Antidepressants

@Porcospino (16434)
Denmark
September 1, 2012 10:16am CST
This is a question for those of you who take antidepressants. What is the name of the antidepressants that you take and which side effects do you experience? Have you thought about quitting the antidepressants because of the side effects? Or do you prefer to live with the side effects because your antidepressants help you? I take Mirtazapin and Fluoxetin. I have tried other antidepressants in the past, and some of the them like Effexor had really bad side effects. Mirtazapin has two side effects. It makes me very hungry and it makes me tired. It is not a sleeping pill, but it has the same effect as a sleeping pill because one hour after I take the pills I fall asleep. I get so tired that it is simply impossible for me to stay awake. I take Mirtazapin before I go to bed so that side affect doesn't bother me much. I have gained some weight because the medicine makes me very hungry, but I have managed to lose 10 kg, so that side affect doesn't bother that much anymore. I happy that I don't have any serious side effects like the chest pains that I experienced when I took Effexor.
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
1 Sep 12
I took antidepressant for a few months this year and then stopped completely it worked well, but knowing I am easily addicted to things I decided to stop it and go natural instead it's citalopram I think that's correct my depression is mild. it's the anxiety that's more challenging so far I managed to get it under control although I have to avoid provocative and toxic people for the time being
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
1 Sep 12
the only side effects to this one is that I sleep more nothing else. but I only had it for a few months so it might not be long enough to cause side effects
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@Porcospino (16434)
• Denmark
2 Sep 12
I tried to quit the antidepressants after half a year, because I had some of the same thoughts as you and I was afraid that I would get addicted to them. Unfortunately I wasn't able to manage without the antidepressants and I got a severe depression when I tried to quit them. I still take them today and I must admit that I have become more or less addicted to them. I have had several depressions in the past and my psychiatrist thinks that I shouldn't quit them and based on the bad experience that I had when I tried I agree with him. I have the same side effect as you and I sleep more when I take the antipressants. Sometimes I feel that I sleep too much, because the antidepressants make me very tired.
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
3 Sep 12
my main concern is if I ever get addicted to it I won't be able to afford it that's why I really restrain myself from anything I can be addicted to if your medication is always covered by insurance or national health care I think it's a good idea to hold on to it until your depression is under control but in my situation some medications are not always covered so yeah, I have to really know my limit
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• United States
1 Sep 12
I take welbutrin xl and I don't have any side effects at all. I do go sometimes with out taking it because I feel so good and when it is out of my system I will cry constantly. so,I take it every night and I am doing well.
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@Porcospino (16434)
• Denmark
1 Sep 12
I don't know Welbutrin, I have heard the name before, but I haven't tried it. I recognize the thing you wrote feeling bad when the medication is out of your system. Ii usually take Mirtazapin and Fluoxetin daily, but a few times I have gone withoout taking them because I needed to stay awake. When I don't take them my depresssion comes back and I can really feel the difference between taking them and not taking them. I try to take them every day because I know that I will feel bad if I don't them take them.
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@marguicha (84012)
• Chile
1 Sep 12
My daughter has taken Welbutrin, but in my country that drig is not covered by any health insurance and it´s very, very expensive.
• United States
1 Sep 12
Here it is covered and the price is $800 for a month worth. I hope I never get cut off medicaid. Or I will be a crying azz. lol
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@AmbiePam (46923)
• United States
2 Sep 12
There are a couple types of Effexor, and I take one kind of it. Because I'm on the generic, I'm not really sure which type I take. I also take Wellbutrin. I believe it is Wellbutrin SR. I was once on Cymbalta, because it kind of helps with depression and fibromyalgia, but I didn't find it did anything. I friend of mine has had great success with Pristiq. But some insurances will not pay for it. I have not had any side effects with mine.
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@Porcospino (16434)
• Denmark
4 Sep 12
I am not sure what type of Effexor that I took, but it didn't help me at all, it just made me very ill. Does Effexor help you? I have heard mixed things about Effexor. Some people have very positive experiences with it and some people like myself get many side effects from Effexor and don't like it at all. I haven't tried Wellbutrin or Cymbalta. At the moment I take a combination of Mirtazapin and Fluoxetin, and that it seems to be a good combination for me, because it keeps my depression away and I am able to work, travel and do the other things that I want to do.
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@AmbiePam (46923)
• United States
4 Sep 12
The Effexor does seem to help me, but the other Effexor didn't. I wish I could remember which was which. But one of them was useless for me while this one works pretty well. Depression stinks.
• Philippines
1 Sep 12
In my teens, my emotions were very hard to handle and they totally affected my life. Plus, I didn't know what to do with myself for a while and I didn't really have the motivation to get through college back then. So my grandaunt, who was a GP who worked with kids in the US, gave my dad antidepressants for me to take. I took Prozac and Zoloft. The bad part, though was that it soon showed that I was not a Unipolar Depressive. Rather, I had Bipolar 1, which was that my moods were more on the happy/hypomanic side and my issues were more on impulse-control. Today, though, I got off the meds, actually back in 2008. I stood for what I believed in: that God can certainly heal me, without a doubt. The stroke-stricken have walked, the deaf had had their ears opened, and more miracles have happened in the Holy Spirit outpourings in the US. I stood my ground and told God that He is capable of healing me, especially since whatever I had, actually had a real-life emotional, EXTERNAL trigger. It is 2012 today. 4 years after I threw the last of my Bipolar 1 Meds (Risperdal and Oxcarbazepine/Trileptal were my last, they were the ones I tolerated and liked best), and I have NOT experienced the hallucinations that Prozac and Zoloft triggered, EVER AGAIN. I have not had embarrassing public meltdowns in the past two years, praise God! And I am not as crazy-emotional as I used to be, and can now separate my work life with my emotional life, even though my emotional trigger has NOT changed AT ALL. Yep, miracles happen. :) I would hope you would want one, too. :) Here's to healing!
