Anyone here on Lexapro?
|by Anonymous||reply 106||09/22/2013|
Have been in the past.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/19/2013|
That's the one that is awful to try to come off of when you've been on it for a while. It takes months for the side effects to go away, I've read things on message boards about how horrifying it is supposed to be. Just Google 'Lexapro' and 'withdrawal' and see what you get.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/19/2013|
I just ate a handful
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/19/2013|
Coming down from Lexapro was nowhere near as bad as coming down from Celexa!
That said, Lexapro worked great for addressing my depression, but I had a hard time getting/sustaining erections. Now I'm on Wellbutrin (and horny all the time).
|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/19/2013|
Here we go with yet another thread on Lexapro. I am absolutely sure these threads are started by hired trolls working for big Pharma.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/19/2013|
I was several years ago. I had a couple side-effects that drove me off of it.
First, there were the normal things you get with anti-depressant. You lose whatever it is that makes you you. And you lose interest in sex (which for those of us with depression is business-as-usual, anyway).
I had a couple unique side-effects. First, I would bite my tongue when sleeping. Not just bite, but chomp on. I will always have crevices in my tongue as a result.
The other side-effect was that I could sleep all day. I'd awaken at whatever time and easily come up with an excuse to go back to sleep. Luckily, or unfortunately, my job allowed unlimited telecommuting. So I managed to fake actually working. But weekends were particularly bad because, who the heck wants to waste a day off by sleeping?
During one of my occasional waking hours, I decided to stop Lexapro.
As far as I know, my experience was unusual. I wouldn't discourage you, OP. I just keep wondering if anyone had similar experiences to mine.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/19/2013|
Lexepro is a placebo and a dangerous one at that. It's now in YOUR water supply - along with birth control hormones. You are taking it whether you want to or not.
The big drug companies make $100 billion - yes, 100 billion globally - on anti-depressants that have no effect on depression.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/19/2013|
I'm on Paxil now. What are your symptoms OP?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/19/2013|
If you have mild to moderate depression Lexapro will do you no good at all. This has been scientifically proven. The only effect will be the placebo effect mentioned in an earlier posting. Visiting a witch doctor will probably work better.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/19/2013|
The problem is that antidepressants don’t work any better than placebo. They’re useless and dangerous. Citalopram can cause heart attacks! Plus, antidepressants can lead to suicide attempts. They blunt emotions and keep people from being in touch with their feelings. Watch the number of suicides jump if they start giving antidepressants to everyone. But hey, who cares as long as the drug companies want to do this! Their billions of dollars in profits are much more important than the lives of human beings.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/19/2013|
Ok, what do you experts recommend for depressed folks then?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/19/2013|
SSRIs are no better than placebos for reducing depression, and much worse than exercise. But let’s add some data. Healy shows that the placebo suicides are really withdrawal suicides. Thus the popular SSRI anti-depressant are 3 to 10 times more likely to trigger suicide. These drugs are extraordinarily dangerous. Add to this 50% impotence in males. In addition 20% will develop mania and be re-diagnosed as “bipolar.” Soon they’ll be on a cocktail of drugs, which will lead to premature death preceded by diabetes and tardive dyskinesia. Don’t forget these drugs are Jekyll and Hyde drugs so with these numbers on SSRIs there are sure to be a many more gruesome murders. If there are any settlement it will be done quietly out of court so the public will never find out about it.
None of this will lead the public to blame the drug companies since as Mencken said “no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” It’s hard to predict what will happen beyond this because the advertizing writers are so resourceful, and the psychiatrists are so eager to help that short of a major and imaginative effort on the part of anti-psychiatry forces to outwit the drug companies there will not be any movement toward reducing the consumption of drugs.More likely they’ll come up with a new miracle drug that supposedly has less adverse side effects.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||09/19/2013|
Ok, I'll-informed troll at r7, r9 and r10, be gone.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||09/19/2013|
R11 - I know it sounds crazy, but exercise works better. You have no idea how the foods and additives in the food supply can effect mood.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/19/2013|
You can't drive people away because you want to ignore the science.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/19/2013|
Here's the thing. Some people are not going to eat right and exercise, for whatever reason. So doctors saying that's their best option is useless. If the drugs are useless too, that's fine, say it. But exercise and diet is not the answer for everyone. So we need to find drugs or some other answer for them, so what is it?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/19/2013|
r12 you left out the fact that the FDA is owned by the drug companies. And congress is owned by lobbyists. So there is little check on the big pharma juggernaut.
