proazac- never posted here before, need some help

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   Posted 5/6/2005 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi: I have never posted here before.  I have been relativley depressed for awhile and have been trying to avoid meds. I do see a shrink who I trust.  I have crohns disease and my life has become a nightmare because of it.  Anyway,  my doctor has perscribed Prozac and is really pishing me to try it.  I would love personal info on it.. you can get alot when u google it but nothing is better than the experience of those who take it,  Are the side effects bad?  Do you gain alot of weight with it. I have read that Lexapro is bad for that.  Any other advice.   Prof

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   Posted 5/6/2005 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi prof, I haven't taken Prozac for a few years now but I don't have anything bad to say about it. I have tried many anti-depressants and only a few (Prozac included) of them did not give me any bad side effects. I did not gain any weight with it either. Keep in mind though that different anti-depressants have different effects on people so what may not bother me might bother you and vice versa. Hope this helps a little. Hugs
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   Posted 5/6/2005 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Prof,

Yup . . . chronic disease and depression seem to find each other somehow. I think it just wheres us down physically as well as mentally.

I have not taken prozac, but know people who have been amazingly helped by it. I do take lexapro (is that why I eat everything in the house at night. . . LOL, I didn't think of that).

I have taken anti-d's for about 5 years now and it truly got me back to being 'me'. I certainly wouldn't call them happy pills . . . but my old sense of well-being and hapiness is back along with a bit of a backbone which I didn't have before. I think it also gives me an "emotional umbrella". Meaning that I don't take things to heart the way I used to . . . I can let unkind words roll off a bit better.

I hope that helps and I'm sure you'll be happy to see CheerDad (Randy) here as well. He is a source of comfort here.

I hope get some responses from people who actually take prozac.

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   Posted 5/6/2005 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey prof, as you know I too have Crohn's. I did not take any anti-d meds until 2 years ago. I have not take Prozac, but I can tell you that the anti-d meds I have taken have helped me alot. I have taken meds in the same classification as Prozac. At first I feel like the cloud of doom no longer continued to follow me around. After a period of time I actually started to feel some joy in my life and who I am. If you have read about any of the problems I have going on at home you know that to feel any joy at all while in a storm is a miracle in itself. I still have my days when dealing with CD but those are much shorter periods of time and I am often able to find the source of my anger, depression, and sulliness.

Good luck in finding your way through this storm. The best thing I can tell you is that I no longer feel like a victim of CD. I am who I am and just a person with CD, not defined by it. For 35 years I felt the DD controlled me and now know that there are parts of life that have changed because if the DD but I am in control on how I face it and what I do with it. My email link is active so if you ever need to talk, I am here.
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