How do you know if you should change anti depressant meds?

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   Posted 7/12/2007 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking 45mg of Remeron for the past 4 years.  It seems to have worked very well for me with little or no side effects.  I have tried prozac, paxil, zoloft.  None worked for me.  Before the remeron I was taking an SSRi called serzone.  This worked really well for me - side effects were a very dry mouth and some sleepiness.  Serzone was taken off the market as it caused liver failure in some people.  I have been feeling so down this summer and I am wondering if it is my anti depressant. I have a lot of family problems going on that could get anyone depressed even if they were always happy.  So maybe that is it.  Also, I do not like summer and have a tendency to get very down in the hot weather.  Is it possible my anti depressant isn't working as well or is it just my  problems that are making me feel bad?  I am so hesitant to change meds as I hear so many bad side effects from other meds such as effexor, lexapro and cymbalta.  I don't want to open a whole new can of worms by changing meds.  Prior to the last say six weeks I was feeling pretty good. Does anyone have suggestions?  Who has had experience with those 3 meds I mentioned and have you had bad side effects?  Should I just stay where I am?  I suspect if I tell my Dr.(a psychiatrist) that he will want to change my meds.  I'm not to big on the idea. 

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   Posted 7/13/2007 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   

I was on prozac and paxil. With prozac I basically walked around like a zombie with no emotions.
Paxil did not help me so my doctor put me on some harsher drugs.

All meds seem to affect everyone advice is to do some research on the net about your current meds,and then contact your doctor and tell them your concerns.
One thing that I experienced with changing of meds was crazy dreams. But I did not see where anyone else had that problem.

If you do not feel that the meds are helping then give something else a try. I can't even remember how many times my doctor had to change my meds in order to get the right combo.

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   Posted 7/16/2007 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
The combination that worked for me was ritalin and prozac.  I would say that this was the best I ever felt.  I functioned and was able to live a life that I always thought everyone else did.  I had really bad days but, BOY, with how bad my depression got those days were nothing compared to the bad days I have now.
I will tell you though that it usually takes about 2 weeks for a med to start making a difference, I always said I was going to be rich and invent a method of intravenously dosing meds for depression.  Or injectable depression meds like insulin for diabetics.  Just some way to extend the duration of the drugs we have to take.  I will tell you from a personal standpoint that it takes many, many years for a med to become "tolerant" to a person's system.  Then the docs either try another med or add something to it.  It is a life long struggle with finding the cocktail that fits you best and then another life time finding another after that one outlives it's effectiveness.
I know, no good news here but unfortunately until there is a better way to treat depression, this is the crap we must go through.
Hope this helps :)
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