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Bipolar II and anxiety disorders. Take klonopin for the anxiety, Neurontin (gabapentin) for mood stability. Recommendation for antidepressants for the depression?

Bipolar II and anxiety disorders. Take klonopin for the anxiety, Neurontin (gabapentin) for mood stability. Recommendation for antidepressants for the depression?

Your doctor: is the best person to answer this question. The answer requires detailed knowledge of your situation, no two are alike, and your struggles with depression. The medications you are taking may, over time, work on your depression as well as your other symptoms. Ask at your next visit or schedule one. If at any time you feel you may harm yourself, have any thoughts of suicide, go right to ER ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Is wellbutrin (bupropion) for ADHD and depression?

Is wellbutrin (bupropion) for ADHD and depression?

Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used: To treat depression. It is excellent for atypical depression. I have seen it used for adhd - but usually when more typical adhd medication were not an option. (off label). ...Read more

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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) a good medication for depression?

Is Prozac (fluoxetine) a good medication for depression?

Excellent: Inexpensive also but like anything else, it's all about you and what works for you. Talk to your doctor. Sometimes we try several until we find what works best for you. ...Read more

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Is pristiq (desvenlafaxine) recommended for depression?

Is pristiq (desvenlafaxine) recommended for depression?

Pristiq: Pristiq & Khedezla are brand names for Desvenlafaxine. It is a SNRI medication which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of Major depression. ...Read more

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is Cymbalta (duloxetine) work well with Risperdal? for anxiety and depression?

is Cymbalta (duloxetine) work well with Risperdal? for anxiety and depression?

Reasonable combo: Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a SNRI for depression, anxiety and pain and Risperdal is a med that helps with agitation, paranoia. A low dose of Risperdal added to antidepressants can boost the antidepressant effects esp as it helps anxiety/agitation. Additional side effects are possible but can be monitored by prescriber. All patients on these meds should be regularly monitored. ...Read more

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What's a better drug for depression and anxiety, Paxil (paroxetine) or cymbalta?

What's a better drug for depression and anxiety, Paxil (paroxetine) or cymbalta?

Neither: Whichever medication works for you, and is tolerated by you is the best drug for you. ...Read more

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Can a fibromyalgia patient on nortriptyline take cymbalta (duloxetine) for depression ?

Can a fibromyalgia patient on nortriptyline take  cymbalta (duloxetine)  for depression ?

Fibromyalgia: Dear butterfly78765, nortriptyline is an older tricyclic antidepressants which has cardiac and anticholinergic side effects. It would be best to optimize one medication, either one would be fine, Cymbalta (duloxetine) would be preferred due to lesser side effects, major one being 10% patients can get high blood pressure. The answer is purely for educational purposes, please contact your md. ...Read more

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How effective is Elavil (amitriptyline) for treating depression?

How effective is Elavil (amitriptyline) for treating depression?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Is an antidepressant with sedating and drying effects, causing heart rate changes, dry mouth/eyes, constipation, depending on dose. It relieves depression, pain of neurogenic origin, headache and insomnia. ...Read more

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What antidepressant meds good for major depression?

What antidepressant meds good for major depression?

Many: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssri's), serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (snri's) and wellbutrin (bupropion) are all good options. ...Read more

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Is Lexapro (escitalopram) better than Prozac for anxiety disorder?

Is Lexapro (escitalopram)  better than Prozac  for anxiety disorder?

Hard to say....: Neither one is actually "better". What matters is simply how you tolerate each one and which one works better for you. That's all. ...Read more

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Take Klonopin (clonazepam) for anxiety and sleep,Fetzima for depression,what's an alternative for Klonopin (clonazepam) that I can use,take1mg 1am,1noon,2 bed?

Many alternatives: There are many alternatives, but it depends on why you're looking for an alternative. Is Klonopin (clonazepam) not working? Perhaps the dose in wrong. Are you looking to get off of benzodiazepines (the drug class that Klonopin (clonazepam) is in) altogether? If so, then your doctor should slowly titrate you off the medication (10-25% weekly or biweekly, depending on how long you've been taking) while initiating another med ...Read more

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Is prescribing Klonopin and Remeron (mirtazapine) appropriate for dementia patient?

Is prescribing Klonopin and Remeron (mirtazapine) appropriate for dementia patient?

Possibly fine: Remeron, (mirtazapine) aka generic mirtazepine, is often used for depression, anxiety, and to increase the appetite. It seems to be well tolerated in elderly people with dementia. It causes sedation, so its taken at nite. Klonopin aka generic clonazepam. This is used for anxiety, panic attacks,and restless leg syndrome. It is long acting, causes sedation and can worsen balance, so I'd suggest caution with it. ...Read more

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Which is better for borderline personality disorder n mood swings?Prozac, topamax, paxil, effexor, (venlafaxine) lexaproor wellbutrin?

Which is better for borderline personality disorder n mood swings?Prozac, topamax, paxil, effexor, (venlafaxine) lexaproor wellbutrin?

Depends: Any of those drugs may be useful under certain circumstances. It's important to recognize the drug is an adjunct to the primary treatment, which is long term psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Is lexapro and Wellbutrin (bupropion) a good combination for post partum anxiety and depression?

Is lexapro and Wellbutrin (bupropion) a good combination for post partum anxiety and depression?

Discuss w/ OBGYN,etc: Less is best if you are breastfeeding and if one works it may be better than a mix, but ask your pediatrician and OBGYN and psychiatrist if you have one. Please consider good psychotherapy since it's a big help to make these months easier - new mother support is very important! It might even make drugs less needed. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is risperdal off label effective for depression anxiety disorders?

Is risperdal off label effective for depression anxiety disorders?

Not by itself: Risperdal is an antipsychotic medication, usually used for people with hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, thought disorder, etc. When someone's depression has psychotic features like these, medications like Risperdal can be added to an antidepressant. In some cases, it can also be used to "augment" antidepressant treatment in non-psychotic depression with anxiety -- but usually not by itself. ...Read more

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Is trazadone and clonazepam a good combo for depression anxiety panic attacks and insomnia?

Is trazadone and clonazepam a good combo for depression anxiety panic attacks and insomnia?

Clonazepam: Not for daily use. Absolutely not. This is setting you up for a lifetime of being medicated. Neither of these drugs are curing a problem. The underlying problem needs to be solved. ...Read more

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Can I take luvox for ocd and wellbutrin (bupropion) for antidepressant?

It is possible but..: Yes they both work in the body differently so in some cases it can be a good combination with Luvox (fluvoxamine) being effective for ocd and depression and Wellbutrin being an antidepressant that works differently than the Luvox (fluvoxamine). However, they both can cause side effects and it is possible that in some cases they could magnify each others side effects. So you need to go slowly with the guidance of your doctor ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
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Nortriptyline (Definition)

Classified as a tricyclic antidepressant, and considered of modest benefit these days due to significant anti-cholinergic side effects (drowsiness, dizziness, dryness of mouth, blurring, and perhaps effect on bladder). Confusion may occur in older folks. Had some value in migraine prevention at one point. Used rarely these days as ...Read more


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