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When u can't reach your own md, and u need an answer regarding depression meds, what do u do? Would alcohol help instead of the medication?

When u can't reach your own md, and u need an answer regarding depression meds, what do u do? Would alcohol help instead of the medication?

Call: If need is urgent or emergent call or go to a local emergency room.

Otherwise wait for return call from md

problems that can be alleviated by medication are likely worsened by alcohol. ...Read more

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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Will I die if don't take levothyroxine? I don't ever take it bc I take to much medication already and I need to take my depression meds before thyroid

Will I die if don't take levothyroxine? I don't ever take it bc I take to much medication already and I need to take my depression meds before thyroid

Hypothyroidism: I understand of getting tired of taking too much medications.

At age 21, problems and conflicts with parents, relationships with separations, work, Alcohol use and finances can cause Depression

Not taking levothyroxine has led to increase in your depression

See Endocrinologist, have blood test for Thyroid, get his advice.

See Psychiatrist for Therapy and discuss not to take depression med. ...Read more

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Is it true depression meds take years off your life? Doesn't depression also?

Is it true depression meds take years off your life? Doesn't depression also?

No: This is a misconception. Medications used appropriately for targeted symptoms that cause an impairment for a clinical disorder; ie major depression are a terrific advance in the field of medicine.
Untreated depression or partially treated depression has higher rates of early death from main conditions. Untreated depression lowers the quality of life and is associated with higher rates of suicide. ...Read more

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I would like depression meds but parents won't let me?

I would like depression meds but parents won't let me?

Why do you need: Your parents' permission at 45 years old? There is obviously more to your situation than you have indicated. I assume you have a primary doctor, or you should have. Ask your doctor about how to treat your depression. You might benefit from a referral to a mental health professional. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most effective treatments for depression. ...Read more

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All the depression meds I take do not work, any ideas?

All the depression meds I take do not work, any ideas?

Depression Treatment: I understand your frustration.
Let the Wise person in you ask:

•Severity of depression
•Stressors in life causing depression
•Unresolved emotional conflicts in your life at this time; and of thepast
•Use of Alcohol and Drugs
•Severity of Anxiety
Discuss with Psychiatrist
•Diagnosis of Anxiety, Depression or both
•Severity of symptoms now needing medication
•Therapy
•Breathing;Music Relaxation ...Read more

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I'm feeling better after stopping my depression meds. Is this ok?

I'm feeling better after stopping my depression meds. Is this ok?

Please talk: With your prescribing physician/ psychiatrists. It may take five weeks to feel the full result of being off the medication. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take till depression meds to start to work?

How long does it usually take till depression meds to start to work?

Weeks: About 75% of people who respond to antidepressants, do so within the first four weeks, whereas about 25% respond between four and six weeks. ...Read more

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Why does it take weeks/months for many depression meds to 'kick in'?

Why does it take weeks/months for many depression meds to 'kick in'?

Great question: Researchers have been asking this question for a long time, because the clinical facts go against the notion that antidepressant effectiveness depends only on serotonin and other neurotransmitter availability changes. Those actually happen long before antidepressant effect "kicks in" -- meaning that antidepressant response could also require neural changes that take longer to develop. ...Read more

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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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How can I help my husband see he needs to get back on his depression meds?

How can I help my husband see he needs to get back on his depression meds?

Depression meds?: Many patients with mental illness have poor insight and judgement. They don't believe they
r sick and they don't take their medication.
Usually family support is important and may be able to convince u husband that taking his medication is important for both of u and whole family. Sometimes if u convince him to seek family therapy may work as well. ...Read more

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Why is it bad to go off of depression meds suddenly if you feel you may not need them anymore?

Why is it bad to go off of depression meds suddenly if you feel you may not need them anymore?

Makes you sick: Sudden discontinuation of antidepressants can lead to withdrawal symptoms which may include nausea, muscle aches, fatigue, jittery or anxious feeling, and headache, just to name a few. Patients should always discuss discontinuing these medications with their provider to ensure the proper time to discontinue and to discuss a slow taper of these medications. ...Read more

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Should I stop taking my depression meds if they are not working? This would be without my dr permission

Should I stop taking my depression meds if they are not working? This would be without my dr permission

See your doctor.: It is always in your best interest to discuss problems with your medication to your doctor. Sometimes, the dose is not enough or you have not taken it long enough. If, in spite of adequate dose and time, it still not effective, he could try you on another medication. There are many types of antidepressants and some people respond better to other types. ...Read more

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What are some effective anxiety and depression meds?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What are some effective anxiety and depression meds?

SSRI: Talk to your doctor about alternative antidepressants, such as snri or wellbutrin (bupropion) or anxiety medications if you are still on ssri. Sometimes switching from one ssri to another might help with anxiety. ...Read more

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When should someone take anxiety and depression meds?

When should someone take anxiety and depression meds?

Eval: The person should get a full psychiatric workup to determine symptoms, severity, and whether or not medication is needed. The person should also seek appropriate psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Might going on depression meds put me in a zombie like state?

Might going on depression meds put me in a zombie like state?

Not likely: Very unlikely. That is not the desired effect. If you did feel zombie -like, tell your doctor so that changes can be made. ...Read more

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My depression meds just increase my anxiety- what else can I do?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Talk to your doctor: In general, it may take a few weeks before anti-depressants are able to help your depression and/or anxiety, so you should talk to your doctor about therapy or further information on how your treatment should be progressing. It's worth noting that anxiety when you start an anti-depressant can happen, but is usually transient. Don't rely only on medications to relieve your anxiety. Exercise. ...Read more

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Do people sometimes take depression meds just when they feel depressed?

Do people sometimes take depression meds just when they feel depressed?

No: I would not be effective because it takes a while for the blood level to rise to therapeutic levels. ...Read more

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Why would depression meds make me feel more depressed? Have tried 3 different types.

Why would depression meds make me feel more depressed? Have tried 3 different types.

Depression: Unfortunately you are not telling us what you've been on and how you were diagnosed with depression. There are different types of antidepressants that act through different pathways, they take a few weeks to reach therapeutic levels in your system and they don't work for everyone. Your psychiatrist will need to re-evaluate your diagnosis and treatment based on your response. Be patient. ...Read more

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I have a happy life but I feel like I'm just a hamster on a wheel, take depression meds but what else can I do?

I have a happy life but I feel like I'm just a hamster on a wheel, take depression meds but what else can I do?

Meds can't fix this: Medications are made to manage symptoms, not cure conditions. And what you have will not be reached by medications alone. I agree with dr. Ali about the need for psychotherapy here -- a chance to look deeply at why you're feeling like "a hamster on a wheel, " & what you want to about this. Tv commercials suggest that medications alone will fix our problems. Dig deep in yourself; find therapist. ...Read more

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Are depression meds and bi-polar meds similar?

Are depression meds and bi-polar meds similar?

In some ways: Some bipolar people experience severe depression and need antidepressants at times. However, they also need mood stabilizing medications because they also have periods of mania or hypomania at other times. Someone with depressive episodes alone (no mania or hypomania) would need only antidepressants and no mood stabilizers. ...Read more