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Under what conditions would you prescribe an maoi for depression?

Under what conditions would you prescribe an maoi for depression?

MAOIs: In most cases maois are used when other antidepressants are ineffective. They are likely under utilized due to concerns over drug drug interactions and dietary restrictions leading most younger psychiatrists to lack expertise. One maoi, Emsam is available in a patch, which avoids oral absorption and can be a nice alternative for those that have undergone some forms of gastric bypass surgery. ...Read more

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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 deprenyl any safer than other maois for depression? If i take it and accidentally eat a small amount of tyramine containing food, will i die?

Is deprenyl any safer than other maois for depression? If i take it and accidentally eat a small amount of tyramine containing food, will i die?

Doubtful: There is a great deal of concern about maoi's such as deprenyl/selegiline. The concern is that ingesting foods such as smoked meats, aged hard cheeses, and fava beans can lead to a hypertensive crisis. However, ingesting relatively small amounts is unlikely to cause a problem, especially if you are on a small dose or the selegiline patch. Nonetheless, it's a good idea to be careful. ...Read more

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Are MAOIs really more effective than other classes for treating atypical depression or clinical trials that show that are biased?

Are MAOIs really  more effective than other classes for treating atypical depression or clinical trials that show that are biased?

They may be: Most of my patients who were on MAOIs say nothing else have given them equal results & some Patients have stayed on them despite all the difficulties with diet drug interactions etc ...Read more

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How effective are monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) for treating depression?

How effective are monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) for treating depression?

MAO i's.: Quite effective especially for resistant depression, however, strict dietary & other restrictions apply. ...Read more

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Does MAOIs are first line drugs in Atypical depression combined with GAD and avoidant personality disorder? Are they faster acting or more efficient ?

Does MAOIs are first line drugs in Atypical depression combined with GAD and avoidant personality disorder? Are they faster acting or more efficient ?

Depression/GAD/PD: Sounds like you have a complex set of symptoms that really warrant seeing a Psychologist expert in assessment of mood disorder. Medications can be very helpful, although SSRIs are more commonly prescribed. But keep a log of how you feel with any medication, the dose, and are your symptoms actually resolving. And therapy may sound scary, but here on HealthTap could be a great start! ...Read more

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Is there a leukotriene other than singulair that will not interact badly with maoi (parnate)? I need leukotriene for my asthma. I take maoi (parnate) for chronic depression. Recently became unemployed - no more health insurance. Ca no longer afford singul

Is there a leukotriene other than singulair that will not interact badly with maoi (parnate)? I need leukotriene for my asthma. I take maoi (parnate) for chronic depression. Recently became unemployed - no more health insurance. Ca no longer afford singul

Assistance program: There is another leukotriene pathway medication called zileuton cr, but it is brand-name only and requires monitoring liver function periodically. However, you should ask your doctor about the patient assistance programs through the drug manufacturers that make singulair (montelukast) and/or zileuton. They may help pay for part or all of the cost of the medication depending on your level of need. ...Read more

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What are doctors most likely to prescribe for anxiety and depression anxiety and depression

What are doctors most likely to prescribe for anxiety and depression anxiety and depression

Many options.: There are many medications that are effective for anxiety and depression. Some are very good at treating both conditions. A psychiatrist will be able to clarify the underlying issues and make a decision on which medication would be the best option. Sometimes talk therapy such as cognitive therapy can address anxiety and depression issues. ...Read more

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What are the reasons doctors prescribe weed to people with depression if weed itself causes depression?

What are the reasons doctors prescribe weed to people with depression if weed itself causes depression?

Not a depression tx: You've got it right, there is some data that marijuana use in a population is associated with decreased suicide rates, many find it affects anxiety (which can co-occur with depression) but marijuana is contraindicated for depression for most people. ...Read more

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What is my sons doctor most likely to prescribe my son for depression ?

What is my sons doctor most likely to prescribe my son for depression ?

It depends: It depends on your son's history and current complaints, family history, and other health issues -- but most likely, a type of antidepressant along with psychotherapy. Depending on his age, i hope your son's doctor is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Do you know of any psychiatrists that prescribe ketamine for depression?

Do you know of any psychiatrists that prescribe ketamine for depression?

IV Ketamine: Research on IV ketamine is ongoing, and there are clinics in different states. As a whole though, it's off label and doses are not like recreational use. http://tinyurl.com/o73rcno there are some issues also in that the results may last only a short while. Nevertheless you can search for such clinics in your community via google, and you might find some. ...Read more

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I know i've got depression, i don't need a doctor to tell me that. But do they have to prescribe anti depressants or what?

I know i've got depression, i don't need a doctor to tell me that. But do they have to prescribe anti depressants or what?

It depends: There are 2 major types of depression 1) reactive to disturbing life events and 2) physiological. Then there are those that are mixes of the 2. The physiologically based depressions can not be cured, but medication + psychotherapy can help keep them under control. Reactive ones need more psychotherapy to deal with the issues underlying the depression and may not need medication. ...Read more

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Is there another medicine similar to aderol for treatment of depression is there another medicine similar to aderol for treatment of depression? And please can you tell me any like it that a physchyatrist would be able to prescribe for 42 y/o woman. Am

Is there another medicine similar to aderol for treatment of depression is there another medicine similar to aderol for treatment of depression?  And please can you tell me any like it that a physchyatrist would be able to prescribe for 42 y/o woman.  Am

Hello. : Hello. There are quite a few medications that can be prescribed for the treatment of depression. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is actually used for attention deficit disorders. Your psychiatrist should take a good history to learn more about your depression and then make a tailored recommendation for you. ...Read more

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What would cause a doctor to prescribe Abilify (aripiprazole) in treating depression?

What would cause a doctor to prescribe Abilify (aripiprazole) in treating depression?

Abilify (aripiprazole) & depression: Sometimes a doctor will add Abilify (aripiprazole) to antidepressants when there are psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusions) in depression. It also has an fda indication for use in non-psychotic depression, when there is limited response to antidepressant treatment. In these cases, it would be an "augmentation" strategy rather than meaning there are psychotic symptoms. ...Read more

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If your patient refuses psychotherapy would you prescribe him antidepressants for mild depression ?

If your patient refuses psychotherapy would you prescribe him antidepressants for mild depression ?

Not necessarily: Really depends on the patients history, risk factors, supportive mechanisms and many other factors. While medicine can be very helpful - quite a few studies have shown that the combination of medicine and psychotherapy is of greater benefit. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Which a drugs do u prescribe for bipolar with equal mania and depression?

Which a drugs do u prescribe for bipolar with equal mania and depression?

Several options: There are a number of medications used for Bipolar. You need to work with a provider to find the right medication for you. See link www/webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/bipolar-disorder-medications ...Read more

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Maoi (Definition)

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