Caveat emptor. Ask a ton of questions if you get a prescription. Don't accept the marketing hype.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/19/2013|
It depends, if you are severely depressed that is another thing altogether. If it's mild to moderate one should always follow the healthy, holistic path before dumping chemicals into your body. The 50% impotence in males should stop most of you guys.
Diet and exercise are really, really important. Cut our sugar and walk twice a day for only 15-20 minutes and you will probably see a huge improvement in your attitude.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/19/2013|
I am R18 and I am following this myself. I didn't believe it - diet and exercise - would work. I am two months into it now, wow, what a difference.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/19/2013|
Grounding oneself is the act of walking or standing barefoot on grass or dirt. It is absolutely fantastic for relieving depression.
It's so simple, free, and yet so effective.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/19/2013|
Ok.. hypothetically, if someone is mild to moderately depressed, ongoing - not situational, and say, has a stressful job with no time to eat right or exercise... what should they do?
Not FDA conspiracy... not they should quit their job to eat right and exercise... what... should... they... do?
A stronger medication? Practical advice only.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/19/2013|
Let's try this again. I'll try not to facepalm when I read your responses. No hippie shit. No gym rat shit (by the way, a lot of dry drunks think they are healed and happy when they turn themselves into gym and diet nuts when they are actually still all kinds of fucked up mentally). If Lexapro doesn't work, what does? Klonopin?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/19/2013|
You don't need to put toxic things in your body. Even if you did it would not work.
I found out I was type 2 diabetic and almost lost my foot to it. It was horrible. I was depressed and angry.
When I cut out sugar, most of the carbs, changed my diet and started walking it worked for me. I have a hugely stressful job. When I did this stuff it was like a huge dark cloud disappeared from over my head.
On of my friends is trying to get me to cut out caffeine now.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/19/2013|
I don't have time to go to Whole Foods. I barely have time to eat out of a vending machine. I wish there was a pill that I could take one once a day that would meet all my nutritional needs for the day. I don't give a shit about food, and I hate cooking and the associated dishes, etc. afterward.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/19/2013|
R22, you have a point--severely depressed people cannot exercise, change their diets, think positive, etc because their brains are not functioning correctly.
For natural substances, I first recommend lots of coffee. Coffee is a useful antidepressant that also helps one focus.
Saint John's Wort is another that should be tried and remember--tincture only, the pills don't work too well.
Motherwort tincture is great for relieving anxiety, which is often the cause of crippling depression. Use as much as needed.
5HTP may be effective for someone who needs instant relief, although there are more ricks there then with the above mentioned substances.
If these things do not work than yes, I recommend psychiatric drugs. Only because it beats being dead. Hopefully one will use them short term. Of course therapy is in order.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/19/2013|
As a rule I'd NEVER ask a bunch of anonymous people how any drug works, particularly antidepressants. You'll get every naysayer/conspiracy theorist out there chiming in, and further everyone will respond differently to a particular drug.
I'm on Lexapro, 20 mg for depression and anxiety I had as a result of being diagnosed with another illness. Lexapro certainly helps and the only major side effect is a decreased sex drive, but I have no problem getting and maintaining an erection. Yes decreased sex drive sucks but for me, better happy that horny. It hasn't diminished my emotions, and the love I feel for my husband and family has not changed. That's not what this class of drugs will do.
I may taper off of it in a year or so, and at that time I'll work with my medical doctor and psychologist in doing so.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/19/2013|
R24 looks like you have some big problems. Have you tried marihuana?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/19/2013|
R27, if I lived in a state where it were legal... if only.
Better yet, THC in tablet form.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/19/2013|
This thread proves what was posted above “no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.”
