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Doctor insights on: Will Prozac Help With My Weight As Well As Depression

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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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Will Prozac (fluoxetine) help with my anxiety and phobias as well as my depression?

Will Prozac (fluoxetine) help with my anxiety and phobias as well as my depression?

Probably: I am careful when i prescribe Prozac (fluoxetine) for my patients, as it can be very strong, too strong for some. If you take too much, it can cause more anxiety. This is why, i never start someone on more than 10 mgs per day and then, i wait a month before i consider increasing the dose. Prozac (fluoxetine) lasts a very long time in one's system, dosage changes should be very gradual, start low, go slow. ...Read more

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Can coffee work just as well as Abilify (aripiprazole) for depression?

Can coffee work just as well as Abilify (aripiprazole) for depression?

Probably not: To my knowledge, there have been no studies to compare the two in depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) and coffee are two different things with totally different mechanism of actions. Yes, both can be used as 'adjunct' to your treatment. Coffee can help with alertness, fatigue, etc, of depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atipsychotic by nature. It has serious side effects like increasing your weight, cholesterol, and sugar. ...Read more

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Is garcinia cambogia really effective and safe as some people have claimed it to be? Does it help with depression and anxiety as well as weight loss?

Is garcinia cambogia really effective and safe as some people have claimed it to be? Does it help with depression and anxiety as well as weight loss?

Doesn't seem so: Garcnia cambogia is an ingredient in some herbal weight loss, appetite suppressant, and energy products. An analysis of data found a possible short-term weight loss effect (under 1 kilogram). But liver toxicity—led to one preparation being withdrawn from the market. Another controlled study showed it no better than placebo. There is nothing i can find that shows help for anxiety or depression. ...Read more

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Dr is raising my venlafaxine from 75 mg to 150 mg should this help with moodiness and mood swings as well as depression?

Dr is raising my venlafaxine from 75 mg to 150 mg should this help with moodiness and mood swings as well as depression?

Maybe: It is a reasonable move after you have accustomed to the 75mg dose. Keep track of your mood changes so you can report to your doctor whether or not it is changing. ...Read more

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Can etodolac XL help with anxiety as well as joint pain - depression?

Can etodolac XL help with anxiety as well as joint pain - depression?

Not: Going to be used to treat depression/ anxiety. If it helps with joint pain. It may help your overall well being because it makes you feel better but it not for depression ...Read more

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Do antidepressants work well for back pain and osteoarthritis? If so, are tca's the best such as amitriptyline?

Do antidepressants work well for back pain and osteoarthritis?  If so, are tca's the best such as  amitriptyline?

It can help: clinical studies has shown that the use of anti depressant in addition to non narcotics pain medication in chronic pain situation would help keep the pain down and minimize the need for narcotic pain medicine.and keep the patient functional. ...Read more

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Can Effexor (venlafaxine) work well for helping with depression and do the side effects go away over time?

Can Effexor (venlafaxine) work well for helping with depression and do the side effects go away over time?

It depends...: Effexor (venlafaxine) works very well for some people, not so well for others, same as other antidepressants. Some people have difficulty with side effects initially, especially nausea. Going very slowly up on the dose usually eliminates that problem although some people describe always having a slight feeling of nausea no matter what. As far as efficacy, getting to the right dose is essential. ...Read more

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Which supplement/herb/vitamin can help improve mental focus, memory, learning etc and is safe to take with ssris? And which should I stay away from?

Which supplement/herb/vitamin can help improve mental focus, memory, learning etc and is safe to take with ssris? And which should I stay away from?

Diet first: Consider the nature of your diet first. All the vitamins and essential minerals are found in "god made" food. All are essential. Supplements do not have the same effect if the diet is poor, particularly the sugar content. ...Read more

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I have problems about my depression and bipolar as well as low self esteem?

I have problems about my depression and bipolar as well as low self esteem?

Evaluation: Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression/bipolar/self-esteem means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other. ...Read more

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Anxiety under control with effexor (venlafaxine). Depression is not better. Any add on medications to help with depression? Very tired all the time.

Anxiety under control with effexor (venlafaxine). Depression is not better. Any add on medications to help with depression? Very tired all the time.

Yes, possibly: You may want to check your vitamin d level -- if less than 50, it can predispose to depression. Also l-methylfolate helps many people increase responsiveness to antidepressants. Third, fish oil at least 2-3 grams/day [1-2 grams epa, 500-900 mg dha/day]. Psychotherapy is an essential part of treating depression and anxiety. Ask your psychiatrist for referral if s/he does not provide this. ...Read more

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Can effexor (venlafaxine) help reduce anxiety as well as help ocd symptoms?

Can effexor (venlafaxine) help reduce anxiety as well as help ocd symptoms?

Yes!: Effexor (venlafaxine) is as effective in several forms of anxiety. The FDA recommends dosages similar to those for depression , but for both OCD and for the anxiety disorders clinical practice suggests dosages higher that depression; often 50% or more. Dosage is raised carefully: use of both clinical assessment and anxiety rating scales to assess progress. Progress takes patience. ...Read more

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I currently take antidepressants such as Prozac, Wellbutrin, (bupropion) and metformin. Can I take a fat burner with it with shredZ?

I currently take antidepressants such as Prozac, Wellbutrin, (bupropion) and metformin. Can I take a fat burner with it with shredZ?

It does not work But: Shredz contains green tea extract,Cayenne PepperExtract&Vitamin B5(Pantothenic Acid).It is rather expensive and there is no scientific study to support it as a fat burner or weight loss pill.The manufactures claim it wirks.We can not recommend it's use If you still want to use it.Talk to your doctor if it is ok to use. Only way you can loose weight and fat is by low carb,low calorie diet&exercise ...Read more

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I have tried pretty much every medication for my severe depression as well as mood stabilizers. Nothing works what next as far as treatment goes?

Combination rx, ECT: Severe depression unresponsive to the usual meds is called "treatment resistant." strategies include maximizing dosages & "augmenting" with additional meds. Electroconvulsive treatment (ect, "shock treatment") is very effective in extreme cases, esp. If delusions are present. Short of this, i often tell patients that if meds alone haven't worked, try meds plus psychotherapy (safe, often helps). ...Read more

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How long does it take for Metformin 1000 mg to start working for weight loss due to PCOS? Also, will metformin help with depression and mood swings?

How long does it take for Metformin 1000 mg to start working for weight loss due to PCOS? Also, will metformin help with depression and mood swings?

Metformin: Metformin controls blood sugar not weight loss. Metformin will not help with depression and mood swings. Please see: 1: Diabetes educator -- your doctor will organize that for you. 2: Psychologist -- clearly needed for your depression and mood swings. Wish you well! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fluoxetine (Definition)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

Prozac is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more