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Hello, I am here for you and understand your concern about your mother's medication. Is your mother being treated for depression?
Not yet, she's very moody and suffers anxiety, that is why they asked if we would agree to valproic acid.
Is it a psychiatrist who is suggesting this medication?
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Serotonin is actually not a drug but a neurotransmitter produced in the brain. Prozac and similar anti-depressants are SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors). They can be very effective in treatment of anxiety and depression (which usually occur together) and are not addictive. They can take up to two weeks or more to become effective. I would discuss this with your neurologist. If your mother is psychologically depressed, then an SSRI could be helpful to her. You may learn more about SSRIs at hhtp://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ssris/MH00066 . Does this answer your question?
Is an SSRI a sedative, similar to adavan? We do not want anything that will make her loopy or less responsive. She needs soemthing that will quell her anxiety enough so that she can focus.
No, SSRIs are ant-depressants, not sedatives. Ativan is one of the anti-anxiety medications classed as a benzodiazipine and is sedating and highly addictive.
Ok, thank you very much! One last question, what other SSRIs exist aside from Prozac?
You are very welcome. There are many other SSRIs in addition to Prozac, Zoloft being one of the most prescribed. You will find a complete list on the website I gave you. Please remember to click on the green accept button so that I will receive credit for my time with you. It has been my pleasure. I wish you and your mom all the best, XXXXX XXXXX Eleanor
Great, will do, thanks!