I have been on just about every antidepressant except the MAO inhibitors. I will not take those nor will I accept ECT as a means of relief although I have seen first hand, many great recoveries through that route.
I have just went through an awful withdrawal/side effect expirence. I decided that the nefazadone I was taking for a year had lost it's effectiveness. My doctor had me wean down but! I made the mistake of weaning down to 200mg from 450mg, then, dropping to 100mg and then, going up to 200mg when my beloved cat got very ill. ( I thought an increase might help as my depression dropped a lot) Anyway, I then went to 100mg ( one tablet) for a day and then, stopped!
The very next day I took 10mg of Lexapro. funny thing was my doctor also put me on Provigil. The Provigil gave me a boost but on the third day a strange thing began. Sadly I cannot "pin" it on any one thing but I got very, very sad and a mild anxiety started. I stopped everything as the anxiety got worse and worse. I felt like I'd die or go crazy! It felt every bit like a withdrawl I felt after stopping benzodiazpams ( Valium/Ambien combo sad to admot ) Now I knew it was not the benzo's as I stopped them in early Novemer and had already gone through hell.
Maybe it was from halting the nefazadone too quickly or, from starting the lexapro ( maybe not as I had been on it several months in the past ) or, maybe even the Provigil? Who can really say? The doctor made me feel it was all 'in my head" This angered me but what could I do? I jsut waited it out and slowly put the nefazadone back up to about 75% of the original dose ( now at 250Mg) I started to feel better after about 8 days of pure hell. Now I'm still depressed and afraid to try anything. Does anyone have good effect from Provigil? Maybe I can restart that at 50% 0f the dose (100mg)?
And lastly, how about no medication at all?
This too shall pass