to using something for the purpose of getting high. Antidepressants do not make you high. In fact they will have no effect on you if you are not depressed. Many of them can also help with anxiety. None of them are addictive, but some can have withdrawal symptoms if stopped abruptly ...Read more
No, +appetite: Antidepressants don't make you gain weight directly, but serotonin is the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating satiety or "feeling full." more serotonin in the synapses and the gut reduces satiety, so it takes more food to "feel full" and people tend to eat more. But with proper exercise and greater awareness of what one is eating, using antidepressants don't need to result in weight gain. ...Read more