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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
How safe is it to be taking antidepressants to control the symptoms of generalised anxiety and insomnia?
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Probably Not: This depends on the laws in your state and the licensing of yourself and the daycare. The job application that you filled out may also be pertinent. If you have been on medication, and stable for 6 months this is less critical on a personal level, but the laws in your state will control this. ...Read more
Antidepressants: This depends on the specific antidepressant being used. But in general, antidepressants are safe to take while going through breast reduction surgery. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist may want to suspend dosing the day of your procedure, but afterwards you can continue. Your psychiatrist can help coordinate this. ...Read more
My psychologist and I have talked about me taking antidepressants for OCD, but I don't want sexual side effects. What is severity/likelihood?
OCD med help: Have a consultation with pcp or psychiatrist to review treatment options. Consider risk of side effects (should be minimal to none) vs. continuing to suffer with OCD. Not all medications for OCD affect libido. Remember, any side effects are dose-related and reversible if med is stopped. I hope this helps. ...Read more
I have talked w/ my psychologist about taking antidepressants to manage OCD, but I'm worried about sexual side effects. Likelihood/severity of this?
OCD: can respond to medication. If you take medication monitor yourself. If you have little or no side-effects so much the better. If side-effects, tell your doc who may switch your med or change the dose. Also consider seeing a clinical psychologist who specializes in OCD and a treatment called "response prevention." A self-help app is called nOCD. Peace and good health. ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
I've never been able to remember my dreams but now i do. Can it be bc i'm taking antidepressants now.?
This is a question: for a psychiatrist, but generally you shouldn't take two medications that might potentiate each other (1 + 1 = 3). One popular sleeper, Trazodone, is actually an old style antidepressant, which isn't used for anti-depression anymore because its such a good sleeper. But consult with an MD before adding an Ambien, or Lunesta (eszopiclone) or any other OTC sleeper (Melatonin, Valerian Root, etc.) Be careful. ...Read more
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