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/19/2013|
Klonopin is not an antidepressant. It can actually aggravate or cause major depression.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/19/2013|
At least grass is natural - right?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/19/2013|
Oh Gawd. Lexapro is the least of it. My pill doctor just upped my dosage yesterday after listening to me tell him what a pile of crap my life has turned into lately.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/19/2013|
I need a combo of Adderall XR and also standard release, plus some caffeine tablets.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||09/19/2013|
Does meth cure depression?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||09/19/2013|
Many cannot tolerate pot and become psychotic, especially if used during a depression.
I smoked pot once. I became intensely paranoid and hallucinated. It was awful.
I shared the crap with my buddy who did not have the same reaction, so I know it wasn't tainted or spiked with anything.
Pot works like LSD for many.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||09/19/2013|
I just ground them all under the heals of my manolo blahniks
|by Anonymous||reply 36||09/19/2013|
Meth might really be an option for depression, if you want to go chemical.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||09/19/2013|
I can see why people become pill hoarders. Now that I'm past hard drugs and booze I don't think I could live without my dolls.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||09/19/2013|
I've been on Lexapro for the past 3 years. Taking 20 milligrams at night. I take it for anxiety not for depression. For me I feel that it has been wonderful. As someone did mention it does sometimes affect my sex drive/ performance. But thank goodness my partner is very understanding
|by Anonymous||reply 39||09/19/2013|
A few years back, I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder. My doc prescribed Lexapro. I took it and became lethargic, dimwitted, and gained weight I still haven't been able to shake.
After doing internet research (which my lazy ass should have done beforehand), I found out all that stuff. I got off Lexapro w/out side effects except the fat ass, hips and thighs.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||09/19/2013|
My partner has been on Lexapro for a few years now. The sex stopped completely for us after that. His depression never stopped or improved. About a year ago he started drinking, too, so now he's drunk by 7PM every evening. He says if he didn't take Lexapro he'd be much worse. I don't know what to do. Sometimes I think I must now be more depressed than he is!
|by Anonymous||reply 41||09/19/2013|
I'm R39 and I promise you that r41 is not my partner :-)
|by Anonymous||reply 42||09/19/2013|
LOL - I'm R41 and I agree!
|by Anonymous||reply 43||09/19/2013|
[quote]if someone is mild to moderately depressed, ongoing - not situational, and say, has a stressful job with no time to eat right or exercise... what should they do?
Change your habits so you can eat right and exercise. It's possible for anyone. Stop using a 'stressful job' as an excuse. Your body needs proper nutrition, it also needs exercise. These are medical necessities for human beings.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||09/19/2013|
A guy I work with takes 5-htp for depression, I tried it and my dreams were too vivid so I had to stop.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||09/19/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 46||09/19/2013|
Wow. One freak has written half the replies here to shriek that SSRIs don't work!
He asserts that $100 billion bucks a YEAR are spent on these drugs, but it takes one guy, HIM to tell us all that they don't work.
Don't you think if the didn't work as he says, that those taking it would know without being told?
I actually took Zoloft for years after wasting many years listening to know-nothings like him telling me not to.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||09/19/2013|
Nobody is saying they don't work r47. They do work.
But the science says they don't work any better than placebo.
Placebo works too. When a drug doesn't get better results than placebo in clinical trials, it indicates the chemical is inert. But that's not to say that some people didn't get a real benefit.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||09/19/2013|
There are a bunch of us posting in this thread - it's not just two guys going back and forth. I am one of them and I know of four others that are trying to be voices of reason in here.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||09/19/2013|
Lexapro has made such a difference for me. I've been on 20 mg for about four years now. My anxiety was crippling...now, I feel normal.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||09/19/2013|
The alleged studies that said SSRIs were no more effective than placebos have been debunked. In three quarters of cases, antidepressants have been shown to be more effective.
Even if you weren't selectively chosen your "facts" it is just a stupid thing to say they are not effective.
