Diarrhea (cont)...this drug ok?

  1. Remeber me? Diarrhea r/t nursing school? Thanks for the advice. Went to the doctor and was prescribed an antidepressant to relax the stomach and reduce the diarrhea triggers from anxiety. I asked for the previously suggested meds, but this is what he gave me: Doxipen

    Okay, BUT I thought you couldn't take any antidepressant meds to get your nursing license. Somewhere a long time ago I thought I read that you have to go before the board and explain the reason and they determine if you can practice, etc.

    Any insight on this? THANKS!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   malau
    Oops, sorry I mispelled that....it's (Doxepin).
  4. by   catlady
    Well, honey, if every nurse who was on antidepressants couldn't be licensed, there'd *really* be a nursing shortage!

    I was on antidepressants when I took boards. Where would anyone even ask you about your medications? I don't remember ever being asked, and I have been licensed in three states.

    I would be horrified to hear that getting treatment for a treatable disorder would be grounds to deprive you of your livelihood.
  5. by   shay
    Originally posted by catlady
    Well, honey, if every nurse who was on antidepressants couldn't be licensed, there'd *really* be a nursing shortage!
    AIN'T THAT THE TRUTH!!! :roll :chuckle

    She's right....trust me, if they were to tell nurses on antidepressants that they couldn't work, there'd be like............TWO........nurses working in this country. LOL!!
  6. by   malau
    Catlady,
    Thanks! It must be my school then because before we started the program we were given this long legalese type form. The administration of the school told us to study it hard and if there was anything on that piece of paper to qualify for your license then we better all get the he!! out of there. One girl did get up and leave. Then they said "see we just don't want to waste anyone's time here".

    That is probably where I saw that and if that is not true, thank goodness because I am miserable. Now that I think about it, I am depressed. I think I am going to have a good cry over my new found med!
  7. by   moonshadeau
    I think that antidepressant therapy is one of those unwritten requirements of nursing school. I know that I had to be on it in nursing school because one instuctor drove me over the edge. I was sure that she was going to fail me. She asked one student one time how many people were receiving magnesium therapy on the floor... Yes let me pull that out of my [hat] for you. Even if you are on it now, you can get off of it when things are a little less hetic
  8. by   ageless
    people take anti-depressant meds for a variety of reasons. It does not have the stigma today that it once held. But it will not interfere with you being able to take boards. I took inderal everytime I had to give a class presentation. It worked like a charm and it was no ones business but me and my doc.
  9. by   whipping girl in 07
    Thanks! It must be my school then because before we started the program we were given this long legalese type form. The administration of the school told us to study it hard and if there was anything on that piece of paper to qualify for your license then we better all get the he!! out of there.
    Sounds like some of the crap my school required. We were required to have a negative VDRL to qualify for clinicals. I called the school the first semester I was getting my clinical requirements together and the secretary told me it was a requirement from the state board of nursing to be licensed in Louisiana, so I'd better get it. Now it's not like I'm screwing my patients here, so I'm not sure why I would need a negative VDRL to practice nursing!! So I went along with it and didn't think anything about it till the next year when I'm having to pay for all this crap again to get into clinicals. I called the SBON; guess what? That's not a requirement!! I called the school to the carpet on it, and I was told that they had the right to set any kind of requirements to get into clinicals, and that if I didn't like it I could go somewhere else. When I talked to one of my instructors about it, she told me that the rule was a leftover from the years when they had twice as many people applying for clinicals than they had space for, and it was a good way to weed them out. I'm thinking maybe they were trying to weed out a certain race of people, especially since they were accused of racism while I was going to school there. Not the entire university, just the BSN program. But I guess that's another thread altogether.

    So check with your SBON, look over your policy book for the school, and take care of yourself! Your health comes first, and whatever you can do that will make you able to practice nursing (that's legal, guys!!), do it! Don't let them bully you.
  10. by   shay
    A negative VDRL??? That's a little ridiculous....
  11. by   KaraLea
    I'm with the others, if no nurse on antidepressants could work there really would be an extreme shortage of working nurses in this country. I don't know if I could even count the number of nurses I have known who were on some kind of antidepressant at one point or another.
  12. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Oh how I rmember all of those golden hoops that my nursing school made me jump through. Do ya think they enjoyed giving us all of that "busy work?"

    If it is in fact a rule at your school, I just wouldn't disclose it. They can't test for all of the antidepressants, can they? Seriously, someone said there would be 2 nurses left, she's not lying.

    And the VDRL... I remember having to get one too. I remember thinking it was odd, but I got it anyways. I think I'm OK though, I'm not screwing any of my post partum moms or their newborn children

    Kudos to you malau for getting the help you need. And good luck in nursing school!

    Heather
  13. by   teeituptom
    Howdy Yall
    From deep in the heart of texas

    I remeber back when that if you suffered from epilepsy, you were allowed into nursing school or employed by a hospital either. Fortunately that has changed.

    keep it in the short grass yall

    teeituptom
  14. by   caroladybelle
    I started having suicidal ideation when 5 or 6, began attempts a few years later. Depression is a disease. We do not tell a cardiac patient that they have high blood pressure because they are weak. We do not tell diabetic to straighten up and get off of insulin, that it is a crutch. It should be obvious that with the number of people that start with depression in childhood that some this physically mediated and beyond the patient's control. However, I frequently have people who say "Oh you are such a strong person - why are you taking that med/seeing a therapist - you don't need that"

    Interestingly, many of these people are in abusive relationships, drink excessively, have been divorced numerous times, or are severely addicted to gambling.

    I have been off the meds before/off therapy - never very good results. I would rather be a good person and a great nurse and take my therapy - than be a dead body in an ER.

    On another note, we as nurses frequently ignore the psych for the physical in patients/ourselves. Both are required for proper human (and humane) functioning.

    My current hospital requires an RPR - why? The patients aren't that attractive nor the beds that large.

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