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    yoursong309 posted:
    I was just diagnosed with depression and am seeing the doctor on friday to get an antidepressant. I don't know what antidepressant he'll put me on, but my brother told me that Xanax is titrated until you find the level that's effective for you. Could someone give me more information on how titration works? I'm a little uncomfortable with changing the dosage of a medication based on my say-so.
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    sw3tflower responded:
    Xanax is an antianxiety medication and commonly used to control panic attacks. It is not an antidepressant.
    Antidepressant medications are normally titrated until the exact dose is found that helps your depression. Titration means to start at the lowest dose of medication and then gradually increase it until you find the level that works for you.
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    slindman responded:
    If you are newly diagnosed you should not be put on that! Also, not for depression. Just trust in your doctor and ask all your questions. I have self educated and it helps so learn what you can. Possibly even google what type of questions to ask. Good luck
     
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    whatsupbuttercup responded:
    I was also titrated onto cipralex to manage my depression and panic attacks. This is done also to make sure your body doesn't get a smack in the hypothetical face with the SSRI, which can cause negative side effects. Easing onto it worked great for me because I avoided a lot of negative side effects associated with first going on SSRIs, and I now use a level I'm comfortable with for "maintenance care". I'm guessing you've spoken to your doctor by now, but if anything feels wrong to you don't do it without learning more first! Be an advocate for your own health
     
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    Thomas L Schwartz, MD responded:
    I agree. Xanax is not approved for depression, just certain anxieties. Titrating means starting low and raising the dose appropriately until your symptoms go away or side effects become a problem.. most medications for depression, anxiety, blood pressure, diabetes are titrated..


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