Review: Lexapro and Depakote
This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Lexapro and Depakote. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 1,245 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
What are the drugs
Lexapro (latest outcomes from 39,339 users) has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression.
Depakote (latest outcomes from 30,913 users) has active ingredients of divalproex sodium. It is often used in bipolar disorder.
On Aug, 19, 2014: 1,245 people who take Lexapro, Depakote are studied
Drug combinations in study:
- Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate)
- Depakote (divalproex sodium)
Drug effectiveness over time :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years||not specified|
|Lexapro is effective||0.00%|
(0 of 4 people)
(1 of 8 people)
(1 of 7 people)
(3 of 6 people)
(3 of 12 people)
(1 of 2 people)
(4 of 5 people)
(0 of 1 people)
|Depakote is effective||40.00%|
(4 of 10 people)
(2 of 10 people)
(1 of 3 people)
(3 of 4 people)
(5 of 10 people)
(1 of 1 people)
(3 of 6 people)
(1 of 1 people)
Most common drug interactions over time * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years||not specified|
|Dyspnoea||Pancreatitis||Anxiety||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Suicidal Ideation||Weight Increased||Diabetes Mellitus|
|Convulsion||Convulsion||Overdose||Obesity||Pain||Depression||Obesity||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus|
|Suicide Attempt||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Fatigue||Weight Increased||Convulsion||Neuropathy Peripheral||Thrombosis||Weight Increased|
|Cerebrovascular Accident||Diabetes Mellitus Inadequate Control||Weight Increased||Neuropathy Peripheral||Diabetic Neuropathy||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Depression|
|Suicidal Ideation||Depression||Pain In Extremity||Diabetes Mellitus||Nausea||Lethargy||Breast Mass||Suicidal Ideation|
|Eosinophilic Pneumonia||Blood Triglycerides Increased||Depression||Overdose||Hypoglycaemia||Somnolence||Perirectal Abscess||Anxiety|
|Depression||Blood Cholesterol Increased||Chest Pain||Blood Cholesterol Increased||Mental Status Changes||Tremor||Anticoagulation Drug Level Above Therapeutic||Tremor|
|Coma||Pyrexia||Neutrophil Count Increased||Cardiac Disorder||Vomiting||Diabetes Mellitus||Headache||Blood Cholesterol Increased|
|Anxiety||Dyskinesia||Urinary Incontinence||Breast Mass||Obesity||Hernia||Somnolence||Fatigue|
|Breast Cyst||Diabetic Gastroparesis||Malaise||Thrombosis||Hyperlipidaemia||Hepatic Enzyme Increased||Diabetes Mellitus Inadequate Control||Diarrhoea|
Drug effectiveness by gender :
|Lexapro is effective||33.33%|
(10 of 30 people)
(3 of 15 people)
|Depakote is effective||39.29%|
(11 of 28 people)
(9 of 17 people)
Most common drug interactions by gender * :
|Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus|
|Diabetes Mellitus||Diabetes Mellitus|
|Blood Cholesterol Increased||Suicidal Ideation|
Drug effectiveness by age :
|Lexapro is effective||n/a||n/a||7.69%|
(1 of 13 people)
(2 of 8 people)
(5 of 19 people)
(2 of 14 people)
(2 of 10 people)
(1 of 5 people)
|Depakote is effective||n/a||n/a||7.14%|
(1 of 14 people)
(6 of 10 people)
(6 of 19 people)
(4 of 13 people)
(1 of 10 people)
(2 of 6 people)
Most common drug interactions by age * :
|Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Somnolence||Diarrhoea||Diabetes Mellitus||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Diabetes Mellitus||Suicidal Ideation|
|Suicidal Ideation||Haematocrit||Dizziness||Weight Increased||Diabetes Mellitus||Diabetes Mellitus||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Dry Mouth|
|Pyoderma Gangrenosum||Fall||Suicidal Ideation||Suicidal Ideation||Obesity||Anxiety||Depression||Fall|
|Pelvic Pain||Drug Toxicity||Aggression||Dyspnoea||Blood Cholesterol Increased||Blood Cholesterol Increased||Fatigue||Decreased Appetite|
|Urinary Tract Infection||Dizziness||Vomiting||Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus||Weight Increased||Diabetic Neuropathy||Pain||Diarrhoea|
|Uterine Leiomyoma||Headache||Weight Increased||Suicide Attempt||Blood Triglycerides Increased||Back Pain||Somnolence||Tremor|
|Oculoauriculovertebral Dysplasia||Radius Fracture||Diabetes Mellitus||Insomnia||Diabetes Mellitus Inadequate Control||Diabetes Mellitus Inadequate Control||Anxiety||Drug Ineffective|
|Drug Exposure During Pregnancy||Platelet Count||Abdominal Pain||Agitation||Chest Pain||Dyspnoea||Dizziness||Depression|
|Pancreatitis||Disorientation||Condition Aggravated||Post-traumatic Stress Disorder||Nausea||Convulsion||Tremor||Muscle Twitching|
|Weight Increased||Psychomotor Hyperactivity||Hyperhidrosis||Dizziness||Suicidal Ideation||Neuropathy Peripheral||Weight Decreased||Nightmare|
* Some reports may have incomplete information.
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Rhs on Oct, 13, 2012:
Get your medical records
and consult w/your doctor
nate14yrproblem on May, 16, 2014:
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Courtney on Oct, 11, 2012:
So when I was a young child I was placed on Depakote, Haldol, Risperdol, and Trazadone. Heavy doses that made me lose memory of a large portion of my life, years I can't remember. I am now 22 and I am curious as to why these medications would be perscribed to a child, and nothing is able to be done about it??
curious mother on Oct, 12, 2012:
why were you given depokate do you have a seizure disorder? keepin mind that this drug needs to be monitored regularly for liver damage
Courtney on Oct, 12, 2012:
That is the thing, I never had seizures, nor was I or am I bipolar.. my psycitrist placed me on these things.
Valg on Oct, 14, 2012:
What was going on in your life before this? Why were you see a psychiatrist? Haldol and Risperdal are very strong anti psychotic medications. Depakote is an anti seizure medication but it is also used to treat aggression. Trazodone is an antidepressant but it also help with insomnia. Did something happen in your childhood that caused you to have a break with reality? You indicated that you have a memory loss from this period. Those medications are usually reserved for someone suffering from severe psychosis. I don't know anything about your family, but someone must know something. Check with your caregiver. You have a right to know why you were put on that much medication. Check with your physician you have a right to your medical records. Also just because someone put you on those medications once does not mean that there is anything wrong with you now. I have a friend that was put on a medication for manic depression as a teen. She was on it for about a year. She has never taken any meds for that disease since. (That was 25 years ago). She did however have a brief period of psychosis and they thought she was manic. Good luck to you. Don't worry too much over it but try and get some answers :)
trust1983 on Dec, 3, 2012:
Is it true in the states that a psych doc can up and just leave and refuse to treat you because you tried to kill yourself, especially if you didn't have a contact for life with you r doc?
J.p. on Dec, 6, 2012:
I know how you feel I have adhd and im sending my mother to an early grave no matter how hard I try I always get angry or yell we dont meen it
Concerned on Oct, 17, 2012:
First time I've done this. However... I have just been prescribed a medication and checked for side-effects, on line. Your postings came up and they really alarmed me, particularly the responses. I think you should get to your GP/Health Practice, asap, and stop mucking about delaying things by seeking answers online (which, frankly, aren't going to sort things out for you). Go and see your doctor/health professional. Don't rely on responses from your posting on the internet. I think you really need to sort this out. Sorry to sound hard, but I have a daughter who does the same thing and, really, as she realises (now), you need to seek help from health professionals, not internet strangers. There you have it! Sorry, as I say, to sound hard. But, get it together and, good luck.
