Is it Safe to Smoke Weed While on Prozac?
For people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, as well as their family and loved ones, it can be incredibly frightening. Parkinson’s is a scary disease, and it leaves people wondering whether or not there are alternative treatment options available, outside of what would be considered traditional or mainstream.
One area of research is on marijuana and Parkinson’s. Does marijuana help Parkinson’s?
The following provides an overview of what Parkinson’s disease is and the potential relationship between marijuana and Parkinson’s.
While Prozac and other SSRIs are considered relatively safe, they do have a black box warning required by the federal government, alerting users of the increased risk of committing suicide while on the medicines. In younger people including teens and young adults, the use of Prozac may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions.
Prozac can take four to six weeks for the full benefits to appear, and people are warned against stopping it suddenly.
The most common side effects of Prozac include strange dreams, abnormal ejaculation, loss of appetite, anxiety, loss of strength, diarrhea, dry mouth, sleep problems, decreased sex drive, nausea, and nervousness.
People taking Prozac are warned about potential interactions with other substances including a potentially deadly interaction that can occur in people taking MAOIs or who have taken them two weeks prior to starting Prozac.
People on Prozac are also warned against mixing it with the antibiotic thioridazine and the drug pimozide. You should also let your doctor know about any other prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins or herbal supplements you’re taking before taking Prozac.
Marijuana is one of the most widely used recreational substances, particularly as its legal status continues to expand, so with so many people also taking SSRIs, they wonder about marijuana and Prozac. Is it safe to smoke weed while on Prozac?
There is a moderate risk of mixing marijuana and Prozac, and something called hypomania can occur. Hypomania refers to a condition where you feel extremely irritated, jittery, nervous or excited.
There’s also something else to think about with marijuana and Prozac, and that’s the fact that mixing the antidepressant with a mood-altering drug can make it difficult for your doctor to determine whether or not the medicine is working. It can also be tougher to determine whether there are any side effects and if Prozac is the appropriate treatment for you. For example, you may have symptoms that your doctor attributes to the Prozac when in reality they’re stemming from the use of marijuana.
At the very least with marijuana and Prozac you shouldn’t use marijuana until the effects of the medicine have started to show, but if you want the Prozac to have the maximum level of effectiveness, it may be best to stop the use of cannabis altogether.
Many doctors will encourage patients to stop using cannabis, at least for a period of time to determine if there is a change in mood and symptoms.
Research has also shown that if you’re using cannabis or other substances, you’re less likely to follow the treatment plan outlined by your physician, and you may inadvertently miss doses or take your medicine incorrectly, which can interfere with its effectiveness and also be unsafe.
Finally, with marijuana and Prozac, there is the potential the cannabis could increase concentrations of the antidepressant in the bloodstream, leading to side effects like excessive sedation.
First, if you combine marijuana and Prozac, it can lead to symptoms of hypomania, where you feel nervous, excited or agitated.
There’s another reason not to combine marijuana and Prozac, however, and that’s because you may not be able to determine whether your medicine is working, or how it’s treating your symptoms. It’s important that you’re able to talk with your doctor about your symptoms of depression and whether or not your medicine needs to be changed or readjusted, and with the use of marijuana, it’s difficult to decipher what’s the result of marijuana and what’s the result of Prozac.
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