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How long does it take for medication to be absorbed by body?

It depends entirely on the medication. Whether it is an extended release, a quick release, a liquid, etc. Also on the strength of the med. per dosage.

What anxiety medication do you take and how did you first know you needed medication?

I take Zoloft for my anxiety. I know it is an antidepressant, but it also works as an anitanxiety medicine.

I first discovered that I needed to take medication when I was in seventh grade and I realized that I had a bunch of irrational fears about dying. I didn't tell my parents, and my anxieties took over my life. My grades started dropping and I quickly became depressed. Then, the next year in eighth grade, it was even worse. I almost failed eighth grade because I couldn't concentrate. Still, I didn't tell my parents. My parents yelled at me and I felt even worse about myself. My self esteem got even lower, and I was determined to fight my anxiety and pass high school.

In night grade, I tried my hardest to push away my anxieties, and I found that I thought that I could fight them by doing certain rituals which I would perform when I felt anxious, like pulling my hair, squeezing my skin, among other things to get my mind off of it. I managed to pass 9th grade with C's, but I wanted to do better than that. Then, in 10th grade everything came crashing down when I had an awful biology teacher who triggered my anxiety and I basically broke down. I would cry every night, I would have about three to four anxiety attacks a day, and I wouldn't do my homework at all. I felt like I was in a funk that I coudln't get out of. Then, on the last day of the second marking period, I faced my fears and went to my guidance counselor about my anxiety. She called my parents and my parents got me help. After about three weeks on Zoloft, I felt so much better. Now, my anxiety only comes up everyone once in a while, and I know who I can talk to about it. If you are having any problems with anxiety, catch it before it gets worse. My anxiety took over my life and it got way out of hand. I got help though, and you can too. Talk to someone close to you and they will get you help, if you need it.

How long would medication have to be for someone who has schizoaffective disorder?

I have been under medication for almost 3 years now and my psychiatrist says that I would have to take it on a long-term basis. Meanwhile, I attended this seminar where the speaker said medication would be life-time. So, which is really true? Also, how come the medication for bipolar disorder the same as that of schizoaffective disorder? How are these illnesses different from each other?

Schizoaffective Disorder has two subcategory types, bipolar and depressive. Bipolar Disorder seems to have a more organized set of symptoms. If you suffer from Bipolar Disorder you would also suffer from a Schizoaffective Disorder because Bipolar Disorder is a subset. Presumably you have the symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder but not the specific symptoms of Bipolar. Ask your psychiatrist but the phrase long-term basis probably means for the rest of your life. These disorders can't be cured and don't go away. They can be treated though and that's the good news.

What is the best anxiety medication that works the fastest?

I am about to go to my doctor and ask her to prescribe me some anxiety medication. I have been dealing with anxiety for so long that I can't take it any more. I wanted to know which anxiety medication works the fastest. I don't want to wait months for the medication to kick in.

MEDITATION and not medication is the answer. Combine good meditative practices with the medication that your doctor has prescribed. The response would be faster. Also, continue with your meditative practice without interruption life-long, just as you would not forget to breathe!

What prescription medication might I be given if I'm getting a tooth pulled and a temp bridge put in?

I am going to the dentist today because one of my crowns cracked, and I was wondering what medication I might receive. This is not for abuse purposes, I just wanted to know so I could make sure it can coincide with my other medications.

IBUPROFEN 3-4 every 4-6 hours after extraction will greatly aid to prevent pain and swelling.

 


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