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Since some prescriptions cause side effects that defeat the purpose and others can cause addiction, is there one that you recommend that is "PERFECTLY SAFE"?
There is no medication that is perfectly safe. There are too many variables that go into how a medication works in the body. There is your health, your body chemistry and the interaction between them and the medication. Also, the medication strength and the diagnosis you are taking it for affects how many side effects you experience or if you do not experience any (of any significance).
However, if you are concerned about the mediation having adverse effects, you may want to try an older medication. The older medications have been tested longer and have shown they work for most people. Of the medications above, Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac have, in my experience, been the most prescribed.
Also, ask your doctor to start with the lowest dose possible to help you see what side effects you may experience. It is easier to deal with the side effects if you are on a lower dose.
My doctor prescribed me Lexapro. What do you say about that one? Thank you.
Are you interested in more information about the medication itself or are you asking my opinion?
Asking for your opinion.
Because I was still getting too much dizziness, headaches, and anxiety, my doctor changed my prescription from Lexapro to Buspar. What is your opinion about Buspar? Is Buspar an antidepressant? Thank you.
Buspar is known as one of the most effective medications for anxiety and it also can be used for OCD. It is not used for depression. It is popular because it tends to work for most people and it well tolerated.
By OCD, you mean obsessive compulsive disorder, right? So, Buspar is not officially considered an antidepressant, correct?
Yes, I meant obsessive compulsive disorder, sorry about that. No, Buspar is not typically used as an anti depressant. It does have many uses however, including to help alcoholics, and help general nervousness.
My doctor prescibed me to take 5 mg of Buspar twice a day for a total of 10 mg daily. I have tried taking the pills at the following time combinations:
8 pm and 8 am
2 am and 5 pm
3:15 am and 5 pm
4:15 am and 5 pm
8 am and 1 pm
8am and 1:30 pm
8 am and 2 pm
but I still from time to time get the side effects of dizziness and/or headaches during working hours. (8 am to 5 pm) Is there a schedule combination that you would recommend where I will not experience the side effects during working hours, but if I must experience the side effects for it to be when I am at home or in bed? One time I was very drowsy too when I drove home from work.
What time do you typically have to be at work? And at what time do you really want your medication to be most effective?
I have to be typically at work from 8 am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm. But I don't want to feel any of the side effects from about 9:15 am thru 4:30 pm.
So, like peanut butter sandwiches to cover the protein and Gatorade to cover the magnesium and the substitute for Excedrin for the headache?
You can certainly try those things and see if they work for you. You can also try supplements for the B vitamins and other foods for the magnesium. What works for you is the best thing to do. So try different things until you find what works best.