How many nurses take antidepressants or antianxiety medication? - page 6

I was wondering and it seems to be quite prominent. Nurses seem to have to take medication alot. Mine started in nursing school. Of course I was a single mom of two, going to nursing school, building... Read More

  1. by   Attheana
    Well its been awhile since I posted. I went off the antidepressant and now take my xanax prn very rarely and more so to sleep. Im not sure it was a good move. I loved the prozac... Has anyone heard about the Prozac extended release and how well that works. Does it have the same drop off effect as the original prozac?
  2. by   tinderbox
    I'm on Celexa. Have been on antidepressants for about 5 years now and Celexa for most of those years. I've tried Effexor and Remeron, but Celexa works best for me. I, with the help of my psych NP, tried to wean myself off of Celexa this past May, but I just started retaking it last night. The past couple months, I started feeling really negative, sad, tearful, and antisocial. I didn't want to admit to myself but I was starting to slip back down into that "dark place". UGH. I just started feeling worse and worse. So last night I took myself back on it. Thank goodness I still have my 3-month supply of Celexa in my cupboard!
    The only thing that I've noticed since going back on it is a little nausea.
  3. by   LindaMarie76
    I wonder if anyone else is reading these posts anymore but I thought I was try and see.

    I flipped theough the posts and found my mine from January 2002. Back then I raved about Zoloft and I suppose over the past couple of years lost my way from Zoloft, had reoccurences, and ended up on Lexapro. I have been the proud queen of Lexapro up until a month ago when I started getting more frequent anxiety attacks with the infrequent panic attack (which is still the worse thing a person can go through IMHO).

    I tried to titrate up the Lexapro but the only thing I accomplished was a higher heart rate and more difficulty sleeping.

    I think that if the Zoloft worked so well for me in the past, perhaps I should revisit it.

    Quite honestly, today has been one of those really bad days where I have been anxious the ENTIRE fricken day. I keep looking at the clock hoping to that bedtime will arrive soon.

    XOXOXOXOXO
  4. by   jetscreamer101
    I take Ludiamil, Geodon, Xanax at present. Have been on many over the years.
  5. by   BROOK9960
    I have been on anti-depressants since 2003. I am 34 (almost 35) and I am currently on Prozac. I was a foster child that went through 7 foster homes, was adopted at 13 and my adopted dad passed away when I was 18 and my adopted mom and grandma were killed in a car wreck when I was 24 and I have watched one of my sisters die and my brother-in-law die(who I was very close to)...I pulled all of that inward and managed to go on...then the job I was working at, my supervisor raped me and I guess that was the straw that broke the camels back......I have been on antidepressants ever since. I believe that those medications have saved me from suicide or other serious problems. I don't feel like a nut case because I have to take them, I feel like I was strong enough to go for help when I needed it instead of being too weak to ask for help. So, those of you that are on them, don't ever be ashamed of it, and those who want to judge because people have to use them, those are the ones who were and are probably too weak to ask for help or they are too proud and think they don't need it.
  6. by   NurseCard
    I have been on Paxil, Paxil CR, Lexapro, and Zoloft. The Paxil worked the best for me, but I got off of it after two years because of some of the side effects; I was also finished with nursing school and didn't think I would need it anymore. I kinda wish that I would have never gone off of it because it was the one antidepressant that REALLY worked well for me; however it made me very UN- emotional and I didn't like that. Since then I've been on Paxil CR, which strangely didn't work NEARLY as well as the regular Paxil. Also Lexapro, which did nothing for me but I don't think I gave it enough of a chance.. and Zoloft, which I thought was working at first but later on I decided it really wasn't doing anything and I quit taking it.

