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Antidepressant Medications

Antidepressants are the most common medicine used to treat severe depressive orders and many other issues such as anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, sleep disorders, dysthymia and chronic pain. Antidepressants may be used as a combination drug or alone. To learn more about antidepressants, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by Experts.

Why do antidepressants not work for someone but Lorazepam does?

Generally if Lorazepam is effective in helping a person's depression, the person may have anxiety rather than depression. However it may be possible to have a combination of depression and anxiety. Many doctors are fine with prescribing the medication if it works for the patient. However, some doctors prefer not to prescribe the medication, especially if the patient has a history of addiction or drug sensitivity. If the person's doctor doesn't want to prescribe Lorazepam, a consultation between the patient and doctor may be necessary. Open communication between doctor and patient is generally the best approach. However, if the patient and doctor cannot agree that the medication is helping the patient, a different doctor may be in order. In most cases a doctor will work with the patient and prescribe the best medication for that individual.

Can someone stop taking antidepressants without effects?

A consultation with the person's doctor should always be the first step in stopping medication. Some medications have harsh side effects when stopped abruptly. Due to the variety of possible side effects from antidepressants, a doctor may wish to reduce the dosage and gradually wean the patient off of the medicine instead of quitting abruptly. A person may experience severe physical and psychological side effects when quitting an antidepressant. Some symptoms may include irritation, mood swings, confusion, and flu like symptoms, insomnia, nightmares or stomach upset. While many of these side effects may not sound severe, a person who has a combination of several side effects may become overwhelmed.

What antidepressants can glaucoma patients use?

As with many drugs, the doctor and patient may have to determine if the risk is worth the benefits of a medication. Some of the older antidepressants have been, in rare cases, connected with acute angle glaucoma. Moclobemide is one of the older antidepressant medications that has not been proven to affect glaucoma but this medication has its own undesirable side effects.. When changing an antidepressant medication such as Citalopram or Mirtazapine, the person's doctor may schedule routine eye examinations to monitor intra-ocular pressure.

Can the antidepressant Lexapro or Xanax cause lactation in women?

None of the above mentioned medications have been known to cause lactation in women. However lactation could be caused by a hormone imbalance, other medication side effects, or continuous breast stimulation. If the person isn't on other medications and isn't stimulating the breasts, she may have an imbalance of hormones. A visit to the person's doctor may be required for testing. Blood testing is generally done to test prolactin levels. Once the hormone issues have been resolved, the lactation will usually stop.

Antidepressants are one of the most prescribed medications in the United States. Antidepressants are used to treat depression and other issues such as seasonal affective disorder. Many questions arise to the safety of antidepressants. If a person has questions or concerns regarding antidepressants, the person should ask an Expert for medical clarity and suggestions.
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