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   Posted 10/11/2007 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
What antidepressant has everyone found that worked the best for them? I know everyone is different when it comes to meds but I know some are much worse than others in terms or working for anxiety and side effects! :-)

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   Posted 10/11/2007 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Lexapro and Cymbalta have been very popular recently. It will depend of course on you and on your physician.  Sometimes your insurance will have some medicines in their formulary that they will pay for and others that they won't and will suggest a substitute.

I am sure you will get responses from others. Welcome to Healing Well. We are very glad to have you here.


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   Posted 10/11/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm taking Efexor-xr and Mirtazapine, Efexor helps with anxiety and Mirtazapine for depression..But im in Australia so we dont need health insurance for government discount on meds...

suffer from depression, anxiety, agrophobia, alcoholic.

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   Posted 10/11/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jess, and welcome to healingwell.

I am on Lexapro 20 mg for GAD, and I can say that has honestly helped to change my life in positive ways.

I also use Xanax as needed, which anymore, isn't frequent at all.

The downfall to the Lexapro is there is no generic form, and it is very expensive. I pay around a hundred a month for it.

I hope you are able to find the answers you need.

Best Wishes to ya!
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   Posted 10/11/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there_

I take Zoloft, Remeron, and Klonopin. Zoloft work well for me in the past, but this time around isnt doing much. Remeron seems to be doing the trick, but this one is notoriously known for weight gain... The klonopin is being lowered and in a month or two i should really only be on Remeron.

My mom takes Lexapro and loves it. It works great for her. I tried it, and it didnt work so well on me... Sometimes, it takes a few tries before you get it right. I personally like medications with longer half-lifes. I think it makes me feel like if the time comes, it will be easier to get off them... But, there's successful ways to taper off just about anything. I think its my own weird "I hate meds" thing... I dunno. They've really done a lot of good for me. Pulled me through so really rough patches...

Anyways, keep us posted!
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   Posted 10/12/2007 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jess,
I'm currently on Lexapro and it seems to be working pretty well for me.  In the past I've been on Zoloft but it do anything for me and I was also on Wellbutrin XL until I developed an unbearble reaction to it - it caused me entire body to tremble and all my muscle were spasming.  I could actually see them moving - ewwwww.  I won't ever take that med again.
As others have already said, everyone is different - your body chemistry is differnt than mine and anyone elses.  So it could be trial and error for you until you find the one that works for you.  Some of them you will start to notice differences in how you feel in a short time, but most of them take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to really kick into full force and do their job.  Just be patient with it. 
Good luck and keep us posted.
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