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Consequences of stoping depression medicine - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi I am having some medication trouble
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :  
proceed with your query
User :   ok i'll explain the situation
Doctor :  
User :   for a couple years now I have been on Lamictal 200 MG for depression, i recently got moved to part time from a full time job so I lost my health insurance and did not get to have a refill
Doctor :  
User :   I have half of a pill left and I cannot get a refill because I cannot afford the 200.00 it cost
User :   is this going to be a bad withdrawl
Doctor :   rather than bad withdrawal,
it may be an unpleasant withdrawal
User :   what should I expect and how long?
User :   my job is going to offer full benefits to part time in 2 weeks and I just wish there was someway to get a refill to hold me over
Doctor :  
if you can somehow get a refill it will bail you out of the discomfort
Doctor :  
never less need not worry
Doctor :  
the withdrawal will not cause any trouble in your job
User :   at this point without health insurance i cant. if there anything I can do to ease the withdrawl or anything I can take?
User :   ok good
Doctor :   only thing you may feel is agony and confusion initially
Doctor :  
and it will be fine in 48 to 72 hours
User :   ok, do you suggest working my way back on it when I am able to get covered again
Doctor :  
so if you stop the drug abruptly need to be cautious for the next 48 to 72 hours
User :   in terms of what?
Doctor :   that was for when the refill gets over and you stop the drug you may have confusion, so the next 48 to 72 hours you have to be careful
Doctor :  
regarding the continuation of the drug once you get the insurance cover is available
Doctor :   it is desirable to continue the drug
User :   I have half a pill for tonight and then I will not have anymore. Do you suggest maybe staying home for a couple days and not attending work
Doctor :  
is that option available?
Doctor :  
meaning off from work
User :   i do need the money and would like to not take it off but if it needs to happen than I can try.
User :   is there anything I can do to ease this withdrawl
Doctor :  
this withdrawal symptom will not happen in all of them.
User :   what do you mean?
Doctor :   i will explain you
Doctor :  
fatigue, headache, confusion, restlessness, agony are some of the withdrawal effects.
Doctor :   which will pass of in 48 to 72 hours
Doctor :  
all the symptom will not occur in all
User :   right i might just have some
Doctor :  
some may have headache and some confusion
Doctor :  
which one you will get, we come to know only after you stop the drug
Doctor :  
so if confusion and agony occurs you need to take rest for 1 or 2 days
Doctor :  
if headache occurs you can continue with work by taking tylenol
Doctor :  
if fatigue occurs you can consume more of water and fruit juice
Doctor :  
no need to avoid the work
User :   ok good.
User :   after this has passed will I instantly get hit with depression again?
User :   I have been very stable for the past 2 years
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
it will take some time may be 3 to 4 months
Doctor :   or even more longer
Doctor :  
so you need not worry at present
User :   ok, that gives me enough time to get my coverage back and medication again
Doctor :  
Doctor :   before starting the drug again get one evaluation from your doctor
User :   ok i will
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with
User :   that was all my questions doctor thank you
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User :   ok. awesome. thanks
Doctor :  
thanks for consulting healthcare magic
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bye for now
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