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Antidepressants And The Thyroid
Do antidepressant drugs like zoloft or paxil (paroxetine) affect thyroid function? Is it safe to take thyroid booster with antidepressant medicine?
See answer: Antidepressants don't affect thyroid function. Safe to take thyroid medication together with antidepressants as prescribed. Some symptoms of depression and thyroid disorder may overlap. However, the cause may be one or the other. Lengthy medical training provides that expertise. Take care. ...Read more
Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?
Eye disease: Smoking will greatly increase your risk for developing grave's exophthalmopathy. Essentially, the eyes are pushed out because of immune deposits behind them. This will make it difficult for you to close your eyes. People go blind from this depending on severity. We don't understand why smoking increases your risk but it does. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: This is an interesting question, given the effects of these medications on sexual function in both genders. Also some evidence shows that they can help with vasomotor flushing in menopausal women. I don't know of studies specifically looking at sex hormone levels and snri's. Their effects on sexual function and hot flashes seem based more other mechanisms than direct hormone levels. ...Read more
More serotonin: Ssris increase the amount of serotonin in the synapes between the neurons in your brain. This increase in serotonin helps depressive symptoms, showing an effect in 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks for full effect. Short term side effects include mild nausea and headaches for a few days to a week, while more long term side effects include increased appetite and decreased libido and delayed ejaculation for men. ...Read more
Do cholesterol lowering meds (lipitor) interfere with the effectiveness of synthetic thyroid hormones (levothyroxin)?
Generally not: But thyroid medication could be adjusted if necessary. ...Read more
Which antidepressant does not affect libido besides Welbutrin n also helps w anxiety 2 repla lexapro? On Lexapro 10mg, Welbutrin 500mg, n Buspar (buspirone) 30mg
Yes, but it depends: There are over 20 anti-convulsant medications with various side effects. Each drug has a particular side effect profile. In general, the newer medications have less side effects. Some of the common side effects are drowsiness, mental slowing, rash, dizziness, headache. Some medications can affect blood counts, liver or kidney. We pick medications based on epilepsy type and least side effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There is no such interaction.Get a more detailed answer ›
I was wondering about ssris. Why do some cause weight gain and others don't? They both affect serotonin. Does it affect metabolism? Thyroid?
It depends : Different ssris have different chemical structures can affect not only the serotonin reuptake but other hormonal patterns including the thyroid function norepinephrine uptake Dopamine uptake or other hormones in the body. Hence different ssris effect weight differently. Zoloft and Effexor (venlafaxine) are usually weight neutral and Paxil and prozac's cause some weight gain. ...Read more
Maybe: Though there is no scientific and repeatable study directly linking these medications with diabetes, there have been studies that show a correlation for some people after long term use having an increased risk of having type 2 (adult onset) diabetes. More studies and research need to be done, but yes there is a connection, tenuous though it might be. ...Read more
Decreases anxiety: Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (ssri's) decrease anxiety symptoms, and are used to treat social anxiety disorder. Paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, and Luvox applied for and received approval from the fda for use in social anxiety disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do psychiatric medications like geodon (ziprasidone) raise blood sugar levels or cause diabetes? Does the brain revert back when meds are discontinued
Likely: Yes antipsychotic medications like Geodon (ziprasidone) are known to a induce a metabolic syndrome which includes high appetite, increasing weight, high glucose and lipid levels. However Geodon (ziprasidone) is one of the least likely to do it compared to others like risperidone, zyprexa, seroquel etc. Stopping these medications can reverse those changes but can unfortunately also cause the primary symptoms to reappear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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