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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 1/11/2006 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone..... I am new to this site, and as of today new to the fact that i know and forever will take an anti depressant.  I was put on Prozac-Fluoxetine 10 mg for 7 days then 20mg till 3 weeks until next check up.  I got online and read some pretty disturbing facts about the drug and wondering if someone could tell me there story.  Really looking for some words of advice and trying to relate to someone with this problem.  You can either post back here or email me at Leah.Lowe@sbcglobal.net.   Thanks

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   Posted 1/12/2006 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Leah, just wanted to welcome you to the HW family. Compared to some of the medications I take for my Crohn's Disease, anti-d meds are no big deal. I know that doesn't help you much other than letting you know I make a concious decision to choose a better lifestyle because of the meds I take rather than worry about possible outcomes that may or may not materialize. When and if they do, I will face them then rather than having a battle within myself that may be unnecessary. Good luck and hope you find the answers you ar elooking for.
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   Posted 1/15/2006 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leah22,  I also wanted to tell you welcome to Healing Well!  Randy put it so well in his post according to the medications.  I take medications for Multiple Sclerosis, Blood Pressure, heart problems and Depression and will be taking these medications for the rest of my life I am 32 yrs old.  This is  not at all meant to reduce what you are going through.  If you have a headache or a toothache you would take medication for it right? I am a very firm believer that you should be informed about your medications.  However, it is extremely important it also stay positive when starting a new medication.  Know that everyone is different and will react differently to medications.  Prozac has been on the market for many years, there is a lot of negative data out there regarding it, but there is also a lot of people that Prozac has helped.  Give it a chance, if you do start having any problems immediately call your doctor and he or she can put you on another medication.  Please keep us informed of how you are doing and come back soon....~elisha :-)

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   Posted 1/15/2006 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Leah
I was on meds for about 7 years starting on prozac and then once that didn't have the affects I was looking for I was put on about 4 other things. Just be careful with it.Some meds out there can make you so numb. I knew I had a problem when my mother in law passed away and I did not cry at her funeral even though she was one of my best friends. I can also tell you that the old belief that once you are on meds you will never get off,isn't always true. I've been off some of the strongest meds there are for about a year now. I am still depressed but nothing like I was before. I am a firm believer that you need to look at your enviroment and change it in order to start healing. I changed mine by taking the biggest step in my life and divorcing my abusive husband after being with him for 16 years. Then kept making changes after that (although some were not by choice but so far have turned out to be better for me both physically and mentally).
I will admit that there are alot of days that I know that I should be on something.But I have a great b/f that is learning to see the signs and he steps in and helps me through those bad days. So I'm one of the lucky ones that is for sure,but you can be too. Just remember to let yourself heal,and you deserve it
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