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Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #25
I have had depression since my early teens, which has been treated with antidepressant medication. I am now 30 years old and I would like to have children; however, I am worried about stopping my antidepressant. Do you have any advice?

Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #24
I just heard on the news that the FDA is recalling a generic version of Wellbutrin XL (bupropion XL). Can you explain this? Should I stop taking my medication?

Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #23
I'm having trouble remembering to take my medications. Is there anything to help me remember?

Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #22
I have been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and recently started taking Invega (paliperidone). It has been working well for me but I occasionally see what looks like Invega tablets in the stool. Should I be concerned that I am not getting the whole dose of medication since the tablet is not dissolving?

Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #21
My son has bipolar disorder and is mostly depressed. He did not tolerate Lamictal (lamotrigine) or Seroquel (quetiapine). What are some other options for treatment?

Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #20
On the vial for my antidepressant, a warning label states that I should not drink alcoholic beverages with this medication. I like to have a glass of wine with dinner though, and my doctor told me that this will lower my risk of heart disease. Can I just have one glass of wine with dinner?

Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #19
I recently heard that one of my medications can cause a side effect called tardive dyskinesia and it can become permanent. What is this?

Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #18
I was recently prescribed an antidepressant. The information sheet from the pharmacy said the medication may increase suicidal thoughts. Is this true?

Ask The Psychiatric Pharmacist #17
I have heard that there may be negative effects associated with stopping antidepressants. Is this true?

Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #16
Why do I still hear voices even while taking an antipsychotic?

Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #15
What does it take to get a medication to the American public?

Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #14
Someone I really care about has mental illness but repeatedly stops taking his medication and his symptoms come back. Sometimes my friend has to be hospitalized. How can I help him?

Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #12
My doctor recently started me on an antidepressant medication. A friend of mine had been on the same medication and told me that it caused her to gain weight. I really do not want to gain any weight, and I want to stop taking the medication. What should I do?

Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #13
I have schizophrenia and was recently started on a new drug. I have been having trouble sitting still and must constantly be moving. Could this be a side effect of my new medication?

Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #11
My psychiatrist recently gave me a prescription for a new medication. When I went to my pharmacy the pharmacist said it would cost over $300 a month. There is no way I can afford that. What can I do?

Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #10
Why do psychiatric medications cost so much?

Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #9
"What is the best plan for getting rid of old or leftover medications (one's that are not prescribed for me)?"

Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #8
"A friend of mine told me it’s best to get all my prescriptions at one pharmacy instead of 2 or 3. Is this true?"

Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #7
I have been taking risperidone (Risperdal) and paroxetine (Paxil) for 4 months and my symptoms are greatly improved. But I heard a TV ad say that Paxil can cause sexual side effects. Are these effects permanent, and should I stop taking my medicine?

Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist #6
I was told by my doctor that I need to take the medication for the rest of my life. Is it absolutely true that I will have to take the medication for the rest of my life?

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