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Doctor insights on: Sedating Drugs For Depression

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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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I had severe depression and now I'm taking medication and feel better but I feel sedated and i'd rather feel sad than feel just safe what can I do?

I had severe depression and now I'm taking medication and feel better but I feel sedated and i'd rather feel sad than feel just safe what can I do?

Symptom management: Talk to your prescribing physician about how you feel. Antidepressants can help manage symptoms, but they cannot fix ongoing situations or conflicts beneath. It could be that your medication needs adjusting, but you also need to be working with a therapist to address your feelings. Life does bring pain sometimes, but we can also find fulfilling ways to share our gifts and love with others. ...Read more

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My daughter was prescribed sertraline 50 mg for depression. Better for her to take AM or PM (does it tend to be sedating or stimulating?)

My daughter was prescribed sertraline 50 mg for depression. Better for her to take AM or PM (does it tend to be sedating or stimulating?)

Depends: Prescribing doctor should specify when to take med. Some people find sertraline sedating and are best taking it at bedtime; others don't and are fine taking it in the morning. I generally start with evening dose. More important is to take med consistently every 24 hours. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I tried the herb gotu kola 450 mg then 250 for depression, anxiety, mental focus-clarity. Its helped with all those but still too sedating. Ideas?

I tried the herb gotu kola 450 mg then 250 for depression, anxiety, mental focus-clarity. Its helped with all those but still too sedating. Ideas?

Consider a walk: Mild to Moderate depression responds well to a good diet rich in fruits and vegetables as well as reasonable exercise. Gotu Kola has varied affects on the body that are not fully understood from what I have read but healthy living and having something to look forward to have been shown to improve mood and psychological motivation. Lack of sleep and alcohol can also contribute to depression. ...Read more

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When I lay down at night I take remeron (mirtazapine) 45 at night for depression/sleep and have racing thOughts half the time anything similar to remeron (mirtazapine) sedation?

When I lay down at night I take remeron (mirtazapine) 45 at night for depression/sleep and have racing thOughts half the time anything similar to remeron (mirtazapine) sedation?

See your dr.: If you are having racing thoughts when you take Remeron, (mirtazapine) then you need to be reevaluated for bipolar depresson. Sometimes anxiety can cause racing thoughts as well. You should see your treating physician and report the response you have to your med. Don't use illicit drugs like meth, b/c they can cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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I need a anti-depression med that doesn't have weight gain or sedating effects. I'm on effexor&its not helping anymore been on4 ten yrs. Time2change.?

I need a anti-depression med that doesn't have weight gain or sedating effects. I'm on effexor&its not helping anymore been on4 ten yrs. Time2change.?

Many possibilities: It is best to discuss this with your psychiatrist, or if you are only seeing a primary care doc, you should ask for a referrall. You may be someone who needs to change meds every few years. Are you in counseling? This may help too. The ones mentioned previuosly are possible but there are others. You can check the apa website at and look up antidepressant medication. ...Read more

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I have anxiety along with bipolar depression, was wondering if there is a non sedating medicine that would help wi, took clonazepam felt like a zombie?

I have anxiety along with bipolar depression, was wondering if there is a non sedating medicine that would help wi, took clonazepam felt like a zombie?

Some Options: Bipolar depression meds like Seroquel and Latuda taken at night can help with anxiety too. In addition buspirone/Buspar at an adequate dose can help, but it can take weeks to be effective. Best of all -- non-medication approaches like slow deep breathing techniques e.g. "Coherent Breathing" along with psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Help me I have bipolar psychotic depression and severe anxiety! I feel the need to be hospitalized and sedated sometimes. Is sedation good for me?

Help me I have bipolar psychotic depression and severe anxiety! I feel the need to be hospitalized and sedated sometimes. Is sedation good for me?

At times: The thing with bipolar disease with psychotic features is sometimes you do need to be hospitalized to get the medications/treatment stabilized. This is for your protection. ...Read more

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I was put on 50 seroquel for insomnia by my psychiatrist as well as 10 mg Prozac daily for anxiety and depression. I started these meds two days ago. My anxiety is at an all time high now bc if the strange forced sedation with the seroquel. What can?

I was put on 50 seroquel for insomnia by my psychiatrist as well as 10 mg Prozac daily for anxiety and depression. I started these meds two days ago. My anxiety is at an all time high now bc if the strange forced sedation with the seroquel. What can?

Seroquel (quetiapine) s/e?: See your psychiatrist to assess for side effects asap. Seroquel (quetiapine) can cause a physical restlessness with pacing, "restless legs" type of agitation that is often mistaken for "anxiety." This side effect can be treated, but needs to be evaluated by your doc face- to- face. Ask your psychiatrist to assess for this side effect and if present to consider a lower dose or specific med to help with this. ...Read more

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Will drugs help my depression?

Will drugs help my depression?

Depression treatment: Medications typically help, but as dr. Hossain mentioned, you may benefit from other treatment approaches, including various types of psychotherapy. Most of the studies showed that the best results achieved when medications are used along with psychotherapy. The initial treatment choice depends on many other factors, including the severity of depression, social support available etc. ...Read more

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What is the best drug for depression?

What is the best drug for depression?

Depression: No best drug since individuals vary in their response to medications. Through trial & error, the medicine that works best is the one with fewer side-effects, better tolerability, ease of use & not affect u adversely whenb taken along with other meds. ...Read more

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What drugs to they give you for depression.?