Gary Dunn on Oct, 22, 2012:
I agree with you opinion to seek professional and expert help with medical opinions as being your own doctor can be fatal. Even going the extra step and get multiple opinions from several doctors. Every drug and application is slightly different and unless you are willing to become the expert on its use and your own personal application, which may take years of real research, and quantitative testing, as well as documented historical analyses you are headed for trouble. So stop and rethink your course of action, the internet is not a flash cure or instant answer, as a student, teacher, and very old guy, I can tell you that absolute answers are there but very hard to nail down, get professional help. Another course of action might be contacting your local university and proposing it to one of the professors to assign to a grad student, who has the time and facilities to properly evaluate the problem, and get a professional review, as well as confirming data. If your doctors seem at odds with the answer try contacting the Pharm Manufacturer directly with your specific questions and asking if and letting them know your reactions and specific parameters. Don't try luck, it could get you dead. Gary Dunn, thank you.
Tankerswife on Apr, 30, 2013:
Thank you NickJC! I will look into that today!
DrWildcat on Nov, 20, 2012:
The first step is ALWAYS professional advise, but doctors are not always forthcoming with info you need to know about your condition/meds. Some prescribe like candy and don't know or check for interactions, side effects, etc. Where your health is concerned pro-active is the only way to go.
Bree on Dec, 4, 2012:
A bit harsh....if someone wrote this to me I would feel worse....Please think inside our head's. Totally different to knowing someone with depression etc than thinking like some one with it.
ian on Nov, 26, 2012:
because at the end of the day, psychiatrists don't really care about you and big pharma is anon-american based company only out to profit.
they're killing humans with their poison.
Meh... on Nov, 27, 2012:
We wish it was as simple as that, the sad truth is most free physicatrist just dont care, I was banned from mine for threating suicide... Life isn't as simple as your making it sound, were here because them systems failed us.
Melynda on Nov, 29, 2012:
We adopted our son when he was 6. He is now 10. He was on ALL the medications you listed and he never had a seizure disorder. On the other hand he was misdiagnosed as having an Autistic disorder and he has PDD, low IQ, can be aggressive at times, was born addicted to drugs and has ADHD. He is very impulsive and can have explosive moods if he thinks he is not being treated fairly, but he is also a loving child craving attention, affection and acceptance. I personally think they just considered him crazy and wanted to dope him up to calm him down. He was sleepy all the time. We took him off of the Depakote first and he was still the same, just not as sleepy or as hard to wake in the morning. After taking him off of the medications he was a kid with a low IQ that was hyper, but pretty much the same and he didn't sleep the day away. He has fewer outbursts now without any medication and a couple therapists and a great special needs teacher. He is finally potty trained and learning his ABC's. I think with the medication he would have been so low he would never have learned any new skills or stopped wetting the bed because he couldn't wake up at night. I feel so sorry for him and all the other children who are over-medicated just so their parents can handle them with the least amount of effort.
That's my experience with the medication. One more thing; he bumps his head most of the night while he sleeps on his mattress and he did that less on the medication, but I think a soothing thing like rocking yourself to sleep or bumping your head on your mattress is small compared to liver damage or cancer. The kid suffered a lot before we adopted him and we love him and get him the help he needs instead of pumping him full of drugs that just turn him into a zombie that can't understand what's going on around him.
princess on Dec, 1, 2012:
I know it can get frustrating with so many doctors, so many different medications and hearing everyone being diagnosed with their "miracle pills" . It does suck when you feel like you have been running around in circles for years and you are the ginnie pig. I don't know how it is for you, but for me, I have been blessed with some great doctors who actually listen. I will say it was really hard, insurance changes, doctor swapping, having to pay out of pocket.... But when you find your "miracle pills" you feel a bit better. I still have 6 different doctors, not cheap, some good days some bad. Ive been doing this now for 20 years. I will cross my fingers for everyone.
