Q. How can I support someone taking antidepressant?

Answered by
Dr. Suresh Kumar G D
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 13, 2019

Hello doctor,

I was just wanting some information and/or opinion on certain medications a family member takes daily in order for me to support them.

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Paediatrics Psychiatry


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Auorix (Moclobemide) is an antidepressant prescribed to manage depression. Stelazine (Trifluoperazine) is an antipsychotic medication used to treat various conditions like anxiety, psychosis, neurosis, insomnia, etc. Kalma (Alprazolam) is used for short term management of anxiety. I have to say Auorix and Stelazine are no longer commonly prescribed nowadays since newer classes of medication are available. I presume your family member may have been prescribed these medication earlier and is continuing them.

I have explained the types of medication based on the names you have provided (attachment removed to protect patient identity) but is difficult to give a reliable opinion on the nature of the illness your family member may be experiencing. It will be mere speculation to give an opinion without further history since the medication can be prescribed in different situations like I listed before.

As you mentioned, your family member will be needing love and support when he is taking this medication. Talk to them regularly. Ask if you can help in any manner in their daily life. Try to gently explore their diagnoses but do not push too much if they are hesistant to share more information at present. They need to have regular follow-ups with their psychiatrist or prescribing doctor. Encourage them to attend regularly and offer to accompany them. Avoid social isolation. Try to involve them in activities. Avoid arguments and high expressed emotions. It can have a negative effect on their well being. Encourage healthy eating and regular exercise. Encourage them to look after their physical health .

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