I'm really anxious about taking medications for anxiety, but after having limited success with counseling, exercise, etc. only to be caught back up in another anxious cycle I'm giving an SSRI (Prozac) a try.
After reading the VERY LENGTHY patient inserts from the pharmacy, I'm troubled by whether there are any 'unlisted' drug interactions or something like that that I'm missing. The doctor is aware of daily medication that I'm taking (ex. Zyrtec) so I feel fairly comfortable about staying on those. However, with the flu going around my house, I'm worried about treating other run-of-the-mill illnesses with OTC stuff while on the SSRI -- examples: Tylenol is not mentioned on the insert, cold meds (other than cough suppressant, which is specifically contraindicated on the patient insert), Ibuprofen (says, "additional monitoring may be needed"??) etc. I asked the pharmacist who gave me a ho-hum non-committal answer like "I can't think of anything that interacts OTC... " and was less than satisfied.
Admittedly the anxiety is such that unfortunately for me just reading the warnings on the insert makes me fearful of starting the medicine but this additional flu thing. I decided to wait til the flu blows over prior to starting the SSRI (ahemahem procrastinating a little too coughcough) so that I don't confuse the flu with SSRI side effects.
If you have experience using OTC medicines & SSRIs, please share ! I would love to have peace of mind.