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Doctor insights on: Chantix With Antidepressants

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Wasn't the original intended use for Chantix as an antidepressant?

Wasn't the original intended use for Chantix as an antidepressant?

Yes: Drug development and pharmaceutical companies often find out other uses for the medication during clinical trials and even after the drug is released. If it is to be safe and effective the FDA in the US must review trials and give it conditional use and labeling. It undergoes further consideration for patients and human trials. After many long months it can be released with a new indication. ...Read more

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What is chantix?

What is chantix?

A medication: Used for smoking cessation, which together with a counseling program can achieve quit rates of 40% or so. It is a partial nicotine receptor agonist, which means it activates the same receptors as nicotine, but does not turn them fully on, so it reduces craving and treats nicotine withdrawal without having full nicotine effects. It may also help reduce alcohol use. Can cause depression rarely. ...Read more

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How effective are antidepressants?

How effective are antidepressants?

Very broad question: Antidepressants can be very helpful at managing symptoms of depression. Different people respond better to different ones. Sometimes for best effect, they need augmenting with other agents. Still, they will not make you "happy." the psychotherapeutic work required to heal from depression must be done by you -- usually with a skilled psychologist or other psychotherapist. ...Read more

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How effective are antidepressants?

How effective are antidepressants?

Great stuff: If we could cure heart disease as well as we can manage or treat depression with antidepressants combined with psychotherapy, we'd truly have made major progress. Depression is very treatable, and the risks of not treating can be loss of job, marital or relationship difficulties, alcohol abuse, suicide, and een serious healt problems. There is lots of help for depression. ...Read more

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Could antidepressants really work?

Could antidepressants really work?

Yes: I have seen antidepressant s
make the difference between life and death. Antidepressant medications can have a major impact on depressive disorders. Some people will require psychotropic medications for recovery. ...Read more

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How is it that antidepressants work?

Neurotransmitters: Most antidepressants work by increasing the amount of various neurotransmitters in the synapses between neurons in the brain. This includes serotonin (e.g. Ssri, prozac, celexa, zoloft), serotonin and norepinephrine (snri, Effexor (venlafaxine) and cymbalta), and Dopamine (e.g. Wellbutrin). ...Read more

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What are antidepressants made out of?

Please let us: Know the specific antidepressant medication that you are referring to - as the make up of each antidepressant differs. ...Read more

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What are some names of antidepressants?

Several Classes: Fluoxetine, Sertraline, fluoxamine, paroxetine, velafaxine, escitqalopram, Mirtazapine, Desyre-Trazadone, Bupropion, citaloprm, duloxetine, clomipramine, atometine other SSRIa and SNRIs. Tricyclic Antidepressants- Imipramine, amytriptyline, nortripyline, desipraminme. Clomipramine,
MAO inhibitors-phenelzine, tranylcypromin. / ...Read more

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What kinds of antidepressants are bad for you?

What kinds of antidepressants are bad for you?

A/W Dr. Koenigsberg: Antidepressants have some times gotten a "bad wrap" due to issues such as a study stating that adolescents and young adults have an increased suicide rate while taking antidepressants (however, one needs to look at dosing & med combo's when looking at that literature). ...Read more

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Antidepressants making me not think, what to do?

Please discuss: This side effect and any other with your prescribing medical provider. ...Read more

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What are the different types of antidepressants?

Antidepressants: There are several types of antidepressants.
Some of the most common include the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and the Selective Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs). Sometimes other medications get added on as well. A full discussion is grander in scope than this box allows. Also read about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy please. Link:
http://tinyurl. Com/zt59y8v ...Read more

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How are antidepressants expected to make you feel?

How are antidepressants expected to make you feel?

Interesting question: Antidepressants can help manage disabling symptoms of extreme depression and anxiety, like apathy, poor energy, sleep & appetite disturbance, panic attacks, etc. It's not like turning your feelings on -- nor does it make you "happy" [despite tv commercials]. Doctors try to optimize your treatment so that you're as free of both symptoms and side effects as possible. Healing is a journey though. ...Read more

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Are antidepressants overprescribed in this country?

