Anti-depressants anyone? - page 2

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   hphillips
    I have tried a few of them and Prozac is the only one that doesn't seem to give me side effects, however I have been suffering for awhile w/ heartburn,bloat,gas,indigestion, etc. and am wondering if that might be the cause. My Dr. says that if it was the Prozac I would have had these problems when I first started the med. and that it is not a typical side effect of the med. Has anyone else experience these types of problems w/ Prozac??? Thanks, Heather
  2. by   santhony44
    I tried Prozac; it squashed my libido. I've taken Zoloft without any side effects, and Wellbutrin with no side effects. Both work to some extent. Now I'm taking both together- a combination called "Welloft!" It does seem to work better than either one separately. I'm not a smoker, so I can't say how it works for that. As for the weight loss, it doesn't seem to have any particular effect there either. Darn.

    My husband was on Effexor before it came out in sustained relief form. It had a couple of side effects he just couldn't live with, and then it was very nasty to get off of.
  3. by   nurseratchett29
    Remeron worked really well for me. I was in the clinical trial a few years ago and it really turned my life around. I went from not being able to get out of bed to taking a position with supervisory and project responsibilities within a year. The only thing I absolutely hated was the
  4. by   nurseratchett29
    Sorry about that, hit the wrong button. The weight gain was horrendous for me. I went up to 178 pounds on it. That was a 30 pound weight gain in one year. I was able to take it right off but it was troublesome at the time.
  5. by   austin heart
    i took paxil for 6 months, and all it did was allow me to gain 35lbs!
    i am now trying life without the help for the 1st time in 5years. doing well!!!
  6. by   kids
    Originally posted by nurseratchett29
    Sorry about that, hit the wrong button. The weight gain was horrendous for me. I went up to 178 pounds on it. That was a 30 pound weight gain in one year. I was able to take it right off but it was troublesome at the time.

    Have seen it prescribed for little old ladies (and men) who were 'failing to thrive'...because of its appetite increasing effects.
  7. by   kids
    I have been on antidepressants for chronic pain for most of the last 10 years.

    I took Zoloft and it wiped out my sex drive, not a good thing for a newly wed.

    I may have gained weight with Paxil...I was working nights so I am not sure.

    Elavil is and has been my favorite but it took me 1 1/2 years to work from 10 mg/day to 150 mg/day.

    I am a patient at a pain mgmt clinic and they put me on Effexor...I take 225mg of the XL daily...I might have lost weight...not sure as I quit working nights...and constipation is a very real s/e.
  8. by   fiestynurse
    EricaCCRN - I have also heard that exercise and a low carb diet has helped many people with depression. I also have seen good results from Effexor ("Prozac with a kick")
  9. by   debralynn
    Yes this is Debbielynn! Had to change everything, site wouldn't recognize my new email address. Well I have had two doses of my Wellb. Took it yesterday morning about 6am. Stayed up until 5:20am this morning! This might be handy for studying for LPN School. As for as the hallucinations......I dreamed I lived in Mayberry RFD with Andy Griffin. I dont know, was this maybe a nightmare? Anyway, seem not to be so hungry, and seem to already have more energy! I even opened my blinds today and let in some sunshine!!!!
  10. by   live4today
    I take Celexa, and it works great for me. No side effects that I can tell. For a brief period of time before settling on the Celexa, I was given Paxil and Zoloft (at different times of course). The Paxil and Zoloft both bothered me and gave me side effects, so won't try those two anymore. I'll possibly be weaned from the Celexa soon as I've been on it almost two years (this coming September).
  11. by   mario_ragucci
    Originally posted by austin heart
    i am now trying life without the help for the 1st time in 5years. doing well!!!
    Excelent Austin ! You know I'm smiling. You really can't always get wha you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.

    And, some people can tell right away when you or on those meds, just like you can tell if a person is drunk, or stoned, or otherwize whatever. People think I am on drugs and I'm not. Don't SWEAT it :-) :kiss
    Last edit by mario_ragucci on Jul 28, '02
  12. by   debralynn
    Yes this is Debbielynn again with a new name! I can't imagine right now not taking my anti's. The last time my depression got bad, it was really bad. Had some really scary thoughts. I am scared to get off them. Anyway, I still have some things in the future I have to cope with about my handicapped son(sending him to a group home, etc.) And I don't look forward to that. I think most people are glad I am on my anti's. I know my daughter is!!!!!lol
  13. by   nakitamoon
    Started paxil,,,, little over year ago!,,,, Think it saved my life,,,,,,,
    where it was premenopausal,, stress from working ,,baggage left over from marriage to satan,,, All of the things combined?? Was depressed, overwieght,,,,,, had gotten to point heart would palpate,,,,, couldn't drive in heavy traffic and b/p would ^ everyday at work,,,, Took all I had no to slap someone,,, would look at the "person of the day,,,,,lol who had pissed me off" would see red aura around them and I'd start to shake,,,,,,

    Took paxil,,,,, HAPPY WOMAN here lol,,,, As I was titrating up on dosage,,,, would feel little loaded,,,, nothing bothered me,,,, handled problems one at time as I was faced with them,,,,, didn't try to finish the mountain of paperwork on desk that is never completed anyway. Did have to have co-workers & hubby tell me if I'd forgotten something,,, as I would start many projects everywhere!!!!!,,,,, and physical side effects,,,, Lost weight,,,, (one of the things I would do when I was stressed was eat,,,, so) that was great side effect!!!! The other was inablilty to orgasm,,,, loved sex,,,, wanted it,,,,,alot,,,, just couldn't get over,,,,,, the edge!!!! Well,,, now year later,,,,,, total weight loss 54lbs,,,,, can have orgasm!,,,thank god,,,,, and b/p at work > 120/70,,,,,,, On a bad day,,,, Had to work with adjusting dose,,,,, OH,, and now drive every six weeks ten hours to see my sister and new niece,,,,,,, Paxil is good,,,,, lol for me,,,,,,,,

    One nurse I work with went to her pcp,,,,, he told her no re: paxil,,, said would make her gain wieght,,,,,, she is on effexor,,,, says it's working well,,,,,
    Another is on Prozac,,,,, with good results,,,,,,
    Have nurse and cna,,,,,that take zoloft,,,,, With longer history of taking it than anyone else,,,, find they mess with their doses,,,, and c/o diarrehea,,,,, when taking it!!!

    Never tried any other Paxil is working for me right now,,,,, & I'm staying on it,,,,,,,, @ least till I retire,,,,,,, lol,,,, be on it forever,,,, don't think I'll be able to retire,,,,, ~Moon