I took antidepressants when I suffered severe depression. I might have killed myself without them. I would certainly still be lying in bed.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||09/20/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 52||09/20/2013|
R5, then they are idiots. People with bad experiences will be the first to comment.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||09/20/2013|
R7, then it's not a placebo. By definition, placebos are inert and have no physical effects on anyone.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||09/20/2013|
I started having panic attacks a few years ago and the doc put me on lexapro. Took it about a year. Helped the panic attacks some, but gained so much weight, and I could always get an erection but could almost never ejaculate. Getting off of it was hard. Tapered off, but still had the brain zaps.
What finally helped was changing my diet and doing some vitamin supplements, cutting down on drinking, and walking every morning.
I had a few traumatic things happen all at once a few months back, and I haven't been doing so well--gained weight, feeling panicky--but it's because I haven't been taking care of myself like I had. At least now I have learned to cope with the panic and realize it is what it is.
Oh, and they tried me on Wellbutrin, and I hated that shit. After about 6 days, my BF wanted to take me to the mental hospital. I have never been so close to a complete meltdown. It started my ears ringing, and two years after quitting it they are STILL doing it.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||09/20/2013|
you will gain weight--in a year and a half i gained 17 pounds wwith no change to diet or exercise-and then, it takes FOREVER to take it off once youve stopped taking it
also-getting off of it is like getting off of heroin
|by Anonymous||reply 56||09/20/2013|
In thirty years everyone will be going to an endocrinologist for depression and psychiatrists will be unemployed.
All depressives need to have their hormones checked--it is a guarantee that you have an imbalance if you want to kill yourself.
Hormones regulate our brains. Alcohol and drugs fuck up our hormones, as do all of the pollutants in our water and environment.
Get your hormones checked if you are depressed.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||09/20/2013|
My mother died. I wanted to donate her remaining pills but I was told it was illegal to donate, to flush them down the loo, to throw them away, or take them to a doctor or hospital.
Indeed, the only thing that wouldn't get me in trouble was to take them. And I wasn't going to do that so I still have a bottle.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||09/20/2013|
Coming off Lexipro was CRAZY for me. Like an idiot, I didn't taper. I had lost my job, lost my insurance, was broke, and couldn't afford the refill. Wow. Two weeks of insane mania. Brain zaps. Writing manifestos. Shifting all the furniture in my apartment. Calling friends at all hours with theories on life, art, music. And I am definitively NOT bipolar. But damn I acted like it. It was actually sort of fun. I get why bipolar don't want to take their meds. Mania is awesome.
I will never touch an SSRI again, though. Hated being on it.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||09/20/2013|
[quote]The alleged studies that said SSRIs were no more effective than placebos have been debunked. In three quarters of cases, antidepressants have been shown to be more effective.
Link please. There's also a tradeoff with side effects. Does the risk of weight gain and brain zaps outweigh potential benefits? My doc told me how that's now an issue; a lot of people gain weight.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||09/21/2013|
A psych put me on it for panic attacks, depression, anxiety. All my friends objectified me and shut me out during that time, so that was also awesome. Of course the pills did nothing but create some fizzy distraction in my brain.
One day, after being on it about two weeks, brain fizzing away, I had a diarrhea explosion in my pants at a red light. A homeless dude saw my expression and knew exactly what had occurred.
I also projectile vomited whenever I worked out.
I got off it and found natural alternatives. I also got real cold about the kind of people I was going to let be around me for some time. I'm warming up now.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||09/21/2013|
no weight gain for me been on Lexapro as I said earlier for 3 years. love it
|by Anonymous||reply 62||09/21/2013|
Lexapro is no better or worse than any other antidepressant. It might work for you with minimal side effects, or it might not.
And don't listen to these idiots (or is it one idiot?) that are telling people that SSRIs are placebos or to just exercise. That might be true for milder depression, but they are very effective in severe depression.
Try non-drug alternatives first or psychotherapy first. If you're not getting better (or getting worse), then try the pill.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||09/21/2013|
Prozac makes me fat. So now I'm depressed and fat.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||09/21/2013|
Any SSRI will make you fat. Sad but true.
