I am not trying to seek any medical advice, just wanting to know if any nurses have subjective or objective knowledge on whether a nurse could function on the job while taking antidepressants. I know this may be a touchy subject but I am not embarrassed to share my situation.
I have been on and off SSRI antidepressants over the years (more off than on!) for anxiety/depression/low self-esteem issues. Actually I do not like the SSRIs because of the side effects. I currently do not take anything. The last medicine I took was Lamictal (not an SSRI) which actually worked pretty well. It was only given to me for depression since I generally have not tolerated the SSRIs, but I am scared to take this again because Lamictal is prescribed for bipolar disorder mainly (and seizures of course). I am not bipolar but I would hate for this to interfere with taking the board exams, etc.
My main concern is mental sharpness on the job. Does anyone know from experience if it is possible to maintain your mental acuity on the job while taking meds like this? Even though off medication I am very Type-A, anxious, a bit insecure, I do like the fact that I am mentally sharp. I don't want meds to dull my brain! If a thread of this sort is not allowed, just let me know and I will remove. Thanks!
Honey it doesn't matter if a person is a nurse, teacher, secretary, or whatever, if you need SSRI's to function normally then you take them. It's pretty simple really.
You need to see a physician (psychiatrist) qualified to diagnose your mental health issues and prescribe the correct medication. Skip the PCP.
Last edit by jkeys100 on Jun 18, '08
Jun 18, '08
Honey, nine tenths of the nurses I know are on anti depressants, anti anxiety, even some anti psychotics. Yes, you can work on these meds, and nobody in hiring asks a thing about it. We talk among ourselves and that's how I know this of course. But its not a big deal. I would not be able to work WITHOUT them!!!!! :O)
Last edit by KaroSnowQueen on Jun 18, '08
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