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I Am Taking Antidepressants But I Am Still
S/E may seem crazy: Some antidepressant side effects may be activating to some pts who may feel "crazy" on such meds. However, a thorough assessment by your psychiatrist will help him/her make the right diagnosis and select the best medication for you based on your symptoms. ...Read more
Talk to Doc first.: Please discuss with your physicians. Depending on the nature of your depression and your meds you may get rebound of the symptoms. Further, certain medications must be tappered (such as SSRIs). Please consult your doctor soon. Always talk to your doctor before stopping any medication or changing the dosing. ...Read more
INTERESTING: Sorry could not disagree more with dr. Block. Most diseases are not cured but are effectively treated. So it is with psychiatric illnesses as well. The antidepressants are truly beneficial and at times down right miraculous and life saving. It would be a tragedy to not prescribe an antidepressant under the right conditions, circumstances and of course correct diagnosis with an appropriate doctor. ...Read more
I've been taking antidepressants for over 3 weeks. How long will it take me to feel the medication work?
Usually 2-4 weeks: For many antidepressant medications, it can take 2-4 weeks (or longer) before it begins to provide benefit. Consult with your prescribing doctor to confirm this is the case for this specific medication. ...Read more
It depends: With many antidepressants, having a drink on occasion is not going to cause problems. However regular or heavy drinking is not recommended. Also, certain antidepressants, such as maois, react with certain foods and drinks, one of which is red wine. For this reason, it is important to ask your doctor and/or pharmacist about any restrictions that may be involved in the particular med you're taking. ...Read more
Lots: There are medication and psychotherapy options. Benzodiazapines are very effective for anxiety but have high risks for abuse and dependence. Buspar (buspirone) is a non-addictive anxiety medication. But, more than 70% of people can be taken off meds or efffectively treated with cognitive behavior therapy by a psychologist: http://cpancf. Com/anxietydisordersbasics. Asp. ...Read more
May be good: Certain antidepressants — not all — are good for neuropathic pain or some other chronic pains. To do this, they must be taken regularly — not like an immediate painkiller. It may actually be safer to control pain by an antidepressant than immediate painkillers because of side effects of the latter such as on the stomach or kidneys — as well as those that habituate (antidepressants don't habituate). ...Read more
No: It is important to adequately treat anxiety and depression in pregnancy. Depending on the severity of the mood disorder (and the type of antidepressant someone is taking) it is sometimes better to continue medications. Before stopping antidepressants, it is important to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor: Loss of sex drive is one of the common side effects associated with certain anti-depressants. However, some medicines are more likely to cause those problems, and each patient responds somewhat differently to each med. So trying other medicines as recommended by your doctor can help to minimize/eliminate the problem. It is also common to try the ed medicines to offset performance problems. ...Read more
No, the opposite: Antidepressants are for depression, not contraception. In fact, many antidepressants interact with birth control meds & make them less effective. If u need contraception, see fp/ gyn for appropriate choice, especially if u are going to also be taking an antidepressant. ...Read more
I've never been able to remember my dreams but now I do. Can it be bc I'm taking antidepressants now.?
Can I stop taking antidepressants after 5 day. Only on them for anxiety and I fell more anxious on them? I just felt unmotivated on day 5
Scared to tell GP Is to ok to be taking antidepressants half a dozen at a time to be sick for few days to cope & get through the days till better days?
No: Do not take anti-depressant pills half a dozen at a time! If you are afraid to tell your GP about this perhaps you need to go to a different one that doesn't scare you. It sounds like you need to be treated more effectively for the depression with medications and probably counseling as well. ...Read more
Several reasons: 1. Alcohol tends to maintain and worsen depression, so it will oppose the effect of the antidepressant. 2. Alcohol feels "stronger", so coordination, driving, etc, may be more impaired than expected. 3. The combination increases the risk of seizures. 4. Suicide risk is greatly increased if a depressed person drinks. ...Read more
No evidence: Researchers continue to look, but nothing has turned up, even now, many decades after the first antidepressants were discovered and used. There are certain long term changes in brain function that relate to antidepressants' efficacy, but these reverse after a time when they are discontinued. ...Read more
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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