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Glaucoma Safe Antidepressants
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
What are the most popular forms of glaucoma treatment for acute angle-closure glaucoma? I have just been diagnosed with acute angle-closure glaucoma (i take the anti-depressant citalopram, and my doctor thought this was the cause of the disease). Which gl
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
Yes: As with any medication side effects and safety should be weigh against the benefits of the medication treating the patient. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Is there an antidepressant that would be safe for people over 70. One side effect I would be afraid of is sleeplessness.
Antidepressants: Several options. Best to sit down with a psychiatrist with geriatric work experience and review options. ...Read more
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?
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
Antidepressants: Many safe for glaucoma. Note: over-the-counter and prescription medications account for 33% of acute angle-closure glaucoma. These have been reported to associated with glaucoma: Celexa, prozac, lexapro, zoloft, wellbutrin, (bupropion) and lamictal. Best to consult to give details. ...Read more
Meds while pregnant: The "ssri" antidepressant have been studied in pregnancy and were thought to be generally safe. However they can still can effect the baby. But there is growing evidence that untreated depression has risks of its own. Non medication based treatment should be considered but please speak to your doc to weigh out the risks vs benefits for you and the baby. Good luck. ...Read more
Antidepressant?: There r some medication which r safer than others. And sometimes we use ect. Stopping medication may aggreviate u symptoms but taking medication also may cause congenital abnormality to the fetus. ...Read more
Depression: Depressed pregnant patient usually continue their meds. Which is important for their wellbeing. Caution for strong antidepressant during the first trimester should be done because of affecting the baby. ...Read more
Can I take royal jelly together with ssri antidepressants? Are there any interactions? Is it safe?
Royal jelly/SSRI: No known interactions.Get a more detailed answer ›
If all antidepressants increase the risk of suicide in people under 25, then is it safe for teens to take them?
I am on antidepressants and I am sick. I was wondering if it's okay to take cold/flu meds while taking oxcarbazepine? If so, what ones are safe?
Oxcarbazepine: You can take drugs like pseudofed and robitussin A-C if you are on Trileptal (oxcarbazepine). However, if you are on other medications, you will need to check on whether there are other interactions with those medications as well. If you have the patient insert of these medications, that's a good place to start. ...Read more
Are antidepressants or NSAIDs better at treating costochondritis &WHY? How safe are anti depressants for treating this and how common is this treatmen
Safety not known: Biotin is a water soluble B vitamin, and maca is a relative of the radish. Each of them separately are not known to pose any established risk. The concern is that the chemicals in maca are not well known, and there is no confirmed scientific information regarding maca interactions. Therefore, taking antidepressants with biotin in recommended amounts is likely not harmful, but unknown with maca. ...Read more
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