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Can antibiotics make you depressed?

Can antibiotics make you depressed?

Yes antibiotic si: There are two ways: fluoroquinolone like Levaquin and Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can cause depression and psychotic reactions. If you have a severe infection, the killing of bacteria cause release of cytokines which make you feel ill which is similar to depression. These can also be life saving meds, discuss problems with your prescriber. ...Read more

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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can antibiotics worsen symptoms of depression?

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Can antibiotics worsen symptoms of depression?

Antibiotics: Some do, as direct effect on energy level, or through interfering with potency of antidepressants being prescribed, or the infection process itself can add to symptoms. ...Read more

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Could antibiotics be causing my depression and lack of energy?

Not likely: It is possible. If you have been taking antibiotics for an extended period of time I would consider that a dysbiosis, and possible yeast of fungal infection might be a possibility. Probiotic should be taken (at a different time of day than antibiotics) if you are on antibiotics to prevent a dysbiosis and possible yeast /fungal overgrowth. ...Read more

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My dr is having me stop my celexa (citalopram) for 10 days because of an antibiotic im on. Will my depression/anxiety increase? Will I withdraw? I'm scared.

My dr is having me stop my celexa (citalopram) for 10 days because of an antibiotic im on. Will my depression/anxiety increase? Will I withdraw? I'm scared.

Possibly: Yes, you could have withdrawal symptoms by suddenly stopping celexa, (citalopram) and your depression symptoms could increase. Hoping you also have a psychiatrist, and can discuss this directly with him or her -- it seems a bad idea to cold-turkey an ssri. If your primary care doctor is concerned about the antibiotic effects with celexa, (citalopram) could s/he not simply reduce the dose rather than stop it altogether? ...Read more

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Every time a UTI is coming on I get dizzy, chills, headaches and depression. Will have to see urologist as they are reoccurring after antibiotics : (?

Every time a UTI is coming on I get dizzy, chills, headaches and depression. Will have to see urologist as they are reoccurring after antibiotics : (?

Yes, you need to see: A urologist who will perform the necessary procedures & tests to examine your bladder, kidneys & their connections & your kidney functions. He'll also check for chronic or recurrent reflux of infected urine up to your kidneys. You may need long-term prophylactic antibiotics. ...Read more

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Could antibiotic: Minomycin (in Australia), or minocycline hydrochloride, (prescribed as 3 month course - acne) cause suicidal tendencies/ depression?

Could antibiotic: Minomycin (in Australia), or minocycline hydrochloride, (prescribed as 3 month course - acne) cause suicidal tendencies/ depression?

Not likely, but: There've been some reported mood change effects - not common and severity is not mentioned. If you have a tendency toward this sort of intense depression, it might be wise to avoid this elective medication in favor of an alternative approach. Only you and your doctor know how crucial acne Tx is for you. One ting that may help is knowing it's not a meaningful depression - just short-term chemistry. ...Read more

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Is it ok to stop taking antibiotics after two doses? I've been feeling very tired, dizzy and overall depressed. Wondering if the z pack is the cause.

Is it ok to stop taking antibiotics after two doses? I've been feeling very tired, dizzy and overall depressed. Wondering if the z pack is the cause.

Those are: Potential but uncommon side effects of zithromax. Best course of action is to call your doctor and explain the symptoms, and go from there. ...Read more

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Continuous increased intraocular pressure that seemingly evolved from an eye injury - walks and talks like glaucoma but less likely as she's 26y.....?

Continuous increased intraocular pressure that seemingly evolved from an eye injury - walks and talks like glaucoma but less likely as she's 26y.....?

Glaucoma: Isn't just increased intra ocular pressure, it is also affection of optic nerve leading to visual field loss, unfortunately it goes unnoticed till visual field is significantly compromised. Age doesn't preclude glaucoma given the history of trauma, kindly keep the follow up with the ophthalmologist, keep taking your eye drops as prescribed and check visual field regularly, together with OP ...Read more

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18 year-old female with past pseudotumor cerebri and shunt placement, but now has intractable daily headache, emotional lability, slow cognition.....?

18 year-old female with past pseudotumor cerebri and shunt placement, but now has intractable daily headache, emotional lability, slow cognition.....?

See your Dr: With your history of a shunt and new onset of headaches, lability, and slow cognition, I would recommend that you be seen by a Dr as soon as possible. If you are unable to get hold of your Dr right away, then go to the ER. ...Read more

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I have acne since I have been 14 and I have tried antibiotics proactive, foam ckarity nothing works im 33and I feel depress and imberess I do?

I have acne since I have been 14 and I have tried antibiotics proactive, foam ckarity nothing works im 33and I feel depress and imberess I do?

See a different derm: There are many options and accurane is one of them. One caution with that medication is depression which can become severe. A good dermatologist or family doctor can discuss the risks with you. ...Read more

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I tried hanging myself due to depression yesterday, today I can't get a boner, could a failed suicide attempt cause ed?

I tried hanging myself due to depression yesterday, today I can't get a boner, could a failed suicide attempt cause ed?

Erections: Erections are more about mental health rather than physical health. Your poor brain is probably overloaded. There is no one on this website that wants to see you try to hang yourself again. Please please pause here. Please get some help. You can anonymously call the county crisis line where you live to get immediate help that can maybe change your life. Thank you for asking for help here. ...Read more

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How much time it can take naturally to overcome ED? I m no more in depression which caused ED earlier.

