Which Anti-Depressant Do I Need...???

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doxology
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   Posted 12/28/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
[please don't take this question the wrong way]...
but...
...I lost my wife to cancer in September; & was starting to get depressed actually very much prior to her illness. 
I've also been diagnosed w/ depression (not sure about anxiety).

So...without sounding like an addict looking for a substitute...is there an anti-depressant out there that makes one feel like their old self, whereby feelings of hope & well being return; & whereby one regains their original vital, creative energies...???
thanks,

dox

 

Hi Dox, I had to edit your post as we are not to discuss illegal substances on the forum.  Thanks in advance for understanding.


Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 12/28/2010 4:58:37 PM (GMT-7)


theHTreturns...
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   Posted 12/28/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   

hi dox. welcome.

best thing to do is write down the important stuff you creatively do. and how you are feeling. a mood diary. this will aide your dr. in determing the best anti-dep for you. me, been on them all.........just about. i am no dr. albeit prozac seems to be more uplifting than most. it has cross-over properties and less dulling. like i said, talk with ya doc. with compassion, jamie


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   Posted 12/28/2010 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
The antidepressants seem to work differently on different people. They do have different side effects too. The only way to tell is to talk to your doctor about it. If you can be open and honest, that is even better. Then you have to try the medication and wait six to eight weeks for the full effect. So it is a process of elimination.

I would talk to the doctor about a mood elevator or a mood stabilizer also. They make a person feel pretty good and they don't take as long to work. But it is all up to the doctor. And don't forget the side effects, they take about a couple of weeks to go away. It isn't easy. But if you really want help, you should talk to the doctor about this one.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen
 
I want to add that I am so sorry for your loss.  I lost my first husband to lung cancer in 2000.  I know it isn't easy and takes time and patience with yourself to get through this.  Be good to yourself.
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doxology
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   Posted 12/28/2010 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
thanx jamiee...
 
appreciate your compassion; & I was leaning toward prozac, myself.

now...a very good friend of mine claims that st. johns wort is very, very much like prozac...but actually more effective than (& used in europe as a natural replacement).  any thoughts...???
 
thanks,
 
 
dox

doxology
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   Posted 12/28/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
karen...
 
thanks also.
 
what are the most popular (or I should say effective) mood elevators/stabilizers...???
 
 
dox 

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   Posted 12/28/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
i take abilify. really helps. oh, my sincere condolences over your loss. i too lost my partner, dec 06. st.johns can be tricky with other meds. not as potent is the anecdotal evidence, but may work for you. st.johns-mainly for milder depression. with compassion, jamie.
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   Posted 12/28/2010 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I take abilify too. There is also risperdol. And a couple others that I can't remember the names. You can google mood stabilizers and they will probably all come up. They are also used for bipolar and I believe schitzophrenia.

I hope that you find what works for you.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/28/2010 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
epilim, tegratol. oldies but are effective. primarily mood only. a lot of anti-psychotics are for mood disorder as well. karen is spot on. jamie
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doxology
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   Posted 12/30/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
wwhhhoooo...
 
doc prescribed prozac...took my first one this morning (generic: fluoxetine), w/ my morning coffee.

I really hope the way I feel can be attributed to side effects which will vanish or taking it on an empty stomach...but it made me lethargic & nauseous (& upset my stomach).
 
plus...just like w/ being prescribed lexapro 4 years ago...(which I had to get off of 'cause it made me feel weird)...the doc said I wouldn't feel a thing for 3 weeks...& I felt these effects right away.
 
what now...???
 
thanks,
 
 
dox
 
 
btw - dosage is 1) 20mg cap daily.
btw 2 - feel somewhat better now that I ate a good meal & had my daily vitamin

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   Posted 12/30/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, it sounds like you need to take it with food. The side effects take one to two weeks to pass. Give it time, and be patient. It can take six to eight weeks to reach it's full potential.

Best of luck with the prozac.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/30/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
DOX, KAREN IS RIGHT. HOPE IT HELPS YOU, JAMIE
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doxology
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   Posted 12/31/2010 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
took a tryptophan cap this morning to help me sleep...not realizing I could cause serotonoin syndrome...& this afternoon I am really groggy after taking my second day's prozac dosage.
 
better not do that anymore...do not want to wind up dead.
 
thanks,
 
 
dox
 
 
btw - anyone know an antidote for serotonin syndrome...???

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   Posted 12/31/2010 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
dox,
Treatment of serotonin syndrome depends on the severity of your symptoms.
 
If your symptoms are minor, a visit to the doctor and stopping the medication causing the problem may be enough.
If you have symptoms that concern your doctor, you may need to go to the hospital. Your doctor may have you stay in the hospital for several hours to make sure you're OK.

If you have severe serotonin syndrome, you may need additional medications and longer hospitalization.

To the best of my knowledge, if you take antidepressants, you should not take 5-HTP.  Please consult your Doctor re your meds.

Kindly,

Kitt


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Post Edited (stkitt) : 12/31/2010 3:19:34 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 1/1/2011 3:56 AM (GMT -6)   
yes, consult doc asap. feel better soon, jamie
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