Important Depression Information

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Sherrine
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17095
   Posted 2/15/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
On Sunday mornings I try to catch Dr. Rosenfeld on Fox News.  He is from Cornell University Medical Center.  Today he spoke about medications that can cause depression and even suicidal thoughts.  These medications are anti-epileptic drugs but are used for other illnesses, including fibromyalgia.  Here is the list he gave out that can cause these problems.
 
Neurontin, Lyrica, Tegretol, Topamax, Lamictal, Keppra, and Depakote.
 
He said if you are taking these medications and are now experiencing depression or even suicidal thoughts, you need to talk to you doctor about it.  He said there are other medications they could put you on that wouldn't cause these problems.  I know many members are on some of these meds.
 
I have been severely depressed only once in my lifetime and that was when my husband died.  It is a horrible feeling.  Many with fibro can have depression...just thinking about this illness can cause depression!  So, many who may be taking these medications might be thinking it is fibromyalgia that is causing their problem with depression BUT it could be drug-induced!  So, if you are on any of these medications, it might be good to speak to your doctor.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could rid a lot of your depression just by changing medications?  Just wanted to let all of you know about this.
 
Sherrine


Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
***********************
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

Post Edited (Sherrine) : 2/15/2009 1:36:14 PM (GMT-7)


pattipanda
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 1014
   Posted 2/15/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Sherrine!!!  Good advice!!

My doc. wouldn't put me on Lyrica, now I think I know why!!  I'll stick with what I've got, as long as its working for me.  I must say since I've been on the elevil (only about 2 mons.) it's helped A LOT with the depression thing.

Again, you're so wonderful for looking out for our fibro family!! :-)

Hugs,


Patti
 
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Lipitor
"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - author unknown


Pamela Neckpain
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1821
   Posted 2/15/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, Sherrine.
I'm always battling Depression ~ not a serious Depression like you experienced
but Depression just the same.
I will stay away from Lyrica.
Pamela
MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.


julieleaps
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 257
   Posted 2/15/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Neurontin is the predecessor to Lyrica. Lyrica didn't work for me, I just couldn't take it, due to side effects. That was last summer. I have been on Neurontin for the last month or so. I don't think it's doing that much for me. If not being able to function is depression, well, I'm there. My days for the past two weeks have consisted of spending about 20 out of 24 hours on my couch. My pain and fatigue have been just awful, which can certainly be depressing in and of itself. Now I have to worry about the Neurontin affecting that, too.

Something to talk to my rheumy about.

Thanks for letting us know.
Still learning how to manage my Fibromylagia, and all the lovely gifts it brings.   
I had severe spinal stenosis, had fusion done on C5-7, and my life has changed. 
 
 


Agmaar
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 2/15/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
People are so different in their responses to meds.  Lamictal has been a big help with my treatment-resistant depression.  But of all things - Provigil causes depression for me after several days.  Who'd have thought that?  smhair
 
Provigil is a help but I can only tolerate it once a week or so.  And that's only 25 mg.  It does give me a boost at that level.  A lot of Lymies are overly sensitive to meds of all kinds. 
 
Rich
 
Lyme, anxitey, depression, chronic C. Pnuemoniae
 
"... expect the unexpected ..."  (O. Wilde)
 
"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." (Mark Twain)
 
 


SleepyBug
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 1097
   Posted 2/15/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for posting this, Sherrine. Very important information!! I don't take any of these meds myself, but back when my Dr. thought I had MS, he offered to put me on Neurontin. I politely said "No thanks!". (I didn't want to start taking something so heavy duty until we knew for sure what was going on) Point is, never once did he mention anything to me about it potentially causing suicidal thoughts and such, which just reinforces the fact that we as individuals need to read up on these things and be aware of the side effects of all of our medications-Dr.'s don't always mention everything!

Thank you again! :-)
love and hugs
~danielle


fibromyalgia, ibs, gerd, anxiety

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.~Erma Bombeck


Sherrine
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17095
   Posted 2/15/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I just want to make it clear that these CAN cause depression and possibly suicidal thoughts, but it depends on the person.  Some people don't have this reaction.  So, if you are having any problems in this area and you are taking any of the medications he listed, then I would suggest you speak to your doctor.
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
***********************
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


Sera Smiles
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 671
   Posted 2/15/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had experiences with docs who are not as familiar as I am with the meds they have Rx for me. I had side effects from two drugs that have since been taken off the market, and when I reported the bad issues, the doc was not aware of the possibilities. I feel that many docs [especially the great ones] are so overworked, and many get the basics of new drugs from the blurbs the pharm. companies teach the reps. For me, its my job to make sure I know everything I can about all aspects of my treatment. So I am pretty familiar with all my Rx and have been very happy with most choices we have made. I'm glad that folks here are being their own best advocate.
"A butterfly is most vulnerable immediately after its metamorphosis."
 
