Anxiety medication elderly

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Evillady He is also on heart MEDs. I have read that this medication can be dangerous in the elderly, possibly causing death. Should we risk giving this to him? We don't know what to do.
Avatar n tn He seems depressed and sleeps all the time and is confused....could it be the Ativan? He does not have anxiety issues, just trouble sleeping. Not sure why they put him on this, when Tylenol PM has worked for him for a long time. Can you help???
Avatar m tn Medications in the elderly is tricky, just as it is in children. The geriatric population tends to be more sensitive to medications and often require closer monitoring. Is your grandmother being seen by a doctor who specializes in geriatric patients? If not, that may be something to think about. The only medication you listed that I could imagine might be an issue is the Seroquel, the other medications shouldn't really cause a behavioral/mood issue.
Avatar n tn My 77 yr old mother with back pain,depression and anxiety is currently taking oxy contin 10 mg three times a day, hydrocodone 5/250 three times a day,(possibly more,she is very defensive on this issue),tizanidine 4mg three times a day,ambien 10 mg at hs and was recently prescribed klonopin twice a day,She sets her clock to get up at 2 am to take her oxy contin and frequently has to take a hydrocodone an hour or so later "to get back to sleep".
3060903 tn?1398568723 It’s important to be aware of the risks of anxiety medication, too. Anxiety medication can cause a wide range of unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects. Many medications for anxiety are also habit forming and physically addictive, making it difficult to stop taking them once you’ve started. The bottom line If you have severe anxiety that’s interfering with your ability to function, medication may be right for you.
1086863 tn?1278633915 Some of us have mental issues that require medication. I practice many techniques to reduce anxiety, but know medication is a base I must work from. When my son was murdered by his father four months ago, I was recovering from anal cancer, I had brief grief-induced negative thoughts, which I've resolved with the help of a therapist I can see at no charge at the cancer hospital. I am glad to hear you have an answer to your anxiety.
Avatar f tn I've actually seen Neurontin successfully treat depression and anxiety in the elderly population, so there are definite advantages to using it for this kind of off-label use. The important thing is, you've already started seeing some improvements, which is great! This may end up being your "miracle" drug! Keep us udpated hon!
1211076 tn?1303523040 Prior to RAI for Hyperthyroidism and Graves, I felt like I was sitting on a razor blade with my anxiety....even noises made me edgy. The anxiety was unreal, depression was debilitating and I felt a big feeling of hopelessness. Then RAI happened and TT and for a few weeks I was great! Then Bnag!...anxiety came back with a vengeance. I kept thinking...I'm hyper! I was in fact..Hypo.
Avatar n tn All blood work, EKG/MRI/CT scans have come back negative. No previous history of depression. 1st Dr diag anxiety/panic and prescribed Xanax/Ambien, which gave relief. After a few months, Xanax started to require larger and larger doses to remain effective although we were still under the max recommended dose. 2nd Dr diag depression and prescribed Cymbalta. On 30mg Cymbalta, symptoms back to the same to worse as before Xanax, to which he added .
Avatar n tn It has only been a week since she has started the medication and already she's discoraged. Taking the medication in the evening has not helped her tiredness and she is on no other medications. So my questions are should she up her dose? What is a efficiant amount of time to try this drug for results? Is there another drug she can take with the Celexa to help? If you have any other comments that could help my mom please give them.
1516809 tn?1345086364 My elderly mother has Alzheimer's Disease, she is 87, and recently developed elevated Liver Enzymes. Her geriatrician stopped all her meds including those for Alzheimers to stabilize her liver. Once her Liver stabilized, the doctor introduced Risperdal stating that it is less liver antagonistic. I have read much about Risperdal being fatal to the elderly but I have also read that given in low doses it is quite effective.
Avatar m tn ok so long story short if any one has any idea what is wrong with my mom, if their is a medication that i can ask her to take or even vitamin that she can take so she starts these outbursts.
Avatar m tn / I really don’t think this anxiety is mind induced and don’t feel like I need to be on a anti de-present medication. I feel that this might have something to do with my heart. In the past 3 or 4 years I have had 2 EKGs and 2 Chest X rays on numerous occasions concerning chest pains and back pains.However everytime I was cleared and everthying came back fine. I really don’t know if those symptoms are connected to my anxiety, dizziness, and headaches at this present time.
Avatar n tn i take klonopin, it's a safe drug, not an ssri that will give you side effects, this along with CBT and a therapist, i think would help you out alot. talk to your dr. about it. it took me forever to take any medication. i hated the idea, i was scared of it and i had previously delt with anxiety/panic for 9 years on my own. i missed out on alot of life for being stubborn. you aren't alone. you just need the right help right will get better. make an appt. with a psychiatrist.
Avatar f tn Hi there; I also suffer with anxiety and depression, so i can totally understand how you feel. I was not prescribed Prozac, I am on Cipramil, but it takes 2 weeks according to my doctor for the drug to start working and can make anxiety temporarily increase when you first start taking it. Try not to think about if it is working or not because that will also increase your anxiety as well.
242516 tn?1368227505 This new box warning via FDA is something i've been aware of for some time in patients using ciprofloxaxin, levaquin (levofloxacin), Moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (floxin), gatifloxacin (tequin), and i'm glad it'll be highlighted on labeling, showing it's increasing incidence: risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture is further increased in those over age 60, in kidney, heart, and lung transplant recipients, and with use of concomitant steroid therapy.
3060903 tn?1398568723 My son opted to take CoQ10 and Magnesium Citrate Powder over antidepressant's (due to side effects) and he's stopped having anxiety. I think you'll find these are found to be side effect free, as well. Good Luck and God Speed!! Natural Mental Health Supplements That Work Explore safe, effective natural supplements for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and brain health. Adapted with permission from the Harvard Mental Health Letter: October 2011, published by Harvard Health Publications. http://www.
Avatar f tn I am reasonably healthy and cannot see a reason for this to start happening. Is it possible that the stress and anxiety that I have been through could have manifested itself in my hands (and what feels like my arms)and make them shake? I feel like I am picking things up and moving them about as if I was extremely nervous. I also feel like I can feel the blood pumping through my upper body as my heart beats and I am constantly tired. I haven't had to stop doing anything.
Avatar n tn After a bunch of cardiac tests, my heart is healthy -- thank you, God -- but that doesn't keep my mind from questioning the results. My parents are elderly and I have much stress in my life. Lately, I had to up my medication to 100mg of Zoloft, splitting it in two for am/pm. That seems to help. I also have anxiety from pulling the lateral chest muscles --- too many push-ups -- and of course, that makes me think it's my heart. I am trying to just let go.
Avatar f tn There is no way to determine whether the drug brought on the side effect or contributed to it in any way - the only thing that is certain is that the patient was taking the medication when the effect happened. Amitriptyline is a very good medication for pain. Even at a very low dose it can have a profound effect on certain types of pain. It is not approved by the FDA for pain relief but it does work and it is very safe particularly at the low dose you described.
Avatar n tn I have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, along with obsessive thinking and depression but I have a difficult time accepting this diagnosis.All symptoms were first somatic with tingling in my arms and legs.Then began some slight almost black out experiences,sleep disturbances with my body vibrating while I was asleep.All medical tests proved okay,MRI of the brain, thyroid testing,etc.During that time,I had my first intrusive thought of hurting a my first therapist that I had ever seen.
730000 tn?1234747000 i didnt want to put in anxiety related problems,, just anxiety,, but no ,i'm not on paxil anymore,,, went off that a few yrs, ago,,made me feel numb i suffered from severe panic attacks,, put me in the hospital sa few times... last time,, i told the dr,, i cant breath,,, he said,,, funny,, for a person who cant breath.. you certainly talk alot... he made me laugh , gave me a xanax and sent me home,,, i found ways to deal with it,, and realize ..
Avatar f tn I have always dealt with anxiety all my life and can't take any medications cause of extreme allergies and adverse reactions. I am at loss of my current anxiety level. In the past month I have had issues, my elderly mom's health is getting worse, her memory is going. She call daily to ask the same questions over and over. I know she can't help it but I can't deal with it anymore. Then I had a tooth extracted and then got a dry socket in it which was a painful ordeal.
Avatar m tn My elderly mom has been having some pretty severe episodes of anxiety/confusion over the past couple of weeks. We've initiated contact with her doctors who are doing their thing, but of course nothing moves as fast as we'd like in situations like this. Her life is pretty much consistent every single day, same habits, same foods, same tv shows, etc. These episodes have been happening every *second* day, in mid afternoon. The day following she has zero sign of any issue and is 100% normal.
Avatar f tn I have gone to the ER, cardiologist, and bloodwork and NOTHING is supposedly wrong. The Doctors just want to put me on anxiety medication or tell me to be calm or see a psychiatrist. I SWEAR nothing is out of the normal or wrong outside of my physical symptoms. It HAS to be hormones and someone should come up with a test to see the problem to correct it. I just posted to too. I love Lila's idea.
Avatar m tn With your anxiety level already buried in the red, you should have, in my opinion, been given a fast acting benzo (anti-anxiety medication) immediately to get you calmed down. Xanax and Ativan are two fast acting benzos that would help in the short term. You say you do have Xanax but don't take it because you worry about the side effects.
Avatar n tn My mother for example made trips to the emergency room, 25 years ago when she began having frequent PVCs and runs of them, after a period of severe stress and anxiety (I inherited her anxiety disorder). She is now 75 years old and has kept the PVCs controlled via daily Xanax for all of that time. Amazingly, this same benzo drug is what controls/reduces mine and so I too have begun to take it regularly at low to moderate dose.
Avatar f tn Last month, I saw this video of one of my favorite youtubers coming out as bisexual. Mind you, I already suffer from anxiety, depression, emotional numbness, and low self confidence/esteem. I couldnt even watch the full video..I was in shock because Ive watched him as a kid when I was being bullied. I was/am bullied for my appearance, being short, and being naturally skinny..basically looking 12 when Im almost an adult. I never thought that he would be bi..
Avatar n tn I know that she might be helped by medication and/or therapy, but in the past she has been totally resistant. Is there anything my sister and I can do to help her? Would it be appropriate to share some of her history with her primary care physician? The internist has no idea of my mother's emotional problems. My mother said on this visit that she "puts on a great show" when she sees her doctor and the doctor thinks she is "just great.