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Doctor insights on: Why Am I Being Prescribed Antidepressants For My Ic

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Why am I being prescribed antidepressants for my ic?

Why am I being prescribed antidepressants for my ic?

Nerve Pain Controler: Many patients with ic respond to medications that can interrupt nerve signals from the bladder, resulting in some relief. Tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline) have been employed in such a fashion. Additionally, there seems to be a correlation between stress levels and ic flares; thus, you may be on a different medication to help reduce your perception of stress, which can also help. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Interstitial Cystitis (Definition)

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic disease of the bladder, causing pain, for which the cause is presently unknown. It is associated with urinary frequency, urgency and waking at night to urinate. It is a diagnosis of exclusion, in that other causes of bladder pain/urgency/frequency should be excluded first. Ic can be ...Read more


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Having severe interstitial cystitis symptoms. Can't take antidepressants steroids or NSAIDs. What options do I have?

Having severe interstitial cystitis symptoms. Can't take antidepressants steroids or NSAIDs. What options do I have?

INTERSTITIAL CYSTITI: Focus on hydration 64-80oz /dy. water/coconut water. Minister your urine PH(STRIPS AVAILABLE AT WHOLE FOODS) keep PH neutral 7.4-7.6.(PHION.COM) Meds that are effective to modulate pain are singular and tramadol. Lastly an Urilogist can instill bladder with DMSO TO TREAT A FLARE OF SX. Also keep diet gluten free ...Read more

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What is the most commonly prescribed antidepressant ?

Zoloft (sertraline): Here are the us sales rankings from 2010: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/antidepressant#most_commonly_prescribed. ...Read more

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Has any one prescribed the new antidepressant brintellex yet and what were the results?

See answer : Brintellex (vortioxetine) is one of newest ssri-class antidepressants approved by fda 9/2013. It's mechanism of action differs from other ssris in that it influences the availability of the neurotransmitter serotonin by five different mechanisms. Whether this translates into either better efficacy or reduced potential adverse reactions has not been definitively shown in the opinion of the fda. ...Read more

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Why have I been prescribed an antidepressant for insomnia?

Why have I been prescribed an antidepressant for insomnia?

Off label : When Trazadone, aka Desyryl, was invented in 1980's for "depression", was discovered to have a side effect of drowsiness. Doctors, as they are allowed to use medications of/labs do, chose Trazadone as a "sleeping" pill. It is interesting that the FDA-approved use depression advises a three-time-a-day administration. So much for safe driving. ...Read more

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If I am prescribed antidepressants, will my appetite go down?

If I am prescribed antidepressants, will my appetite go down?

Variable: This depends on the symptoms you start with, and the medications that are used. Appetite changes can certainly be part of depression -- and as this lifts, your appetite can normalize. Some antidepressants may increase appetite though, so again it depends on more factors than can be covered in this small space. Please ask your own prescribing physician about this. ...Read more

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Can lesser known antidepressants (not those widely advertised) be prescribed?

Absolutely!: You have every right to ask what and why a specific drug is being recommended. This goes for every medicine, not just antidepressants. Take charge, and if you want a different med for whatever reason, certainly bring it up in discussion with your doc. Openly discus your concerns, fears, general questions and why you want to know what you want to know. Only then can we maximally partner with you! ...Read more

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If you are prescribed an antidepressant does that mean you have to be on it for the rest of your life or can u go off it forever?

It depends upon: Lots of things. Such as severity of the illness, functional impairment from the illness, how long you’ve been ill, how many times you’ve been ill, how well you do on the medication, how well you wean off of it in the future if that’s what you and your MD decide eventually, what the med is treating, etc. There are numerous factors that go into such a decision. ...Read more

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GAD. Benzo effective only short term? For years, antidepressant was prescribed with a benzo. Why benzo used for years n still effective?

Tolerance: They often lose effectiveness after short term use. You've been lucky to have it last this long. Consider CBT therapy - learn skills to deal w/ anxiety - it's very effective. All studies show that the combination w/ medication is much better than pills alone. Best! ...Read more

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Would I have to go to the doctors to get antidepressants prescribed?

Y wouldnt u: Antidepressants or other psychiatric meds are serious meds and while modern antiderpressants are safer than some of the old, they can interact with other meds. Without a proper medical, psychiatric or psychological eval how can one even know whether a certain treatment is appropriate. Medical conditions can cause depressive symptoms. For medical, diagnostic and treatment reasons see a doc! ...Read more

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