    So, right now I'm not on anything, and actually doing fairly well. However there are days when I don't feel so great, and days when I just feel TERRIBLE, mood wise, and I really wish that I could find something that will work for me. My husband takes Wellbutrin and it has worked wonders for him, and I've often thought that I might like to try it.
  7. by   RNOTODAY
    I have been on and off ssri's for about 8 years. I maxed out on Prozac a few weeks ago, and when very frequent panic attacks and depression was causing me to not go to work, my doc put me on Effexor, and a small dose of Risperdal, temporarily. Its been about 3 weeks, and I am back to work, but I am prone to "relapses". so for now I am just taking it day by day. Oh and I have had been on xanax with the prozac, prn. I dont find it works for me anymore, but it sure gives me a very good sleep when I need it!!! Im hoping the Effexor will do the long term trick for me. Anybody have good/bad experiences with Effexor?
  8. by   purpledolfin214
    I have been taking Effexor for almost 2 years. I just finished my first nursing semster. I struggled in school and wonder if my meds could be one of many factors. Does anyone know if antidepressants can lead to test taking difficulties?
  9. by   NurseCard
    Just be very careful if you ever decide to go off of Effexor!!! A close family member was on it for a year and when she was weaning off of it... oh wow. Her behavior was indescribeable. I daresay she was psychotic. She supposedly weaned off of it properly, even. I mean, she did it the way her doctor instructed her to. She probably could have used some sort of backup drug to make her feel better while weaning off the Effexor. I have heard of other people having a hard time getting off of it as well.

    Paxil is notoriously a bad one to wean off of too, but I actually didn't have too hard of a time when I finally came off of it for the last time.
  10. by   RNOTODAY
    Quote from RealNurseWitch
    Just be very careful if you ever decide to go off of Effexor!!! A close family member was on it for a year and when she was weaning off of it... oh wow. Her behavior was indescribeable. I daresay she was psychotic. She supposedly weaned off of it properly, even. I mean, she did it the way her doctor instructed her to. She probably could have used some sort of backup drug to make her feel better while weaning off the Effexor. I have heard of other people having a hard time getting off of it as well.

    Paxil is notoriously a bad one to wean off of too, but I actually didn't have too hard of a time when I finally came off of it for the last time.
    Thanks . Right now, I am just waiting for it to work, not even thinking about weaning off..........it never really occurred to me, I suppose I will be on them for the rest of my life....
  11. by   clemmm78
    Celexa every day and Xanax PRN. However, since I began Celexa in November, I've rarely had to resort to Xanax for panic.

    Saved my life. My brother committed suicide in February of 2005, at the age of 35. We weren't blood related*, as he was adopted, but it was a real wake up call for me as I had been fighting depression and anxiety for many years due to an extremely abusive childhood and a genetic disposition to mental illness. After JP died and I finally coped with it, I realized that this time I would try antidepressants and give them a fair trial, not a "well, let's see if this works" deal. I did try, it did work, and I"m alive to be a parent to my three teens.

    *I mention this because of the biology of depression and how it can run in families.
  12. by   clemmm78
    Quote from FZ1Tom
    I saw this thread yesterday afternoon, but work was looming and I decided I'd chew on it for a while before posting my (long winded) thoughts.


    I'd think long and hard before going on an antianxiety/antidepressant med, and Lord only knows I got enough reason to be stressed out....broke, shoulda filed bankruptcy, crappy employers, mood swings, hordes of little problems, my current medical issues (diabetes/hypertension, prostate problems and side effects thereof), on and on.
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    To me, I think 'getting a life', so to speak is the single most important factor in dealing with depression/anixety issues. I used to ride a motorcycle, intend to get another one if its the last thing I do, and was undeniably a much happier and more self-satisfied person while I had the bike......sure I had problems just like everyone else, but I also had a constructive outlet.

    Bottom line is, while I think meds are useful and a necessary component of dealing with depression/anxiety/stress issues, it would be unwise to think of them as a end-all, be-all solution too!

    Just my .02, tho........

    Tom
    If you can cope with depression with doing things, and if depression is being caused by outside influences, then it is not a chemical imbalance but a psychological reaction to outside stimuli. If the depression is a true chemical imbalance, you can exercise all y ou want, get as involved in as many things as you want, and the depression won't lift - in fact, it could and often does just get worse. Why? Because you start to beat yourself up precisely because you don't feel better.

    No, meds are not the end all be all of depression treatment, but one has to understand the type of depression before saying that one option may be better than another.
  13. by   clemmm78
    Quote from happthearts
    I know for a fact Prozac was the drug Most nurses took when I worked in mental health 3 years ago or so .Takeing meds to deal in Utah is a way of life here.
    I personally just deal with my problems . Somedays better than others
    That's quite judgemental. It's great that you can deal with your problems. I can deal with my problems too. Very well for the most part. Often better than many "healthy" people I know. However, my brain can't deal with the chemical imbalance tht causes depression even when there are NO problems.

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