How much time it can take naturally to overcome ED? I m no more in depression which caused ED earlier.

Eating Disorder: Eating disorders often take significant time to overcome so patience is necessary as well as a good treatment team, including psychologist, nutritionist and physician. Congratulations for overcoming your depression, that will help you recover from your eating disorder. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I think I am suffering from ED which is keeping me depressed. Please suggest ways to overcome this problem.

I think I am suffering from ED which is keeping me depressed. Please suggest ways to overcome this problem.

Your doc: Or a natural doc can test your hormone levels and rule out circulatory issues. Also, a clinical psychologist can teach you skills to keep from focusing on your "performance" which interferes also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can ED be cured completely with medication without any side effects? Got ED due to depression but I m not in depression anymore but ED is still there.

Not cured: But can be effectively treated with medications that have no to very little side effects (viagra, Cialis levitra, (vardenafil) some topicals, and many more on the horizon). Testosterone replacement therapy may mimic a cure if the specific medication under question has led to low natural testosterone. ...Read more

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At just 27 I've recently been experiencing ED issues. Along with the issues it's has left me very mental and depressed due to the anxiety of the issue?

At just 27 I've recently been experiencing ED issues. Along with the issues it's has left me very mental and depressed due to the anxiety of the issue?

ED is usually an: anxiety reaction unless there is an underlying physical problem (get this checked at some point). THEN, you get anxious about becoming anxious (secondary anxiety). Master's and Johnson's approach was to create a relaxed environment, and then practice sensate-focus. Lots of sensuality but no sex--on purpose. This sets the mood but takes off the pressure. Also read Helen Singer Kaplan. ...Read more

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How much time it takes to come out of depression ed. Will increasing testosterone naturaly by food can help.?

How much time it takes to come out of depression ed. Will increasing testosterone naturaly by food can help.?

Depends. . .: You're describing two different issues, depression & erectile dysfunction, that respond to different therapies. Anti-depressants & psychotherapy can help make a difference in weeks to months. Depression can cause loss of libido (sex drive) & ed but there's no direct way to increase testosterone by eating any particular food. However, eating healthy & exercising regularly should help both. ...Read more

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Hi I'm on 100mg lustral a day I've read vitiman b3 is also good for depression is it safe to take together can it help with ED as well?

Hi I'm on 100mg lustral a day I've read vitiman b3 is also good for depression is it safe to take together can it help with ED as well?

B3 can help.: Lustral which is marketed as zoloft (sertraline) in the U.S. Is safe to take w/ vitamin b3 or niacin. B3 is used for carbohydrate, protein ; fat metabolism in your body and helps decrease physical ; emotional fatigue. It can also lower LDL and raise HDL levels. B3 can cause liver damage in high doses. It helped men w/ ed but at doses higher than 500 mg/day. The recommended max rda in the U.S. Is 35 mg/day. ...Read more

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Ed caused by depression. I researched n came to know depression causes ED many times. Am I right? Don't want medication as I read it causes impotence.

False assumptions: Depression can cause low libido and ed. Treatment of depression can normalize sexual desire and functioning, along with many other depressive symptoms. You seem to be assuming all depression treatments cause impotence for all men, but this is incorrect. Also some antidepressants [especially wellbutrin] don't cause sexual side effects. Psychotherapy is an effective non-drug treatment too. ...Read more

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What can I do for depression?

What can I do for depression?

Many things: I agree with dr. Saponaro about using psychotherapy with medications, rather than meds alone. Some studies have also shown consistent exercise to be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression. Nutritionally, you can also make sure to have enough vitamin d and omega-3 fats. If not eating wild alaskan salmon at least 2x/week, be sure to take good quality fish oil w/1000mg epa/day. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have depression?

How do I know if I have depression?

Common: Symptoms of depression are sadness, fatigue, low drive, isolation, avoidance of others, poor appetite, poor sleep, irritability etc. If you have any or most of these symptoms see a doctor for a full diagnosis and begin some treatment plan. ...Read more

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Have really bad depression, please help?

Have really bad depression, please help?

Please seek medical: Evaluation and treatment. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read more

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What are the warnings for depression to look out for?

What are the warnings for depression to look out for?

Types of Depression: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. Lack of interest in life, fatigue, crying, are signs. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some biological leads to of depression?

Biological causes: Biological causes of depression include differences in brain chemistry, inherited traits, hormonal changes and illnesses (i.e. Hypothyroidism) which adversely affect the level of one's hormones or brain chemistry. ...Read more

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How can depression work?

How can depression work?

Persistent despair: Can begin a downward spiral. As energy & motivation decrease, people often withdraw, isolate themselves & feel helpless & hopeless. They may become self-critical & self-blaming. Behaviors, thinking & emotions intensify each other. Chronic, moderate depression is dysthymia. Research & clinical experience show that cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) is the most effective treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause depression?

What can cause depression?

A mix: Psychiatric illnesses occur when a combination of risk factors collide. The most common factors include your genes, your family upbringing and culture, and your thoughts. ...Read more

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How can I treat depression?

How can I treat depression?

Exercise: Depression can be very serious and sometimes caused by medical illness. See your family doc to get checked out. In addition to prescription medication for depression daily vigorous exercise can help as well as seeing a councilor, reading books about depression, and taking better care of yourself. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more