Does anyone do better on the older AD's, than the newer (SSRI's)?

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Rianna
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   Posted 3/4/2006 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried most of the SSRI's and did not do well on them at all..I felt emotionally numb, very sick to my stomach, very flushed, sweating profusely, etc.  I tried Lexapro (which gave me permanent Tinnitus/ringing in the ears), Zoloft, Prozac, Cymbalta (SSNRI), etc.  I was hospitalized for major depression after a bad reaction to Cymbalta back in September and the Psychiatrist felt that an older Tetracyclic medication would work better for me, which it did.  I was put on Remeron (Mirtazapine) and so far, have had no bad side effects (other than increased appetitite and some weight gain) - however, I am on the highest dose..45mg and it does not come in higher doses.
 
I am wondering (since the SSRI's) didn't work..which antidepressant I need to go on when the Remeron stops working, (as I am sure one day it will).  I have been doing research on some different tricyclics and was looking at Elavil (Amitriptilline) - does anyone take this, and what has been your experience with it?  I have a friend who is on it and she said it works very well for her, but that she has to take two a day?  I want to stay with the older Tricyclics or Tetracyclics, as I have a fear now of SSRI's or SSNRI's after bad experiences.  Does anyone have these feelings or have tried SSRI's and are now on the older medications? Thanks for listening.

Rianna
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   Posted 3/7/2006 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Atedogs, thanks for your quick response. I think Effexor is an SSNRI? I will do some research on it. I have heard both good and bad things about it. My friend was on it for awhile, and said he had a terrible time weaning off of it. I will also check out the Wellbutrin. I have a friend who has been on Wellbutrin for five years (I think 125mg) and she said it is working very well for her, but sometimes she gets anxiety. Thanks again for replying.
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