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Do antidepressants help stop the effects of my premenstrual syndrome?

Do antidepressants help stop the effects of my premenstrual syndrome?

YES!!!: Yes anti depressants that effect serotonin have been found to be helpful with pms symptoms. Prozac (fluoxetine) for instance has indications for this. Other activities like good sleep wake hygiene, low caffeine and sodium, good exercise regimen. These can also help with pms. May also consider hormone therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Jumnah Thanapathy
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Premenstrual Syndrome (Pms) (Definition)

A condition that affects women about one week before the onset of their period. Symptoms include mood changes, bloating, fatigue, acne, and headaches. ...Read more


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How can I reduce the symptoms of restless leg syndrome? Stop my valium?

How can I reduce the symptoms of restless leg syndrome? Stop my valium?

Caution here...: Valium is the first in a group of drugs: anxiolytic (anti-anxiety). Newer ones include xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, klonopin, serax.... These are all brand names; the generic chemical names end in the letters: epam. These are addictive medications (controlled substances), and the hallmark of dependence or addiction is that there is a withdrawal syndrome if suddenly stop, the drug. Must be managed with doc. ...Read more

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Is it possible that years of medication like, anti depressants & mood stabilizers and their side effects caused my ibs? How can I reduce IBS symptoms?

Is it possible that years of medication like, anti depressants & mood stabilizers and their side effects caused my ibs? How can I reduce IBS symptoms?

Caused or uncovered?: Certain meds can aggravate or uncover ibs, which tends to have genetic roots. Chronic antidepressant and mood stabilizer use plus stresses of chronic illnesses themselves may be a double dose of ibs stress. Stress alone can trigger ibs. Reducing stress of mood disorders with meds that could awaken ibs is a mixed blessing but the illnesses without meds is worse. Consult a GI specialist for help. ...Read more

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I started taking tryciclics. My concern is stopping the ssris abruptly for withdrawal concerns. Yet, can't taking both cause seretonin syndrome ?

I started taking tryciclics.  My concern is stopping the ssris abruptly for withdrawal concerns. Yet, can't taking both cause seretonin syndrome ?

Discuss with doc : Your doc knows you. Usually isn't a big deal. In general id start tricyclics along with ssri and then wean off of ssri, serotonin syndrome unlikely, discontinuance sx most common with Paxil (paroxetine) which is a more potent ssri, . ...Read more

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Can Zoloft cause increased anxiety, shaking, diarrhea, and tiredness, on the first day of taking 12.5mg of it? What would help with these side effects

Can Zoloft cause increased anxiety, shaking, diarrhea, and tiredness, on the first day of taking 12.5mg of it? What would help with these side effects

Unusual but possible: Contact your prescriber. You may not be able to tolerate this medication. If side effects are mild it is reasonable to wait but if moderate or severe call your prescriber and consider other options. ...Read more

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How do i lessen the withdrawal symptoms of doxepin?

How do i lessen the withdrawal symptoms of doxepin?

Slow taper: I would suggest using 1/2 dose for 2 weeks and then 1/4 tab for one week, every other day for 1 week and then off. ...Read more

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I have anxiety disorder and some agoraphobia. What's the best ssri with the least side effects?

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I have anxiety disorder and some agoraphobia. What's the best ssri with the least side effects?

SSRIs: Different ssris work differently in different people. Trial & error would be best, as recommended by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a medicine for OCD, not part of SSRI drugs, SSRI caused to me fatigue and drowsiness or insomnia, these side effects affected to my life.

Is there a medicine for OCD, not part of SSRI drugs, SSRI caused to me fatigue and drowsiness or insomnia, these side effects affected to my life.

OCD: I understand your need for medication for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to relieve obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Since SSRI Medications caused insomnia, discuss with Psychiatrist Benefits and side effects of Anafranil or Effexor (venlafaxine). Continue follow up for monitoring Have Intensive Therapy. Do Breathing Relaxation, Yoga, Meditation ...Read more

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Taken lots of different meds for depression and anxiety nothing helps, my anxiety is the worst crawling the walls Dr does not know what to do with me?

Taken lots of different meds for depression and  anxiety nothing helps, my anxiety is the worst crawling the walls Dr does not know what to do with me?

See a therapist : You may want to see a psychologist for an evaluation and psychotherapy. When medication alone fails to help depression and anxiety symptoms, the combination of meds with psychotherapy can make a huge difference. Also, make sure your thyroid has been checked by your doctor. Your doc also needs to rule out a rare cause of anxiety called an adrenal tumor or pheochromocytoma. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I want to discontinue the generic of wellbutrin (bupropion) because of the side effects I am getting (anger and hostility?

