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Doctor insights on: Antidepressant Overdose In Children

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What are effects of antidepressant overdose?

What are effects of antidepressant overdose?

Antidepressant OD: The older tricyclic antidepressants are worst in overdose, as they affect the heart. Newer antidepressants can cause confusion, disorientation, delirium & even coma. Some, ex. Wellbutrin, (bupropion) can lead to seizures. ...Read more

Antidepressant Overdose (Definition)

Anti-depressant overdose can result in seizures, coma or death depending ...Read more


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What sort of problem is an antidepressant overdose?

What sort of problem is an antidepressant overdose?

Depends: There are many types of antidepressants. Tricyclics cause tachycardia, shaking, seizures, coma, death. Serotonin inhibitors ie fluoxetine causes few problem including lethargy, but can cause hallucinations, GI symptoms. Overdoses are a serious clue to severe depression and thoughts of suicide and are reasons to strongly advise immediate hospitalization. There are few antidotes. ...Read more

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People with antidepressant overdose typically have what symptoms?

People with antidepressant overdose typically have what symptoms?

It depends: It depends on which anti-depressant. Most commonly, lethargy and confusion...Tricyclics can be lethal in overdose, thus requiring more urgent intervention. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for antidepressant overdose?

Depends: Depends on the antidepressant and what clinical symptoms the overdose has caused. Antidepressant overdoses can result in serotonin syndrome, which is usually treated "supportively, " i.e.Cooling blankets, hydration, monitoring of heart and renal function. Sometimes the antiserotonergic drug Cyproheptadine is prescribed. Beta-blockers and benzodiazpeines are sometimes used to treat symptoms. ...Read more

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Should I go to the ER for a possible antidepressant overdose, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

ER: Without specific information, go to er asap via ambulance. Yes, this sounds dramatic, but-it is the safest way for you to be cared
for in this instance. Have a friend or you call 911 -- poison control.
They will direct you to the best treatment. Please take the bottle of
pills with you and any any oher meds you are taking, including over the counter meds to the er. Good luck take care. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you overdose on antidepressants?

May be fatal depends: Hope you are not intentionally considering overdosing on antidepressants, if so please talk to a therapist or psychiatrist about your feelings. Overdosing on any medications including antidepressant could be fatal. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to go on coma if you overdose on antidepressants?

That depends on: The antidepressant class. Overdoses on some classes can lead to death. ...Read more

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Do you recommend the use of antidepressants in children? If so, down to what age?

Do you recommend the use of antidepressants in children? If so, down to what age?

NO: Depression in a child is awful! You may be surprised to know that a bad diet is by far the commonest cause since it affects metabolism in the lower part of the brain where emotions are initiated. Go to my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" that you can google. ...Read more

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Why are more parents putting their children on antidepressant drugs?

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Why are more parents putting their children on antidepressant drugs?

Love: I love my children and so do most parents. Why do parents take their children to see a doctor when they are sick? Unfortunately, children do get depressed. Antidepressants are very helpful for many children. More parents are recognizing depression in their children, as parents have become better educated over time. This leads to more diagnosis and earlier treatment. ...Read more

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Can I stop taking my antidepressant cold tiucky?

Can I stop taking my antidepressant cold tiucky?

Not recommended: Tapering these medications especially if you've been on them for any more than a few weeks or few months is always advisable. Check with your provider as to a schedule. This will also give you chance to speak to them more in-depth as to your reasons on wanting to stop. ...Read more

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How to determine when an antidepressant is working?

Your sx improve: There should be a list of target symptoms that improve, mood, motivation, sleep, anxiety, obsessing, dwelling, enjoyment, functioning, appetite among others. The problem often is the medication can be helping half a dozen symptoms but the patient only focuses on one which didn't improve and think the med is not working. This calls for dose increase, augmentation instead of switching or just more time. ...Read more

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Could weed in ur system affect antidepressant meds?

Could weed in ur system affect antidepressant meds?

Not a good combo: Some constituents in marijuana can cause anxiety and psychosis; some depressed patients also have these effects. For this reason I would not recommend anyone with a mood disorder be smoking marijuana. Also it has CNS depressant effects that could be accentuated when combined with antidepressants. Rather than the antidepressants working as they should, the thc could adversely alter the effect. ...Read more

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What is a good antidepressant that makes you feel really happy?

