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BfromNJ

hello. tried to search but couldn't find an answer to this so mods forgive if I repeated a question or two..

 

How long after taking a dose of a medication can an adverse reaction come on?   A Can it be very quickly or does it depend on what medication it is?  

 

Also, can you have an interaction with meds even if you are spacing them apart?

 

and on the flip side - is it possible to drop down in a dose in tapering and feel better rather quickly or is this a fluke? 

 

Thanks.

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brassmonkey

There is a lot of discussion of adverse reactions floating around here.  Did you use the search bar?  It often works better to do a google search for "survivinganitidepresents.org (subject desired)".

 

An adverse reaction is basically your body rejecting the medication and usually happens quite quickly in the matter of an hour or so.  In some cases it can build over a couple of days but that is very rare.  The norm is that it hits hard and fast.  It doesn't matter what the medication is because it is how a persons body reacts to it that counts.

 

Interactions between drugs can be a very complex relationship.  Because of the half life of the drugs spacing them out makes very little difference with interactions.  Spacing can make a difference in how you react to taking two different drugs and can be beneficial at times. But drugs at interact badly will do so even with taking them at different times.  To make it more complicated there are drugs that will interact badly for several weeks to months after you've stopped taking either or both of them.  This is one reason it is very important to check interactions before starting a new drug.

 

The bodies reaction can be different each time a dose is decreased.  In general it takes 4-7 days for the affects of a decrease to be established.  During that time there can be  big fluctuations in symptoms.  I have seen many instances where a person will feel better for a few days and then the symptoms will start to show up, some times they feel better right off and stay that way.  Each reduction can be a new adventure but over the course of a taper a persons reaction to a reduction becomes somewhat predictable.

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12 minutes ago, brassmonkey said:

There is a lot of discussion of adverse reactions floating around here.  Did you use the search bar?  It often works better to do a google search for "survivinganitidepresents.org (subject desired)".

 

An adverse reaction is basically your body rejecting the medication and usually happens quite quickly in the matter of an hour or so.  In some cases it can build over a couple of days but that is very rare.  The norm is that it hits hard and fast.  It doesn't matter what the medication is because it is how a persons body reacts to it that counts.

 

Interactions between drugs can be a very complex relationship.  Because of the half life of the drugs spacing them out makes very little difference with interactions.  Spacing can make a difference in how you react to taking two different drugs and can be beneficial at times. But drugs at interact badly will do so even with taking them at different times.  To make it more complicated there are drugs that will interact badly for several weeks to months after you've stopped taking either or both of them.  This is one reason it is very important to check interactions before starting a new drug.

 

The bodies reaction can be different each time a dose is decreased.  In general it takes 4-7 days for the affects of a decrease to be established.  During that time there can be  big fluctuations in symptoms.  I have seen many instances where a person will feel better for a few days and then the symptoms will start to show up, some times they feel better right off and stay that way.  Each reduction can be a new adventure but over the course of a taper a persons reaction to a reduction becomes somewhat predictable.

Thank you for your response.  You guys are just so helpful and knowledgable.   Yeah I am usually better at reading up on drugs before I take them.  but inpatient its hard, no google allowed.  :) 

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