What drugs to they give you for depression.?

Varies: Antidepressants, mood stabilzer and even atypical antipsychotics may be used. ...Read more

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Which drugs do they give you for depression?

Which drugs do they give you for depression?

Depends on patient: There are different types of medications for depression with different side effects. This combined with a wide variation of how patients react to meds must also be considered. It boils down to finding the right med for the right patient in the right dosage. ...Read more

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Is there a good combination drug for depression?

Is there a good combination drug for depression?

Depression drugs: There are numerous drugs, some that have combined effects on different transmitter receptors. The key lies in each patient's individual chemistry. It require careful trial and error of one drug (sometimes varying the dose) while following through with the same doctor with whom you can communicate well. The process of communication with your doctor is critical. ...Read more

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Will stopping taking all drugs help with my depression?

Will stopping taking all drugs help with my depression?

What kind of drugs?: Stopping use of illicit and unprescribed drugs is deifnitely a step in the right direction. To maximize the healing process, I would also engage in a psychotherapy process. ...Read more

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Does someone who suffer depression stops usage of drug?

Does someone who suffer depression stops usage of drug?

I am not exactly: Sure that I understand your question. There are many people who are treated with medications for depression that are eventually able to come off the medicine. However, one usually waits until the depression has been well treated for a period of time before tapering off of it. If I haven't answered the question that you were asking - then please clarify and re-ask. Take care. ...Read more

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Why do people who take drugs for depression get all nasty?

Why do people who take drugs for depression get all nasty?

They usually don't: So not sure if the depression has not resolved or if the medicine isn't the right one. But the person needs to tell their doctor this is happening. ...Read more

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Increased appetite. Do my drugs for depression cause that?

Increased appetite. Do my drugs for depression cause that?

Some do: Pacil, remerom and many in the second generation anti-psychotic family. ...Read more

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What are some good drug free alternatives for dealing with my depression?

What are some good drug free alternatives for dealing with my depression?

Depression remedies: Include exercising, engaging in social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing gratitude, doing kind things for others, learning and practicing stress management, developing and committing to meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking & negative comparisons with others, and talking to empathic & trusted people. If those aren't enough, talk to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Have been prescribed fetizma for depression. I can't find any reviews on this drug. Why?

Have been prescribed fetizma for depression. I can't find any reviews on this drug. Why?

New: New medication & its expensive so its not covered on a lot of health plans yet. I have found it helpful for depressive symptoms, especially for individuals with fatigue and difficulty concentrating. however, people with a lot of anxiety may feel a bit revved up. Dry mouth, sweating and insomnia are frequent side effects. If you want to learn more google "savella" which is a similar medication. ...Read more

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Big let down/depression after incredibly fun weekend w/friends at end of summer events. Clean wknd (no liquor/drugs). Feel VERY down now. Normal??

Big let down/depression after incredibly fun weekend w/friends at end of summer events. Clean wknd (no liquor/drugs). Feel VERY down now. Normal??

Not at all bizarre: Congratulations on having great, clean fun w/ friends. Cherish it. It's not uncommon to react as you did, but that does not exactly mean 'normal'. It's possible that some supportive highly skilled talk therapy could help you find ways to optimize your life at this passage phase. Early middle age is often a time to review and renew - especially when there are medical issues or concerns. It can help ...Read more

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I have just been prescribed Serlife for depression. How effectively are these drugs and generally how long does it take before one starts seeing results?

I have just been prescribed Serlife for depression. How effectively are these drugs and generally how long does it take before one starts seeing results?

SERLIFT: Is one of the class of anti-depressants known as SSRI 's and they are VERY EFFECTIVE but take several weeks to begin to "work"...well worth it when they "kick in"!! Become acquainted with the drug especially possible interactions with other medications/side effects

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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Might depression be beaten without drugs?

Sometimes: Depression can be treated with group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, art therapy, physical activity, meditation and may other ways. ...Read more

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What "drugs" were used in ancient societies to treat depression?

What "drugs" were used in ancient societies to treat depression?

Cathartically: Laxatives were prescribed by ancient greeks along with music & comidies. ...Read more

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Person with many years of depression drugs want to take those drugs no more and feel healthy. Is it possible?

Possible: It is possible that you may not need to take medication any more, but there are a lot of factors that can affect this decision. It is very important for you to discuss this with the provider who has been prescribing your medication, and work together on a plan for gradually trying to stop the medication, if that appears to be the best choice. ...Read more

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Could I overcome depression without drugs?

Could I overcome depression without drugs?

It depends: It depends on how severe your depression is. Psychotherapy can be very helpful for depression, and exercise has been shown to be as effective as antidepressants in some cases. If you also avoid alcohol and recreational drugs, get regular sleep, reach out to friends and family, eat healthily, and involve yourself in activities and causes which are meaningful to you, depressive symptoms may remit. ...Read more

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How to cure severe depression in safe ways like no drugs?

How to cure severe depression in safe ways like no drugs?

If severe - do: Recommend meds. Non-pharmacologic approaches: Start with talking therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy). Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. ...Read more

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Will stopping taking illegal drugs help decrease my depression?

Will stopping taking illegal drugs help decrease my depression?

Yes: Illegal drug use can be a trigger for new onset mood and psychotic problems and also worsen these conditions in those that already have them. Stopping illegal drug use will therefore be benficial to your depression. ...Read more