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Meditation and prescription drugs?

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by hurrywithpants, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. i've read that you shouldn't take any kind of drug or medicine 24 hours before meditating. Why is that? I take an anti-depressant and if i dont take them i tend to loose myself in pain. if i try to meditate but still take my medicine would it mess up my meditation?
  2. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    Don't skip any doses of anti-depressant. It takes weeks for an anti-depressant to accumulate in the system, and to be completely washed from the system, so you would have to discontinue it for a long period of time to make any real difference. Meditation should be beneficial in conjunction with an anti-depressant since they both have similar effects on brain chemistry. Using them together is actually a good idea.

    Faster-acting medications could be a different story, but it depends on the medication. If you find that a particular medication is interfering with your ability to meditate effectively, then explain this to your doctor. Each person's experience is unique; there is no one-size-fits-all, so if you feel there is a conflict then visit your doctor.
  3. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    You should take your medicine the way that your doctor prescribed, I'm sure your meditation won't be affected if you are taking something that you need for your health.
  4. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    Meditate all you want, your medication isn't going to hurt it any. I was on prozac for a while and I meditated a lot. It's the intention that counts, not what you do. What you do is completley up to you. Whoever told you that is full of it.
  5. shadowsupernature

    shadowsupernature Senior Contributor

    That's just crazy talk. You meditation isn't much different from you sitting/standing stationary or sleeping. You can take medication 24 hours before or after those no problem. Meditation isn't any different.

    Whoever told you that must be just trying to mess with you
  6. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    Well, I agree, don't stop taking your medication, especially if you relapse when you're off it. Not to mention that withdrawals can be killer depending on what drug you're on. I think prozac is said to have the least withdrawal and paxil said to have one of hte worst. But the withdrawals rival coming off illegal drugs.

    BUT... wherever you heard that is just wrong. There's nothing going to happen any differently on the medication than off of it. Honestly, if you read around, you'll find everybody's got a different way of meditating and they're all positive you have to do it their way. But you know what I say? Do it whatever way works for YOU, because while their way might work for them, you're not them, you're you. Find what works for you, period. Take what they say about it and twist it to suit yourself, you know? IOW, don't take what they say so literally, use it as more of a guide. I don't know why in the world they would say that, except that maybe the idea is to be completely "clean", free of all artificial substances. I've heard coffee is bad too, but darned if I'm giving up my morning cup, you know?
  7. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I am not aware that medication can affect the success or failure of meditation. I also think that better to continue taking a medication as prescribed to have its full effect or healing. Being able to concentrate and be peaceful can make someone meditate successfully as far as I know.
  8. Crowl

    Crowl Member

    Is there any correlation between the two? I'd like to have and read a good source on that.

    Some medicines, indeed, interfere with out cognition, but it's the first time that I've read something like this—that meditations may also be affected by drugs.

    Also, I think it's not good to give medical advice to anybody, it's the specialists' job.