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Is desipramine a better antidepressant than nardil (phenelzine) for motivation?

Is desipramine a better antidepressant than nardil (phenelzine) for motivation?

Depends: Desipramine is an old medication from the tca group. It is relatively norepinergic, that can possibly increase motivation. Nardil (phenelzine) belongs to the group of maoi, which are supposed to increase all three neurotransmitters, promote alertness etc., which also can improve motivation. I normally let my patients to try both and choose. (nb! cannot be taken in the same time!). ...Read more

Desipramine (Definition)

Desipramine (norpramin) is a non-selective tricyclic antidepressant used to treat major depression, ocd, enuresis, and various anxiety disorders. It is more directed towards inhibiting norepinephrine than serotonin ...Read more


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Should i take lisinopril and anti-depressants (lamictal, desipramine) while using prepopik before a colonoscopy?

Should i take lisinopril and anti-depressants (lamictal, desipramine) while using prepopik before a colonoscopy?

Usually I have : My patients stay on their current meds with the exception of aspirin, coumadin, (warfarin) fish oil and vit e. But don't take your meds just before starting the prep as you will flush them out and thus will be ineffective. To be safe you should discuss this with your endoscopist in advance of the prep. ...Read more

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Do antidepressants do any good if your home life doesn't change? Or do they just make you ok with the everyday things that make you miserable?

Do antidepressants do any good if your home life doesn't change? Or do they just make you ok with the everyday things that make you miserable?

Antidepressants: treat symptoms of depression when medical causes have been ruled out: eg., negative, sad mood, low energy, poor concentration, disturbed sleep/appetite. They do not solve your problems, but can make you better able to cope overall. Psychotherapy is often recommended to problem solve and help you understand why you act the way you do. Take care. ...Read more

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Why do drs.Always perscribe antidepressants for anxiety and other issues someone may have?&wat nxt if don't help relive4ur particular problem?

Why do drs.Always perscribe antidepressants for anxiety and other issues someone may have?&wat nxt if don't help relive4ur particular problem?

Anxiety: Most doctors prescribe ssris based on research data & their own experience, at least initially. If limited response, several add-on options are available depending on anxiety type, such as clonidine, vistaril, inderal, (propranolol) trileptal, etc. If that fails, changing from augmentation to switching is an option. Keep in mind that medications are only part of tx, which should include behavior therapy, counse. ...Read more

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5days of hypomania.Now i'm very sad.I can't take antidepressant because it get my mood too up.I take ability5mg, but isn't enought in my opinion.Help!

5days of hypomania.Now i'm very sad.I can't take antidepressant because it get my mood too up.I take ability5mg, but isn't enought in my opinion.Help!

You're right: If you've been hypomanic for 5 days, you're correct that your current regimen is not enough. Please see your psychiatrist asap so you can get your moods under better control. There are other options besides abilify, (aripiprazole) if dose adjustments don't help. ...Read more

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Scared to take antidepressant not sure I need them doc didn't really ask many quest to dx. I feel like thr is something wrong but Idk. Should I take ?

I don't know you or: your diagnosis - so I really can't make a recommendation. It would be important for you to know the indicated condition that the medication is for as well as target symptoms to be treated and possible side effects. Then you can make an informed decision about whether to take it or not. Take care. ...Read more

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I am on paxii, and I have gained lots of weight sinc.I know this is a common side affect, but are there any other antidepressants that don't cause this?

I am on paxii, and I have gained lots of weight sinc.I know this is a common side affect, but are there any other antidepressants that don't cause this?

Less than paxil (paroxetine): You could try other ssris (viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) Lexapro Prozac etc) have to taper Paxil while starting new one to avoid discontinuance dx--paxil is stronger than most of them. ...Read more

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Norpramin (Definition)

Norpramin is a secondary amine tricyclic which is a kind of tricyclic type drug (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting ...Read more