Hearing you have an anxiety or mood disorder is a hard pill to swallow, not to mention the difficulties that come with the actual pill swallowing that occurs after the diagnosis. Medical science has yet to find a cure for mood and anxiety disorders, however the development of SSRI’s (Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitors), and others like SNRI’s, NDRI’s and NRI’s it seems like there is light at the end of the dark tunnel.
However, for many this is only the beginning of the long and confusing road so this week we are introducing something new……. Medicine Mondays!!!
This come about as so many patients using anti-depressants for the first time do not know what to expect from their medication and what the possible side effects are. I will attempt to answer the most frequently asked questions when it comes to taking psychiatric medication.
Am I crazy?
Let me put it this way, if you have a headache would you drink medication for it? Most people would answer yes to this question without any hesitation. Unfortunately, because there is such a big stigma attached to psychiatric illnesses it is frond upon to use medication for it. This is more a mind shift you have to make to see the medication as a support and not something that is out to hurt you. When you are able to do that, you can focus on what the medication does to help you and not what other’s think of you using it.
Will I gain weight?
Possibly, but remember it is not the medication itself that makes you gain weight. The medication merely stimulates the histamine receptors which in turn makes you grave a lot of carbs, bad fattening carbs and it is the eating of said carbs that makes you gain weight. If you use your medication with a healthy eating plan you will most likely not gain that much weight.
When do I take my medication?
As it is prescribed. As most of the medication has a stimulating effect it is best to take it in the morning after a meal. Eating something before taking medication helps with the absorption of the medication. However, please note that this is not the same for all the medications so ask you pharmacist when will be the best time to take your medication.
When can I stop my medication?
When your doctor indicates that you may do so. Please do not just stop your medication by yourself, it will make you feel very ill. The reason for this of course is that your body has become accustomed to the amount of added chemicals in your body, therefore if you stop taking it you are depriving your body of what it needs to function affectively. When your doctor indicates that you can stop taking the medication he will most likely start tapering you down so it is not such a big sock to your system.
That is all for this week’s medicine Monday please comment and share we would like to hear from you.