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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/29/2007 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Curious if there is a resource out there somewhere that compares the various anti-depressants, their pros/cons, why certain ones are tried versus others in a give scenario, etc.  Is it just the best deal or kickback the doc gets from the pharmaceutical rep?  I'm on Celexa, have been for over 5 years.  Last 3-6 months have been tough, so I'm going back for an overhaul of med(s).  New doc because of a move, and right now, I don't feel like a zombie.  Appreciate any info.

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 1/30/2007 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey GettingBetter, Welcome to Healing Well forum, happy to have you join us.  As you know each medication goes through extensive controlled trial testing on various numbers of patients before it even hits the market and is approved by the FDA for regular usage.  To my knowledge I don’t know of anything that "compares" the different antid's and why a physician would prescribe one over the other in certain situations/scenarios.  There is much data on each antidepressant, side effects, adverse reactions and so on.  From my own experience of being a depressed person and taking these medications for over 16 yrs and also having worked in the mental health field for many is a gamble either way when you start a new antidepressant.  All the data is there as to how it should work but, the doctor has no guarantees on how the medication is going to work for you as your body chemicals may break it down differently then others thus causing you to have a different reaction to the medication.  This is why when it comes to antidepressants it is widely known that "everyone reacts differently to these meds, and shouldn’t expect my experience to be your experience."

I hope you do keep using HW as a resource for you.  There are many supportive people here and lots of information.  It is always nice to know your not alone in this...Take care

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/31/2007 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
It's always tough to decide which antidepressant might work best for an individual. Since they are all equally effective, most psychiatrists will select a medication based on your symptoms and utilize side effects to their best advantage. For example, if you're having trouble with sleeping, they might try Paxil since it is sedating.

Since you've done well on Celexa for a long time, your doctor will probably try another SSRI or augment the Celexa. See what happens and remember that you can be helped.
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