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Discontinuing an antidepressant usually involves reducing your dose in increments. Your clinician can instruct you in tapering your dose and prescribe the appropriate dosage pills. Here are suggested dosage reductions for some of the most popular antidepressants.
People who have been taking antidepressants for some time may wish to stop taking them due to unpleasant side effects such as sexual changes (decreased desire and difficulty having an orgasm), headache, insomnia, drowsiness, vivid dreaming, or just not feeling. This can be accomplished, but it is best to taper the dosage slowly and be aware of withdrawal symptoms, that can include depression and anxiety.
Frozen shoulder (also called adhesive capsulitis) is a common
disorder that causes pain, stiffness, and loss of normal range of
motion in the shoulder. It is caused by an injury or
inflammation, which limits movement and causes the tissue around
the joint to thicken and contract. Physical therapy will aim to
restore flexibility to the joint capsule, then to strengthen it.
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also called broken-heart syndrome, is a weakening of the left ventricle that is usually the result of severe stress. Its symptoms resemble those of a heart attack, and treatment is usually the same as that for heart failure, possibly beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics (water pills).
Palliative care is pain relief and other measures taken to help
patients cope with the physical and psychosocial effects of
serious illness and difficult treatments like chemotherapy. A
study of lung cancer patients found that those who received early
palliative care along with standard medical care lived longer and
felt their quality of life was better than those receiving only
standard medical care.
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