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Which antidepressants are safe for glaucoma?

Which antidepressants are safe for glaucoma?

Depends: Many antidepressants are in the category of tricyclics and others which can cause worsening of narrow angle glaucoma. It is important to check with your eye doctor. In some severe cases, medications can be used even if risky, under close supervision. ...Read more

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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more


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What antidepressant is safe for glaucoma?

What antidepressant is safe for glaucoma?

Many safe for glauco: Many are safe for glaucoma. Celexa, prozac, lexapro, zoloft, wellbutrin, (bupropion) and lamictal. With any others i would consult with your ophthalmologist first. ...Read more

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Which antidepressant can someone take, if he has acute narrow angle glaucoma?

Which antidepressant can someone take, if he has acute narrow angle glaucoma?

Speak with your doc: Certain antidepressants have been associated with causing narrow angles to worsen. This can increase your risk of an acute narrow angle glaucoma attack, which is sight-threatening. An acute attack is incredibly painful and needs immediate treatment in order to prevent blindness. See an eye doctor to discuss your glaucoma and speak with your psychiatrist about medication choices as well. ...Read more

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Are there antidepressants you can take when you have acute narrow angle glaucoma?

Are there antidepressants you can take when you have acute narrow angle glaucoma?

Glaucoma: If the glaucoma has been treated with laser pi, and the eye pressure is ok, then it is ok to take the antidepressants, as long as your ophthalmologist is aware. ...Read more

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Are antidepressants safe for an 18 year old?

Are antidepressants safe for an 18 year old?

Yes: When prescribed under the supervision of a trained physician, antidepressants are safe and effective. ...Read more

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Is it safe for younger adults to take antidepressants?

Is it safe for younger adults to take antidepressants?

Relatively: All medications have risks. However, most antidepressants can be used safely, and there is nothing about the physical make-up of younger adults that would increase the risk. ...Read more

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Would it be safe to take an antidepressant with an antihistamine?

Probably: The answer depends on the two medications and your general physical health. However, in general this combination is not contraindicated. Call you doctor's office and ask by name of medication for a better answer or ask your pharmacist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take any antidepressant for decades?

Is it safe to take any antidepressant for decades?

If necessary: one can safely take an antidepressant for many years. That said, be sure to see prescribing doctor regularly to assess need for antidepressant. Good to consider lower dose at times. Keep annual physical exams with your pcp including routine blood work, ECG and let all doctors know of any changes in meds you take. Any change in health status should be shared with prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe for young adults to take antidepressant medication?

Yes: As with any medication side effects and safety should be weigh against the benefits of the medication treating the patient. ...Read more

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I am on Xanor 0.5mg SR and really want to come off. Taking every 2nd day. Also halved antidepressant to 10mg p/day. Is this safe?

I am on Xanor 0.5mg SR and really want to come off. Taking every 2nd day. Also halved antidepressant to 10mg p/day. Is this safe?

Great, w/ guidance!: Managing your anxiety and depression well by other means than medications may be a wonderful thing, but do try to find a physician to guide you through the weaning phases. They can be hazardous and it's much safer to be monitored during the time. Be patient, it will pay off. Best wishes for a safe, healthy landing. ...Read more

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Is it safe to start antidepressant medicine right the next day of using St. John's wort 900 mg? Or should I gradually lower St. John's & then start?

Your doctor knows?: So, your doctor who is prescribing the antidepressant knows about the St. John's wort and told you to do what? If your doctor does not know, it is not too late to tell him or her. You may be surprised but this is important information to share with your doctor. Your doctor should be able to guide you with regards to how best to stop St. John's wort. Please work with your doctor. ...Read more

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Which antidepressants are safe to take while pregnant?

Which antidepressants are safe to take while pregnant?

None totally safe: All antidepressants are class c; meaning certain risks exist. However, when potential benefits outweigh risks, sertraline, bupropion and other agents are often cautiously used. Ect has been advocated; but for sure, the safest method is psychotherapy (as only treatment, or in combination). Ask your dr, best wishes ! ...Read more

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Is there an antidepressant that is safe to take while breastfeeding and that do not make you gain weight?

Yes, but some wt. : American journal of psychiatry in june, 2004 this paper included publications through june, 2002, searches of medline, . Current contants, . Results of the pooled analyses indicated that breastfed infants exposed to paroxetine and sertraline were unlikely to develop adverse effects. Sertralline cuase limited weight gain. Other antidepressants were not recommend as celexa (citalopram). ...Read more

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I'm trying to get pregnant but really feel as though I should be on antidepressants. Are there any safe to take?

I'm trying to get pregnant but really feel as though I should be on antidepressants.  Are there any safe to take?

Yes: When women have been experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety which affect their lives, it's best to see a physician who can evaluate and see if you are a candidate for medication. If you do take a pill and desire pregnancy, sertraline has one of the best safety profiles. Prozac (fluoxetine) is another. Biggest risk is pph, risk is around 1 in 2000. Talk with doctor about your symptoms first, good luck. ...Read more

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Is there an antidepressant that would be safe for people over 70. One side effect i would be afraid of is sleeplessness.

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Antidepressants: Several options. Best to sit down with a psychiatrist with geriatric work experience and review options. ...Read more

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I'm afraid to take antidepressants but I get nervous a lot. Why can't I take xanax (alprazolam) as needed wouldn't that be safer than an every day drug?

Not necessarily: If your anxiety is caused by a disorder that is controlled by an SSRI for example it would be better to use one of these as there is no tolerance or dependency & maybe more effective. You need to diagnose the source of your anxiety. ...Read more

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Are antidepressants safe during pregnancy?

Are antidepressants safe during pregnancy?

Usually: This is a risk-benefit decision must be made between yourself and your physician. The risk varies by antidepressant, but the majority of the data indicate many antidepressants are likely safe in pregnancy. A resource that puts this into context is: http://www.Womensmentalhealth.Org/specialty-clinics/psychiatric-disorders-during-pregnancy/. ...Read more

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