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Is there a safer ssri than pacil cr? I seem to have trouble with all except Paxil (paroxetine) but worry about the potency

Is there a safer ssri than pacil cr? I seem to have trouble with all except Paxil (paroxetine) but worry about the potency

DIFFERENT EMPHASIS: If Paxil (paroxetine) helps you without causing side effects that creat greater problems, don't worry about potency. Takeit ant let it help. If it is causing problems tell your dr. Team efforts work when the players share information.
Also remember that ssris are not the only anti-depressants. Maybe you need something elswe. Consider reevaluating. ...Read more

Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
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Ssri (Definition)

Group of antidepressants that selectively block the reuptake of serotonin, hence increasing its levels. Examples are celexa, zoloft, Lexapro ...Read more


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I have 2 stents in LAD artery...is Prozac (fluoxetine) a safe ssri due to its qt prolongation or is it to risky?

I have 2 stents in LAD artery...is Prozac (fluoxetine) a safe ssri due to its qt prolongation or is it to risky?

OTc prolongation: Likely your Prosac will have no real effect on your cardiac conduction, as long as QTc measures under 499 msec, but here is the key issue. Huge numbers of prescription meds have potential to prolong QT interval, especially opioids, but also entire class of SSRI's and SSNRI's. Will refer your question also to cardiology, as they can expand on my comments. ...Read more

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Are SSRI's safe?

SSRI: As tolerated & prescribed, very safe.

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Is long-term use of SSRI's safe? I have been on SSRI's for 10 years. I trusted my Dr. Who told me it was safe and easy to stop. Was I lied to? Scared

Is long-term use of SSRI's safe? I have been on SSRI's for 10 years. I trusted my Dr. Who told me it was safe and easy to stop. Was I lied to? Scared

Long term SSRIs: Many patients are on SSRIs for many many years and have been tolerating, so it could be safe. The question you may wanna ask is whether you need them! It depends on what the indication was in the first place. The most common one is depression and usually we prescribe them for about 6 months then reevaluate. If the depression is resolved and stresses are gone, then we give it a try and taper off. ...Read more

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Is taking a ssri safe for 20 or thirty years? Does it cause memory loss?

Is taking a ssri safe for 20 or thirty years? Does it cause memory loss?

Typically, yes: If you continue to benefit from the SSRI and are not having side effects, I would consider it safe to continue, even for 20 or 30 years. If you are starting to wonder whether it is still helping, however, I would encourage you to discuss that with your personal physician. In my experience, there is nothing to indicate that SSRI's play a role in memory loss. ...Read more

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Raspberry ketones and ssri safe to take together?

Raspberry ketones and ssri safe to take together?

Yes: Raspberry ketones are just a chemical derived from raspberries and there is no known interaction between most berries and ssri's. ...Read more

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How is cyproheptadine and an SSRI safe to use together? Don't they both affect the serotonin transmitter? But often prescribed together by docs. Thx

How is cyproheptadine and an SSRI safe to use together? Don't they both affect the serotonin transmitter? But often prescribed together by docs. Thx

Serotonin antagonist: Cyproheptadine blocks receptors for serotonin, histamine, and acetylcholine. In my experience it is THE BEST treatment for akathisia.
There are a handful of very old small studies suggesting antidepressant benefit. But it may worsen anxiety in some patients.
It has been suggested as a way to block SSRI-induced sexual side effects.
I almost never meet anyone whose doc prescribes it w/ SSRI meds. ...Read more

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I'm quite depressed and wanna die. Is it safe to take SSRI tablets, they are sold here in Egypt without prescription..

I'm quite depressed and wanna die. Is it safe to take SSRI tablets, they are sold here in Egypt without prescription..

See a doctor: While SSRI's may be available without a prescription, SSRI'S have different effects. Some are better on depression and anxiety and others are better if there is melancholia some are better for Bipolar disorder. Consulting with a physician will help you choose the medication that Ida right for you. Physicians can help with side effects. Medication with therapy is often more effective, also.. ...Read more

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Is it safe to taje ssri antidepressants together with cat's claw since it contains alkaloids? Maybe it will give me serotoninergic syndrome.

Is it safe to taje ssri antidepressants together with cat's claw since it contains alkaloids? Maybe it will give me serotoninergic syndrome.

Variable: You're not saying which specific ssri antidepressants you mean, and there are moderate interactions with certain ones but not others. Please do not add any herbal supplement to your medication without consulting with your physician. In any case, serotonin syndrome is not something to strive for. ...Read more

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I have convulsion an tremor evryday and I think my ssri is causing this I was prescribed depakote for migraine yesterday how can I come off ssri safe?

I have convulsion an tremor evryday and I think my ssri is causing this I was prescribed depakote for migraine yesterday how can I come off ssri safe?

You can taper yourself: In order to come off of your antidepressants safely, you need to very slowly taper off of it. I would recommend taking the medication at 3/4 dosage for one week, then at 1/2 dosage for another week, and then finally at 1/4 dosage for another week, at which point you can stop the medication safely. At any point if you start feeling withdrawal symptoms you should bump to next highest dose. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ssri antidepressant (luvox) together with cat's claw since this contains alkaloids? Wont I make serotonin syndrome or somwthing else?

