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What Vitamins Can You Not Take With Anti Depressants
Will anything, apart from alcohol affect anti depressants? Will any vitamins like vitamin C or anything affect it?
It depends...: There are many different antidepressants making it hard to generalize. For example, MAO inhibitors (not widely prescribed) are affected by many foods that contain tyramines. Grapefruit juice can affect levels of some antidepressants like sertraline. But most antidepressants aren't affected by food or vitamins. You can go to websites like www. Drugs. Com to see all known interactions for a given med. ...Read more
I've used anti depressants (fluoxetine and clonazapem) for 7 years. I stopped it March this year due to severe hairfall. I've consulted a dermatologist, she's prescribed only vitamin supplement course for the past 4 months and recently she has prescribed
Hair loss: Is rare but has been reported as a side effect of fluoxetine. See your pcp to check thyroid, vit D (if you were depressed) and other medical factors that may cause hair loss. Your comment was cut off so don't know what med dermatologist prescribed. Vitamin supplement may have been good start as fluoxetine can take up to 90 days to leave the system. I hope this helps. ...Read more
I took an anti depressant given to me for anxiety, this is my first time to take any anti depressants. What to expect?
Depends: It can depend on the type of antidepressant that you are taking. During the first week or 2 is when you may notice more side effects as your body adjusts to the medication. This may be nausea, headaches, in some cases anxiety or nothing at all. These effects should be temporary. You should discuss with your doctor or pharmacist regarding the side effects from your medication as they can vary. ...Read more
Yes, generally: Vitamin b1 is thiamine. Like other b complex vitamins, thiamine is sometimes called an "anti-stress" vitamin because it may strengthen the immune system and improve the body's ability to withstand stressful conditions. It is named b1 because it was the first b vitamin discovered. A dose of 50-100mg/day is often used as a supplement -- but it can appear in a good basicl multivitamin too. ...Read more
I took an anti depresant given to me for anxiety, this is my first time to take any anti depressants. What can I expect to feel?
Patience: Although it generally takes 2 - 4 weeks for an antidep to start alleviating the symptoms of dep., it generally takes 4 - 6 wks for one to start noticing benefit for anxiety. They are effective for treating anx., but you need to be patient and take them daily as prescribed. Antidepressant do not work immediately as some of the antianx meds do, such as benzodiazepines. ...Read more
Some doctors do: Some doctors do mix two - some even more. I shouldn't second guess them, but i'd be curious to understand specifically what they are looking for by doing that. In any case, it would not be up to you to decide to do it or what to pick. You could disagree and either convince them or change doctors. Making those decisions is what the doctors are responsible for. You help with honesty and cooperation. ...Read more
If I am one of the people that has an adverse reaction to one anti depressant will it be the same for all anti depressants?
Celexa/Vit. B: Should be safe.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can a doctor prescrib something and tell the patient it's for something else? My elderly aunt has been prescribed an anti-depressant, but the doctor told her it was pain medicine. She has rejected anti-depressants in the past and still does. The doctor
The: The simple answer to your general question is no, a doctor cannot ethically lie to a patient about a drug's indication. But, in your aunt's specific case the doctor may not have lied. Some drugs have multiple potential benefits depending on the circumstance. For example, some anti-depressants also help with pain in people who are not depressed. Keep in mind the brain and nerves are closely linked and pain comes from nerve endings. Also, some newer non-narcotic pain medications for chronic pain are closely related to anti-depressant medications but are not actually anti-depressants. If your aunt is concerned, then she has a right to ask the physician what the primary indication for the drug is. ...Read more
I have a hiatal hernia with chronic gerd. Can anti-depressants help with gerd? If so, what anti-depressant and dosage would you recommend? Thanks!
GERD treatment: I would suggest trying a proton pump inhibitor before trying an anti-depressant. If you have gerd that doesn't go away with acid blocking medication, it may be an indicator of a more serious condition. A consultation with a GI doctor or a surgeon who performs fundoplications may be indicated. ...Read more
Is it okay for me to have a vitamin b12 injection even while I am on my anti depressant (Duloxetine) / sleeping tablet (Mianserin)?
If prescribed: If your doctor has prescribed Ativan along with your zoloft (sertraline), (sertraline) s/he will give you a particular dose and timing schedule. This could be on a regular or as needed ("prn") basis. Used this way, Ativan and zoloft (sertraline) can be safe together. Sometimes Ativan can help anxiety temporarily, while getting onto zoloft (sertraline) for panic, etc. ...Read more
Cutter: If you are in therapy and diagnosed with major depression, yes. ...Read more
Depression improves?: Ideally, taking antidepressant medication improves the depression or other symptoms that led your doctor to prescribe it. It usually takes a few weeks to get the full effect. Sometimes there are side effects and sometimes the dosage has to be adjusted or the medicine needs to be changed or another one needs to be added. Psychotherapy may also be helpful. Keep in close touch with your doctor. ...Read more
Antidepressant med?: Look at my previous answer.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can I take provigil with nexito or with any other anti depressants? Where can I buy provigil from online in india?
Small risk, yes: Nexito in the us is a cousin of Lexapro or escitalopram. I have no idea where in india online you can buy provigil. It is prescription only in the us and therefore, cannot be obtained online. I don't know the regulations in india on provigil. Perhaps, it is not controlled. The combo between the 2 drugs does have a number of possible side effects with a small chance of serotonin syndrome. ...Read more
I've been having this cough medicine but just noticed it says not to take if on anti-depressants. What could happen?
My friend drinks alcohol regularly and she took a lortab and she regularly takes anti depressants... Is this dangerous?
Yes: 16, 000 people made similar mistake last year and now they're all dead. ...Read more
What can I do?:
First, any physician looking at this question would defer any real answer. There is no history or symptoms or other information to go on. I have a rule with my patients in that email and cyber treatment is just not appropriate for mental health. I need to see someone in person to have this discussion.
But, overall anti-depressants are safe and easy to take and do an effective job. ...Read more
Opinion divided: Conflicting information about this. In my practice I do nutritional lab testing to see if my patients need supplementation. ...Read more
Antidepressant-preg.: While no antidepressant is fda approved while pregnant I have used them after the first trimester when benefits have outweighed the risks with no fetal consequences. You need to have this conversation with the professional who is currently prescribing your antidepressant medication inorder to make an informed decision as to what course you should take. ...Read more
Depends: Different individuals respond to ssri's, like venlafaxine, differently. Generally, venlafaxine makes people a little more energized, and so they should take the medication in the morning. However, sometimes it can make the person sleepy, so it is then best to take it at night. I recommend to try it in the morning when not driving and see how it affects you. ...Read more
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