• Are you allowed to take antidepressants during chemotherapy?

    Asked by HardyGirl on Monday, April 8, 2013

    Are you allowed to take antidepressants during chemotherapy?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Yes you are. For quite a few patients, it's encouraged. Anti-anxiety meds are often prescribed during chemo as well.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Yes you are. What type you take will depend on the chemo cocktail and other meds you are on. I am currently am on Xanax and Lexapro - which are God sent in helping keep on a even keel. With out them I'm a B* on wheels, and have days where I just can't seem to get it together.

      over 3 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      ALWAYS ALWAYS run through every single medication and supplement (and other, if you have an "other" category) you take during chemo... I took Xanax during the really tough times, and it was definitely a big help. I was offered some other meds that I didn't elect to take but might have depending on how things evolved... Antidepressants were definitely something in the "good" category! I was fortunate in that the Xanax took care of my needs in the area of my mental health.

      ANYWAY, some of the supplements I thought about taking during chemo were rejected by my oncologist because some supplements make chemo less effective, some make side effects worse... etc... Some supplements are highly recommended (e.g., glutamine, vitamin D)...

      So, no matter what, tell your team everything you take - everything...

      When I busted my hip, I found out that ibuprofen is not recommended because it slows bone healing. I had no idea!!!! But sure enough, when I dove into the scientific literature, I read about some studies that had shown exactly that. So, this is one example of an over-the-counter that might be contraindicated depending on your circumstances.

      I think it's super important that your team and you are on the same page when it comes to meds, supplements, and "others"....

      Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      YES and thank goodness. Discuss it with your oncologist and/or primary physician. Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      HardyGirl--I think you're going to hear from a boatload of us who will just say YES to antidepressants during chemo! I continued the same dosage of antidepressants I was taking before cancer, but also used a lot of lorazapam, to calm me down. It worked GREAT before my icky chemo days...but I agree w/Leepenn--check w/your doc(s) first!

      over 3 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      YES!! Talk with your oncologist and then get a prescription. When my husband was first on chemo is was horrible and we had no idea what was going on with him. The anti depressant he takes has worked wonders for him. If you get the anti depressant from your PCP be sure to check with your oncologist first to make sure it is compatible--very important.

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      My oncologist prescribed them. Didn't use them often, but was glad to have them. If nothing else they helped me sleep when I could shut my mind up.

      over 3 years ago
    • Judit's Avatar

      I didn't have chemo, but you might check w/ your MD. I don't think any of us should have to endure depression during these times. It certainly made me feel better!!

      over 3 years ago

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