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Being drunk minus the dumb behavior

I've decided that I definitely want to get on anti-anxiety medication as I just can't go out into public without experiencing some degree of anxiety which brings on a slew of unpleasant symptoms (cottonmouth, dizziness, headaches, light-headedness, etc.). I'd like to have anti-anxiety drug recommendations that make one feel kind of like they've had three or so beers minus the whole lacking inhibition thing. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 25, 2016 - 16 answers

Lifelong Depression - considering another stab at medication

I've had lifelong depression. I tried meds and therapy for years. I got little to no relief and awful side effects. I had awful withdrawal and all of it cost a ton of money. I've still having a hard time - snowflakes inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Apr 5, 2016 - 17 answers

How to sell leftover fertility medication

I have one unused 1200ml box of Menopur (unmixed, kept in fridge). It can be quite expensive and I would like to sell at a discount to someone else who needs it. How can I do this safely, for both parties? This is in the UK.
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2016 - 9 answers

How long are Brintellix (vortioxetine) side effects likely to last?

I started Brintellix (vortioxetine) 5 days ago and am wondering how long the side effects are likely to last? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Mar 8, 2016 - 5 answers

Dealing with Lexapro side effects

I've been taking Lexapro for about nine months for generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Overall, the experience has been very good. I'm no longer nervous all the time. But in the past couple of months, I've grown concerned about two side effects: fatigue and apathy/lack of motivation. I talked to my psychiatrist about this and she laid out three options. I'm having trouble deciding which one would be best. [more inside]
posted by mcmile on Mar 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Mental health help in the UK

Got mental health needs. Don't know how to start getting them met with the NHS, can't really afford to go private. What do? [more inside]
posted by teresci on Feb 26, 2016 - 5 answers

It's like Magic-Eye pictures, but EVERYWHERE!

Why am I starting to see faces, among other things, in nearly any pattern I glance at? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2016 - 18 answers

Time to put my brain in its place

After many years of struggle with depression and constant, needless anxiety, it seems that my issue is primarily or purely chemical in nature. But my medications aren't really working right now. What options should I be looking at? What might my treatment look like? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Feb 21, 2016 - 19 answers

Can therapy counter-act hormones?

I had been making some progress on the whole 'stop worrying about everything and try to be less sensitive' front. All of it went out the window when I started a medication that affects my hormone levels. Is there a way to CBT yourself out of biology, or will I be a nervous wreck forever? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 18, 2016 - 3 answers

Is this particular situation a good time to use my Ativan prescription?

I have an Ativan prescription that is intended to help me deal with panic attacks. I rarely use it because my panic attacks are quite rare. I have a work event coming that turns me into a ball of anxiety every time I have to do it (2-3 times a year) and I'm wondering if this might be an appropriate time to make use of my prescription. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2016 - 16 answers

Need ADHD meds, am not Jesse Pinkman!

My PCP has decided to discontinue prescribing my (long-standing, very stable) ADHD medication. I pretty much just want to continue with the meds that have worked for me, with a minimum of additional trouble, expense and extra time. How can I find a new provider without seeming sketchy or drug-seeking? [more inside]
posted by Sockinian on Jan 13, 2016 - 14 answers

When is medication the answer for kids with anxiety?

My son (8) struggles with anxiety (separation and generalized) and negative thinking/depression. How do you know when it is time to start treating it with medication? [more inside]
posted by a22lamia on Jan 11, 2016 - 25 answers

An app for crazy pills

Is there an app that can help me work out when to take my medication when changing timezones? (If relevant, it's SSRIs/antipsychotic medication.) [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 11, 2016 - 11 answers

Health Savings Accounts - How do they know which expenses are qualified?

Specifically, how can I be sure that my medication purchases at the grocery store are properly tallied as 'qualified expenses?' More generally, how does the IRS keep track of your purchases using funds from an HSA? What's to stop someone from using their HSA to pay for non-medical expenses? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on Jan 10, 2016 - 13 answers

Fear of Antidepressants

Yesterday a dear friend had a come to Jesus talk with me and encouraged me to make an appointment with my doctor about going on an antidepressant. I have been advised to go on antidepressants in the past by therapists and other doctors, but have never taken the next steps because my family views being on medication as a personal failure/huge dangerous risk. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Dec 30, 2015 - 63 answers

Expensive cheap drugs

I was accompanying a friend who was picking up a prescription for nitroglycerin pills at a supermarket pharmacy and was surprised to see that the price was $30 for around 20 pills (he doesn't have insurance so this was retail price, not a copay). I was curious so I checked Walmart's list of $4 drugs and found nitroglycerin is not on the list. I checked a drug price comparison website and it also listed prices in the $20-30 range. Nitroglycerin has been used medically for 130 years (no patent) and seems like it can't be expensive to make, I thought for sure it would be dirt cheap like generic prozac, amoxicillin, etc. Anyone have an idea/theory why it's so expensive?
posted by duoshao on Dec 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Do I need medication?

