Anti-depressants anyone? - page 8
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
Sep 18, '03Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 406; Likes: 60I wanted to add my 2 cents here.
Depression runs deep in my mother's side of the family. My grandmother, mother, uncle, sister and myself have all suffered from various forms of depression.
Unfortunately for my grandmother, they didn't have anti depressants in her day. They just considered her a very "nervous" person. She would not leave her home for days on end until the "spell" passed.
My mother had untreated depression that spiraled into phychotic depression. Before she passed on, she spent 2 years in and out of mental wards .
My uncle has tried almost every kind of anti depressants out there and he can't seem to find the right one. He suffers so much that he hasn't worked in almost 15 years.
My sister STILL suffers depressive episodes and she has been on different anti depressants herself. Right now she takes Lexapro.
I am currently taking Wellbutrin 400 mg with 40 mg of Celexa. This is the first time in a looooooong time that I have felt balanced and even happy. I am so grateful that I have found the right combination.
Sep 18, '03Occupation: student Joined: Mar '03; Posts: 48I have tried effexor (gave me horrible orthostatics) and wellbutrin in the past. I am currently back on wellbutrin and the side effects have been minimal. when I was just taking the starting dose of 150 mg, I had a constant headache, but it resolved when I started 2x/day. No insomnia, but I do notice a little trouble relaxing when I first lay down. Also, I will wake in the middle of the night and seem to be wide awake, but I fall back asleep fairly quickly (weird). I can already see a change in my outlook and the way I am reacting, especially towards my ever-challenging 5-year-old (although, I still have no patience for my damned misbehavin dog :0). No sexual or weight effects so far... On a side note, I put off antidepressants for many years because I just don't like drugs in general (mom was an addict). I am so glad I have decided to take them though, because I have been pretty miserable for years. Not suicidal or anything like that, just blah and NOT HAPPY. I really have not enjoyed alot of things for a long time. What kind of life is that to live? Both parents had or have depression (mom passed away), so I definatly have a genetic tendency. Recognizing my own depression has definatly given me the capacity to empathise (sp?) with those who suffer from much worse mental disturbance than I do... Maybe I should go into phsyc? (or not :0)
Sep 20, '03Occupation: LTC Joined: Feb '02; Posts: 29; Likes: 8Wellbutrin causd MAJOR insomnia for me.
Anyone know much about Neurontin? It seems to be prescribed for everything! My doc wants me to take it as a mood stabilizer. M family doc wants me t tak it for fibromyalgia. My daughter had a head injury and it prevents involuntary muscle spasms for her. Every stroke pt gets it, I've seen it used w/ MS, migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and various other assorted conditions. Is it being over-prescribed? The only benefit I've acturally seen is the 'tics' my daughter had. Wht does it actually do?
Any other tips for insomnia. I fall asleep easily, but am awake and up by 4-5 am (I work 3-11.) Ambien gives me exactly 4 hrs sleep--no more. Trazadone makes me groggy in am, Benadry does the same. Melitonin doesn't keep me sleeping, past 4am. Soma doesn't help. Maybe Neurontin could fix this, too.
Sep 25, '03Occupation: RN, ICU Joined: Nov '00; Posts: 154; Likes: 102Right - definitely doing the familial depression thing at our house, and two of my kids and I are doing the med dance with varying degrees of success. One thing very much worth mentioning is the Omega-3 fish oil thing. This honestly really does seem to work for my son and me, although my daughter won't take them, claiming they give her fish burps. There's actually some pretty good science on this, and one of the big investigators (from Harvard - hoo-wah!) went commercial, putting out a product of his own. After serial investigation and lots of burps, I've settled on Natrol as my brand - it's easy to find on the shelf, nice purple top. Weird, but it actually works. Very surprised. Gives you the craps wicked (I'm in Boston), and have to take imodium once or twice a week, but it's better than feeling like death. Oh yeah, and I take all that other **** too: a tricyclic, couple others...
I'm so sad since they proved that marxism doesn't work. Does this mean that the revolution is off? Guess I'll have to stick to Scientific American then.
