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Antidepressants

An antidepressant is a drug used to treat depression and dysthymia. Antidepressants are controversially used to treat other conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, chronic pain and eating disorder.

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ADD-ADHD
Medication and Drugs
Wellbutrin and Zyban
Antidepressants

Can Wellbutrin treat ADHD?

It depends greatly on your situation. From collected experiences that you can see in the discussion feature of this question, most people seem pleased with the way it eases the ADHD symptoms. There are side effects though, and a few people have had some increase in edginess or anxiety (and far fewer have experienced agitation).

The best way for you to know is to talk with your doctor, and if this treatment is ok for your situation, give it a try and you will know.

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Medication and Drugs
Lexapro
Antidepressants

How long do Lexapro withdrawal symptoms last?

Two of the most likely possibilities are:

If you suddenly stop taking Lexapro, you may feel like you have the flu. You also might have trouble sleeping, have an upset stomach, have shock-like sensations in the arms and hands, feel dizzy, or feel nervous. This usually begins within 1 to 10 days after you stop taking Lexapro. It is not dangerous or life threatening and usually goes away within one week. Not everyone who stops taking antidepressants experiences this syndrome, and it is less likely if medicines are slowly tapered off over a few weeks.

The other possibility is the return of depression symptoms. Antidepressants need to be continued for at least 6 to 18 months in most people for depression symptoms to stay away when the medicines are stopped. Stopping them too early means that within days to weeks (occasionally 1 to 2 months) symptoms of depression return. These can include irritability, fatigue and change in appetite, among others. Sometimes people need to be on antidepressants for a longer than usual, or even indefinite period of time.

Always consult a medical professional before discontinuing your use of any antidepressant.

(See the discussion page in the link below for more input and personal stories from Wiki s contributors)

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Alternative Medicine
Antidepressants
Antipsychotics

What is the generic name of cefen?

Ibuprofen

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Mental Health
Antidepressants

What is the maximum daily dose for amitriptyline?

Maximum Dosage depending on age and for what reason you are taking it.

For pain relief a lower dose of 10 - 20 mg is recommended.

For Depression/Anxiety/Sleep Problems a maximum of 200 mg can be described.

Patients in hospital can be prescribed up tp 300mg through an injection.

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Medication and Drugs
Illegal Drugs
Drug Interactions
Marijuana
Antidepressants
Zoloft

What happens when you mix Zoloft with marijuana?

that's fairly specialised. i have a lot of experience taking illicit drugs while taking perscriptions but i am not familiar with zoloft. i am not surprised. there are a lot of brand names. what is zoloft designed to do?

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Antidepressants
Effexor (Venlafaxine)

Is it safe to take echinacea while on Effexor?

Generally, yes.

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Depression and Bipolar Disorder
Seroquel
Antidepressants

Are any of the anti depressants narcotics?

Antidepressants are not narcotics. Legally a "narcotic" is either an opioid like heroin or morphine or it is cocaine/crack. Medically the term "narcotic" only refers to opioid analgesics. Most doctors and scientists do not like using the word narcotic because most people do not understand exactly what a narcotic is. An antidepressant is not a narcotic nor is it a drug of abuse. Antidepressants are not controlled substances and drug seeking behaviour has not been scene in people taking antidepressants.

It can be argued that amphetamines in particular might be considered narcotics as they are occasionally used in people with severe refractory depression. However technically amphetamines are not narcotics.

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Medication and Drugs
Antidepressants
Neuropharmacology

Is bupropion a tricyclic antidepressant?

No. Bupropion (aka Wellbutrin) is known as an atypical antidepressant in that it prevents the reuptake of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine (to a lesser extent). Typical tricyclic antidepressants only block reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. It's unique dopamine reuptake inhibition capability allows it to be used to treat nicotine addiction (marketed as Zyban) and, to some extent, attention deficit disorder. Furthermore, it lacks the classic three ring chemical structure of tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs).

