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Can I take my depression meds if I also use mushrooms from time to time?

Can I take my depression meds if I also use mushrooms from time to time?

Mushrooms: Not recommended as it interferes with the antidepressant potency, not to mention the long-term effects on your health in general. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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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If I take my pain medications according to the prescriptions, can I still get addicted?

If I take my pain medications according to the prescriptions, can I still get addicted?

Addiction Can't Read: Sadly, many of my addiction patients got their start due to prescribed medications, some properly prescribed and, in other cases, over-prescribed' either in doseage or length of maintenance. This is why it is so important to follow the protocols on patient addiction potential and to use alternative forms of pain control as appropriate. ...Read more

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I am on 10MG daily prednisone for COPD and would like to get off this drug but ever time I try to reduce the amount I take my O2 goes to about 85%?

I am on 10MG daily prednisone for COPD and would like to get off this drug but ever time I try to reduce the amount I take my O2 goes to about 85%?

Reconciling goals: Would suggest tapering on your symptoms, specifically shortness of breath. Another way would be to taper less at a time, for example 1 mg and give yourself couple of days to look for worsening symptoms. Otherwise you are caught in between 2 numbers, your saturation and the amount of prednisone that eventually you will have to compromise between by either accepting a lower saturation or 10 mg dose ...Read more

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I want to go on an ayahuasca retreat but I am on 40 mg of citalopram a day . How long do I have to stop the medication before I can interact with it?

I want to go on an ayahuasca retreat but I am on 40 mg of citalopram a day . How long do I have to stop the medication before I can interact with it?

At least 2 weeks: Ayahuasca can have very profound psychospiritual benefits & can help some people to overcome depression. However, as a MAO inhibitor it can have serious interactions with many drugs & one must also avoid many foods before using. Combining ayahuasca with citalopram can cause serotonin syndrome. Experts advise stopping citalopram for at least 2 weeks prior. See http://ayahuascasafety.org/?page_id=13 ...Read more

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Should I take time out to deal with my depression? Can I take disability?

Should I take time out to deal with my depression? Can I take disability?

Depends: If the depressive episode is severe and compromises your function at home and work, then addressing the depression becomes a high priority. As far as taking leave or disability, that should be a discussion between you, your physician, and your employer. ...Read more

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How can I get over the constipation that I suffer do to taking risperdal?

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How can I get over the constipation that I suffer do to taking risperdal?

Risperdal: Also, it u r taking medication to combat side effects of risperdal, such as cogentin, (benztropine) it could be a factor. ...Read more

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I have GERD how can I cure or control it without meds. I don't eat foods that aggravate it . I hate being on the meds for months at a time.

I have GERD how can I cure or control it without meds. I don't eat foods that aggravate it . I hate being on the meds for months at a time.

Tough: This is a very common problem without a great answer. Foods such as coffee, tea, peppermint, onions, garlic and carbonated beverages can worsen it. I would not eat anything 3 hours before you go to bed, keep the head of your bed up, and you may want to use sulcralfate, which is not absorbed and is totally safe. ...Read more

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I have anxiety, what can I take to keep myself calm? Is bbc.co their some type vitamin I can take.

I have anxiety, what can I take to keep myself calm? Is bbc.co their some type vitamin I can take.

Anxiety help?: mild anxiety or nervousness that doesn't interfere with daily life (work, enjoying recreation, relationships) and passes on it's own may be reduced w/ exercise, practicing mindfulness, or talking to a friend or family member. For more severe anxiety that does get in the way of a full life (an anxiety disorder), see ur MD. s/he may discuss talk therapy, medication, or a Psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can taking vit. B6 daily help whilettc and PMS . Also, how long do I have to take it to see a decrease in PMS symptoms?

Can taking vit. B6 daily help  whilettc and PMS . Also, how long do I have to take it to see a decrease in PMS symptoms?

