Anti-depressants anyone? - page 7

Over the years I have taken Celexa and most recently Paxil for my depression. I am now on Wellbutrin. My Celexas quit working, and my Paxils made me gain weight!(Like I needed that!). Anyone else... Read More

  1. by   KeniRN
    Was on Paxil for several months. Worked well for the depression but killed the libido (which does not help the relatonship--hummm,be depressed and not want sex or be on antidepressants and not want sex...) and the Paxil made me yawn a lot which is an extremely rare s/e. Wasn't tired, just yawned A LOT. then switched to Prozac. Happy to say finally maintained on 10mg/day and 20mg/day during PMS week (was up to 50mg/day)
  2. by   iamme457
    I just started taking Zoloft for depression which is related to menopause hormone changes. I have been on it for about 2 weeks now and have noticed a drop in appetite and I am sleeping a little better. I have been exercising a bit more for the last week and have lost a few pounds. I took Prozac 5 years ago for about 6 months and gained weight.
  3. by   Youda
    My doctor put me on Zoloft, and it is doing wonderful things. We had to keep upping the dose, but I think now it's where it needs to be. I'm sleeping better. I feel like doing things again. And, heavens! Here's the kicker: I'm acutally feeling HAPPY for a change. It's been so long since I felt HAPPY that I almost didn't recognize the feeling!
  4. by   sphinx
    I've been on soooo many antidepressants, along with other meds to augment them. Some just pooped out, some never worked, others had side effects. I took Nortriptyline after each of my kids was born....hardly helped, but made me a walking zombie, dried me out in every way, esp constipation. yuck. Was eventually switched to Zoloft which was "ok", but I never took a dose higher than like 50mg, was being managed by my PCP, who instead of upping my dose just switched me to prozac. Prozac is one that has actually been fairly helpful. It always poops out, and I need a dose of at least 60MG, but usually no big side effects. Once I started seeing a psych doc, there was less switching of meds and more dose increases, before jumping the gun and switching. We'd only switch for side effects or poop out. Let's see, Was on Zoloft 2 more times, and both times required dose of like 200mg, and at that dose caused some pretty bad bruxism.Clenched my jaws so bad, my right side would start to pop out of joint.But I do this when anxious too, so lets say a high dose of zoloft makes me edgy and anxious. Paxil made me tooooo tired, and never seemed to help. Remeron made me a freaking walking zombie, caused weight gain....yuck. Celexa never helped much, neither did Serzone. Effoexor worked for a while, but pooped out. This was the only drug that affected my libido negatively.......depression negatively affects it way more than the pills to treat the depression, in my case. Lithium made me weird, flat affect, shakes, real bad......retaining water big time despite watching my diet (and this was below therapeutic level!), depakote made me hungry 24/7 and I refused to take it, as I'd gained 40 lbs in my adventures with antidepressants/mood stabalizers and the like. Zyprexa actually didn't cause weight gain, like it is notirious for, but I'd just joined weight watchers. This in combo with the wellbutrin (which I've taken the longest and has helped the most, at least with another med to augment it) I was doing great for some time. Than, alas it pooped out. Neurontin helped too, but made me gain weight, at least 25 of the 40lbs I'd gained. Tried buspar for anxiety, no effect. Was on prn xanax which helped, I was always judicious in its use, one bottle lasted 3 months, UNTIL I had a crisis and finished the bottle up with a chaser of alcohol and was hauled into the ED and hospilaized for 3+ weeks.......was on a med for ADD once, gosh, can't remember the name, starts with a C, not one of the newer ones, it'll come to me. I take trazadone for sleep, which helps, but gives ya vivid dreams along the way. EVERY med I've taken has made me a little constipated, or a lot. Opposite of how I ever used to be. I started taking Topamax, which they've recently started to use as a mood stabalizer with good results, which unlike depakote et al, not only does not cause weight gain, but can actually cause weight loss. So now I take a total of 450mg Wellbutrin XR each day, along with 200mg Topamax, which was recently increqased due to me having an exacerbation in my depression, and Trazadone to sleep. Plus some other stuff for IBS. So there's my list. Ugh. Tires me just to think about it. I never want to switch again, but some time, it will. Oh, and my husband takes Effexor (used to take zoloft which pooped out after 3-4 years), which has been working great. He's always sweated a lot, but recently had been sweating waaaay more than normal. His doc is r/o infection, and if negative will take him off his effexor.
    Basically, these meds react differently with everyone. Some help one person and not another. Some cause a certain side effect in one person and not another. The trick is, we all know that exercise can benefit, but if you are in a severe state of depression, you often can barely get out of bed-shower-eat, let alone take a walk. If the meds can help you do those things, then you can do what ever else needs to be done to help yourself. I tell my son the same thing about ADD....that the pills don't make him smarter, or better....that they just make it easier for him to think straight so he can let his smarts shine through.
  5. by   Dave ARNP
    Originally posted by inSANE
    My son's father takes Paxil, I guess to keep from killing others, and the sexual side effects sucked. (HOFH...hard on from hell) Ya could have beat it up against the bedpost before anything would have happened. "Honey, if ya smell smoke, it's because you have caused a small pube fire from friction..." Sorry, probly a TMI but the sexual side effects are the worst...I think.
    A friend of mine takes Effexor and has lost 30lbs. She says it is the only thing keeping her family alive today. Just a thought on that med.
    So should I give Paxil in place of Viagra, and Effexor in place of Adipex?