Don't know of one: It would be nice if there were an antidepressant that not only eliminated depression but also made a person feel very happy! But, alas, there is no such medicine. Antidepressants act to eliminate or reduce depression. But, they don't go so far as to produce real happiness. Instead, genuine happiness must be earned through behavior, such as working toward goals, spending time with others, etc. ...Read more

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How do I know if my antidepressant does what its suppose to do?

Controls depression: List the sx that led you to take the drug & then see how many are still present after 6-8 weeks on an adequate dose--in general you feel better later in the day & earlier &earlier as time goes on appetite energy & mood first and concentration is last to improve. ...Read more

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What exactly does it feel like when an antidepressant starts working?

Depressive: Neurovegetative symptoms will start to improve - sleep, appetite, energy level, motivation etc. It is not a happy pill - so don't expect it to make you feel elated or joyful. ...Read more

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Has any one prescribed the new antidepressant brintellex yet and what were the results?

See answer: Brintellex (vortioxetine) is one of newest ssri-class antidepressants approved by fda 9/2013. It's mechanism of action differs from other ssris in that it influences the availability of the neurotransmitter serotonin by five different mechanisms. Whether this translates into either better efficacy or reduced potential adverse reactions has not been definitively shown in the opinion of the fda. ...Read more

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How do antidepressants work?

How do antidepressants work?

Antidepressants: Work by helping to correct chemical imbalances in the brain. ...Read more

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Do antidepressants work or not?

Do antidepressants work or not?

Yes.: Antidepressants can be very effective in moderate to severe forms of depression. Combined with talk therapy, depression can be effectively treated. Talk to a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How can I ask for antidepressants?

Let your physician: Know what your symptoms. You can ask for medication but ultimately it will be the physician's decision regarding if the medication is indicated. Take care. ...Read more

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How effective are antidepressants?

How effective are antidepressants?

Very broad question: Antidepressants can be very helpful at managing symptoms of depression. Different people respond better to different ones. Sometimes for best effect, they need augmenting with other agents. Still, they will not make you "happy." the psychotherapeutic work required to heal from depression must be done by you -- usually with a skilled psychologist or other psychotherapist. ...Read more

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How effective are antidepressants?

How effective are antidepressants?

Great stuff: If we could cure heart disease as well as we can manage or treat depression with antidepressants combined with psychotherapy, we'd truly have made major progress. Depression is very treatable, and the risks of not treating can be loss of job, marital or relationship difficulties, alcohol abuse, suicide, and een serious healt problems. There is lots of help for depression. ...Read more

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Could antidepressants really work?

Could antidepressants really work?

Yes: I have seen antidepressant s
make the difference between life and death. Antidepressant medications can have a major impact on depressive disorders. Some people will require psychotropic medications for recovery. ...Read more

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What is monocyclic antidepressants?

What is monocyclic antidepressants?

Antidepressants: This has to do with the biochemical structure. There are antidepressants that are polycyclic, Monocyclic and noncyclic. Bupropion is an example to a monocyclic antidepressant ...Read more

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How is it that antidepressants work?

Neurotransmitters: Most antidepressants work by increasing the amount of various neurotransmitters in the synapses between neurons in the brain. This includes serotonin (e.g. Ssri, prozac, celexa, zoloft), serotonin and norepinephrine (snri, Effexor (venlafaxine) and cymbalta), and Dopamine (e.g. Wellbutrin). ...Read more

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Is TMJ and antidepressant use linked?

Is TMJ and antidepressant use linked?

Number of things: 1. Tmj and depression is sometimes linked and an anti-depressant is used to treat the depression.
2. A side affect of these drugs is bruxing which is a contributing factor in tmj.
3. Sometimes Amitriptyline or nortriptyline (anti-depressants) are used to treat TMJ related pain. ...Read more

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Do antidepressants work for everyone?

Do antidepressants work for everyone?

No: When someone does have depression and it is thought that medicine would be the right treatment, then we try to tailor the medicine to what symptoms the patient has. However, every person is going to react to medicine differently and often we need to try several different antidepressants until we find the most appropriate one. ...Read more

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What are antidepressants made out of?

Please let us: Know the specific antidepressant medication that you are referring to - as the make up of each antidepressant differs. ...Read more

Overdose (Definition)

When the maximum dose of medication ...Read more