Here are a list of some common TCAs:

imipramine (tofranil)

amitriptyline (Elavil/Endep)

doxepin (adapin)

nortrypyline (Pamelor), etc

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Health
Medication and Drugs
Antidepressants

What is the lethal dose of Remeron?

There isn't one. Mirtazapine a.k.a. Remeron is a so-called NASSA drug, even harder to commit suicide with than SSRI medicines. There have been a few studies, where people have ingested doses from 600 mg to even 2200 mg. Only a few experienced arrhythmia, but apart from that, there were no severe symptoms. This is very individual though, there are some reported deaths from mirtazapine overdose, but it is highly unlikely that one could commit suicide with this medicine.

As with all prescription, they should never be taken unless under the direction of a medical practitioner.

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Antidepressants

List of anti psycotic drugs?

Abilify, Clozaril, Geodon, Risperdal, Seroquel and Zyprexa

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Health
Medication and Drugs
Antidepressants

Does pristiq cause memory loss?

yes

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Drug Side Effects
Antidepressants

How long does the citalopram side effects last?

Adverse effects observed with citalopram are in general mild and transient. They are most prominent during the first one or two weeks of treatment and usually attenuate as the depressive state improves

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Medication and Drugs
Antidepressants
Nerve Pain

Is amitriptyline good for nerve pain?

Yes, it is prescribed for neuropathic pain and can be very effective. As always, each of us react differently to meds, so your reaction may be different than mine.

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Medication and Drugs
Lexapro
Xanax
Antidepressants

Are Xanax and Lexapro similar?

Xanax and Lexapro are similar in that they are both approved to treat anxiety, but their mechanism of action and indications for use are somewhat different.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine a class of drugs with many medical applications often prescribed for anxiety. Xanax is FDA approved to (1) treat acute anxiety states, (2) for the management of anxiety disorders, (3) for panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, and (4) for anxiety associated with depression. Benzodiazepines, particularly Xanax, act very quickly, typically providing relief in 30 min or less. Xanax is typically effective for 4hrs (maximum 6hrs), if taken for continuous anxiety relief it requires four (occasionally three) doses daily. Xanax and other benzodiazepines act on the neurotransmitter GABA the brains principal inhibitory neurotransmitter. By acting on GABA Xanax alters the action potential (the ability of a nerve to fire) by causing a rapid influx of sodium ions into ion channels causing the polarity of the membrane to reverse, thus the ion channels to deactivate. Simply put Xanax reduces the ability of nerves to fire causing a reduction in activity in the brain (ie making it more quiet) which causes anxiolysis. Benzodiazepines are schedule IV controlled substances and have a potential for abuse, misuse, criminal diversion, and addiction. As a result benzodiazepines are typically prescribed for a short time period although long term use of benzodiazepines is appropriate in some situations. People with a history of substance abuse, especially to alcohol or barbiturates, are at a much higher risk of addiction. People with a legitimate anxiety disorder without a history of substance abuse rarely develop a problem. Physical dependency occurs in 1/3 to 1/2 of all long term users. Physical dependency is not addiction however benzodiazepines should be slowly discontinued under a doctors care since withdrawal can be severe, even life threatening for long term, high dose users.

Lexapro is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a class of antidepressants. Unlike Xanax, Lexapro works on the neurotransmitter serotonin. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to both anxiety and depression. Lexapro is FDA approved to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Lexapro is also effective for treating other anxiety disorders.

Lexapro is not a drug of abuse nor is it a controlled substance like Xanax is. However, like Xanax, people may develop physical dependence for long term use so Lexapro should be slowly discontinued under a doctors supervision. Unlike Xanax it can take up to six weeks before Lexapro has any effect. In fact many people experience a temporary increase in anxiety when starting Lexapro much. Xanax is safer in an overdose situation. Death due to Xanax toxicity is almost unheard of and typically thousands of milligrams are required for death to occur. Benzodiazepines are among the safest drugs and are almost never lethal unless mixed with other drugs like alcohol, opioids, or barbiturates.

