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What Will Happen To Me If I Forgot To Take My Antidepressants One Day
Depends: The half life of the medication dictates how fast it gets out of your system. At least one antidepressant has a weekly pill. Other medications get out faster and can cause some discomfort. Which medicine are you on? ...Read more
I took for almost ayear antidepressants. Forabout one month I don't take it anymore. I have myperiod since tuesday but it is 1-2 "drops" a day. Normal?
No: Just take the next pill when it is time to take it. Do not double up. ...Read more
I stopped taking my antidepressants 3 weeks ago and decided to take one tonight, 2 hours after taking it I feel really sick, not sure if it's normal?
Possibly: You do not indicate how long you took the antidepressant or the specifics when you say "really sick." G.I. symptoms are one of the most common side effects of SSRI's. After three weeks it is like you are starting the medication all over. ...Read more
If I forget to take my antidepressant do I take an extra one? I take one at night and one in the morning. If I forget the morning one, do I take two at night or vice versa?
This: This question comes up often and, although different medications may have different levels of risk involved when one is trying to "catch up" with missed doses, as a general rule, I suggest not to do so. The main reason is a rather undesirable increase in the drug level in the blood that is beyond the safe level. One of my previous answers already dealt with this issue and a potential for so-called serotonergic syndrome (the drug in question was citalopram). Other drugs, for example, bupropion (also known as wellbutrin) have been associated with seizures that may occur when the blood concentration goes beyond the therapeutic level. To summarize, my recommendation would be to not take the extra dose of your antidepressant medication. ...Read more
I have a histamime intolerance! I take Remoron for antidepressant, but would like to try a uplifting one because depression is not any better. Thanks?
See a doctor: You need to see tour doctor to discuss with them this issue, and I am sure they will be more than happy to help you. ...Read more
How risky is to take medications for ADHD and/or antidepressants if one is young and pretty healthy physically?
Risks of stimulants: The risks are extremely low in cases like yours. ...Read more
I am on antidepressants and I am sick. I was wondering if it's okay to take cold/flu meds while taking oxcarbazepine? If so, what ones are safe?
Oxcarbazepine: You can take drugs like pseudofed and robitussin A-C if you are on Trileptal (oxcarbazepine). However, if you are on other medications, you will need to check on whether there are other interactions with those medications as well. If you have the patient insert of these medications, that's a good place to start. ...Read more
What’s the best way to try and mitigate the effect of feeling depressed from taking trivenz & is there a mild antidepressant that one can take for it?
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression, which are common is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more
I heard that new antidepressants help make new neurons in brain, please can you advice me which ones, dr had suggested me to take them, and lost contact?
Probably all of them: In our search to try to understand how antidepressants work, we have explored their impact on bdnf (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which is a substance that induces development of neurons. Most of our antidepressants probably increase bdnf. The decision about an antidepressant takes into consideration the disorder to be treated and the side effects most eagerly avoided. Find a new doctor. ...Read more
Can one take weight loss medications such as phenrx. Pm which are appetite suppressants and antidepressants togather. ..as I suffer from migraines?
Not a great idea-NO!: Contact your doctor first before doing any type of combination medication regimen. You may experience additive side effects from combining them together, and or a drug-drug interaction. You need to explore the migraine issue further, and not take phentermine RX at the same time. ...Read more
How long can one take 1mg daily of klonopin (clonazepam) before it becomes habit forming? My doctor wrote me a one-time prescription to use as needed until the antidepressant I just started kicks in.
I feel drowsy all the time. How can I keep myself motivated and awake during the day. I take a antidepressant Celexa (citalopram) 40MG?
Diet change: Changing your diet can help. Reduce or eliminate sugary drinks and caffeine since they can have a roller coaster effect on your energy level. Don't skip meals. Try to get good sound sleep since you can feel tired if you don't get good sleep. Exercise can also boot your energy levels. Eating apples can boost your energy. ...Read more
I'm afraid to take antidepressants but I get nervous a lot. Why can't I take xanax (alprazolam) as needed wouldn't that be safer than an every day drug?
Is it bad to smoke weed while taking a antidepressant called celexa (citalopram)? Bc I had a bad experience taking both the one day
Yes: Yes, it is bad to smoke weed while taking a medication that is for treatment of psychiatric or neurological symptoms. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with dysthymia. I've tried a lot of antidepressants with no good results. My psychiatrist said that I'm a poor metabolizer, so I must take the antidepressant every other day. Is it ok?
Metabolism affects: Response to antidepressants. Lowering dose or taking med every other day may improve tolerability. Give med time to work (3-8 wks at best tolerated dose). Work with prescriber. In many, meds may produce partial response at best. Therapy and healthy habits (sleep/exercise/nutrition) are very helpful and powerful in depression. A person's self-attitude has major impact. Best regards for relief soon. ...Read more
I forgot to take my antidepressant zoloft 50 mg today, should I wait till tomorrow or take a pill asap?
Missing one dose is not going to do any harm.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Depends: Which antidepressant? The goal of any antidepressant is to decrease symptoms of depression such as decreased self esteem, loss of interest, motivation and energy and sometimes lack of a will to live. All antidepressants can have side effects, the goal is to get maximal benefit with minimal side effects. Most antidepressants take 2-4 wks for maximal benefit, but you may see some benefit sooner. ...Read more
If you were: Bipolar - an antidepressant might flip you into mania or hypomania. There might be a side effect and it might not be effective. There is a small chance of ^ suicidal thoughts in young adults. That is the worst I can think of. ...Read more
Heroin bad by itself: Your probably not going to experience any bad interaction of the two, BUT... heroin is bad for you for so many reasons. Drugs like heroin can kill you, addict you, and are so powerful that they can (with repeated use) cause severe problems with mood/anxiety. Heroin will likely negate any benefits from the sertraline that you were getting. See a doctor to get help with stopping heroin ...Read more
What could happen if you start taking a new antidepressant without weaning yourself off of the old one?
If necessary: One can safely take an antidepressant for many years. That said, be sure to see prescribing doctor regularly to assess need for antidepressant. Good to consider lower dose at times. Keep annual physical exams with your pcp including routine blood work, ECG and let all doctors know of any changes in meds you take. Any change in health status should be shared with prescribing doctor. ...Read more
Wouldn't recommend: Kava has a slight maoi - type of activity, and this could be additive with maoi antidepressants. With ssri's like prozac, zoloft, and Paxil (paroxetine) etc, it can accentuate sedative action. So, I would not recommend combining kava with antidepressants. Kava is mostly used for anxiety -- if experiencing this on your antidepressant, please discuss with your doctor. Adjustments or changes might be made. ...Read more
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