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PTSD Spouse -Medications

September 21, 2011

Medications have become a part of our lives for better or worse.  In the PTSD area, medications may be of some benefit for depression.  These anti-depression medications  must/ be prescribed by a doctor.  It is estimated that 70% of people with depression, which includes PTSD victims, may benefit from an antidepressant.

I should stress that this is not a cure.  This is just something to help to ease one of the symptoms of PTSD.  You, as the PTSD spouse, should try to insure that the medicine is taken as directed.  There are some who fail to take their medicines when they feel OK and double up on them when they do not.  This is not how these prescriptions are to be taken and regulation of these medicines means just that, “On a regular or routine basis”.

You should always read up on any medications that are being prescribed, to find out for yourself what the medication is, what it does, any side effects or concerns, and be able to discuss intelligently these medications with your doctor. The internet is very helpful in doing this research.

Milder medications are usually the best choice in the beginning and stronger medications, if needed, if the weaker ones are not the answer.  Beware of habit forming drugs that may produce worse side effects then the PTSD illness itself with long term consequences or dependancy issues.

Illicit drugs and alcohol are strictly forbidden to be ingested while taking prescription medications since these can work in conjunction with the prescribed drugs to produce harmful side effects.  Remember that the cure for Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder is not answered by some miracle drug but only by working through the issue with a trained mental health professionals.  In conjunction with any treatment you are invited to post your feelings at this site.  Whether you are a PTSD sufferer, a PTSD spouse or a member of a PTSD family or friend that is trying to offer support or ask questions about PTSD and how you can help, this site is for you.

We are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year and it is free to post.  We do not edit your comments nor criticize what you say.  If it about your experience with PTSD, we want to hear from you.  Sunlight is the best disinfectant.