Is it safe to take ssri antidepressant (luvox) together with cat's claw since this contains alkaloids? Wont I make serotonin syndrome or somwthing else?

No: My sources do not report any interaction, but it is always important to report all substances you are taking to your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Is capsiplex safe to take with ssri's?

Is capsiplex safe to take with ssri's?

PROBABLY: Capsimax capsicum extract (from hot peppers), caffeine, piperine (from black pepper) and Niacin (vitamin b3). I am not really sure how this helps with weight loss it should be safe to take with ssri as the thing to avoid / be cautious about is if the diet suppressant has an effect on serotonin! how about good old fashion eat healthy, stop sugary drinks, and exercise? The only proven method. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be on ssri while pregnant?

Is it safe to be on ssri while pregnant?

No easy answer: The FDA’s stance since 2011 is that SSRIs are associated with a condition called PPHN. It’s very rare, but severe. On the other hand, depression during pregnancy may be more mild, but it may also be worse and associated with suicidal tendencies, which is why the decision to continue or stop a SSRI is a tough one that needs to be weighed by an expecting mother with guidance from her doctor ...Read more

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I have Valium as needed for anxiety. Is that safer than taking an SSRI daily? I am not depressed & don't want to be on pills daily or forever.

I have Valium as needed for anxiety. Is that safer than taking an SSRI daily? I am not depressed & don't want to be on pills daily or forever.

Valium/SSRI: I commend you for your commitment, “don't want to be on pills daily or forever”
Using Valium as needed for Anxiety is OK.
You do not need SSRI Medications if you are not depressed.

Taking Valium as needed will not have severe side effects which can happen with SSRI Medications.

See a Psychiatrist for Anxiety
Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Yoga, Meditation and Tai Chi
and exercise. ...Read more

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Which supplement/herb/vitamin can help improve mental focus, memory, learning etc and is safe to take with ssris? And which should I stay away from?

Which supplement/herb/vitamin can help improve mental focus, memory, learning etc and is safe to take with ssris? And which should I stay away from?

Diet first: Consider the nature of your diet first. All the vitamins and essential minerals are found in "god made" food. All are essential. Supplements do not have the same effect if the diet is poor, particularly the sugar content. ...Read more

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Follow up question-.I use 60 cymbalta (duloxetine) and 12.5 metropolol what should I be watching for--low /highiblood pressure/heart rate? Would an ssri be safer?

Follow up question-.I use 60 cymbalta (duloxetine) and 12.5 metropolol what should I be watching for--low /highiblood pressure/heart rate? Would an ssri be safer?

Safe combination: This is a safe combination of medications your pulse will be little slower and your BP a little lower, but not much. Otherwise this is a very good combination when the metoprolol is at low dose. At high doses of metoprolol some people experience pleasant hallucinations of beautifully colored small animals. There is no negative emotional reactions to these. It would be unusual to occur @ this dose. ...Read more

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Is there a safe and effective way to decrease and end the use of ssri's?

SSRIs: Best to work with your prescribing doctor on plan to gradually taper. ...Read more

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Is bacopa monnieri safe to take with an ssri?

Is bacopa monnieri safe to take with an ssri?

Bacopa monnieri: Bacopa has been studied in healthy men and women, and found to help verbal learning, memory, information processing, and retention. These studies only went for 12 weeks, though. It may have some cholinergic effects similar to medications used to treat alzheimer's dementia. There are no known interactions with ssri's, but could be with cholinergic drugs & anticholinesterase inhibitors. ...Read more

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It is safe to drink caffeine while taking an SSRI?

It is safe to drink caffeine while taking an SSRI?

Yes: I do not have any direct concerns for caffeine and an SSRI. I would generally recommend use of caffeine in moderation regardless and lowering if possible if concern for anxiety. ...Read more

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How much inositol is safe to take in a day? Ssri withdrawal?

How much inositol is safe to take in a day? Ssri withdrawal?

Best idea. TaperSSRI: The best idea is to briefly go back on the ssri you were on at a lower dose and taper off before trial on inositol. Call your doctor to discuss treatment. Please know, stopping ssri suddenly can be very dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take modafinil as a study aid while on a ssri?

Is it safe to take modafinil as a study aid while on a ssri?

Yes.: Yes. Modafinil is safe to take with ssri's. In fact, many psychiatrists use Modafinil as an adjunct to ssri's in treatment resistant depression. I have had a lot of success prescribing it to patients on ssris who have persisting energy and concentration deficits. Just make sure that all your doctors are aware of every medication you're taking. ...Read more

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What are the possible long term effects of Ssri (celexa) use? Is it safe long term?

What are the possible long term effects of Ssri (celexa) use? Is it safe long term?

SSRIs: Please do what you doctor says. Are you seeing a mental health professional in addition to the doc who prescribed your meds or is he/she one? Please work w/professionals to use the meds as needed but work toward getting off of them w/guidance from a doctor eventually. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take pueraria mirifica while taking an SSRI (cipralex)?

Is it safe to take pueraria mirifica while taking an SSRI (cipralex)?

Not known: It is a herb with estrogenic properties and there is not much info on safety with other drugs ...Read more