Jen on Dec, 2, 2012:
I am a 42 yr. old mom of 2 boys. I have a seizure disorder, heart palpatations, and was diagnosed as bipolar at the age of 30. My 16 year old also has been diagnosed with ADHD @ age 5. Now psych. says he is bipolar. I wanted to tell you that we have our struggles. The warning I wanted to share is despite the "magic pills" always research his meds on your own. Example: neuro knew all my meds. Yet, despite a HUGE shift in my thinking (suicidal and aggressive)the neuro refused to see me for a month. RED FLAG and took myself to the E.R..Psych doc said, "Lithium and Propanolol should never be prescribed to a person with my med. history".Needless to say, I have dumped him and the entire plan to insure my mind has a chance to heal. Blessings to you and your dear son.
jas on Dec, 8, 2012:
Hi just been reading this site! Couldn't agree more, as a fourtees female with ADHD i believe in taking a natural approach first ( after all where do phacueticals come from? NATURE also our bodies were not designed to process synthetics!! As ive been battling with DEPRESSION & ANXIETY for many years i found out about TYROSENE & the part it plays in the human brain. Anyway it turns out low levels caused by stress or genetics cause DEPRESSION & Anxiety Suprise^ How ever i think seeing Dr's and researching is allways a good idea as others have stated!.
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Trololololol on Dec, 5, 2012:
Try hypnotherapy I lost my memory of who I was after a road accident for around 2 years until I started hypnotherapy and I have now managed to recover all my memories.
li on Dec, 8, 2012:
search about mkultra human experiences...also Barrie Trower is a British physicist and former microwave weapons expert for the Royal Navy and the British Secret Service. During the 1960's see the interview....governments are implant babies...search By Rauni-Leena Luukanen-Kilde, MD
Former Chief Medical Officer of Finland
December 6, 2000
search kevin warwick "By means of the implant, Warwick's nervous system was connected onto the internet in Columbia University, New York. From there he was able to control the robot arm in the University of Reading and to obtain feedback from sensors in the finger tips. He also successfully connected ultrasonic sensors on a baseball cap and experienced a form of extra sensory input.
A highly publicised extension to the experiment, in which a simpler array was implanted into the arm of Warwick's wife—with the ultimate aim of one day creating a form of telepathy or empathy using the Internet to communicate the signal from afar—was also successful in-so-far as it resulted in the first direct and purely electronic communication between the nervous systems of two humans. Finally
NickJC on Jan, 5, 2013:
This isn't a debate forum for bloggers It does though merit an URGENT PROMPT for its readers to BE proactive with prescribed meds. Victims of drug fatal side effects, given by inept, or kick back receiving MDs aren"t here to testify. Some MDs rather bury their mistakes, than report to FDA MedWatch fatal drugs they prescribed. So patients are often left helpless. DrWildcat’s cited above issue on amiodarone would be true only if MDs knew drug toxicities and diligent in managing them. Amio's cardio QT cycle extending benefit DOES NOT outweigh its risks of fatal pulmonary, hepatic, thyroid, CNS, and ocular damage. No safety margins exist in managing today’s ASSEMBLY LINE type med care. Stats show more than 100,000 persons die/yr due to med malpractice. Amio as an iodine-supplement, is very toxic and doesn't metabolize as all other drugs. To be effective all patient’s body cells must be loaded with it. As a result one can't get rid of it till cells die and depending on cell type, that takes months to years while toxicity continues to effect bio cell function. Despite this MDs give amio. for arrhythmias other than fatal ventricular i.e., Atrial Fib., etc., that contrary to FDA’s prompts to use “as a last resort & ONLY when other meds proved ineffective”. When an MD has to handle 20-25 patients/8-hr day there is no time to check & PATIENT BE AWARE of your life at RISK.
Many US Pharm.Co. deserve and DO GET SUPERPROFITS from their products which most often SAVE OUR LIVES. However it's not a secret that many hire 1/2 dozen lobbyists or more for each member of Congress to back their product whether or not the product saves or hurts lives. So It's sad that a country like US spends 10% of its GDP on medical care, lose more of its citizens to bad drugs than all traffic accidents combined, & still have 80% of its citizen’s bankrupt due to med care costs.