I was diagnosed with depression in 2012, after a really bad few months of daily crying and suicideal ideation. After several months of therapy, plus positive situational changes over the past couple of years, I am now pretty far away from those dark days. But I still get occasional episodes of inexplicable low mood when I, for example, cancel all commitments for the day and stay home in bed all day. What gives? Should I go back to therapy and/or go ask my doctor for medication and/or accept this as a dimension of who I am and manage around it? The moods feel physiological in origin, I can't put my finger on any thought or event that triggers them, and they happen about once every 2-3 months.
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I try to get my dog anxiety medication?

She licks a lot. Compulsion or behavioral issue? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Nov 6, 2015 - 12 answers

How to pack my medications?

I am flying on an airplane and I need to pack all my medications - roughly 18 bottles, two inhalers, and two small quantities of liquid. What is the best kind of container to use, considering the needs and desires of both the TSA and the airline staff? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Nov 2, 2015 - 21 answers

Blepharitis Pro Tips

I have blepharitis, a condition that makes my eyelids very prone to chalazions (warning: gross). As far as I can tell, this isn't something that can be cured per se, but there are things that can be done to lessen the symptoms. What works for you, fellow blepharitis sufferers? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Oct 29, 2015 - 19 answers

What's your online source for generic/low-cost heartworm meds for dogs?

I can get the meds from my vet, but I feel like I can probably get them cheaper online (vet price is about $70/6-month supply) and the lady at the vet is unpleasant. [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Oct 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Should a hypochondriac take SSRIs?

My depression and anxiety are getting out of control, and I think medication would help. However, I'm also a massive hypochondriac as part of my anxiety problem, and I'm really worried about the side effects. Is it worth giving meds a shot anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2015 - 16 answers

What are some resources for understanding mental health medication?

I have some Interesting Brain Chemistry (tm)--some cocktail of ADHD, anxiety, depression, and sensory processing issues, and lately, I have been considering further medication. (Current stats on that: 5mg Adderall Rx, Ativan as needed.) However, I always hated the guess-and-check method in math, and I am finding that I do not like it any better when it comes to my mental health. To that end, I am wondering if anyone can recommend good, detailed resources on how mental health medication works. I know the basics of SSRIs, etc., but why does one work and another not? I know the answer is partly, "Molecules have different shapes! Some shapes fit better!" ...I would like more nuance. Please recommend resources? (And any expert thoughts are also welcome.) [more inside]
posted by Alex Haist on Oct 19, 2015 - 9 answers

It's got to get bad before it gets good

How do you make yourself keep taking medication with unpleasant side effects? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Jul 20, 2015 - 16 answers

What can a friend do to get adequate pain meds for a short term injury?

A friend has a very painful foot injury and needs enough painkillers to sleep and work. The doctor will not provide any. This is interfering with employment, not to mention with getting better. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jun 9, 2015 - 25 answers

How do I ADHD

So it seems I have ADHD. 1. Yay, this explains so much! 2. Oh geez, what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 2, 2015 - 16 answers

How did you come to terms with your chronic pain?

If you've dealt with chronic pain of any kind, how did you come to terms with your condition? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Apr 28, 2015 - 20 answers

Managing side effects of med swap

Swapping head drugs from escitalopram (Lexapro) to desvenlafexine (Pristiq). Side effects are not being kind, but from my research so far it seems the medical opinion is: totes normal, suck it up sunshine. I would like to be able to cope with daily life during the adjustment period a bit better than I am at the moment and am hoping you guys might have some practical suggestions. Details within. And yes, I completely know you are not my doctor or other mental health professional. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Apr 26, 2015 - 7 answers

The rest of the meds world

What are SNRIs, and what are they like to take? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2015 - 17 answers

Where can one go to have medicated cream applied to one's back?

My grandfather needs a prescribed ointment applied to his back twice daily for two weeks. He's ambulatory and able to drive, but he can't reach his back. Is there someplace he can go where a person is available to apply the ointment for him? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Mar 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Are my meds healing my injury or just removing the pain?

I'm taking 2100mg Gabapentin daily for an impinged nerve in my neck due to degenerative disc disease and stenosis. I want to step down off the drug because of the side effects I'm experiencing. If the drug is actually doing something to heal the problem then I won't, but if it's just acting as a pain reliever with no other benefits then I'd prefer the pain over the side effects. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Mar 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Doctor Being Weird About Prescription, How To Discuss?

I take alprazolam to help fall asleep, 2 right before bed. This was prescribed by my sleep specialist doctor (more on that inside). My doctor is now acting strangely over it and changed my dose on refill without telling me. I'm not sure how to talk to him over this, without the risk of being seen as a drug seeker. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Mar 4, 2015 - 20 answers

Zoloft: does it get worse before it gets better?

