Top
10
Doctor insights on: Doctor Prescribe Anti Depressant Treat Shingles Pain

Share
1

1
Why did my doctor prescribe an anti-depressant to treat my shingles pain?

Why did my doctor prescribe an anti-depressant to treat my shingles pain?

Depression from pain: Pain is a frequent cause of depression, and the pain from shingles can be severe. In addition, it is hard to suddenly have to change from an active lifestyle to being in bed with pain. The herpetic lesions are in a dermatomal distribution which is unpredictable and can leave visible scars. The latter can depress people if visible, such as in a bathing suit or summer clothing for our visual society. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


2

2
My doctor just prescribed me nortriptyline for an anti-depressant . Is this common?

My doctor just prescribed me nortriptyline for an anti-depressant . Is this common?

Somewhat: We don't use notripytline as much as we used to, but it is still a good drug. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris) are the most prescribed nowadays because of their safety profile. Nortriptyline can be good for depression and anxiety as well as sleep, pain, wetting the bed, and headaches. Take it exactly as prescribed, though. Too much can be bad for your heart. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Can a doctor prescrib something and tell the patient it's for something else? My elderly aunt has been prescribed an anti-depressant, but the doctor told her it was pain medicine. She has rejected anti-depressants in the past and still does. The doctor

Can a doctor prescrib something and tell the patient it's for something else? My elderly aunt has been prescribed an anti-depressant, but the doctor told her it was pain medicine.  She has rejected anti-depressants in the past and still does.  The doctor

The : The simple answer to your general question is no, a doctor cannot ethically lie to a patient about a drug's indication. But, in your aunt's specific case the doctor may not have lied. Some drugs have multiple potential benefits depending on the circumstance. For example, some anti-depressants also help with pain in people who are not depressed. Keep in mind the brain and nerves are closely linked and pain comes from nerve endings. Also, some newer non-narcotic pain medications for chronic pain are closely related to anti-depressant medications but are not actually anti-depressants. If your aunt is concerned, then she has a right to ask the physician what the primary indication for the drug is. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
Doctor prescribed a ssri anti-depressant citalopram - terrfied of getting serotonin syndrome so wont take them! alternatives? I have asthma.

Doctor prescribed a ssri anti-depressant citalopram - terrfied of getting serotonin syndrome so wont take them! alternatives? I have asthma.

SSRI: The risk of serotonin syndrome is extremely small but if this is a concern for you, then you can seek other alternative treatment for depression or anxiety, such as seeing a counselor or mental health worker. ...Read more

6

6
Can a doctor from Healthtap put me on an anti-depressant therapy?

Can a doctor from Healthtap put me on an anti-depressant therapy?

You may wish to use: Health Tap Concierge to establish a patient physician relationship with a Health Tap Psychiatrist (or neuropsychiatrist) . Some primary care physicians may be able to establish care with you and then prescribe medications through their own medical practice. The Health Tap Prime service does not at this time allow the dispensation of psychotropic medications. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
How can you talk to my doctor about taking anti depressant pills?

How can you talk to my doctor about taking anti depressant pills?

Straighforward: I would raise the subject of feeling depressed and explain your circumstances, how you feel and react to things. Many primary care doctors will feel comfortable prescribing an antidepressant if appropriate. If those don't help, or the situation suggests a further need, the doctor might suggest seeing a psychiatrist or counselor as well. ...Read more

9

9
Doctors, what are withdrawal side effects of the anti-depressant and anxiety medication, effexor (venlafaxine)?

Doctors, what are withdrawal side effects of the anti-depressant and anxiety medication, effexor (venlafaxine)?

Potential symptoms: Potential symptoms after stopping Effexor (venlafaxine) include: anxiety, depressed moods, crying, dizziness, paranoia, irritability, drowsiness, restlessness, shaking, headache, ^ sweating, nausea/ vomiting, nightmares, body zaps (electric sensations), shortness of breath, sleep difficulties, fatigue, seizures, irregular heart rate, etc. ...Read more

10

10
Taking citalopram 20mg for depression and I've ran out is it okay to take a different anti depressant same dose until i go to the doctors too get more?

Taking citalopram 20mg for depression and I've ran out is it okay to take a different anti depressant same dose until i go to the doctors too get more?

Not necessarily: Not really. Celexa & Lexapro (escitalopram) are identical in terms of the active ingredient. However there are differences with other antidepressants - especially if they are not selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. If you call the doctor's office, they will sometimes order you a temporary refill at a pharmacy to get you through to your next appt date. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
791 doctors shared insights

Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more