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Hello I believe I can help you with your concern.
I am so sorry that you have been experiencing these symptoms and that your psychiatrist is not advising you on other treatment plans to help you through this difficult time
While yes there is an increased chance of bleeding with antidepressants and Warfarin, there is also a study that I am going to show you that say that Zoloft and Celexa are the safest medications to take while on Warfarin
There is limited empirical data on the interactions of these two medications, so that is most likely why your psychiatrist is being cautious and asking you to wean off the medications while on the Warfarin
Now the adderrall you are taking has not interaction with Warfarin and adderall has been used as an anti-depressant in some cases
Thank you for responding. I understand the reasoning...I'm just extremely concerned about stopping the medication as I have had such an increase in my symptoms. And I know the dangers of the benzo addiction...he is very anti-benzo....but I have a very difficult time with my anxiety in some cases, and the ativan seems to be one thing that helps.
Is the ativan only 1mg a night?
yes, and then I was taking it PRN also, but I really had not been taking it at all. I was having pretty good success with the increase in zoloft and change in the vyvanse dose. The change to adderall was also OK...I have only been taking that for about a month.
I had not been taking a PRN dose of ativan that is...
Yeah I understand the concern for physical addiction associated with Ativan, but at 1mg I would not call that an addiction. I think you need it as needed for anxiety issues, and if you do have withdrawal symptoms associated with it, they will be minimal at that dosage and with a good wean off schedule.
I think you are using the Ativan very appropriately for its intended use.
I was thinking that too, but I feel like the doctor is removing me from a bunch of medication all at once and I'm not sure that I should follow that advice or look somewhere else?
I think your doctor is appropriate for removing the Zoloft, but like I said it is considered the safest antidepressant to take while on Warfarin, but there is still a risk, so some psychiatrists will be okay with a lower dosage of Zoloft while you are on the Warfarin. Also I do think that may be consulting with another psychiatrist regarding your Ativan use would be wise because you are using it well and not overly dependent on it by your use of it and there are no interactions with Ativan and Warfarin that have been documented.
I like that idea. I wanted to consider other medications, but didn't know if it was a good idea to "jump ship" right in the middle like that...It's rather a mystery as to how I got the PE to begin with...no real risk factors, so I'm not worried about a bleeding issue etc., but I also didn't want to just change all my body chemistry at once. I'm having enough trouble as it is
I know that the zoloft will impact the coumadin, but is it possible that the coumadin effects the absorption of the zoloft? I'm asking because over the last 10 days or so that this has been going on, I have been having some pretty bad panic attacks and depressive episodes...and I haven't had those in awhile. I feel like it has happened during the time I have been on the blood thinners. Am I making that up?
It should not effect the body's absorption rate of the Zoloft. It is possible that your increased rates of panic attacks and depressive episodes are a result of this medical issue that has caused a great amount of stress as well as the feeling that your psychiatrist is not adequately treating you, which can cause frustration and stress.
Quite true. It's been pretty upsetting...and I'm a Paramedic/Firefighter of 22 years...I kept thinking I was just having a panic attack, and now I just keep waiting to just get over it...hopefully I can get on the right track with this additional information.
It is possible that if you find another psychiatrist that is more adept to your concerns and needs will help bring you relief and lessen these recent panic attacks.
I am going to look into that right away. I greatly appreciate your advice. Thank you so much
Anytime, i am always happy to help. Is there anything else I can assist you with tonight?
I don't think so. Again, very much appreciated.
Well I want to wish you the best of luck with everything and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me again at anytime.
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You were great. Very informative and patient with my questions and story.
Anytime, it was my pleasure to help you tonight
Thank you. Have a great night.
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