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What to do and how to cope when I accidentally forget to take my antidepressant medication?

What to do and how to cope when I accidentally forget to take my antidepressant medication?

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

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

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 you tell me if i could stop taking my antidepressant after 2 days?

Probably o.k.: With the vast majority of antidepressants, stopping after 2 days would not be problematical If you're stopping because of side effects, ask your prescriber about lowering the starting dose or switching to another antidepressant. ...Read more

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Which antidepressant works best for anxiety disorders?

Which antidepressant works best for anxiety disorders?

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

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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?

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

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How dangerous is it to drink alcohol while taking any antidepressant medication?

How dangerous is it to drink alcohol while taking any antidepressant medication?

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

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What does toxic screen (etoh , sal , acet mean?

What does toxic screen (etoh , sal , acet mean?

See below: Etoh = ethyl alcohol level (alcohol ingested) sal = salicylate level, done to evaluate relative amount of Aspirin and aspirin-like products ingested. Acet = Acetaminophen (tylenol) level. ...Read more

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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 screen my children for ovarian cancer genes since it seems to be so deadly?  There is no history in my family.

No: There is no simple screen for ovarian cancer susceptibility beyond the breast-ovarian cancer gene (brca) testing that costs $2600-3300. Only families with cases of ovarian or early onset (<45) breast cancer should consider this testing. ...Read more

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Should I continue taking my antidepressant pills lyrica (pregabalin) to control my fibromyalgia.Would I experience pain as before if I stop them.?

Should I continue taking my antidepressant pills lyrica (pregabalin) to control my fibromyalgia.Would I experience pain as before if I stop them.?

Probably continue: Lyrica (pregabalin) is typically not an antidepressant but helps in neuropathic and fibromyalgia pains. If it is helping you may have to continue-or may be taper the dosage if you are on a higher dose. ...Read more

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I have recently had really itchy and painful skin but no rashes, is it because I stopped my antidepressant?

I have recently had really itchy and painful skin but no rashes, is it because I stopped my antidepressant?

Possibly.: Stopping a medicine will sometimes cause symptoms like that, but it could be many other things as well. It could be something you ate or inhaled, or stress, for example. If it persists, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Antidepressant dose seems too high. Please help?

I'd like to help,: But i need more information. Which antidepressant, why do you think it is too much, and what are you experiencing? ...Read more

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Do any of the antidepressants show on a urine drug screen?

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

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Antidepressant dose seems too high. Please help?

I'd like to help,: But i need more information. Which antidepressant, why do you think it is too much, and what are you experiencing? ...Read more

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How effective antidepressant switching usually be?

How effective antidepressant switching usually be?

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

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What does antidepressant medication actually feel like?

What does antidepressant medication actually feel like?

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

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What is the safest antidepressant to take while on medication for dilatedcardiomyopathy?

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

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