Get an ADHD diagnosis and get on Adderall.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||09/21/2013|
Lexapro is apparently the drug of choice for mild geriatric depression. So if it's prescribed for you, your doctor might think you're old. Isn't THAT depressing?
|by Anonymous||reply 66||09/21/2013|
Lexapro wouldn't help the elderly, I wouldn't think. They need a jolt. They need Adderall too. It really is a wonder drug. Except for that whole chasing the dragon thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||09/21/2013|
Eveeyone is different in terms of side effects. I gained 30 lbs on Paxil, but lost it all when I switched to Zoloft, which causes no side effects and has worked very well for me for years.
Sometimes you have to try different meds to see which one will do the job with minimal side effects. All of the antidepressants are equally effective, but eveyone is unique in how they respond to and tolerate each one.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||09/21/2013|
Regardless of your expectations, R67, everyone I know who is being prescribed something for geriatric depression has been given Lexapro, at least for a while. This includes several people with whose non-psychiatric care I have been involved, and quite a few more who have simply disclosed what they were being given.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||09/21/2013|
When antidepressants came out they were used a temporary stopgap measure. Now we're told you're supposed to take them indefinitely. When did that start?
|by Anonymous||reply 70||09/21/2013|
BIGPHARMA at work!
|by Anonymous||reply 71||09/21/2013|
Not everyone needs to take antidepressants for the rest of their life. However, many people who benefit the most from them have a long history of depression with significant symptoms that impair their functioning. Depression recurs in 50% of people who experience severe episodes.
Many others can get off them after a year or two if their depression is gone and their history is unremarkable. But this is the exception, rather than the rule, because people who are mildly depressed often don't take antidepressants in the first place.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||09/21/2013|
They need to come out with the next generation of antidepression medications. I've been through all the ones out now, none of them really did the trick.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||09/21/2013|
I think everyone should be screened for depression. People who are say they are 'depressed' should be required to take medication whether they want to or not. They should also pay more for their insurance.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||09/21/2013|
That'll cheer them up.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||09/21/2013|
I am tired of hearing spoiled babies complaining about being 'depressed'. Get over it, get a life. Enough. No insurance for it play for it if you want it.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||09/21/2013|
I lost one of my best friend to suicide because he was 'depressed.' Go fuck yourself with a rusty spike, R76.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||09/21/2013|
They're coming out with advanced brain scanning techniques and also genetic testing that will allow doctors to give people the best medication for their particular mental illness. If we live long enough, we'll see some amazing advances in medicine. Unfortunately, because of some folks shortsightedness, these advances are mostly coming out of other countries. Here, scientific funding has been slashed and there's too many bans against things like stem cell research.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||09/21/2013|
I suffer from WED/RLS - Restless Leg Syndrome - and have been successfully treated with regular doses of Ropinirole. I didn't know I had it until I saw the condition described in commercials on TV. My legs and arms seemed to move at times.
My condition has created acute anxiety for me and Lexapro helped me deal with the resulting depression.
What would I do without these medications? Suicide? Who knows. Thank you, Glaxo Smith Kline!
|by Anonymous||reply 79||09/21/2013|
Cannabis is great for depression and RLS. The drug companies don't want to see cannabis legalized because it might cut into their enormous profits. It's weird; nasty man-made lexepro is legal and natural cannibis is illegal.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||09/21/2013|
[quote]But this is the exception, rather than the rule, because people who are mildly depressed often don't take antidepressants in the first place.
You must be joking. Primary care doctors hand them out like aspirin. If you have trouble sleeping or loss of appetite or feeling 'blah' they'll say "Sounds like depression" and give you a pill. This is what happened to me. The pill did nothing for me and was later banned because it caused liver damage (and death) -- Serzone. I started learning more and was shocked to find out what I did about these drugs.
If you're depressed, you deserve effective treatment. Not expensive "test it out and see how it works for you" big pharma meds.
If they can figure out what causes depression and a way to fix it, great. Right now all we have is a heavy advertising and little science.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||09/21/2013|
What about people who deal with depression AND anxiety?
I can't do lots of coffee- it sends me into a cycle.
I am exercising but I still need something for my constant worrying and occasional bouts of panic.
Alternately I am mildly depressed about life in general.
