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   Posted 7/29/2011 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
My first depression med was Prozac.  Although I do think it worked well, I still had this feeling that I could feel better.  I took Prozac for several years, tried Effexor, and then Lexapro for many years, also. 
Lexapro seemed to have this effect of making me hmm...numb.  I think it affected my memory, my concentration, and it definately had negative sexual side effects. 
I switched to Wellbutrin, 150mg/day, about four months ago.  At first it was like a veil had been lifted!  I felt motivated again, felt like I could think clearly, and the sexual side effects went away.  I was able to commit to a diet and lost nearly 30 pounds!  The down side to this was that, after about 6 weeks, I realized that I was feeling depression in a way I never had before.  Thinking about death became a daily preoccupation.  Quite honestly, the idea of dying started to seem quite appealing.  I thought maybe the drug was working well but I was just 'feeling' again as opposed to the numbness with Lexapro. 
I can't take a higher dosage of Wellbutrin due to the blood pressure increase it causes, so my doctor has just prescribed Paxil.  After reading some of the contributions here, I have to say, I'm a little leary of starting this drug!  I will try it, but, as any of us suffering from depression know, it really is about trial and error.   

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   Posted 7/29/2011 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Paxil is a good AD, but gave me sexual side effects. But that doesn't mean that will happen to you. Have you ever tried abilify? I take that with pristiq. It makes your AD work better. And is a mood stabilizer plus stops obsessive thinking. You might want to mention it to your doc, if the paxil doesn't work.

I hope that you find what works for you. It is all trial and error. Best wishes.

Hugs, Karen
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