GUARD YOUR LIFE STAY DRUG ALERT
karen on Dec, 21, 2012:
The system failed you! What? You weren't saying that you were at the shrink because of the system were you? Mental health issues cannot be blamed on the system. You inherited it, or were wrought with trauma or you are a product of a really bad family situation. Think before you post.
Pam on Dec, 21, 2012:
I sure hope you were joking.
If you were not? Then YOU need to think before you post.
Look up the definition of system.
EVERY SYSTEM brakes down or will need an update.
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Nick JC on Jan, 1, 2013:
I am surprised at some reader questions relating to grossly dangerous drugs no fit to be in the market.
They hit the market and stay on because of manuf
connections, GREED and patient desperation for a cure/relief by trusting and looking at an MD as their GOD..
There are more DEATHS due to drugs in the US than
all traffic accidents combined.
Think!!! a well known Manuf produced amiodarone internationally at a cost of $2.5 million.
Return of Mnuf investment $1.5 BILLIONS
Stats will show that this drug is neither effective nor safe. Yet out of desperation THOUSANDS of death occurred due to it.
GOOGLE "the dangers of amiodarone"
and make sure you google all drugs you take....
DrWildcat on Jan, 2, 2013:
If you research amiodorone you will find that it is only used in closely monitored hospital settings to try to reverse fatal ventricular arrythmias. In other words, it is used to try to revive someone who is basically already dead. And it has saved many lives.
You all should keep an open mind and thoroughly do your research. Keep in mind that on a site like this you're primarily going to hear about adverse reactions. People who have greatly benefitted from their medication(s)generally don't go online - they're just happy to be healthy and alive.
Everything you put in your mouth can be potentially harmful; even a peanut can kill the right person. Hence the phrases, "weighing the pros and cons" and "the benefit outweighs the risk".
So, educate yourself to make the right decisions regarding your healthcare and stop ripping the pharmaceutical houses that are producing products that are improving and saving our lives.
wardog808 on Jan, 6, 2013:
Hi courtney, you may have been prescribed this for lack of sleep and depression. serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, serotonin makes you feel happier, its a chemical produced by your brain functions. if you was not sleeping well it would explain the high dose. I too suffer with depression and am a 40yr old male from the u.k so bi polar hasnt been recognised for me although i do go from feeling great to feeling low in minutes. I find being pro active helps. going for a run or a brisk walk. I hope this helps you.
aaa on Jan, 7, 2013:
I have RA and it can be very painful. A recent lapse made things very difficult to function. I was given Oxy IR because I can not take NSAIDS. The Oxy IR did absolutely nothing for the pain after about 5 min the pain came back. The doctor finally put me back on a high dose of prednisone for a month. About a week after taking it I felt the pain start to ease up. There are many new drugs for RA that do work and dont make you high. Recreational drugs do not help because you need to put the disease in remission by treating the disease (inflammation of the joints) and not just the symptoms (pain)
melly on Jan, 9, 2013:
I am posting in response to Nick JC and his comments regarding amiodarone (AKA: Cordorone). I don't believe you are a healthcare provider, otherwise you would be more cautious regarding the information you posted. Amiodarone is a very dangerous drug but I, as a cardiac critical care RN, would also include that patients taking this medication should NEVER STOP TAKING AMIODARONE WITHOUT TALKING WITH THEIR DOCTOR FIRST!! You are correct., there are other less toxic medications to treat some arrhythmias. Most physicians are very hesitant to start amiodarone without a very good reason. As for a fib and other non-fatal arrhythmias, some patients rhythms do not respond to other drugs. Left untreated non-lethal arrhythmias often lead to debilitating heart failure or even worse, lethal arrhythmias. Patients should be educated regarding their care, and that includes their medications. Your statements on this site should be prefaced with warnings that patients should consult their cardiologist or other physician prior to stopping Amiodarone or any other medication and if those symptoms become life threatening to call 911!!
