SSRI's and nursing

  1. Anybody ever had a problem with being on SSRI's and being a nurse? I am on a low-dose for mild anxiety/depression.
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Ted D
    As long as you have a prescription for it, why would there be an issue?
  4. by   Ted D
    Quote from sagremus
    Anybody ever had a problem with being on SSRI's and being a nurse? I am on a low-dose for mild anxiety/depression.
    There are tons of nurses are on SSRIs
  5. by   *4!#6
    Just nervous that it would be considered "mentally impaired."
  6. by   RNGriffin
    Do not volunteer any health information to your future employer, so long as it's not communicable in nature. If you are able to perform the duties necessary for a nurse without subjecting the patient's health, you should be fine. SSRIs are not inhibitory, as long as you don't present any identifiable signs of psychosis or mental impairment.
  7. by   KelRN215
    Quote from sagremus
    Just nervous that it would be considered "mentally impaired."
    The simple solution is to not share that information with your employer. I do not share any information about my mental health with any employer. SSRIs are among the most commonly prescribed medication out there and they don't impair functioning. You should not have a problem.
  8. by   TerpGal02
    Unless the medication is giving you any untoward side effects (like extreme fatigue or you are one of those people that ends up with SSRI induced mania-and you would know that by now ) that make you unsafe or you get breakthrough sx bad enough to make you unsafe, I see no problem. I think you would be surprised by the number of nurses who have saught treatment for depression/anxiety. I think a lot of that goes and in hand with having a high stress job
  9. by   pockunit
    If nurses couldn't work on SSRIs there'd be no nurses.
  10. by   canned_bread
    There was a time where I couldn't be nursing without my morning dose of Zoloft. It's not something to share with most colleagues and your employer however, it can still be stigmatised. SO be careful.
  11. by   alfrnbsn1988
    I take Zoloft, Xanax, invega and ambien all in the same day. Before I was put on Zoloft and invega, I was on abilify, celexa, and seroquel. Lost two jobs before we found that Zoloft and invega was the trick. The above made me drowsy and incompetent to work.
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'm pretty familiar with psychotropics but never heard of Invega. Know what you mean about drowsiness at work---when I first started Lamictal, it made me so sleepy that I could barely keep my eyes open if I sat down at my desk for more than about 15 mins. I'm OK now, even with the addition of Zyprexa (which I take in teeny-tiny amounts and only @ night and PRN for mania). But those early days on the Lamictal were pretty scary.....I probably shouldn't even have been driving then.

    Wouldn't it be great to have a medication that takes care of psych disorders without making you a) gain weight, b) feel sleepy and tired all the time, c) cycle in and out of unwanted mood shifts (in some people), and d) cost an arm and a leg? Yep, I think so too.

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