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Long half life meds: Try reminders: pill box, alarm clock. Sync medication timing with your daily routine activities, such as breakfast or dinner time. Consider switching to meds with long half-life. Wish you good luck. ...Read more
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
It depends: In head-to-head studies, antidepressants generally work equally well. The choice of antidepressant really depends on the side effects that the person may have or be willing to tolerate. In ocd, most doctors use either fluvoxamine or clomipramine because they work the strongest on serotonin receptors. But other antidepressants have been known to help too. ...Read more
I am on Xanor 0.5mg SR and really want to come off. Taking every 2nd day. Also, halved antidepressant to 10mg p/day. Is this safe?
Great, w/ guidance!: Managing your anxiety and depression well by other means than medications may be a wonderful thing, but do try to find a physician to guide you through the weaning phases. They can be hazardous and it's much safer to be monitored during the time. Be patient, it will pay off. Best wishes for a safe, healthy landing. ...Read more
Depends.: Excessive alcohol use can damage your liver so that it is not able to metabolize antidepressants causing them to accumulate in the blood stream and not be excreted at the usual rate — so side effects could be more pronounced. Alcohol acts as a depressant so it will directly interfere with any benefits of taking an antidepressant. In large amounts both substances can kill you -- don't do it! ...Read more
Should I screen my children for ovarian cancer genes since it seems to be so deadly? There is no history in my family.
Should I continue taking my antidepressant pills lyrica (pregabalin) to control my fibromyalgia. Would I experience pain as before if I stop them.?
I have recently had really itchy and painful skin but no rashes, is it because I stopped my antidepressant?
I was diagnosed with dysthymia. I've tried a lot of antidepressants with no good results. My psychiatrist said that I'm a poor metabolizer, so I must take the antidepressant every other day. Is it ok?
Metabolism affects: Response to antidepressants. Lowering dose or taking med every other day may improve tolerability. Give med time to work (3-8 wks at best tolerated dose). Work with prescriber. In many, meds may produce partial response at best. Therapy and healthy habits (sleep/exercise/nutrition) are very helpful and powerful in depression. A person's self-attitude has major impact. Best regards for relief soon. ...Read more
Are there any risks with taking a low dose of the antidepressant escitalopram long term 5mgs daily?
Lexapro (escitalopram): As long as prescribed & monitored by your physician, sure. ...Read more
Yes: Antidepressant medication takes 4-6 weeks to become effective. ...Read more
Depends: Most typical urine drug screens don't test for antidepressants, particularly those done in workplace settings. But in many emergency room setting, urine screens often test for the "older" antidepressants known as tricyclics(think of amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine). ...Read more
Good question: If the antidepressant isn't helping and it is at the highest dose possible, either based on safety of the medication or side effects that the patient is experiencing, then it is a good idea to either add another medication or switch medications. Adding psychotherapy is also helpful. The effectiveness of switching medications depends on many factors, like how many times have medications been tried. ...Read more
It depends: This depends on the particular antidepressant, as there are many choices. Also, it depends on the person taking the medicine, because each may experience these effects differently. All antidepressants have basic effectiveness, but side effect profiles may differ quite a bit. I wish I could be more specific than this, but without more information, I can't. ...Read more
Depends on both meds: It's hard to say without knowing what meds you're taking. Please speak to docs prescribing both the cardiac and psychiatric meds about this. That said, citalopram (in us — celexa) and escitalopram (in us — lexapro) appear to have the least risk of drug-drug interactions with any drug. However, ur docs must also think about the effect of any psych meds on your heart. ...Read more
Number of things:
1. Tmj and depression is sometimes linked and an anti-depressant is used to treat the depression.
2. A side effect 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
Not necessarily: In his book "listening to prozac, (fluoxetine) " psychiatrist peter kramer implied that for some people, ssri antidepressants cured anxiety and depression to the point that they felt "better than well" -- in fact, were flourishing. This isn't the case with everyone, though. Some people feel dulled with these medications -- not "depressed, " but also not like themselves (in their experience). ...Read more
Yes: Fermented foods contain an amine called tyramine which can cause your blood pressure to elevate significantly. However, this usually occurs when you take monoamine oxidase inhibitors (anotherclass of antidepressants) and ingest tyramine. If you plan to consume fermented foods on a regular basis it would be wise to monitor your BP and to consult your physician. ...Read more
THC & SSRI enhancers: There are multiple instances where treating Psychiatrists recommend another medication to augment desired therapeutic gains. If it is indicated to remain on initial SSRI (such as fluoxetine), the classical agent for augmentation are Lithium, Bupropion as well as Pindolol. More generally, Levotyroxine and adding a TCA like Imipramine, Nortryptiline and others. Ask your MD for further information. ...Read more
Antidepressant : Antidepressants will change the neuro chemical balance in your body creating a change in self acceptance, but they come with side effects and should be taken with care and alongside a good counseling program in order to get to the root of what is causing your depression. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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