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ADD-ADHD
Strattera
Medication and Drugs
Antidepressants
ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Has anyone tried Welbutrin and Strattera for an ADHD child?

I was an ADHD child mom tried everything to calm me down the worse it got the more depressed I got. one day I guess it was a cry for help or i am lucky that i didn't know what I was doing i tried to slice my wrist. that got me put in the hospital. after weeks of evaluations they put me on welbutrin and it helped i went from cs and d's to a's and b's. I did get off of it till just recently i experienced some mood swings and such. I was also a single mom for 3 years and divorced and when I met my current husband my brain tried to push him away thus the moods and such the welbutrin came to my rescue again. It has truly been a blessing in my life I dont know where I would be with out it

My daughter has been on everything imaginable, she did however take strattera for a short time. She is 13 years old and currently on depekote. They can't make up their minds what to diagnosis her as, but when she was on the strattera she did lose a lot of weight, but she vomited everyday. She didn't have an appetite and she was alot more hyper. So we took her off that. Then she was put on adderall and it made her dizzy. She had taken that several years before when she was about 9 years old. She was also on paxil for about 2 weeks when she was 11 years old which has caused her down fall. She was admitted into a physciatric hospital due to suicidal thoughts and basically going nuts. We have taken her off medications because they weren't doing any good at all. At this time if she misses a dose of her depakote we all just have to pack up and move out. Be very careful what you put your children on. We did find out, about a year later, that the new studies on paxil caused suicidal tendency. I don't know if as she grows older her problems get worse or if putting her on the paxil in the first place caused the chemical imbalance. I still don't think we've found the miracle drug combination yet, never tried her on welbutrin. Maybe that would be the next step.

akaleia's story

I am responding to the statement the user before me had with her experience of having her daughter on Paxil. I was 19 at the time and this was the first of any kind of mental medication I was put on, mostly for shyness and depression. Anyway, I gained 40 lbs on it, (I'm 28 now, it's still a struggle) and if I went even an hour without my dose of paxil, my face and hands would go numb and I would go into a panic fit, like a tatrum as a toddler. Mind you, I was on 40 mgs, I beleive.. it took a very long time to get off of. I even had to go down to 1/4 of the pill to wean myself off of it, eventually turning to Lexapro with good results. I would suggest a non-stimulant for her add, as well as nutrition, and just getting her involved in outside volunteering. Strattera is a good add/adhd drug. Discuss all of this with your dr of course. . Your post may be old, but maybe it will help others! Good luck, and once you find something that works, don't let someone talk you into something different!

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Medication and Drugs
Lexapro
Antidepressants

How long should you wait after going off Lexapro before you try to get pregnant.?

YOU SHOULD WAIT AT LEAST 3 MONTHS IF POSSIBLE 6 ONLY SO THE DRUG IS COMPLETELY OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM& SO YOUR BODYS NATURAL CHEMICAL BALANCE IS RESTORED.

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Antidepressants
Medication and Drugs
Animal Parasites

What interactions do cholinesterase inhibitors have?

Some cholinesterase inhibitors should be used with caution in persons with asthma or lung disease, as cholinesterase inhibitors may interact with theophylline, a drug commonly used to treat both conditions.

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Antidepressants
Effexor (Venlafaxine)

Can you take Effexor and meloxicam together?

Effexor has the potential to increase the blood-thinning effect of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This puts you at greater risk for bleeding if you take these two drugs together. Your doctor should monitor you closely. You need to contact the doctor immediately if you have increased bleeding of your gums, heavy menstrual flow, nosebleeds, bruising, dark or red urine or dark or red stool.

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Drug Side Effects
Antidepressants
Effexor (Venlafaxine)

Is eye twitching a side effect of Effexor XR?

Yes, that can happen.

Assuming your doctor prescribed the drug, you should let him or her know of any side effects you experience.

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Antidepressants
Effexor (Venlafaxine)

Can you die from stopping Effexor cold turkey?

