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Sertraline For Menopause
PMDD treatment: Ssris such as prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) sarafem, and zoloft may provide relief from many symptoms of pmdd. Taking birth control pills stops ovulation and can reduce pmdd symptoms. Non-medical treatment which may help includes regular exercise, healthy diet (limiting salt, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol), and supplements (calcium, magnesium, b6). Please talk to your doctor about what is right for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Wellbutrin (bupropion) can be helpful for major depression, particularly melancholic, down in the dumps depression. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is stimulating, and at best doesn't affect anxiety, but can exacerbate anxiety. For premenstrual dysporic disorder (pdd), ssris, like zoloft, celexa, and Prozac that work through serotonin can alleviate symptoms, but wellbutrin (bupropion) and works through Dopamine and doesn't help with pdd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: If Prozac (fluoxetine) is helping you and you are not bothered by side effects (e.g. Sleepiness, jitteriness, lethargy, bleeding), then there is no problem with taking Prozac (fluoxetine) long-term. There is no evidence that taking Prozac (fluoxetine) long-term (i.e. Years) is harmful in any way. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Menopause, on Celexa (citalopram) for anxiety, low sex interest and challenging for orgasm. Thyroidectomy /hypo, What med. may be alternative for anxiety ? Help?
Talk to your doctor : Tell your doctor about your symptoms. There are alternatives for you that might help improve your quality of life. Your doctor might consider adding or switching medication. For instance, Wellbutrin has a lower risk of sexual side effects. It does tend to be stimulating and can increase anxiety. Buspar (buspirone) can be added for anxiety and it also can help with sexual side effects. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline) vs Luvox which is better for OCD? Zoloft (sertraline) worked for 7 years. Switched because of Depression. Can I go back on Zoloft (sertraline) or luvox?
Individual: Luvox (fluvoxamine) was evaluated for treating OCD, but any of the SSRI medications, as well as some tricyclic medications help with OCD. Best to combine medication with treatment to get best results. Some Mindfulness approaches have been helpful.See your physician for assistance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is it safe to take 150mg Wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression with 25mg zoloft for anxiety and 10mg Adderall for ADD?
Quite a Mix: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a good medication for depression AND ADD, but 10mg of Adderall and 25 mgs of Sertraline are starters and probably not helping with much but keeping you awake. See a Psychiatric specialist if you are not, and be alert to needed dosage increases. Both Depression and Anxiety can cause attention problems, but respond to SSRI's alone. ...Read more
Stopped hormone replacement therapy and now have symptoms including insomnia. Dr prescribed ativan (lorazepam) for sleep. Which is safer, ativan (lorazepam) or hrt?
Hrt: The best treatment for insomnia is to find its cause, often hormonal imbalances and deficiencies may play a significant role and hrt may contribute to eliminating or improving the sleep disorder. Ativan (lorazepam) simply relieves anxiety, which is not dealing with the root of the insomnia. It may be associated with dependence and side effects, such as hangover, memory loss, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Currently taking 200mg Zoloft. Effexor (venlafaxine) XR started 07/01/14. Since Effexor (venlafaxine) Iam losing weight.went from 297 to 280. Is this a cause for concern?
No: losing weight is possible on these medications but you need to check with your provider to see if you should be on two drugs in the same family which could cause some problems like serontonin syndrome Please check with provider but I do see weight loss with some antidepressants (sometimes they gain weight) ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am on inderal for hbp. Synthroid for hypothroidism. Zoloft for depression. And wellbutrin (bupropion). And started taling vitamin D3 supp.Any interactions here?
Not exactly: ? Whether Lexapro (escitalopram) is effective for fibromyalgia. Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant, which is common in FM; probably due to non-restorative pain-interrupted sleep. Better to cure cause & try soft memory foam mattress, walks to raise endorphins, and Cannabis indica to both impart sleep and relieve pain. None of the FDA-approved meds for FM have been proven to benefit the sleep disorder attendant with FM. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone taking 150mg wellbutrin (bupropion) for post partum depression also take nortriptyline for fibromyalgia ?
Yes: But realize there is a slight increase in the risk of seizures. I don' t know your nortriptyline dose, but i would make sure a blood level is checked several weeks after the wellbutrin (bupropion) is added in to make sure you don't have excessively high levels. Best wishes to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any medications for ptsd other than zoloft (sertraline)? What is the maximum dosage for zoloft (sertraline)?
Max 200mg per day: There are a number of ssri's that can work similar to the same way zoloft (sertraline) does, but zoloft (sertraline) has some stronger research behind it for ptsd. You can ask your physician to try other ssri medication. However, make sure, with ptsd, that you include therapy and include a support system. This is not something that should be dealt with by meds only. Best of luck and i hope that helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prescribed Celexa (citalopram) for insomnia but have read that it causes insomnia. Is Celexa (citalopram) commonly prescribed for insomnia? Thank you.
Reason to ask: Always ask the Dr to explain what they expect the Rx to do for you as well as possible side effects. It is not intended to relieve insomnia in most folk. And it is a common side effect. But your Dr might believe your insomnia is due to depression or anxiety which is the main uses. Discuss it all ASAP and if it doesn't make sense to you ask for a change. Best! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drugs and menopause: You can certainly speak to your provider and discuss this issue. You need to be able to define the problems menopause is challenging you with. Menopause cannot be treated, however, many of the uncomfortable effects can be managed. It appears that you are taking your medication to assist you with sleeping. There are drugs that may better target your depression and still help with sleep. ...Read more
I am 65 yr old female would taking 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) every other day be beneficial for depression and anxiety?
Why every other day?: Prozac (fluoxetine), (fluoxetine) along with other antidepressant medications, are dosed either daily or twice daily, depending on the medication. Prozac (fluoxetine) is designed to be dosed once a day, and is recommended it be taken that way. Also, it would be much easier to remember to take it daily. There is a formulation of Prozac (fluoxetine) that is taken once a week, called Prozac (fluoxetine) Weekly. Hope this information is helpful. All the best. ...Read more