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Can I take medication for utis while breastfeeding?

Can I take medication for utis while breastfeeding?

Some are OK: Please check with your baby's pediatrician or a lactation expert. Penicillin and Amoxicillin are perfectly safe. Others fairly safe and some not safe at all. There are differences of opinion amongst medical profession so please accept advice from an experienced professional you can trust. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

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


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Which migraine medications are safe while breastfeeding?

Which migraine medications are safe while breastfeeding?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin: Certain medicines are safe for nursing and some are not. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen are safe medicines for nursing and effective for migraines. If you are on other medicines and want to know if they are safe, speak to your physician. Here's a website where you can access information about the safety of specific medicines: http://toxnet.Nlm.Nih.Gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?Lact. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medication for anxiety disorders while pregnant?

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Is it safe to take medication for anxiety disorders while pregnant?

Pregnant: It is vital to have your prescribing doc. Work closely with your ob/gyn to monitor throughout pregnancy. ...Read more

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What other medicines like xanex can be used while exclusively breastfeeding to treat anxiety and insomnia?

What other medicines like xanex can be used while exclusively breastfeeding to treat anxiety and insomnia?

Breastfeeding & meds: First, thank you so much for your wonderful dedication to breastfeeding, you and your baby will benefit forever! Insomnia long term may best be treated with Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia. and for anxiety I most recommend seeing a Psychologist expert in treating anxiety disorders. We role model everything for our children, so resolving the source of anxiety(EMDR Therapy) can best help ...Read more

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I am currently being treated for bipolar and trying to quit smoking , will anti smoking medications interfere with my Zoloft (sertraline) limictal or condition?

I am currently being treated for bipolar and trying to quit smoking , will anti smoking medications interfere with my Zoloft (sertraline) limictal or condition?

Chantix caution: Chantix, which is actually a good smoking cessation medication, has been asociated with significant behavioral changes even in the absence of other drugs. Nicotine gum, patches etc. Are no more likely to cause problems than simply smoking. Zyban (bupropion) (wellbutrin) should be avoided because it might ramp up the mania. ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) be taken during pregnancy for depression without harming the baby? What medications can be taken for depression while pregnant?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) be taken during pregnancy for depression without harming the baby? What medications can be taken for depression while pregnant?

Zoloft (sertraline) most studied: Risks include: spontaneous abortion, preecplampsia, congential cardiac septal defects, endocrine disturbance in the newborn, poor neurodevel outcomes, resp distress in newborn, preterm delivery, low birth weight, small for gestational age. Risk of failure to treat : spontan abort, preterm delivery, low birth weight, suicide, dev delay, behav problems, poor maternal health. Zoloft (sertraline) most oft used. ...Read more

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Can someone taking 150mg wellbutrin (bupropion) for post partum depression also take nortriptyline for fibromyalgia ?

Can someone taking 150mg wellbutrin (bupropion) for post partum depression also take nortriptyline for fibromyalgia ?

Yes: But realize there is a slight increase in the risk of seizures. I don' t know your nortriptyline dose, but i would make sure a blood level is checked several weeks after the wellbutrin (bupropion) is added in to make sure you don't have excessively high levels. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Can I take Maxolon for nausea while taking Zyprexa (olanzapine) (5mg) for anxiety?

Can I take Maxolon for nausea while taking Zyprexa (olanzapine) (5mg) for anxiety?

Drug interactions: 'Using metoclopramide together with OLANZapine is not recommended. Treatment with either of these medications alone can cause Parkinson-like symptoms and abnormal muscle movements, and combining them may increase that risk.' (http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1612-11352,1744-1113) Please discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is that safe taking Adderall and Zoloft (sertraline) for depression?

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Adderall/Zoloft: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is not for depression. If both prescribed by same doctor, then it should be safe. ...Read more

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Is it safe taking sertraline with olanzapine ?sertraline for OCD and olanzapine for sleep.?

Is it safe taking sertraline with olanzapine ?sertraline for OCD and olanzapine for sleep.?

Safe to take: Yes, you can safely take these drugs together. If you are on higher doses of them, taking both can make you more prone to side effects like drowsiness, but if taking olanzapine for sleep I suspect you are on low dose. ...Read more

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I am suffering from depression and anxiety. can you suggest some anti depressant or sleeping aid which is safe to take while breastfeeding?

I am suffering from depression and anxiety. can you suggest some anti depressant or sleeping aid which is safe to take while breastfeeding?

Talk to your doctor : In general it is not a good idea to take psychotropic medications while breastfeeding. You will have to see your doctor for an assessment. You and your doctor will have to discuss your options based on the severity of your symptoms and the overall risk-benefit ratio. I have recommended non-pharmacologic interventions while breastfeeding such as psychotherapy and relaxation tapes. ...Read more

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I'm currently taking risperdone, Artane, Lexapro, (escitalopram) and Lamictal. Is it safe to use passion flower with those for insomnia?

I'm currently taking risperdone, Artane, Lexapro, (escitalopram) and Lamictal. Is it safe to use passion flower with those for insomnia?

Talk to your doctor : In general, I recommend patients to not combine their psychiatric medications with herbals. Based upon my review of Passion flower, increased drowsiness is the main risk. Some herbals increase the risk of Serotonin syndrome when combined with psych meds. I did not see any reports of this with Passion flower. Talk to your doctor before combining your meds with any herbal preparations. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What're the effects drinking alcohol while taking these medications: paroxetine, zolpidem, and levetiracetam?

What're the effects drinking alcohol while taking these medications: paroxetine, zolpidem, and levetiracetam?

Additive: Acohol has an additive sedating effect with all those meds. That you're taking that particular pharmacological cocktail implies you have a significant neuropsychiatric disorder. Alcoholmusevin these conditions can be detrimental. Please share your drinking history with prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Besides Seroquel (quetiapine) what's the most effective medication for bipolar depression and insomnia. Even taking seroquel (quetiapine) I have trouble staying asleep.

Besides Seroquel (quetiapine) what's the most effective medication for bipolar depression and insomnia. Even taking seroquel (quetiapine) I have trouble staying asleep.

Many options: There are many medications used to treat bipolar disorder and every person's response is different. Sometimes it takes trial and error to come up with the right mix of medications for a particular patient. Call your doctor and explain the situation so he/she can figure out what changes to make. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 150mg Wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression with 25mg zoloft for anxiety and 10mg Adderall for ADD?

Is it safe to take 150mg Wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression with 25mg zoloft for anxiety and 10mg Adderall for ADD?

Quite a Mix: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a good medication for depression AND ADD, but 10mg of Adderall and 25 mgs of Sertraline are starters and probably not helping with much but keeping you awake. See a Psychiatric specialist if you are not, and be alert to needed dosage increases. Both Depression and Anxiety can cause attention problems, but respond to SSRI's alone. ...Read more

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Is it ok to start naltrexone and ativan during detox from alcohol while already taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for depression?

Is it ok to start naltrexone and ativan during detox from alcohol while already taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for depression?

Safe detox: Not on your own it isn't! I have yet to see a patient successfully detox on their own! now if you are in a medical detox center then possibly yes! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

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