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• Philippines
1 Sep 12
By the way, it helped that I moved a whole province away from my emotional trigger and am no longer obliged to see or communicate with her on a regular basis. LOL. xD And oh. She tried to force me to take meds again in 2009, but my body could no longer tolerate it. PLUS, I hate the fact that I could not control my sleep patterns because of those meds -- they made me oversleep. Plus, I always had a sluggish mind whenever I was on them. I hated that! So, I'm just happy to be meds-free (except for my Diabetes meds/insulin) and vitamins today. :)
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@Porcospino (16434)
• Denmark
3 Sep 12
Thanks a lot for sharing your story. It is very inspiring to hear about the change that happened in your life, and I think your story proves that healing is possible. I think that it is great that you don't take medicine for mental illnesses anymore, and I can imagine how happy you are to be meds-free. I have the same problem with my sleep pattern. The antidepressants make me sleep a lot more and I don't like that. Sometimes I feel that I sleep too much because of the medicine. When I take my medicine I simply can't keep myself awake, I always fall asleep and I always sleep many hours.
• United States
3 Sep 12
I'm on 100mg of Pristiq right now. When I first got out of the hospital I was taking 20mg of Lexapro I think. I was functional, but my psychiatrist recommended switching to Pristiq. I haven't experienced any negative side effects except for when she upped the dose to 150mg and I felt wozzy and tired all the time so she brought it back down to 100. I haven't gained or lost weight... at least I don't think so. I recently went three days without taking it on accident. I was running low and I didn't call it in on time to get a refill so I had to wait. I thought, it's only going to be a few days, so I'll be fine. Uhh... I was wrong. Morning of day three, I had a total meltdown. It started with just a little irritation, and then I was crying, then I was thinking all my old depressed thoughts, then I was a complete crying mess. Went straight to the pharmacy, thankfully it was ready, took my regular pill and an extra anti-anxiety (I have Xanax and Clonopin for that.), went to sleep for a few hours and then woke up feeling slightly better. I still feel bit like I'm moving really slow. In short, don't think I'm ready to go off my meds yet.
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@Porcospino (16434)
• Denmark
4 Sep 12
I recognize the things that you experienced when you went 3 days without taking your meds. If I don't take my meds for a few days I get irritable at first and then the old feelings and thoughts from my depression return It makes me realize how much I actually depends on my meds. I don't like to depend on them, but I know that I will start feeling bad if I don't take them so it is really important that I take them. They make me very tired and sometimes if I have plans the next day I take my meds a little later because I want to stay awake, but it is always has consequences so I avoid it as much as possible.
@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
2 Sep 12
I have suffered from depression since the age of 16ish and at 27 I no longer take antidepressants, they stopped working for me. At the time of taking antidepressants, I took Zoloft and it made me even more tired than I already was so I just wanted to sleep even more than normal ( at a time when all I wanted to do was sleep before even starting the medication). I do know that it's very dangerous to stop taking a maximum dosage suddenly though, I tried that and ended up extremely sick and in a very scary state of mind.
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@Porcospino (16434)
• Denmark
4 Sep 12
I agree with that, it is very dangerous to stop taking the medicine suddenly. I know that because I have also tried it and it made me very ill. The worst part about that was the fact that it wasn't my own decision. I talked to my psychiatrist about my decision and I asked him if I had to had to cut back on the medicine slowly and he said: "No, it won't be neccesary to do it slowly, you can quit the medicine immediately" At that time I had very little experience with antidepressants and I thought that he knew what he was talking about so I agreed to quit the medicine immidiately. That turned out to be a very, very bad idea! Today I would never do that. I have the same side effect as you, my andidepressants also make me very tired and I sleep much more than I did before, but aside from that the antidepressants help me.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
1 Sep 12
You can't get rid of depressants by medicine. Every medicine has some side effects. To overcome side effects you have to take other medicine. You will become dependable on medicine. So if we can avoid medicine we should do that. To be free from depression I have some suggestions : Rise early in the morning. Go to a near by park and take fresh breath. Walk and talk to your neighbors. After returning home and washing have your breakfast. Switch on your TV and watch your favorite musical channel. Then read newspapers and magazines. Everyday read books of your favorite subjects. You will get free from depression.
@Porcospino (16434)
• Denmark
2 Sep 12
I think that the medicine helps me in my daily life and the experience that I had when I tried to quit the medicine prevents from trying it again. When I had taken the antidepressants for half a year I decided to quit, because I didn't think that the medicine was neccesary anymore, but when I quit the medicine my depression returned and it was very severe depression. Since that time I haven't tried to quit the medicine. I think about quitting it sometimes, because it would be nice to avoid the side effects, but I am afraid to get ill if I try it again. I don't like the idea of depending on the medicine, but the alternative (quitting and getting very ill again) scares me more.