what would one say is the best anti depressant that truly works? they've had me on prozac,celexa mixed with that new drug abilify,which made me feel weird,i believe even worse,so i stopped the abilify on my own. my depression has not gotten any better,if anything worse. what would one recommend? that way,i can bring it up to the doctors on tuesday and see what she thinks,lol,im the one who looks things up and tell her about it,yes i need a new doc. what have you had good luck with? something that can get me moving again,wanting to do things like i use too,et cetera,i get more depressed because of what i've turned into,what a cycle aye? thanks
9 Jan 2010
I am going through your rut myself I did find a new Doctor Yeah and have finally found I hope anyway that I found A good combo but everyone is different Cymbalta 30mg and Wellbutrin xl 150mg I just added the wellbutrin because I still Had some anxiety and depression low energy so far so good. hope this helps Good Luck
9 Jan 2010
I personally take Effexor Xr. It works great for me. It's hard to determine what antidepressant to take. It's kind of trial and error. It takes time to find the right medication which is hard when you're depressed. Do what you're doing now. Research different medications and find the one that you think will work and try it. If it doesn't work try something else until your happy. I hope this helps. Good luck to you! I wish you the best of luck when it comes to finding the right medication for your depression!
9 Jan 2010
I am on Wellbutrin and it worked wonders for my depression! But everyone responds differently to ea. drug so I can say it gave me energy, and the only thing that it didn't help is my anxiety(GAD), it can make it worse in the beginning. Paxil worked well for me too, but it makes some people drowsy, it didn't for me. You need a lot of patience because it takes time to fully get the effects of the drug. You usually can tell though after a few weeks if it works for you. I would tell the Dr. you think that what you are on isn't helping and you want to try something else. I tell my Dr. what I want to try also, I told her about Wellbutrin, due to the fact SSRIs make you gain weight and Wellbutrin does not. Good Luck!
9 Jan 2010
I have been on wellbutrin SR 300 mg, and prozac 20mg. I had headaches,neck and shoulder pain. Now my DR. lowered my wellbutrin to 150 and went up on prozac to 60 mg and now I feel great, not more head and neck pain. Also many years ago I started zoloft, I have tried them all, but after a few months on zoloft I felt like a brand new person, I wasn't sleeping all the time, I felt "normal" I did stay on zoloft for over 10 years and it stopped working after that long. I am on other meds like ritilin20mg and suboxone 2mg x 2 day. suboxone is from opiate dependence, thank God for suboxone I have been clean for 18 months from hydocodone,percacet ect. sorry telling my life story just a lot to it. I have tried alot of the antidepressents let me know if I can help in any way. Thanks, kesha_i
9 Jan 2010
hey i know how you feel ..i had the same story no antidepressants they gave me worked until they gave me one of the older onen its called elavil if nothing is working for you ask your doctor if you can try a trycylic antidepressant sometimes they work better for different people ive only been on it for a month and i feel better than ive ever felt than being on every ssri ive ever tried,plus it helps you sleep i take one dose aat night and 8 hours later im up and ready to go..good luck my friend
27 Apr 2010
I suffer from the exact same depression as you and many others. Not only do I have the bipolar depression but i also have to deal with a very aggressive form of Attention Deficit Disorder. Because depression can cause the same symptoms of ADD, my Dr. waited for so many years to change my ADD med. to something stronger. Dr. thought memory loss, concentration issues, no focus... etc... was from depression. I have also been on all the same meds. with no luck. Right now I am on Lithium, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Ativan (to sleep), Vyvanse (for ADD), and this is the best combo I've been on since I was diagnosed in 2001. But remember meds. can only do so much! The worse your enviroment is around you, the more depression you will feel regardless of what meds you are on. If you're not in counseling, I would strongly recommend it. I talk with someone proffessional, however, I see a counselor who specializes in domestic violence, cause that's what i need.
Everyone is different. Don't confuse a psychiatrist with a counselor. They are very different. The Dr. is there to prescibe your meds. and the counselor is basically "talk" therapy. It really helps, honestly. good luck and keep your chin up, work on regaining your hope and faith again, it's hard, belie4ve me i know.