    Just looking for input on my prescribing pattern

    David Adams, ARNP
    -ACNP, FNP
  6. by   Trixie01
    I have tried alot of the SSRI's too and my main complaint is the same one - they make me feel strange and drowsy. I know that sounds dumb - but its true. I recently tried Wellbutrin, but it made me yawn all day and I felt tired. I hated the side effects so I stopped imm. plus going to work like that scared me. I may have tried taking it at night - but some of these willkeep you up as well.
    Its very frustrating, as I have dealt with depression for quite some time. But some of mine is due to external circumstances.
    Maybe someday, I will try them again. Good luck.

    Ps- they say if you can handle the s/e long enough they will prob. go away. 3-4 weeks? If you can handle it. I couldn't.
  7. by   LauraLou
    I have taken Wellbutrin for over ten years. It is the only antidepressant that has worked for me. It can cause insomnia, especially the first month or two, so take it early in the day, not at night.

    I don't remember any weight loss but I have been on it so long, if I lost any weight at first, I may have forgotten.

    This is one of the few antidepressants that doesn't kill your sex drive. A definite plus when you are taking it long term.
  8. by   teeituptom
    Why not just pass it out like candy or appetizers at a party nowadays. Seems to be the general attitude. Then you watch all those commercials on the idiot box called TV.Are you unhappy. is life getting you down, do you need a pick me up, then go and take drugs and you wont have to deal with it anymore. Just take it like you take your vitamins.
    Next thing you know they will be handing out Paxil, and Prozac, and welbutrin, ativan, xanax and others instead of treats when your kids go trick or treating.
    My Oh My

    I get by with a little help
    from my friends
  9. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by teeituptom
    Why not just pass it out like candy or appetizers at a party nowadays. Seems to be the general attitude. Then you watch all those commercials on the idiot box called TV.Are you unhappy. is life getting you down, do you need a pick me up, then go and take drugs and you wont have to deal with it anymore. Just take it like you take your vitamins.
    Next thing you know they will be handing out Paxil, and Prozac, and welbutrin, ativan, xanax and others instead of treats when your kids go trick or treating.
    My Oh My

    I get by with a little help
    from my friends
    COME ON ,TOM! I can NOT believe that in all of your time on this board you still have not learned about depression....I can not believe that an educated medical professional would have such an attitude in this day and age...GO back and read the other threads regarding depression.....It has all been said-over and over again....A reminder-my meds don't get me "high" or "make me happy" but they enable me to get my self out of bed in the morning and go about the business of living....Life is not"getting me down" -as a matter of fact we are quite comfortable financially-our marriage is solid-our child and extended family members are healthy(thankfully) and I get to go to work every day and actually do something I enjoy (most days) DEPRESSION IS A CHEMICAL IMBALANCE IN THE BRAIN....It is not having a blue day once in a awhile-because the store sold out of the shoes you really wanted.... why do I feel like I am beating my head against a very hard surface?
  10. by   kayelle
    I was on wellbutrin. I didn't lose weight and it didn't really "help" me. In fact I was on Prozac (gave me the worst heart burn), Celexa, and Paxil (made me gain weight).
    You know what finally worked for me? Exercise!
    I know that sounds crazy, but give it a try.
    Studies have shown that exercise has some of the same therapeutic effects as antidepressants. Plus there's no bad side effects and you DO lose weight with exercise (60 lbs for me).
    But what works for one person may not work for another, ya know?
    Either way I wish you luck!
    Kayelle
  11. by   LauraLou
    Originally posted by teeituptom
    Why not just pass it out like candy or appetizers at a party nowadays. Seems to be the general attitude. Then you watch all those commercials on the idiot box called TV.Are you unhappy. is life getting you down, do you need a pick me up, then go and take drugs and you wont have to deal with it anymore. Just take it like you take your vitamins.
    With all due respect, it is obvious you have never had a major depressive episode. I have had several, which is why I take an antidepressant every day.

    Imagine feeling completely isolated from the rest of the world, as if there was a long dark tunnel between you and everyone else. Imagine feeling so miserable and unhappy that you wish you had never been born. Imagine a life with no joy, no happiness, just pain, loneliness and despair. That is depression.

    People who have never experienced true major depression can never understand. They say things like "just look on the bright side" or "you could snap out of this if you wanted to".

    My depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain and runs in my family. My grandmother, two cousins and an aunt all suffer from it. It is a debilitating illness, just as valid as any "physical" illness.

    Thank God I was finally able to get help and find an antidepressant that works me. Without it, I wouldn't be here today. So while I respect your right to your opinion, I think you are passing judgment on something you truly do not understand.
  12. by   dreamon
    Personally, I think that negative post about substituting drugs for candy at parties should just be ignored.
  13. by   lisaloulou
    Type I diabetics have 2 choices- take a "drug" every day or die.
    People with depression face much the same choices. What would your choice be Tom?
    I heartily agree that vigorous marketing to the general public by drug companies can be a not so good thing. I love the Procrit billboards.....feeling tired? Ask your doctor about Procrit- HA! But if you have a drug to sell and the patent is expired....come up with a different dose and color and sell it under a different name (ie:wellbutrin) backed by your own research study showing it's effective for another indication.
    Depression is a real disease that causes disability and untimely deaths. There are effective medications available. I don't see the problem with choosing to take the meds.

    Anyyyyyway, I have depression and take Effexor for it, which is moderately effective. All your posts have encouraged me to follow-up regarding some side effects. Thanks for the inspiration to get off my can and do something positive for myself

    Those who have been untouched by any disease and dont have to take any medications- thank your lucky stars and genes.

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