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   Posted 4/27/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I would like to talk to my doctor about going on an antidepressant. I have had a hard winter and I have a history of anxiety and some ocd issues so I think it might help. I have no idea which one to talk to my doctor about, or if I should go to a psychiatrist who can spend some time with me instead of just a routine 15 minute doctor visit.
Can anyone tell me which ones worked for them and what they like about them and anything else? I don't like the idea of brain zap and I have issues with insomnia so I don't want anything that will add to that. What about good old Prozac? I've heard it is easy to get on and off.
Has anyone tried Saint John's Wart or herbal remedies?

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   Posted 4/27/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Beachmom,
First of all, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you to Healing Well.  I am so glad that you found that very caring community.  You should be able to find so great help from the members and the resources we have available.
As far as the antidepressants, your best bet is to talk to your doctor as he/she is the best source of information for this sort of thing.  Also, depending upon your insurance you may need a referral from your doctor if you need to see a psychiatrist.  Your doctor may very well want to prescribe something for you to see if it works, especially if you are going to see a psychiatrist.  Most of them have several weeks waiting list for the initial intake appointment.  There are a whole host of antidepressants available and most will take 4-6 before you have the full effects of it.  I have taken Zoloft which worked okay for me, I've also taken Wellbutrin which I had a bad reaction too and am now taking Abilify which is working well for me (I'm taking this for both the depression and the Bipolar).  Just remember that not all drugs work for everyone, one will work for some but not for others.  It can sometimes take 4 or 5 tries before a good one is found for you.
I'm sorry I can't be of more help to you, but I only know of the meds that I've taken in the past or am on currently.  Maybe some other members can be of more help to you.  But your best source of information will be your doctor, ask lots of questions and get as much information as you can about any medications you may be given.
Again, welcome to Healing Well; keep posting so that we can get to know you better.  Come here to vent, ask questions, give/get support, etc.  We are here for you.
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Welcome to HealingWell and I am so glad you found us.  I think if you have been having problems it is good to see your PCP first and talk to him/her. Wen is right, it is usually a wait to get into see a pdoc but once you do they will do an intake of info on you and from there come up with what they feel will work best. 
While antidepressant drugs help people feel better, they cannot solve problems in people's lives. Some mental health professionals worry that people who could benefit from psychotherapy rely instead on antidepressant drugs for a "quick fix." Others point out that the drugs work gradually and do not produce instant happiness. The best approach is often a combination of counseling and medicine, but the correct treatment for a specific patient depends on many factors. The decision of how to treat depression or other conditions that may respond to antidepressant drugs should be made carefully and will be different for different people.

The National Institute of Mental Health is another excellent resource for you to take a look at.
Again welcome to A & P.  Keep posting and let us know how you are.  We are here for you.
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   Posted 4/27/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and welcome!!! it's lovely to have you here.  You have already been given some great resources so I won't add any more (brain overload!!).  I have tried some herbal remedies..St John's Wort and rescue remedy and they really didn't make much of a dint in my anxiety..but others on this site have had success. 

I'm sorry you are having a rough time at the moment, and I suggest that you discuss all the anti-dep worries with your doctor...most of them have mild side effects, the main thing is to find the right one for you.  I wish you all the very best of luck.

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   Posted 4/27/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I just wanted to say that I take abilify and found it to work wonders.

hugs, Karen
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   Posted 4/27/2008 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi and welcome.

I took zoloft for a time, but i found that it was too hard on my stomach.  I'm taking good old prozac and it's working well for me, but I find that it makes me very sleepy.  Not that it is bad.  Sleep is good, but I had to adjust the dosage with my doctor so that I could stay awake at work!  There are so many different anti-depressants on the market now.  With the help of your doctor you should be able to find one eventually that will work for you. 

Please keep us posted



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   Posted 4/28/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you and thanks for all the warm welcomes. Great advice and I plan to discuss it with my doctor today. I like the idea of Prozac making me sleepy, as I have had alot of insomnia lately. I'll keep you posted.

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   Posted 4/28/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I had tried Saint John's Wart before finnally going to my doc about my "Bad Days".
It seemed like somedays it helped and other it did nothing but that stuff is always works differently on different people. However it did not do enough to really help me the way I needed it too.

I went on lexapro. It did help it seemed to level me out enough to get a grasp on life and fix some problems in my home life, which helped my anxiety some.

Good luck on your search for the right drug. Sometimes people find the right one on the first try others have to try a couple before finding the one for them.
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   Posted 4/28/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   

I tried St. Joh's wort for my depression years ago and wasn't satisfied with it. After several tries, I finally settled in with Paxil, which works really well for me. The thing I've noticed from this forum, though, is that everybody is different when it comes to what works well and what doesn't. It doesn't seem to be unusual to try more than one type of medication before you find one that suits.

How did your appointment today with your doctor turnout?


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   Posted 4/29/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
My appointment went ok. I had a bunch of health things to discuss so we barely got to the anxiety. She is referring me to a psychiatrist though which is nice because we can talk just about antidepressants. Thanks for asking.

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   Posted 4/29/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
PROZAC says don't take if inssomia is a problem, safe - no known risks
ZOLOFT- avoid grapefruit, may induce mania on the high end or simply an increase in energy in non-bipolar.  My cause stomach upset (you briefly use pepto-bismal, then take acidohilus pills.)   Most are also prescribed desyrel to combat any insomnia.
PAXIL- turns out medically to be a poor drug, it causes stomach problems, diarrhea, shakiness, agitation, sexual problems that cannot be dealt by takin weekend s "off".  No not go off without tapering.  Newborns exposed to this drug will go through a painful withdrawl.
CELEXA - considered better than the fist 3, the side effects are nausea, insomnia, and sexual problems.  On the plus side , after about six months of no sex thins actually to start working again unlike first three.
LEXAPRO- insomnia, loss of weight iniatlly, but gain after a few weeks,  This drug zyban an antismoking drug), issimilar to celexa - in fact the are pretty much the same molecue.
EFFEXOR -all of the side effects listed above plus incresed sweating
CYMBALTA-good for depression and pain, ssri symptoms(nausea,insomnia,sex problems)There is a risk for dizziness and constipation.
SERZONe-no longer made in the US but is avaivable in Cananda, high risl of liver damage
Amoxapine-agitation and insomnia, no longer has much favor amoung doctors
Luvox- nausea,loose stools,,headache, and insmnia
buproprion-weight loss,restlessness,headache, nausea, rashes, epileptics should be stable be under speacial care
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   Posted 4/29/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
BTW those were only SSRI's,SNRI's, related drugs
If you are interested in tricyclic meds or MAOI's let me know. It is easier if I know what drugs your thinking about.

I am not a health professional. I just have a library (a whole room) devoted to books and articles and journals on brain disorders. I really use PDR the most. It is one book put out by the APA

that's all I wanted to add.
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