I am new here, but I felt like I needed some encouragement and interaction with people who are going through the same as I am.
I have been dealing with major depression for 3 months now. Unfortunately, I passed multiple kidney stones and the excruciating pain, stress and lack of self care got me depressed. Not to mention, I lost 3 family members, all on the same day.
My depression started of being severe with severe anxiety, now it is more moderate and my anxiety is completely gone! So that’s a positive and I am improving. I try to be as hopeful as I can be. Unfortunately depression runs in my family, so that could also be a factor.
I started off taking escitalopram (20mg), I suffered with the side effects but I pushed through and it made me feel better around week 3. However, the more I took, the more confused and dizzy I became so I stopped cold turkey. ( no withdrawals at all).
I went on to take Bupropion, which worked- other than I had slight mania- but after 10 days I developed an allergic reaction(swollen face, severe sore throat). Stopped cold turkey, other than diarrhea I was okay.
Per my psychiatrist’s suggestion, I tried duloxetine, which gave me an allergic reaction ( swollen face, severe sore throat) over night, so I stopped that.
I have a pretty good team of professionals (2 psychologists, 1 psychiatrist, 1 GP and a loving family
) lined up, but we just don’t seem to find what I need.
Does anyone have any experience with allergies to antidepressants? How long did it take to find the right medication? And what did you do to keep yourself encouraged during the trials?