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Does Breastfeeding Relieve Depression
To med or not to med: You may not always need to resort to medications when having pain while breast feeding. If it's deep in the breast pain, massage and warm compresses may help. If engorgement pain, cool compresses and tight bra. If it's nipple pain, lanolin or coconut milk massaged into the nipples. If actually need med, acetominophen (tylenol) is the preffered for you and baby. And make dad do housework! ...Read more
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
Yes: Every time a breastfeeding mom thinks about the baby, there is a surge of oxytocin, which induces milk "let down." oxytocin's nickname is the "love hormone, " and it produces feelings of calmness, warmth and affection. Fathers can secrete it when they look at their baby, too! it's safe to continue breastfeeding while taking most medications for depression -- consult your local lactation center. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
How does lexamil cipla ( escitalopram) cause weight gain? And how long does it take to work help with anxiety and depression?
Escitalopram: People respond to medication differently. Some will gain weight while others lose weight. The weight gain can be due to the medication slowing the metabolism and/or increasing your appetite. Changing your diet and regular exercise can be helpful. On average escitalopram can take 4-6 weeks to help with anxiety and depression. I have had some patients report that it started working sooner for them. ...Read more
NO: Nicotinic acid or Niacin is not intended to treat depression and has not been approved in this condition. Niacin is used for treatment of "dyslipidemis or imbalance of cholesterol - it increased "good" HDL cholesterol. It should not be taken without medical consult due to possible liver toxicity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does adding welbutrin to a Prozac (fluoxetine) regimen increase sexual response and interest ? Does it reduce irritability? Foes it help a woman with orgasm
Possibly: It is unfortunate that a medicine like fluoxetine which helps so many people 10-20% or more of the time can really inhibit sexual desire and response. Probably the first thing to do would be to have fluoxetine discontinued before going forward with wellbutrin (bupropion). Wellbutrin (bupropion) can help with this issue and it is not known for having sexual side effects. It can reduce irritability and may help orgasm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How effectively does Zoloft (sertraline) work for anxiety, insomnia and does it cause weight loss?
Yes; many things:: Yes, it is safe ; usually helps. It occ. Causes loose stools. See http://kellymom.Com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/herbs/fenugreek/#effect other herbs like milk thistle, changes in feeding techniques, stress reduction, adequate rest etc. Also will help. See http://www.Breastfeedingbasics.Com/articles/increasing-your-milk-supply ; http://kellymom.Com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/low-supply/#increase. ...Read more
Can really help: Prozac (fluoxetine) acts to help normalize the levels chemicals in the brain that are responsible for mood. It can take 6 months to achieve sustained normal levels, and then tapering can be possible. But some people need it for ever because their brains cannot regulate the levels properly. Sometimes there are other causes of depression. and Prozac (fluoxetine) may help in that case, or it may not work. ...Read more
It could: Magnesium is a well-tolerated supplement with few side effects that may be helpful for anxiety. As a single therapy, it has not been well evaluated, but three human studies of magnesium in combination with other vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts have all shown reduction of anxiety levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Similasan: Similasan "anxiety relief" is a combination homeopathic remedy containing low-dose argentum nitricum and strophanthus gratus. Homeopathic medicines do "work" -- but only if the particular patient has specific symptoms calling for that remedy. If not, they don't. There are many kinds of anxiety, and over 800 different homeopathic remedies that might help. Consulting a homeopath might help more. ...Read more
Bipolar depression: bipolar means alternating btween depression and mania, the opposite. it is a mood disorder and usually you don't need antidepressants if the mood disorcer is controlled, but not always. You mention anger and that is why you may need something for the mood disorder, tegretol, depakote, lithium are frequently used. Your doctor will discuss these otionos with you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What natural supplement is safest to take to improve concentration and stress while it doesn't interact with my existing med prozac (fluoxetine)?
Indirectly: Agree with previous comments. There are some with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, or neuropathic-type pain, who respond very well to gabapentin. If such a chronic condition is contributing to one's depressed state or anxiety, and symptoms are alleviated with treatment, depressive symptoms may improve also. But there is no direct biochemical pathway by which gabapentin treats depression or anxiety. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
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