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I need to take antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds, Why can't I mix them?

I need to take antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds, Why can't I mix them?

You can but only: under the supervision of your doctor, preferably a psychiatrist. ...Read more

Anxiolytic (Definition)

Any medicine that makes a person less troubled by anxiety is "anxiolytic" ("lysis" is literally a loosening). The term is traditionally used for medicines but perhaps insight / behavioral treatments for anxiety or intervening in a crazy life situation (one of a physician's most helpful procedures) ...Read more


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What antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication works the fastest?

What antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication works the fastest?

It can take 6 weeks : For medications to work. Medication work 45% of time, therapy work 35% of the time , together they can work 85% of the time. ...Read more

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Could it be bad to be prescribed 4 different antidepressants and 1 anti anxiety medication?

Could it be bad to be prescribed 4 different antidepressants and 1 anti anxiety medication?

Antidepressants: Very unusual to hear of so many antidepressants, unless prescribed by different doctors or treating different illnesses. Please clarify with your prescriber. ...Read more

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Does antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills give people diabetes?

Maybe: Though there is no scientific and repeatable study directly linking these medications with diabetes, there have been studies that show a correlation for some people after long term use having an increased risk of having type 2 (adult onset) diabetes. More studies and research need to be done, but yes there is a connection, tenuous though it might be. ...Read more

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What are good home remediesthat can act as an anti-anxiety or antidepressant?

There are many: Things you can do to help your depression. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Having a support system is very important. Get out. Don’t allow yourself to stagnate at home. Work to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night & eat as healthfully as possible. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Highly recommend the “feeling good book' by dr. David burns. Don't just read it - do it! ...Read more

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I'm currently taking antidepressants, a mood stabilizer, and an anti-anxiety med for bipolar disorder. They all warn that they can increase the effects of alcohol like drowsiness. But I'm finding that every time I drink, I don't feel hungover at all the n

I'm currently taking antidepressants, a mood stabilizer, and an anti-anxiety med for bipolar disorder. They all warn that they can increase the effects of alcohol like drowsiness. But I'm finding that every time I drink, I don't feel hungover at all the n

Risky: Mixing your medications with alcohol creates problems you may not realize even if you're not hungover. See: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/Medicine/medicine.htm Please be safe and discuss your use of alcohol with prescribing doctor. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a hard time sleeping, part to anxiety. on antidepressants&anti anxiety meds, and 600mcg of melatonin daily. Is the melatonin safe to use daily?

I have a hard time sleeping, part to anxiety. on antidepressants&anti anxiety meds, and 600mcg of melatonin daily. Is the melatonin safe to use daily?

Felt to be safe: Overall there is limited data to suggest that long term melatonin use is harmful, but remember, ideally you want to address why you have a sleeping issue and optimize your sleep hygiene, instead of having to rely on a medication/supplement to use daily. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants and anti anxiety meds cause extreme fatigue and weight gain?

Yes: Some of these medications are more prone to these side effects than others. Consult with your physician to select medications that minimize this risk. ...Read more

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What are good choices for antidepressants and anti anxiety meds that do not cause weight gain that I can discuss with my psychiatrist?

Lexapro (escitalopram) : Lexapro (escitalopram) is suppose to be weight neutral and is indicated for anxiety and depression. Well but run decreases your appetite and helps with depression. It is not as good for anxiety. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more