Maybe: The evidence (bmj (1999), 318, 1375-81) that pyridoxine will prevent or lessen pms symptoms is based on minimal research. But vitamin b6 does appear to ameliorate pms symptoms. Dose should be no higher than 100 mg day. ...Read more

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If I take a sleeping pill to help go to sleep on time as a start, will that help when I get off the pill to do it naturally? What can I do? Thank you

If I take a sleeping pill to help go to sleep on time as a start, will that help when I get off the pill to do it naturally? What can I do?  Thank you

No: Sleeping pills should be used for only a brief time and for a stressful situation which is not normal. Sleeping pills alter the stages of sleep and quickly lose their efficacy creating "rebound insomnia" where one goes to seep briefly but then awakens and cannot sleep. The Stanford Sleep Center is a world expert on sleep and advises against sleeping pills. See their recommendations for more info. ...Read more

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I took 1 50mg Zoloft pill. Can't sleep going on 2 days now. Can I take any over the counter sleep aids? Please help me as I have a newborn to tend to

I took 1 50mg Zoloft pill. Can't sleep going on 2 days now. Can I take any over the counter sleep aids? Please help me as I have a newborn to tend to

Sleep aid = band-aid: Zoloft is known to occasionally cause this problem, particularly early on in treatment. I wouldn't provide you with advice, aside from directing you to your doctor: discuss the current dose, time of dosing or potentially dividing the dosing with your doctor. The potential of a switch to a less activating antidepressant could also take place with your doctor. Sleep aid is a band aid. ...Read more

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How do I know if i still have depression and how would it be suggested to live day to day without medication? (don't like the feeling of medicine)

Depends: Depression is treated by medication, not cured. Depression is a chronic condition for those how suffer from it. After a first or second episode it is reasonable to consider withdrawing treatment. Risk of recurrence after a third episode is 90% therefore lifetime treatment is recommended after the third episode. ...Read more

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If im taking meds for depression and enxiety and i get pregnant will it be bad for the baby or I have to stop taking the meds?

If im taking meds for depression and enxiety and i get pregnant will it be bad for the baby or I have to stop taking the meds?

Category C meds: Most of the antidepressants in use today are ssris.Most fall into the category c group, meaning there is no evidence of significant fetal injury.Some are more prone to problems with neonatal withdrawal symptoms than others so a shift in type of med during pregnancy may be proposed. Either way, the parent needs to be as healthy as possible for the pregnancy and work thereafter.Discuss with doc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been taking naproxen 500 twice a day for some time and can not find it here where I am can I take ibuprofen 600 instead?

What to do if I have been taking naproxen 500 twice a day for some time and can not find it here where I am can I take ibuprofen 600 instead?

Yes: Take the Ibuprofen 3 times daily with meals. You can substitute Aleve 2 tablets twice daily for the prescription naproxen. The dose of Aleve will give you 440 mg of Naproxen twice daily. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i would like to go off my anti psychotics and take herbal antipsychotics. How many days will it take to finaly sleep after going off?

What do you suggest if i would like to go off my anti psychotics and take herbal antipsychotics. How many days will it take to finaly sleep after going off?

Please don't do this: There is no such thing as "herbal antipsychotic." It won't work and potentially very dangerous (not studied by anyone so could be unsafe). There is high chance you will get very sick off your medication. If you are having problems or side effects from your antipsychotic, tell your doctor because there are many antipsychotics out there tha can make you feel better. ...Read more

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I have been forgetting to take my meds and I'm now having seizures. How long will it take for the meds to stop the seizures once I take them correct?

I have been forgetting to take my meds and I'm now having seizures.   How long will it take for the meds to stop the seizures once I take them correct?

Depends: What type of seizures? What seizure meds are we talking about.? You need to let the prescribing physician know. The meds you listed are not seizure meds. ...Read more

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How to distract myself when suffering from severe depression if you do not want to take pills on top of that?

How to distract myself when suffering from severe depression if you do not want to take pills on top of that?

See below: Establish routine, schedule, to make your environment more predictable. Self-care routine -- set a times of the day for exercising, hobbies, reading, (doesn't have to be done all at once, but even 15min.), work on me time. Practice relaxation, positive visualizations -- you can find scripts on line or in the library. If you're being treated, stay compliant with treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have light depression , now l take anafranil (clomipramine) and i want to change it to escitalopram . Can I do it directly without any time period . Thanks?

I have light depression , now l take anafranil (clomipramine) and i want to change it to escitalopram . Can I do it  directly without any time period . Thanks?

Talk with your Dr.: You should consult with whomever is prescribing for you. He or she can advise you on how to make the change and whether or not it seems like a good idea in your particular case. ...Read more