It's been long enough that I feel I need meds but what?
|by Anonymous||reply 82||09/21/2013|
You need a new primary care doctor then. Mine won't touch anything depression related.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||09/21/2013|
For some reason going to the grocery store is a panic attack trigger for me. It sucks.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||09/21/2013|
r82 have you tried cognitive therapy? Recognizing that symptoms can be brought on and exacerbated by what/how you're thinking can be helpful. At least it was for me.
I recommend Claire Weekes' books. Kind of old-school writing, but it was reassuring to know that other people have dealt with this and learned how to sail through it.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||09/21/2013|
I had anxiety and panic attacks that would get so bad that at times I could barely function. But since going on Lexapro seven years ago I've felt so much better. Obviously it's not for everybody but it's helped me to feel normal again.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||09/21/2013|
R81, yes that's true. But how many of those people actually take the drug and tolerate weeks of side effects, all with no follow-up from their doctor who knows little to nothing about treating depression?
Very few. People that really need help will try anything to relieve their suffering and those are the ones that will stick with it. Antidepressants are not Valium or Xanax.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||09/21/2013|
r82 Lexapro is used to treat anxiety as well as depression. It could help you with both issues, so ask a doctor.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||09/21/2013|
[quote]Many cannot tolerate pot and become psychotic, especially if used during a depression.
[quote]I smoked pot once. I became intensely paranoid and hallucinated. It was awful.
You sound like a pussy.
[quote]Pot works like LSD for many.
Again, not true.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||09/21/2013|
R47 is a freeper freak, he is probably a meth head
|by Anonymous||reply 90||09/21/2013|
r87, I don't understand your point.
Valium and xanax are benzos and they definitely work better than placebo, but they are addictive.
You're saying that people who are suffering from depression need to also suffer through side effects of drugs, just stick with it, and follow up with their doctors? I'm saying depressed people deserve better.
Would people with high blood pressure or diabetes be told: You might have brain zaps or gain 30 lbs but just stick with it???
I don't think so. For some reason depressed people are trained to accept the idea that you will be a guinea pig for drug companies, but just stick with it.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||09/21/2013|
I'm rapid cycling bipolar. We gradually built up to this cocktail that works: 550 mg Lamictal, 15 mg Zyprexa, and 2.5 mg Lexapro. After going on the Lamictal and Zyprexa, the crazy mostly stopped but instead of going up and down, I would have these long depressions that I didn't even know were depressions until I came out of them. It was like, wow where have I been? So we went on 5 mg of Lexapro. The depressions stopped. I was finally completely balanced. But, though I could get hard, it was very hard to ejaculate just as another poster commented. So we went down 2.5 mpg. And that did the trick. I'm even, I can come, I'm fatter (thank you, Zyprexa) and I sleep more than I'd like (thank you Zyprexa) but I'm sane (Thank you Zyprexa).
|by Anonymous||reply 92||09/21/2013|
R91, antidepressant treatment is imperfect and the drugs do not work overnight. It may take a month or more to see a response and sometimes the side effects are intolerable. But many eventually find one that works with minimal side effects.
People who are severely depressed do benefit from the drugs and are best treated by psychiatrists. Others who are mildly depressed do not need drugs.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||09/22/2013|
I think we should add Lexapro to the water supply, then depression would vanish completely and everyone would be happy.
Think about it - it's not such a bad idea. We do it with flouride.
The drug companies would be happy, too, since their profits would be protected. Everyone would be happy.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||09/22/2013|
I felt that my lexapro was causing short term memory loss. I had been on it four years and went cold turkey. I remember feeling angrier than usual and a little more down but it was as if a fog had lifted and I could get more done.
I'm looking for other ways to manage my anger. Believe it or not, i see more movies now and it helps. It's a form of distraction.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||09/22/2013|
[quote]But many eventually find one that works with minimal side effects.
But how do you know it's the *drug* working if you don't feel as depressed after a month? Many cases of depression resolve on their own (and then return at some point, unfortunately).