NickJC on Jan, 9, 2013:
Melly ! I am happy that you have taken the time to respond to my entry. You are right! Not a medical professional but a physicist by profession aware of the heart’s electrical physiology. Victim I may add to MD blind trust when it comes to amiodarone . A victim of permanent thyroid damage, peripheral neuropathy and eye sight issues all of which are the result of incopetent use of this drug. As an RN please google and study the topics below to better serve patients, and prompt all the MDs you serve to use this drug AS A LAST RESORT and to read the many medical journal they failed to or have had no time to read i.e., FDA Alert 05/2005: Information for Heathcare Professionals
"Frequency, characteristics, and risk factors for amiodarone neurotoxicity" "The effects of amiodarone on the thyroid" "Amiodarone induced cardiovascular toxicity", Journal of neuro mascular disease "Amiodarone-Induced Neuromyopathy
etc., etc., and excluding liver damage or death due to lung fibrosis, but more to the point from the New England Journal Of Medicine: "Amiodarone in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure and Asymptomatic Ventricular Arrhythmia",and i quote
“..although amiodarone was effective in suppressing ventricular arrhythmias and improving ventricular function, it did not reduce the incidence of sudden death or prolong survival.."
furthermore from MedLink:
"The most common amiodarone-related neuro toxicities are tremor, ataxia, and peripheral neuropathy; more infrequent neurotoxicities include myopathy, optic neuropathy, basal ganglia dysfunction, encephalopathy, and pseudotumor cerebri"... BE AWARE
Tankerswife on Jan, 13, 2013:
I took trazadone and and something else and I don't remember a lot too. I got in an accident I was takin in on DUI and was in jail for 4 days. I don't remember any of it. Then I got out and the next day got in another accident and went back to jail. I don't remember any of it at all. I don't remember work for a while b4 my accidents either.
Chel on Jan, 14, 2013:
I was a healthy 19 year old who started to experience a lot of stress at university. The *very first* things the school psychiatrist gave me were Risperdal for anxiety and Trazadone for sleeping. I had no history of nor presentation of psychosis-- just acute anxiety. When I started gaining a startling amount of weight and spontaneously lactating, I was put through 2 months of expensive tests including several rounds of brain imaging, systemic MRI, and a mammogram. I was told I probably had a tumor somewhere, they just had to find out where. Finally an endocrinologist looked at my chart, said "oh, you're taking Risperdal? That's the cause right there." And it was. (Ironic that a medication prescribed for anxiety caused me so much severe stress!)
So not only did the licensed, state-university-employed psychiatrist use a heavy antipsychotic as the first line of treatment for simple anxiety, but she and ALL the medical professionals who looked at my chart during those awful 2 months failed to see that I was exhibiting known side effects of a medication.
Years later, I am now a licensed psychiatric researcher myself. I work within that "system" and with "big pharma," and I do not condemn either as a whole. But while I would never recommend against seeing a licensed professional for any serious concerns, I also would never discourage anyone from doing their own research. You can read stories like mine all over the internet from people who might have been saved time, money, and considerable distress with a little independent research.
Lindsey on Jan, 29, 2013:
Depekote is prescribed for Bipolar disorder too. I took it with Paxil.
Stephanie on Jan, 28, 2013:
Depakote was used on me for many years to treat mood disorder. it has many uses. The only drawl back to it for me was the weight gain.
Disgusted on Mar, 9, 2013:
Avoid all psychotropes. They are illegal to prescribe to children. Should be illegal for the human race.
Disgusted on Mar, 9, 2013:
Psychiatrists are the scum bottom of any med school class. Opinion and money drive their motives. You didn't need any of that garbage.
NJC on Mar, 21, 2013:
You are taking the words out of my mouth relating to bloggers and their hesitation to check out any drugs they may be taking....Read my NJC Inputs above.