I am not really sure: I have seen situations when I would not have prescribed antidepressants when another provider did & I have seen cases where I would have definately suggested antidepressants but the provider did not. ...Read more

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Is the nutribullet good if your on antidepressants?

Is the nutribullet good if your on antidepressants?

Juicing: If you want to prepare healthy, whole-food juices, you do need a high quality juicer to do this. The nutribullet looks like a highly advertised product but I can't say how well it stands up to use and cleaning. Vita-mix is more expensive -- but holds up very well, and does more functions including the "pulverizing" like the nutribullet. ...Read more

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What occurs if you exceed the dosage on antidepressants?

Antidepressants: Depends on how much excess dose above the recommended therapeutic dose. Can experience toxicity symptoms. ...Read more

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Antidepressants - what are the differnt options that I have?

Depression: May be treated with different classes of antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin-norepineprhine reuptake inhibitors, mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics & bupropion. Tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors are often used off- label now (rather than for depression). ...Read more

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What could happen if I'm not taking my antidepressants when I should be?

Depression: Stopping antidepressants without a physician's supervision is very dangerous and can lead to severe depression and mood swings. Please consult your MD. ...Read more

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Can chantix stop my period?

Can chantix stop my period?

Chantix: Menstrual disorders are possible Chantix side effects. ...Read more

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Can I take antidepressant with T4?

In general, yes: Overall, most antidepressants would generally be ok with T4. there is some evidence of thyroid supplementation being used to help augment the effects of antidepressants. Would recommend speaking to the doctor working with your thyroid first. ...Read more

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Is trazadone a good antidepressant?

Weak antidepressaant: At one time Desyrel (trazodone) was widely prescribed for treatment of depression. However, at the effectivedosages for depression, most people could not tolerate Desyrel’s pronounced tendency to cause sedation and drowsiness, especially during the daytime when these side effects interfered with work and daily activities. Generally it effects sleep and but it is only a mild antidepressant. ...Read more

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Are antidepressants over the counter?

No: Safe and effective preparations used to treat depression are all available only on a prescription basis. Over the counter treatments do not have the body of research to back up their efficacy. If your mood has deteriorated enough to need treatment, you owe it to yourself to be evaluated by a physician and treated if needed with a prescription medication. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants work for anxiety?

Can antidepressants work for anxiety?

Perhaps: Some antidepressants reduce anxiety, but work best in conjunction with learning how to recognize & manage anxiety through both thought change and physical management (i.e.Exercise). For example, Paxil (paroxetine) is commonly prescribed for social anxiety, but works best when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy. Medicine is great but, anxiety lessens most when we know how to control it. ...Read more

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What are antidepressant side effects?

Please let us know: Which antidepressant you are referring to. Each antidepressant medication has different potential side effects. You can clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants help drug withdrawl?

They can: While not well studied for this purpose, antidepressant medications can help improve mood and frustration tolerance, making drug withdrawal less unpleasant. A number of antidepressants are also antianxiety medications and can help improve those symptoms that can happen during withdrawal. ...Read more

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Does smoking pot effect antidepressants?

Cannabis: May not interfere directly with effectiveness of an antidepressant but it may cause depression in some people (thus - it might be considered to indirectly). ...Read more

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Can antidepressant cause liver proplems?

Acetaminophen: Some of antidepressant can affect if someone already have liver problem it's not common side effect unless someone take too much tylenol (acetaminophen), drink or has underlying liver problem specially hepatitis or some other medications. ...Read more

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Do antidepressants make men less fertile?

Do antidepressants make men less fertile?

Maybe: One study out of cornell-weill medical center looked at Prozac (fluoxetine) in men with subfertility and did find reduction in sperm counts and motility. ...Read more

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How many soldiers are on antidepressants?

How many soldiers are on antidepressants?

6%: The last statistic I heard for the U.S. Army was 6%, which sounds about right based on my experience as a military psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What to do if antidepressant side effects?

Call: Call your doctor and discuss if stopping the medication would be appropriate and if possibly finding an alternative would be possible. Depends on the side effect as well. ...Read more