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Buspar As Needed
As needed: Usually it is not recommended to take medications like Klonopin (clonazepam) on a daily basis as it is easy to develop dependence and tolerance to this medication. If your psychiatrist recommends it daily then I would take that advice as he/she knows the severity of your anxiety disorder. ...Read more
It can be: If it is prescribed for you and taken on a limited basis, xanax (alprazolam) can be safe. However, it can also be habit forming when used for longer than a few weeks. If you have panic attacks (as on the additional clinical information you wrote) there are other treatments that would not risk this and could help your symptoms. Please consider seeing a psychiatrist for full evaluation if you haven't already. ...Read more
Probably not: To my knowledge, there have been no studies to compare the two in depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) and coffee are two different things with totally different mechanism of actions. Yes, both can be used as 'adjunct' to your treatment. Coffee can help with alertness, fatigue, etc, of depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atipsychotic by nature. It has serious side effects like increasing your weight, cholesterol, and sugar. ...Read more
Very different Rx: Absolutely not. Very different medications, given for very different reasons. ...Read more
Won't fix depression: Antidepressants all need to be taken on a regular daily basis to work as antidepressants. The usual daily dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) is 20 mg, but some people need more. Prozac is sometimes prescribed instead for pms symptoms, in which case it need not be taken continuously. The dosing is best discussed in person with the prescribing doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to take fluoxetine with Parkinson's medications such as sinemet and requip (ropinirole)?
Mild interaction: There is no severe interaction although if the fluoxetine were to be sedating to you then you may feel somewhat sedated. Additionally, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors that include fluoxetine have been known to produce mild extrapyramidal effects through obscure mechanisms. This would translate into a potential for mild motoric phenomena that would be only a nuisance. Stay safe! ...Read more
NOT TYPICALLY : Metoprolol is a beta block which is an anti hypertensive drug class. Beta blockers can help with performance anxiety. There are a lot better medications for panic attacks that can be taken as needed like the benzodiazepines xanax (alprazolam) or ativan. If the attacks are frequent would really want to be more preemptive with treatment and medications. ...Read more
Not first, usually: Valium can calm anxiety and relax muscle tension which are common in ptsd. But this would not usually be the first step in treatment, nor would it be the only one. Psychotherapy is essential in ptsd -- medications alone are insufficient. Also, most psychiatrists would try non-habit-forming ones before valium. Benzos like valium are best used temporarily, in context of overall treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Might Strattera, (atomoxetine) combined with Prozac, help manage an anxiety disorder as well as ADHD?
Medication Effects: I understand your concern about anxiety. Prozac can cause anxiety. Strattera can cause insomnia, lack of libido and headache Abilify can cause agitation and restlessness Symptoms of ADHD can be due to Anxiety. Side effects due to 3 medications will affect relationships and work. Your Emotional Health is Precious! See Psychiatrist for diagnosis, benefits and side effects of medications and Therapy. ...Read more
Questionable: If you review the ingredients of lumiday you will find many vitamins, most of appropriate concentrations, and several herbal remedies utilized for depression including st. John's wart. There are definite potential interactions with Celexa and risperidone. Consult with your md. Instead consider vitamin d 400-1000 iu and possibly b complex (not a mega or super b). Also consider omega 3 fish oil. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not proven: Aripiprazole is a second-generation "atypical" antipsychotic originally developed for schizophrenia. It has subsequently been found to be effective in bipolar disorder, and most recently, as an "augmenting" agent to standard antidepressants for major depressive disorder. There is no proof that I am aware of that it can be an effective antidepressant by itself. Best. ...Read more
Any equivalent drug as effective as benzodiazepines when taken only as needed in an anxious state (1-2 times a week)?
Unfortunately: Benzodiazepines are the gold standard for prn anxiolytics. ...Read more
Yes: No reason why not.Get a more detailed answer ›