We have been brought up to trust the professionals as our Gods....They are not!
Some of them are Great and humble when it comes to recognizing their limitations....others are Arrogant and dangerous because they don't recognize their ignorance! and or hate to admit it!! So they go on unquestioned till it's too late,,,and even then they try to bury their mistakes......
BE ALERT, AND PROACTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO BOTH
A DRUG AND THE PROFESSIONAL THAT PRESCRIBES IT. A COMPETENT MD WILL DISCUSS DRUG REASON, ITS MECHANISM & EFFECTIVENESS BEFORE ORDERING IT
Such discussion may change the MD's mind!
IncompetentDrDadSentMeToHealthHell on Mar, 30, 2013:
HUGE STORY (my OWN) THAT WOULD TURN YOUR INSIDES ONCE YOU HEAR IT about how my FATHER A SO CALLED MEDICAL PHYSICIAN WHO HAS BEEN IN PRACTICE AND RESIDENCY AND GRADUATED STONYBROOK IN 1982 RUINED MY HEALTH TO THE POINT WHERE HE SHOULD BE STRIPED OF ALL OF HIS MEDICAL DEGREES DIPLOMAS HIS GENERAL COLLEGE DEGREE AND HIS HS DIPLOMA AND PUT THROUGH THE SAME HELL HE PUT ME THROUGH WHO KNOWS HOW MANY PATIENTS (hes a GENEREAL PRACTITIONER) HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE SAME?! Moms a TEACHER and a factor in the psych, physical and emotional truama! She blamed it on being PRE-DISPOSED TO A FATHER WHO WAS AN ABUSIVE DRUNK! DAD TOOK ME FROM EVERY DOC (including a psychiatrist who said shes sane no more pills and removed me because he could NOT HANDLE ANY ONE CONTRADICTING HIS VIEWS OF HIS DISABLED KID BEING INSANE AND HAVING TO BE SHUT UP SO HE DIDN’T LOSE HIS JOB!) WHO BELIEVED ME AND PUT ME IN FORCED PSYCH TO SHUT ME UP ABOUT THEIR BULL AND SO MUCH MORE HORROR YOU’D WANT TO DESTROY THEM BY THE SAME FATE I SUFFERED! (I will NOT say anymore here for fear of the "INTERNET OVERLORDS" finding my story too "GRAPHIC" to stay up here, BUT IT IS A GOOD AND IMPORTANT READ TO KNOW HOW THE WORLDS DESTROYING US BY LETTING DOCS RUIN THEIR OWN CHILDRENS HEALTH WHEN THEY ARE UNDERAGED AND CAN HAVE NO SAY AND THUS NEVER BE CAUGHT SO GO ON PRACTING DESTROYING THE LIVES OF 1000s SINCE NO ONE WILL BELIEVE THE KID NOW THAT SHE IS AN INSTITUIONALIZED DUSABLED CRAZY GIRL AND GOES TO CONFIRM THAT THE HORRORS OF THE PLACES SIMILAR TO THE ELECTROSHOCK CAMPS USED TO “NORMALIZE” THE DISABLED MOST WANT TO FORGET AND/OR DISMISS STILL EXIST! PERSONAL/RELIGIOUS VIEWS EFFECT HOW THEY HANDLE MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND IF YOU THINK IT STOPS THEIR IT GOES INTO THEIR PRACTICE AS WELL AND CAN INCLUDE TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO BE TESTED FOR AIDS! IF THEY TREAT THEIR FAMILY THIS WAY DO YOU WANT THEM TREATING YOURS)!?!
Feel free to contact me at jessicaleichtling @ hot mail dot com
NJC on Mar, 31, 2013:
I am sorry to hear of your present life's misfortune. There is hope out there.Don't despair!!
As a dad I can tell you dad's care a lot about their daughters, I assure you of that no matter what dad's say or do! Nature wired dad's to care for their girls even more than their own sons......