Zoloft: does it get worse before it gets better? YANMD. [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jan 14, 2015 - 14 answers

We Need Words of Encouragement

On anxiety and medication for the modern man. [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Jan 13, 2015 - 17 answers

Should I take medication for anxiety?

It's extremely unpleasant and has not gotten better after two years of "working through it", but it's technically "mild". Is it bad enough to try meds? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Dec 27, 2014 - 26 answers

I've been prescribed Fluoxetine (Prozac), should I take it?

To be honest, I don't know if I'm currently depressed. I do have some of the symptoms of depression but these tend to come and go: low mood, irritability, poor sleep, poor appetite, difficulty concentrating, negative thinking (I've had this one most of my life). I also suffer from anxiety and get stressed very easily - my personality is highly neurotic. Some days I feel pretty okay but my mood really goes down when I get home from work and especially on the weekends when I'm spending a lot of time alone in my room. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Nov 9, 2014 - 22 answers

Promethazine and False Positive Pregnancy Tests

Does anyone know how long Promethazine/Phenergan is thought to interfere with home pregnancy tests?
posted by pairofshades on Nov 8, 2014 - 3 answers

How does "resistance to [psychiatric] medication" develop?

Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and I've been kicking around a setting in which the regular use of all kinds of mood- and cognition-enhancing drugs is widely accepted in society and tacitly endorsed by the government (though this is neither utopic nor dystopic). I'd like my protagonist to be dealing with the fallout of developing a resistance to these mind-enhancing medications, but before I spend 50,000 words on it, I'd like to check my premises. [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Nov 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Do I just resign myself to being a Prozac junkie?

So, I'm too lazy to link to them, but many of my previous questions have waxed poetic on my experiences with depression, its effects on my cognition and motivation, as well as my trials with a number of treatment modalities- some pharmaceutical, some alternative, some psychological. After years of back-and-forth experiments with nearly everything in the book, I come to the same conclusion time and again: Fluoxetine is the only thing that works.- slowly, under only the best conditions, and for a very short time before I need to up my dose. ( We're talking weeks). What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Oct 24, 2014 - 18 answers

How can I divide a capsule of medicine in half?

I want to take half of my 60-mg capsule now and half tomorrow (long story which is not relevant. Please don't ask about doctor's advice etc. - this question is purely technical). [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 19, 2014 - 9 answers

So what's the deal with medication?

I have been in therapy for a little while for anxiety/obsessive thoughts. This has gone very well so far, but I still feel awful, and I am wondering whether I should try meds. Snowflakes after the jump. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Oct 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Should I really keep taking this medication?

I had an abnormal ECG but my doctor advised me to keep taking stimulant medication. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Oct 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Buying modafinil (Provigil) online? What's the deal?

Is it totally crazy to buy modafinil (Provigil) over the internet without a prescription, and how would I even do it? Please educate me about the legal, practical, and financial considerations of doing this. I'm in the USA. [more inside]
posted by Cashmere Sock Handjob on Sep 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Explain the physiological aspects of my anti-depressant withdrawal

What is happening inside me as my body adjusts to an unexpected lack of anti-depressant medication? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Sep 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Help Me With Doctor Anxiety Concerning Prescriptions

Can anyone give me some advice on how to approach my doctor about wanting a prescription? I feel like a "drug seeker". [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Sep 2, 2014 - 12 answers

I want to go off psych meds but my family might not. Do I do it anyway?

I made a promise to my family that I wouldn't make decisions about my treatment without them. I want alternative treatment. If they say no, do I still go? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Aug 22, 2014 - 73 answers

I am fully aware you are not my doctor.

I have an 8 year old boy and a new prescription for Concerta (for him, not for me). After more than a year of testing and discussion, I've accepted the 'script because - as our doctor was very clear - we can always decide not to fill it. I'm asking you to help us decide if we should try this. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Aug 18, 2014 - 28 answers

Life changes for the... difficult brain.

I'm not happy with the way I look or feel. I haven't been for a long time. I'm severely overweight, have high blood pressure with a family history of heart disease and diabetes, wake up with back pain every morning, have zero energy if it doesn't come in the form of an energy drink or shot, and just generally look like hell. What can I do to lose over 80 lbs and get myself to a healthy BMI for a 24yo 5'8' male when my brain acts like it really, really just wants to have me die of a heart attack by 35? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 15, 2014 - 34 answers

Provigil vs. Adderall for ADD

I take Adderall for ADD, but am growing dissatisfied with it due to what feels like increasing tolerance and dependence, as well as a couple of secondary reasons. I want to talk to my doctor about switching to Provigil, and would like to hear from anybody who has any advice or experience to relate regarding the pros and cons of the two medications. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Cashmere Sock Handjob on Aug 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Mother's Little Helper

YANMMD -- you are not my mother's doctor. But you probably can do a better job than her current one. Please help. [more inside]
posted by SockPuppetOfShame on Aug 4, 2014 - 18 answers

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