Dx FM- 2003
Rx Meds- Ultram, Flexeril, Toprol, Cymbalta, Buspar 
OTC meds- Benadryl, Claritin, Melatonin, Valerian, B Complex, Multi Vitamin
 
 


Sherrine
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17095
   Posted 2/16/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Your pharmacists actually know more about the medications and their interactions than the doctors.  It's their specialty.  Doctors have soo much to know and remember.  I always check with my pharmacist when taking anything new.
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
***********************
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


TeNNiSd0C09
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 1303
   Posted 2/16/2009 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks Sherrine. I was not aware of this. I have been on Lyrica for about 14 months. And I have been depressed, although I was depressed before Lyrica. And also suicidal thoughts... I want to get off of my Lyrica and Paxil. Those are the only ones Im taking and they dont seem to be helping at all.

Maybe I should make an appointment? And ask to get off both of them...I wonder what it would be like to be med free again! I wonder how I would feel...goodness. Maybe it would help. I have been wanting to change my Paxil....maybe now I have more of a reason 2 go to the doctor. I will make an appointment.

Thanks for the info
Lyrica(14 months) and Paxil(about 6+- months)-both helping some, but would like to see better results
www.myspace.com/wilson_gal22
"Cracks in the concrete are just reminders that you fall apart no matter how strong you are"
"Sometimes it is best to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve"
    "Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, talk like everything is perfect, act like its all a dream, and pretend its not hurting me."


Jeannie143
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 2/16/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Tennis,
Paxil didn't do squat for me and neither did Wellbutrin but Zoloft and Prozac work wonders. You might just need a new SSRI with a switch up in the formula. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


TeNNiSd0C09
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 1303
   Posted 2/16/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks bunches
Lyrica(14 months) and Paxil(about 6+- months)-both helping some, but would like to see better results
www.myspace.com/wilson_gal22
"Cracks in the concrete are just reminders that you fall apart no matter how strong you are"
"Sometimes it is best to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve"
    "Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, talk like everything is perfect, act like its all a dream, and pretend its not hurting me."


Binki
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 386
   Posted 2/16/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking gabepentin/neurontin for about 2 to 3 yrs. I first started out slow with dosage then my doc increased it over time while adding cymbalta. I was taking cymbalta for about a year then my insurance dropped it and I started on effexor and I started having panic attacks. For the last few months I have decreased my gabapentin to 600mg and I take Pristiq 50mg which work well for me. I am working towards getting off as much meds as I can in time. I tried to just cut back on my own and I messed myself up good. I was so dizzy all the time and I felt like I could literally feel and hear my eyes move around my head.

Thanx for the info.
Lori  
 
Dx Fibro 1/2008, gastritis
 
 


Irish Babe
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1371
   Posted 2/16/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   

I had 2 drs prescribe Lyrica for me w/i 4 months, neither time did it work well for me. One dr. said she wasn't too excited about it, the other thought it would be helpful. Last month I had an appt w/ a rheumy to have RA r/o. One of the first things she asked was did I try Lyrica. I thought, 'Oh no, not again'. She said she wasn't too excited about it, many patients asked for it and she wasn't comfortable giving it to them, there was a lot of problems w/ the med. I was so happy she wasn't pushing it as 'The Cure'. Whenever there is an ad for meds and they list the possible side effects, I end up thinking that they are worse than whatever you are trying to get rid of.

I have had meds that were 'The Thing' and they did nothing for me, yet others felt it was wonderful. The meds were later taken off the market. I have a hard time w/ meds, they don't work, they don't work right, or they make me deathly sick. My birth family can't understand how I have a problem w/ all these meds and they use them w/o a problem. So far, the latest meds I've been given are doing what needs to be done, but alas, none are for FMS. What I need is a RX for a tropical island far, far away from most of the ppl I know. Oh, well.

God bless.  Alice.

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Sunday, December 04, 2016 5:35 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,732,774 posts in 301,054 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151206 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, KrazyKorean5.
309 Guest(s), 13 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Wdan, Bololidat, Lymepilot, Michael_T, jennydancingfish, Teamchris, Serenity Now, NiceCupOfTea, lymedriven, Broncofan18, NotQuiteAntonio, julymorning, minnietoty


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer