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Beat Depression Naturally- Rhodiola to the Rescue

I’ve been fighting low- to mid-level depression for years and at the same time trying to avoid becoming dependent on anti-depressant medication. I’ve tried St. John’s wort, and it didn’t help me. Can you recommend another alternative treatment? –D.C. Gainesville, Florida Answer: Actually, yes. The herb rhodiola (Rodiolia rosea) has been safely used for centuries […]

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How to Use Progesterone Cream Properly

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Natural Ways to Ease DEPRESSION & Reduce ANXIETY

Dear Pharmacist, Last week, you gave a ‘Dumb’ Award to “anti-depressant drugs and the doctors who prescribe them for every woman who is tired or tearful.” I struggle with depression, and my medications don’t help. Can you elaborate?  –D.D.  Tacoma, Washington Answer: You and millions of other people will get shuffled from one psychiatrist to […]

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Drug Mugging Effect of Medication Leaves You Tired and Depressed

Dear Pharmacist, I’m 31 and the only medication I take is Camilla (birth control pills) and occasional ibuprofen for menstrual cramps.  Today, the doctor prescribed Synthroid (for my fatigue and low thyroid ) and Paxil because I cried when I told him how badly I felt. –H.W. Miami, Florida Answer:  Welcome to the medication merry […]

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Antidepressants Require Close Monitoring

Dear Pharmacist, My 16-year-old daughter has been taking an antidepressant drug for depression for 10 months. She was doing better and enjoying life but in the past few weeks her sadness has set back in. She isolates herself and I hear her crying all the time. She’s irritable and refuses to participate in family activities. […]

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Antidepressant Drug Quenches Craving For A Smoke

Dear Pharmacist, My pharmacist told me that my antidepressant, Wellbutrin, is the same medicine that my husband takes to stop smoking. Is this true? M.M., Jacksonville, Florida Answer:  Yes. It’s a surprise to most people when they hear this. But there are a many drugs that are cleverly marketed to different populations and sold under […]

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Antidepressants Might Lose Effect, Try Something Natural

Dear Pharmacist, I take Zoloft for depression. It doesn‘t seem to work as well anymore. I also have a chronic illness, which I’d rather not disclose. Can Zoloft lose it’s effect like this? M.B., Sanibel, Florida Answer:  Yes. Sometimes we grow tolerant to a drug so it seems like the magic effect is gone. Or […]

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