There are a number of different medications that are currently used to treat anxiety disorders. Antidepressants, although originally intended to treat depression, have been found to be effective in relieving symptoms of anxiety. Medication does not “cure” anxiety. While some people may not feel relief from anxiety symptoms and some may not be able to tolerate side effects, the majority of people do find relief from the debilitating impact of anxiety in their lives. There are a number of antidepressant medications on the market today used to treat different types of anxiety: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) • Clomipramine (Anafranil) • Fluoxetine (Prozac) • Fluvoamine (Luvox) • Paroxetine (Paxil) • Sertaline (Zoloft) Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) • Paroxetine (Paxil) Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) • Paroxetine (P...
I received an email last week from a woman who was worried that her mother was being over-medicated. She had a point. We discussed the fact that the mother should get all of her prescriptions in the same place. This is smart for anyone, as when all of your medications are in one computer system at one pharmacy, the system should catch any interactions.
What the systems don't catch, however, are all the over-the-counter medications we take. As our emails flew back and forth, I was able to gather from the concerned daughter that her mother was good about getting her prescriptions at one drugstore, but she still had a feeling that something was amiss. She felt her mother was too groggy in the morning for someone who'd had a good night's sleep. She told me her mother had a recent checkup, and that her doctor couldn't explain the problem.
I asked if the doctor reviewed all of her medications, and she said that he had. Then I asked her about her mother's attit...
THURSDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- People who combine Prozac
and similar antidepressants with migraine drugs called triptans run
the risk of a life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome,
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
The antidepressants, which also include Zoloft, Paxil and
Lexapro, are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRIs). The FDA said on Wednesday that it probably would recommend
changes to the drugs' labels as more information became available,
the Associated Press reported.
In a second warning, the FDA said babies born to mothers who
take SSRIs are at significantly greater risk of a dangerous lung
problem called persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). The
condition causes high blood pressure in the lungs' blood vessels,
restricting oxygen intake into the bloodstream, the AP reported.
The condition affects one or two babies per 1,000 born.
The FDA urged makers of the antidepressants to change their
labels to include information about ...
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