Many MDs too are humble, well behaved and worth listening to for advise,moral support and even
trustworthy of their prescription medicine for relief.
Please be open minded, talk to a life-educated MD (i.e., older in age and a lot of practice). There is much more out there than we think. The brain and psyche is a nature's mystery to all. Slowly but surely however the secrets are daily being uncovered. Hung in there!!!
Be patient, receptive to competent MD prescribed neurotransmitter relief, hormonal balance, and keep your mind busy reading, movies, blogs,youtube, net, writing, talking to friends etc.,
NickJC on Mar, 31, 2013:
I am very sorry to read of your bad experiences with the law. It is not your fault but rather the fault of the MD that prescribed it to you without making you FULLY AWARE OF ITS SIDE EFFECTS.
Trazodone: Common sleep drug is little-known antidepressant
which is a consumer report on the drug.
This antidepressant is like many other drugs "off label drug". That means that the FDA authorized its use for a specific use other than the MDs take the liberty of prescribing it. Report your experience to the FDA and Contact the Md that prescribed it, holding him accountable for your misfortune....If not the MD will keep doing his thing and make someone else suffer like you...PUT A STOP TO THIS, STAY WELL & DRUGS ALERT
Girl_narcolepsy on Jun, 15, 2013:
BTW I was diagnosed with major depression (and was on my share of ridiculous meds) turns out I had narcolepsy all along!!!
jimmy on Apr, 29, 2013:
Congrats to you, makes a person believe in a God when the so called professionals don't really care and distance themselves or go ahead and prescribe you meds knowing the chance that you may kill yourself saying 'we"ll just keep a close eye on you'!I live 30 to 45min from the doctors that wanted to pump me full of higher doses of cymbalta after I had confessed to them that it made me invision to the exact details of how I was going to kill myself, something of which I hadn't a problem with before! Doctors just wanted to take the easy way for them to say my pain was due to depression of which it's not but had I killed myself it would have been ritten off as just a suicide and the doctors were trying to help (yea right)! They just don't know what to do to help me nor have the ambition to study anything the answers were'nt given to them in college! By the way if you didn't see what I had written earlier, around the same time My friends wife comitted suicide in her car for him to find in the garage, she was being watched closely by a doctor that prescribbed her cymbalta! If I had only knew, maybe I could have saved her since I know the danger!
Girl_narcolepsy on Jun, 15, 2013:
I agree, we are talking about fatal arrhythmia?
antiArrhythmia medications are extremely toxic and if prescribed to someone with a non serious arrhythmia (like mine) COULD lead to a arrhythmia that is very serious.
As for vfib?? and serious matters?? There are other ways and really patients like that need to have an AED because you can go into cardiac arrest and need shock asap.
The information on arrhythmia is constantly changing, and some that were once considered very serious have been studied and do not post a risk unless there is other heart damage.
I'm not disputing these medications have a legitimate purpose, but a patient should be aware of the risks.
As for medications in general, there are some that will pose a risk, and depending on your condition it needs to be weighed very carefully. I have narcolepsy, and take Adderall, it helps me stay awake, but my doctor and I discuss the risks vs benefits.
Pharma... why can't we have them negotiate prices like other countries?
I'm a 3rd year med-student, former RN/Paramedic
nate14yrproblem on May, 16, 2014:
Been having problem since 2003 or 4 after taking paxil back in 2001. Need help fast before I lose it. Some body any call me please. Very scared and don't know what to do. Over the last two yes Drs. Have been prescribing me med with hydrochloride. I just put it all together. Paxil 2000, Trazodone 2013 to present, Amitriptyline 2013 stopped after taking only one pill and it increased pain 20 folds, tizanidine 2013 stopped after I felt something wasn't right, gabapentin 2013 just stopped but it helped me realize what's killing me and Methocarbamol. To top all that off I have 2 bludging disc two herniated disc, the nerves was compressed. And twisted nerves from head to toe. I thank God for the gift of faith. He's getting me through this.
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