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Medications for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Cold hands
- Low blood pressure
- Venlafaxine (a selective norandrenergic reputake inhibitor)
- Risperidone (an antipsychotic medication)
- Take your medication as directed. Do not change the amount or the schedule.
- Do not stop taking them without talking to your doctor.
- Do not share them.
- Know what results and side effects to expect. Report them to your doctor.
- Some drugs can be dangerous when mixed. Talk to a doctor or pharmacist if you are taking more than one drug. This includes over-the-counter medication and herb or dietary supplements.
- Plan ahead for refills so you don’t run out.
- You have any side effects that bother you
- You feel that you are not getting results from your medications after the normal “waiting period”
- You have further questions about usage or side effects
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2013
- Update Date: 11/26/2012