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Does Cymbalta work for social anxiety?

Question asked 12 days ago 4 answers

Support groups: anxiety

LaurieShay's response: You are taking the average therapeutic dose of Cymbalta. It can take at least 4 weeks for max effectiveness. In the beginning, the Cymbalta can make anxiety worse, but this usually subsides and the antidepressant helps anxiety as well. Give it some ...

Anxiety venlfaxine medication?

Question asked 12 days ago 3 answers

Support groups: anxiety

LaurieShay's response: Gonna take time. It can take up to a month for max effectiveness. Depending on how long you have been on the venlafaxine, the increase should be effective relatively quick. If not feeling some relief in the next couple weeks, let the doctor know.

My wife has both xanax and clonazepam. She prefers to take the clonazepam in am and xanax pm. Safe?

Question asked 13 days ago 3 answers

Support groups: anxiety and stress

LaurieShay's answer: Yes, as long as the same doctor prescribed then the doc has adjusted the dosage appropriate for taking both. Clonazepam is a long-acting benzodiazepine, while Xanax is short-acting. Hence, the reason for taking the one in the morning and the other ...

Can cymbalta loose its positive effects after taking it for eight years?

Question asked 19 days ago 4 answers

Support groups: cymbalta, depression, dosage, diabetic neuropathy, major depressive disorder

LaurieShay's answer: Yes, it certainly is possible for an antidepressant to lose effectiveness. You may wish to talk to your prescribing doctor about an increase in the Cymbalta.

Whats the best treatment for anxiety bi polar and temper control?

Question asked 26 Sep 2014 3 answers

Support groups: anxiety, treatment, bipolar disorder

LaurieShay's answer: As previously mentioned, medication is a trial and error sort of ordeal. It is not one size fits all. There are many categories of medication to aid in the symptoms you listed: antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anti psychotics to name a few. ...

How long for full effect of Pristiq?

Question asked 25 Sep 2014 1 answer

Support groups: pristiq, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, side effect

LaurieShay's response: It will take upwards of a month for the Pristiq to reach full effect.

I am taking Wellbutrin XL. I'm experiencing alot of deppression, saddness and being over whelmed?

Question asked 24 Sep 2014 2 answers

Support groups: wellbutrin, wellbutrin xl, antidepressant, depression

LaurieShay's answer: Nice thing about Wellbutrin is that you can take it along with many other antidepressants. It is easily combined with SSRI's such as Lexapro or Zoloft as well as SNRI's such as Cymbalta or Effexor. The right adjunct antidepressant is a trial and ...

Been on Nuvigil 4 days. I split the 150mg pill and only take half. Today I noticed tiredness. Can I?

Question asked 24 Sep 2014 1 answer

Support groups: nuvigil, pill

LaurieShay's answer: Nuvigil is a time release formula and should not be split. Taken in the morning, it should last 8 to 10 hours.

What is the difference between welbutrin and pristiq?

Question asked 23 Sep 2014 1 answer

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LaurieShay's answer: They affect different brain chemicals. Pristiq affects serotonin and norepinephrine while Wellbutrin affects dopamine and norepinephrine.

Is there any alcohol in Tussin dm?

Question asked 23 Sep 2014 1 answer

Support groups: tussin dm, alcohol

LaurieShay's answer: It is alcohol free. Please check out the following link: which indicates the ingredients both active and inactive in this medication.

Butrans - I am currently taking oxycodone alternating monthly with hydrocodone. Would I have to?

Question asked 23 Sep 2014 1 answer

Support groups: hydrocodone, oxycodone, butrans, medication, patch

LaurieShay's response: The Butrans patch contains the medication, buprenorphine, which is itself a strong narcotic. It will prevent the others from having any affect. Buprenorphine can send you into precipitated withdrawals from the oxycodone and hydrocodone. You need to ...

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