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My daughter is taking Venlafaxine and is finding it excellent.

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My daughter is taking Venlafaxine and is finding it excellent. I suffer a chronic medium level depression and have been on Prozac, Amitryptiline, and have been taking Mitrazapine for the last year - of limited help to me. I am nervous yet again of suggesting a new medication to my doctor. Do you believe that it is acceptable to ask my doctor to proscribe Venlafaxine for me on the recommendation of my daughter?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Anna replied 7 years ago.

Sure it's OK for you to suggest a medicine to your doctor. Whenever patients are involved in their treatment enought to discuss it with others, it's seen as a good thing. They can tell you why or why not they think it's a good idea for you (knowing your whole medical situation), and you can talk about it.

It's not your fault that you're having trouble getting stabilized on medication - it happens to many people, and then for some, even when they find a med that works, it only works for a year or two. A good working relationship with your doctor is the best indicator of successful medication treatment. Remember that those of us in the healthcare profession want to help you out - we like to do that. So anything you can bring to the table to work with us is seen as a good thing.

Take care and keep at it till you find the combination that works for you - you're worth the effort.

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