The way these drugs are sold is very odd. There are no biomarkers or definitive medical tests for depression, so there's not really something measurable being fixed by putting a drug in your body. You take it and then if you feel better 6-8 weeks later, the drug gets credit. It seems unscientific.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||09/22/2013|
Google the 20/20 report on Paxil on YouTube. Paxil is of the devil and the Psychiatric association are closely entwined with big pharma. Damn Glaxo Smith Klein!
|by Anonymous||reply 97||09/22/2013|
R96, you have a point. However, a severe episode of depression generally resolves with no treatment in three to nine months. In some people, it never resolves or only partially gets better with time.
The real question comes down to risk versus benefit. If someone is having significant impairment and suicidal thoughts, do you hope that it resolves on its own, or do you try the drug treatment that might make it better?
Studies have shown for decades that severe depression will reoccur and the episodes will get worse as patients get older. Treating with antidepressants that are reasonably safe and effective (like the SSRIs are) is a good option to keeping people well.
The benefit is limited for those who suffer less severely and that is not a new revelation in psychiatry. The drugs have always had limitations and they do not work for everyone.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||09/22/2013|
r98, it's the "reasonably safe and effective" that I question. This class of drugs has all kinds of odd effects (brain zaps? wtf) and questionable efficacy. If depression is so bad you're suicidal and can't function, you need hospitalization and some "time off" from life, in a safe environment. Pills don't give that. I agree with William Styron's take on depression, and he was stricken so bad he could not speak.
These pills are being marketed to everyone now. The drug companies don't want people to be less depressed, they want lifetime customers.
Now they give them out to people who are grieving. It's gotten out of hand.
r97 I've known 2 people who had an awful hellish time getting off paxil. One is convinced that the drug is engineered to be addictive.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||09/22/2013|
When will they be available without a prescription?
|by Anonymous||reply 100||09/22/2013|
R99, you must be living in a dream world. Do you really think severely depressed people should be hospitalized like they were in the 40s and 50s with schizophrenics and psychotic dystonic patients? Psychiatric hospitals are not and never have been places of healing, but were warehouses.
ECT remains the most effective and rapid treatment for severe depression, yet no one has any idea how it works. But it does. The antidepressants used today are much safer and better tolerated than the tricyclics used for decades.
agree that drug companies want customers and the benefits have been oversold to primary care physicians who are not trained adequately in psychiatry, but that doesn't mean they aren't effective or safe. They are.
There will always be exceptions to the rule and some people are harmed by a drug. But millions of people have taken them and a very small percentage had unusual or adverse reactions. No different than any other drug.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||09/22/2013|
r101, Why do you equate 'hospital' with insane asylums of the 40s and 50s? I said people need rest and time off from stress to heal properly.
'Effective and safe' should mean the drugs show a clear, measurable, clinical benefit that can be tested and measured, and the people who take them experience little or no side effects. By those criteria this class of drugs is neither effective nor safe. There are entire books about it. It's only because the FDA is in the pocket of big pharma that they are legal, and marketed/sold directly to consumers, which they should not be.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||09/22/2013|
I would love to commit myself. It's like going to the spa, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 103||09/22/2013|
They do show clear and measurable clinical benefit in severely depressed patients and the SSRIs are very safe and well-tolerated. You have an axe to grind for whatever reason.
Remember....drugs don't work in people with personality disorders or cure serious psychological problems. It may relieve a few symptoms, but it will never solve the problems that psychotherapy or specific behavioral therapies can address.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||09/22/2013|
R103, going to a psychiatric hospital today is anything but a spa. The care and treatment even in the most expensive private facilities will be time-limited and pressured, unless you have unlimited funds to spend, because the insurance companies want you out ASAP.
And, by the way, the only thing you get in a psychiatric hospital versus the shrink's office is intensive daily supervision and lots of side effects while they jack-up the drugs rapidly to get you stabilized and out of there.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||09/22/2013|
[quote]I suffer from WED/RLS - Restless Leg Syndrome - and have been successfully treated with regular doses of Ropinirole.
Did you try taking magnesium supplements before going on Ropinirole? Magnesium supplements really helped me, if I had complained to my doctor, I'm sure I would have been given a prescription for something.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||09/22/2013|