As a patient starting a new medication, it is always important to be aware of possible interactions and effects that may occur. This awareness is of particular importance when dealing with any drugs that can affect your mental health. This reason is why talking to your doctor before you start any medication, even over the counter while taking medication for depression or neurological issues is critical. You should also be careful drinking alcohol and cautious of any changes to your routine.
For Nuedexta, there are a large number of possible interactions, and many of them may make the symptoms that you are trying to treat much worse over time. These interactions are why people often feel that this treatment isn’t working for them, or why they have related feelings of being tired, sluggish, emotionally worn out, or having symptoms that are over the top.
Regarding foods, people taking Nuedexta should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking the juice when they are on the medication. The juice of this fruit was found to make the drug take longer to work entirely. In some people it even made it less effective over time, causing them to suffer more. No other types of citrus or food interactions were observed.
Alcohol was also found to have an adverse effect on people taking this drug. Patients who drank while on Nuedexta medication found themselves uncontrollably sleepy were unable to concentrate even on basic things and had increased levels of dizziness including when sitting down. Other people concluded that they were unable to think clearly at all, making them disoriented and feeling lost. Many others experienced impaired judgment that was detrimental to them, their health, or to others around them.
There have also been reported interactions with different levels of over the counter vitamins and herbs that were not approved for use with the medication. These are too numerous to list, but the symptoms included everything from breaking out in hives to an increase in multiple sclerosis progression. Most of these interactions were solved by talking with a doctor and altering or stopping the supplemental medication that was being taken at that time.
Other people found that Nuedexta increased the amount of time that different drug stayed in their body, making it more or less effective. This increase meant that they needed to adjust the dosage that they were taking to ensure that they were not damaging their organs, prolonging their effects, or mixing medications that should be kept separate. This interaction was positive in a few cases where it allowed patients to take less medication for better results.
Still, other interactions include medications causing the usage of Neudexta to be less effective or to take longer to achieve the desired effect. These are similar to the grapefruit juice effect mentioned earlier, and avoidance should be the effort at all costs.
No matter what you are thinking of taking while on the Nuedexta drug, you will need to talk with your doctor to ensure safety and that it will not be detrimental to your health. Be sure to bring any over the counter medication with you to your appointment.