I want to discontinue the generic of wellbutrin (bupropion) because of the side effects I am getting (anger and hostility?

Talk to your doctor: Before stopping any medication. However, if your question is about whether wellbutrin (bupropion) can cause these side effects, the answer is yes, in some patients. ...Read more

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What is the safest anti anxiety medication with the least amount of side effects? (I have tried exercise, cbt, counselling etc so do not suggest these

What is the safest anti anxiety medication with the least amount of side effects? (I have tried exercise, cbt, counselling etc so do not suggest these

Need both approaches: SSRi's with the fewest drug interactions, which would be probably Zoloft (sertraline) and Celexa; not addictive and few side effects too. Everyone responds differently, an individual approach is needed. Non-drug treatments for anxiety are important to continue also, as medication do not cure anxiety and are less effective if not getting good sleep, proper nutrition, insight into your anxiety and exercise. ...Read more

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What meds can I take to make the effects of restless leg syndrome less prominent?

What meds can I take to make the effects of restless leg syndrome less prominent?

Several options: Rls can be treated in a variety of ways. The first thing to check for is iron deficiency anemia. If you are iron deficient, then iron supplementation may be all you need to improve your RLS symptoms. Other classes of medications used include low doses of a narcotic, such as morphine, or Dopamine agonists such as Requip (ropinirole) or mirapex. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of switching from Lexapro (escitalopram) to zoloft, howling do they last .?

What are the side effects  of switching from Lexapro (escitalopram) to zoloft, howling do they last .?

Depends: Lexapro (escitalopram) and zoloft are both ssris and have the same side effect profiles, though any individual might have some side effects to one that she didn't have to the other. Most discomfort people experience in switching from one ssri to another is due to discontinuation from the first med, if the second one isn't at a sufficient level to avoid those discontinuation effects. Give it 3 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking long term alprazolam? Can i get some tips to quit taking pills and not to suffer insomnia?

What are the side effects of taking long term alprazolam? Can i get some tips to quit taking pills and not to suffer insomnia?

Tolerance/withdrawal: Alprazolam (brand name xanax (alprazolam)) is a short-acting, non-sedating tranquilizer that is quite habit-forming. Depending on dosage & duration of use, it may need to be decreased very gradually over weeks or even longer. Sometimes xanax (alprazolam) is replaced with a similar drug that is easier to stop. This is best discussed with the prescribing doctor, who may also offer other remedies for the insomnia. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants help with pms? Are antidepressants ever prescribed temporarily to help with the symptoms of pms? .

Can antidepressants help with pms? Are antidepressants ever prescribed temporarily to help with the symptoms of pms?

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Yes: Antidepressants are frequently used to treat pms symptoms especially pmdd. Depending on the symptoms you are having, there are several options. I would consult a psychiatrist and if you can, a reproductive psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants help with pms? Are antidepressants ever prescribed temporarily to help with the symptoms of pms? .

Can antidepressants help with pms? Are antidepressants ever prescribed temporarily to help with the symptoms of pms?  

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Yes.: Antidepressants are often prescribed to help deal with the symptoms of pms. Talk with your physician, but also take self care steps including exercise, rest and good nutrition to help you through the difficult times. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of weaning yourself off topamax (topiramate)? I am experiencing withdrawl symptoms and don't know if this is normal?

What are some side effects of weaning yourself off topamax (topiramate)? I am experiencing withdrawl symptoms and don't know if this is normal?

Topamax (topiramate): Is a "dirty" drug (works on many receptors) and when weaning of you may experience many side effects: mood and personality changes, anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, vomiting, headaches, just to name a few. A typical regime involves a minimal weekly drug dose reduction over 6-8 weeks. Whenever changing or weaning off your meds, you should always do it under your health care provider. ...Read more

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Dx with anxiety/depression prescribed paxil (paroxetine). What is the drawback of starting and stopping my meds. I can't afford them.

Dx with anxiety/depression prescribed paxil (paroxetine). What is the drawback of starting and stopping my meds. I can't afford them.

Worsening / prolong: Your symptoms as potential risk if stop meds early. Talk to your dr about your financial situation. He/she may be able to help with information on drug manufacturer assistance / samples / generic / or alternate (/cheaper) medications that will help. ...Read more