I'm not a doctor, but based on my research...unless you have some underlying condition...you won't die, you'll just wish you would. Stopping Effexor is a hard thing to do, even if you do titrate the dose. It's just the nature of that medication. I have stopped Effexor cold turkey in the past and I experienced headaches, nausea, diarrhea, disturbing dreams, night sweats, flu-like symptoms, vertigo, and extreme irritation. Other people have stopped the medication slowly and experienced the same things when they took their final dose. Others have had only mild effects after sudden discontinuance. It just depends on the person. The effects from stopping the medication do come to an end eventually. There are ways to help people who can't tolerate the discontinuance symptoms...your doctor should be able to help you. Even though it is not recommended to stop this medication cold turkey, I can understand why you would want to. Why postpone the inevitable? That's my thinking anyway. Good luck.

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Pregnancy Tests
Medication and Drugs
Antidepressants

Will taking antidepressants affect pregnancy test results?

no

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Antidepressants
Effexor (Venlafaxine)

Are headaches common while taking Triphasil for birth control and Effexor for anxiety or depression?

I don't know what the correlation is between birth control and anxiety/depression medication but I do know that one of the side effects of taking the birth control pill is headaches, especially when you first start taking it.

I agree with anonymous above, headaches is a common side effect when first taking the pill. I am on my second pack and my headaches can get pretty bad. As far as the anxiety/depression medication, you might want to ask your doctor but if the doctor prescribed your pills knowing you were on that medication you might be fine because they prescribe the pill that would be right for you based on your medical history.

ask your Dr or pharmacist. i take both, and i do get bad headaches sometimes.

headaches and migraines are a side effect of Effexor also, along w/ the pill

I believe that headaches/migraines occur with Effexor especially if you don't take it close to the same time every day. Being off by just a little bit seemed to cause major headaches and nausea when I was on it. Withdrawal.

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Antidepressants
Effexor (Venlafaxine)

Is Effexor covered by Medicaid?

I have Medicaid & was prescribed Effexor XR & Medicaid did pay for it.

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Menstruation
Antidepressants
Prednisone

Can prednisolone tablets delay your menstrual cycle?

The side effects of prednisone include:

1) Unpredictable effect (stress, well-being, anxiety, depression, restlessness, etc.) on mood. People who are suffering from mental illness or those who are having weak mental health are at highest risk of experiencing mood swings.

2) Dizziness, vomiting and insomnia

3) Acne

4) Steroid also causes chemical imbalance in our body and changes sugar level in blood, along with change in other chemicals such as calcium, potassium, water, etc.

5) Increased hunger and weight gain

6) Weakened healing ability of body and increased susceptibility towards infections: steroids affect the healing mechanism, which leads to a slowdown in healing ability of the body.

7) Swollen breasts due to deposition of fat

8) High dosages of steroids (or even a smallest dose of steroid for those whose body/metabolism does not support steroid at all) may lead to problems related to menstrual cycles in women patients. They may experience irregularity in menstrual cycle occurrence or no menstrual cycle occurrence at all.

9) In many cases, people undergoing steroid related treatment complain about eye-related problems such as increased pressure of fluid within the eyeballs which is also known as intra-ocular fluid pressure, wearing of outer cover of the eye (the outer cover becomes thin and susceptible for various eye related infections) and some people complain about development of cataract in their eye, etc.

10) Steroid may also interfere with the other medicines that the patient is taking and cause serious trouble for him/her. For example, if a person is undergoing heart, brain or any vital organ related medication, then steroid can lead to a medical condition such as increased blood pressure. Some problems in the patient may increase due to the use of steroid and other medications at the same time. People undergoing treatment for inflammation may face stomach and digestive system related problems if they start taking steroids.

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Medication and Drugs
Wellbutrin and Zyban
Antidepressants
Percocet and Percodan

Can you take Wellbutrin with Percocet?

Yes, you can, but please check the instructions in the package to see if it is recommended.

If it doesn't say, ask a doctor or someone at your chemist. They are the only professionals who are allowed to give such advice. Never mix two medications based on the advice of a stranger you met online.

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