your experience with meds....

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/12/2007 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there, Ive been resarching SSRI's for the past few days on the net because i want to get a better idea of what im about to get into, im still on the fence on wheather or not its really worth it for me. I have some questions to ask anyone on hw that has info on or has experienced themselves. I will list my anxiety/depression symptoms below and if anyone has similar symptoms as me and is on a med that helped them PLEASE tell me your experience and or side effects you have and how it was at the beginning of treatment.
  • memory loss short and long term
  • difficultly concentrating
  • unreal thoughts and feelings - surreal, makes me paranoid 
  • sweating/ panic in social situations
  • irritable
  • lack of motivation
  • nervous in social situations
  • light headed feeling
  • low energy    
  • hopless, alone

It terrifies me reading the side effects online such as sexual disfunction and suicidal thoughts!   Ive taken effexor xr and I had all these symptoms below in red and my sexual drive was non existant

:cut and past from effexor site: 

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Gas
  • Abnormal vision
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Confusion/agitation
  • Tremor
  • Yawning
  • Palpitation

so i felt as if i added a few things to my list and i didnt get any better it was quite the opposite. I dont understand how side effects of taking a medication can be the same as the things you are trying to medicate. What is the point then?  I guess im looking for someone to tell me they got better while taking a med for this crap cause i really feel lost. I'd also like to add that im not expecting a pill to cure me, i am working with cbt dr's and councellors.. i need a little help along the way, something to help me think straight.

thanks for listening,  God bless  

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 2/12/2007 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   

  Hi Guess

  From what you have posted I see that you do have an anxiety disorder with normal symptoms that we get with it, And taking SSRI's can and do help with it as it can be so overwellming to deal with on your own and it's good to see that you are getting that help you need for it

  I myself em on Lexapro 20mgs for it and had found so much help from it and I take valuim for my moments of high anxiety but at first I did have some side affeck from the Lexapro that I chould not sleep at all at night and was ready to throw them out the window lol but I when't back to my pdoc and he then gave me Ambien CR for sleeping and from that time on I have been fine on it

  But I feel that you are right about the pill is not going to cure you but it will help you to deal with it till you can learn CBT and relaxation therapy from your medical pro's with this.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 2/12/2007 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guess,
I think everyone is different when it comes to side effects from meds.  Some people can get lots of side effects whilst others get none.  Different meds have different side effects too.
I took prozac a few years ago and I had no side effects whatsoever.  It helped with my depression but not really with my anxiety.  I have now been taking effexor for almost 6 months and it has helped so much with my depression and anxiety.  I am so happy with it.  I have had some side effects but they have now dissappeared.  I suffered with increased anxiety, high bp and heart rate on dose of 225 mg but that dissapeared when I decreased the dose slightly and I had a bit of nausea in the fiorst couple of weeks but then it all went away.
Its easy to worry a lot about the side effects and looking for them brings on anxiety and the physical symptoms of anxiety can mimic side effects.  When we look for them, we find them.  Believe me, Ive done it!
Antidepressants do help in the long term, its just getting past the first couple of weeks that some people find hard. You never know, with the next antidepressant, you may get no side effects.
Take care

Victoria x

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 2/12/2007 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
The benefit of the SSRIs and SNRIs is they alleviate both depression and anxiety. Since most of us also suffer from depression along with panic/anixety, this is where antidepressants are very helpful over the long run.

I started with Paxil and did very well for three years. Unfortunately, I also gained about 40lbs. and was exhausted all the time, so my pdoc switched me to Zoloft. I've done very well on that for eight years, although I have some signs of poop-out, along with Trazodone at bedtime.

The side effects were the worst for me when I first started an antidepressant. But they pass within a few weeks and you start feeling better.

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   Posted 2/12/2007 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe all have side effects and most go thru a few or all of thm BUT they will subside and hopefully set you on a path of getting better
Keep us posted please
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