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   Posted 11/5/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, everyone!
I'm new here. I normally post on another forum here.
I need to get on psych meds...badly. I'm going through some very stressful times and it's affecting other health conditions that I have. My problem is that I want to do research so I can be enlightened on this topic idea --- However, I don't know where to start my research on medications. Any ideas?
And yes, medications is something my doctors and I have spoken about. I am trying to get counseling...for one reason or another it just has not happened as of yet.
Things I do not want as side effects from my psych meds: mainly jitteriness, weight gain (don't want to gain my lost weight back), insomnia, and hair loss (I'm already losing a lot of hair from having lost weight rapidly). These are things that are already affecting me. It could be way worse!
Another thing, I have taken xanax and zoloft before but I felt so spacey. I need to be functional.

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   Posted 11/5/2009 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess that the members here could describe as best as possible about the meds that they take, bue talking to your doctor about this would probably be the best thing.

A lot of antidepressants cause weight gain. And it depends on your age and whether you would naturally gain weight anyway.

The best thing you can do is watch what you eat and get a lot of exercise.

Wellbutrin is suppose to be weight neutral but some people get nervous on it. Everybody reacts differently to different medications. Where some people would gain weight, others wouldn't. I personally couldn't tolerate wellbutrin because it made everything taste funny. It is the same as zyban, but zyban is for quitting smoking and it makes cigarettes taste bad. Well the wellbutrin made everything taste bad. But that doesn't mean that it would happen to you. So you see, it is hard to tell you what would happen, when nobody knows.

Neither xanax or zoloft made me feel spacy. And I still take the xanax. Zoloft gave me diarhea really bad and I lost a lot of weight. So like I say, we all react differently to the medications. The best thing you could do is try whatever the doctor recommends. Sometimes it takes awhile to find what is right for you.

Best wishes on finding what works for you.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 11/6/2009 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
been on the med merry go round for 20 years now. effexor sounds like a possibility 4 you, mild sedative a/d. been on everything. now trying cymbalta, 2 days in from pristiq. meds work differently for us all, thus your doc and you should be able to make better informed decisions regarding this. good luck to you. thx 4 posting. jamie

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   Posted 11/6/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
A couple of good resources for med research:

RxList -- look for Antidepressant FAQ's


Jamie is right. No drug works the same for everyone. Good luck!
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Post Edited (serafena) : 11/6/2009 10:33:27 AM (GMT-7)

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