Sep 25, '03Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience in ICU, psych, corrections ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 1,163; Likes: 464I used to take Zoloft, but couldn't stand the yawning (when I would yawn, I would feel as though I was going to vomit..not a pleasant feeling!) and the sexual side effects sucked. I also gained a lot of weight on it. So then I switched to Paxil....no yawning, but the sexual side effects were even worse!! So I went off anti-depressants for a few years. Recently, I got married to a great man who has 2 kids from previous marriage (and unfortunately, a psycho ex wife I have to deal with). I was having problems dealing with the children's mother (they live with us and I have to deal with all the hatred and resentment from this woman constantly because of the custody arrangement...like it's MY fault!). So I ask my gyno what to do about the anxiety I had when I knew it was time to face her (every other weekend and a few occasions here and there). Plus, I knew I would be starting nursing school and wasn't looking foward to dealing with all this while trying to keep smiling. He ended up prescribing fluoxetine (Prozac) 10mg per day prn. I was VERY reluctant to take this med as there seems to be a stigma attached to Prozac. But he said it's becoming quite common to prescribe for things like PMS, PMDD, and a myriad of other situations and disorders. So I went ahead and filled my Rx. I don't have many S/E from it, except the damn yawning!!! I yawn constantly, throughout the day. It's very annoying and I'm sure everyone thinks I don't ever sleep. I also think it was contributing to my sleepiness. I would take in the AM and by early evening, I was ready to conk out (this coming from a night owl who can't ever get tired before midnight). I have not taken it for the last week or so and the yawning is gone and so is the sleepiness. But the stress has returned and ex wife is worse than ever....and school is getting tougher! LOL So I think I may try again and just take it at night before heading off to bed. I do think that anti-depressants seem to be over prescribed in today's society, but what the hell....everything else is all screwed up too! LOL I mean look at all the children physician's are diagnosing as ADHD! The majority of them are just being normal kids....yes, there is a small portion of the population that needs the drugs, but for the most part, parents don't want to deal with the hyperness and expect physicians to prescribe something. Actually, a lot of adults are like that too....."Okay, Doc, give me a pill to make it all better". I HATE the idea that I have to take anti-depressants...but I have tried just about everything else before taking the AD route. Nothing else worked and I wasn't able to function 100%. So I take the damn pills.
Sep 27, '03Occupation: ER RN Specialty: ER,ICU,L&D,OR,ETC ; Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 566Do you hear what you are saying
Sep 27, '03Occupation: L.P.N. in LTC Specialty: med surg,homecare,hospice ; Joined: Aug '00; Posts: 4,682; Likes: 4,824Originally posted by teeituptom
Do you hear what you are saying
Sep 27, '03Occupation: ER RN Specialty: ER,ICU,L&D,OR,ETC ; Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 566Sorry, I dont buy it. Drugs are just an easy answer. Just ask any ER nurse what they think of doctors prescribing antidepressants to just anyone who wants them. WE get them all in the ER sooner or later. Medication reactions, overdoses, suicide attempts, etc. And they are all on drugs. Obviously not the answer.
Sep 27, '03Joined: Nov '00; Posts: 918; Likes: 1,563I have been on effexor xr for a couple of years now. I call it my exhusband pill. I am only on 37.5 mg 1 po qd. I tried to take 75 mgs. as per the starter pack, but every time I sat still I would fall asleep. So I went back down to 37.5. It works well for me, and one of the side effects when you first start it is nausea in the morning. I know this sounds silly, but it helped me loose weight and by the time it went away I had shrunk my appetite and my stomach.:roll
Sep 27, '03Occupation: ER RN Specialty: ER,ICU,L&D,OR,ETC ; Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 566So are you trying to say your exhusband is a chemical imbalance. Sounds like more of a external stressor to me.
Sep 27, '03Occupation: RN Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 415; Likes: 1I have been on Zoloft for 3.5 yrs. Was prescribed for anxiety after death of my sister. So I say to my psych, " I'm thinking of going off the drug because my anxiety is better, and I am not depressed. He says, "you feel ok now?". I say yes, and he says "than why would you want to stop taking it?" My primary says, "don't go off it, or everything you felt before will come back". I continue to take it, but am now seriously considering weaning off it. If I don't feel OK I can always go back on...couldn't I? I just don't know. Any others out there who decided they didn't need it anymore, and had good results?.
Sep 27, '03Joined: Aug '01; Posts: 228; Likes: 6i know the arguments for the chemical imbalance of depression and i believe them to a certain extent. my question is: how do you know it is a chemical imbalance vs. environmental. i am going to use me as an example. the last place i lived was real depressing. i was isolated from people, taking care of children, very little money etc. i was clinically depressed. i could recognize it immediately. however, everyone kept saying i should take a pill. i resisted and tried everything else: behavior mod., diet, alternative activities etc. i kept telling everyone that it was not a chemical imbalance but rather lack of coping skills when dealing with my environment and general problems. well lo and behold i moved into a better situation and my depression vanished. maybe i was right, it was a situational depression and not a chemical imbalance. people should be careful when resorting to drug therapy. make sure you have tried everything else first.
Sep 28, '03Occupation: ER RN Specialty: ER,ICU,L&D,OR,ETC ; Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 566I agree with you Tonchito RN. I hope everything continure to get better for you.