Prozac pointless?

United States
March 1, 2008 1:34am CST
I recently read an article in "The Metro", my local paper reporting that prozac is pointless and that and that the there is no significant change from using prozac or any other SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) another example of an SSRI is Zoloft. What are your feelings on this, do you feel SSRI's have helped you? I am currently on Zoloft and I believed it has helped me, but reading this article causes me to doubt myself, is it really just the placebo effect? do i feel better because I expect too? I don't think so but a quote in the article a girl said she felt the effects the first day... that is not possible because the medicine hasn't reached your neurons yet. So I'm looking for your opinions on SSRI's. Thanks
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@Ravenladyj (22918)
• United States
1 Mar 08
I disagree with that wholeheartedly...I have been taking Zoloft for goin on 4 yrs now and its helped TREMENDOUSLY and my son has been on Prozac for the same amount of time and its worked wonderfully for him.....Is it a Placebo effect? No I dont think so at all....but for me my anti Ds don't "make me happy" necessarily...they make it so that things dont effect me so intensely without a doubt but they dont make me "happy"..... Maybe for some ppl with very mild depression it could be a placebo effect though I suppose..I think what would interest me is finding out how they came to this conclusion and if it was by way of a what degree was the subjects depressions...
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• United States
2 Mar 08
Thank you very much for your opinion. I agree with you whole-heartedly, I have been on Zoloft for 7 years now and I feel exactly the same, it doesn't make me happy... it helps me deal with things. I really appreciate your input and good luck to you and your son. The study was not mentioned, I believe though if I were to research it I would find it probably wasn't very well researched. Either that or the headline was incorrectly interpreting the data from the experiment.
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@Foxfire1875 (2011)
5 Mar 08
I don't think prozac works, it never has for me, it just caused more problems than it was supposed to solve. What is more dangerous it is addictive, don't listen to any doctor who says it doesn't. It could be the placebo effect as you expect the medication to work and it gives you hope, which will obviously lift your mood and you will start to feel better as a consequence.
• United States
6 Mar 08
I've taken alot of antidepressants and they are not addictive at all. Eventually your body may become dependent on it and you have to wean off of it but there is never a mental addiction. It's interesting about the placebo effect theory. I agree that for some people that may be enough, but for others it probably isn't. I was depressed for so long I didn't know what positive thinking was, I couldn't learn it I did't know what it was. I had to go on the medication so that it would help my mood and than learn how to take it from there. I do believe it works for some, though not all. But there is no addiction.
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