antidepressants and joining?

  1. Hi all. My doc recommended that I start taking some anxiety medication, an SSRI. I'm currently awaiting decisions from a few nursing programs I applied to.

    I hope to join the Navy or AF for direct commissioning after I finish nursing school. Will being on an SSRI such as Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil, etc. prevent me from being able to join as a military nurse?

    A friend of mine who is currently active tried to go from enlisted corpsman to IDC and because he/she had been prescribed an antidepressant within the past year, the package was denied. He/she was told to wait one year.
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   jfratian
    I think you'll need a medical waiver for that. As competitive as it is right now, I think you're going to have a hard time getting one. They require a medical waiver for GERD (requiring a PPI).
  4. by   jeckrn
    Taking anti depressants aid a automatic disqualification if they have been taken in the last year.
  5. by   RHill9919
    Thank you!

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