13 Jun 2010
I feel the same. All I've ever read and heard see your Dr.if youfeel you have depression. I've had it for several years but was always able to cope and lead a somewhat normal life and fool a lot of people. Untill 2 years ago and alot things started happening in my life and it was an every day struggle to seem normal and try to take care of other people and not let on that I was having problems. I had 2 brothers I was close to learn withing 1 month that one had lung cancer and the other had leukemia. And for 3 years they fought. One died in July 2008 and the other July 2009. Watching them go thru so much to live for their loved ones and accepting it wasn't going to happen and trying to make everyone feel OK about it, make someone like me feel what am I crying about and such a coward in letting them go. I feel like I've been in a big dark hole and when I think I;m climbing out I fall back in.
I went with my husband one day 2 years ago to his Dr. try to help him and with his diabeties because he wasn;t doing what he needed to do. His Dr. looked at me and asked if I cried a lot and broke down and said all the time. I thought wow somebody sees that I have a problem. Started me on Levtrol and Klonopin because there had been a few times I had anxiety attacks and those were really scary. He also put me thru a lot test to rule out anything physical. Klonopin was the only the I felt helped. I didn't want to rely on this to get me thru the day because I had heard it was addictive. Then a year ago I had a spell I felt like I was out of control. I couldn't stop crying, I screamed and screamed at my husband. I was scared because i felt like I was really going over the edge. Went to the emergncy room holding on to my towel and crying. I talked to a psychiatrist via satelite and she felt like I need to see my family Dr again and I seemed like an intelligent person. So instead I went to the Nurse Practioner at work and she put me on Prozac and said I might to try different things before i found something that worked. Now off Klonopin because she could'nt prescribe that. Able to function ok for awhile but still I new I wasn;t right. Everyonce in a while still felt the old anxiety coming back. Went back to my regular Dr. and he sent to Psychiatrist. I thought it would be like see on TV that I would be in therpy talking to someone and they could help. Wrong! First time I saw him was for about 20 minutes and a took a brief history of my life. He put me on zoloft and Klonopin and asked if I wanted to talk to a counsler that worked there. I thought ok finally I get to talk get some help. Wrong again. I talked, she was nice but I couldn't see that it as helping. I spent about 15 minutes with her. Made another appoint. with her, this time spent 30 minutes because I felt she didn't have anything else to do. Gave me some advice but it didn't help. So I quit seeing her, saw Dr.Pys again and he now had added Abilify 2mg. I'm taking 200 mg a day of zoloft and still take Klonpin ad needed. So here I am 2 yrs later and still even further in that hole and can;t get out. I don't want to leave the house. There is nothing I enjoy anymore. If anyone comes by I just want to hide and not deal with them. I used to enjoy walking. But I have'nt done that in years. There is no enjoyment. I'm just stuck trying to make thru another work day and thats my life right now. I know this is long but I do feel better finally talking to someone that actually understands what this is like. Do I change Drs. I've decided to see the nurse practioner next week and talk with and get her opinon. I is a cycle! I don't want to be rich I don't need a fancy house
or car. I don't mind working if I didn't always feel like I'm not doing anything right anymore. It's always a struggle to think clearly and remember what I need to be doing..I'm tired of being scared. Is there a chance there is help for me out there somewhere!!!
25 Jul 2010
Let me first say that I am so sorry to hear your pain. I understand as well. I had chronic back pain and was on tramadol ER for 7 years. Also, because of lifelong depression (possible bi-polar) I have been on several different anti depressants. I started on elavil (amitriptyline), switched to zoloft (worked for a few years then efficacy waned) then wellbutrin a while-didn't do so much-and finally found what works best for me: Lexapro. We are all so different. What works for me, may not work for you, but I am proud of you for trying; for reaching out and knowing that there is a better life out there for you. With depression, it's so important to try and stay on top of it: know your triggers, force yourself to get out and do something (I know that seems impossible at times) when you feel it creeping in. It's easier to try and kick it before it really sets in deep. I mess up all the time, and advice is certainly easy to give and hard to take.
Do some research on the different classes: MAOI, tricyclics, SSRI, SARI, atypical and so on. There are pro's and cons for each class. Best of luck to you and hang in there. The clouds do break eventually, and when they do, the sun feels extra beautiful. peace to all
16 Aug 2010
Teal, I had been on Prozac, Paxil, and other antideppresants that did not work. I have now been on Zoloft for a couple of years now. It has controlled my depression. I started on 50 mg and I am know taking 200 mg. I can actually say that it has worked for me. Recently I was under alot of stress which caused some anxiety and also some depression. The depressive symptoms were very mild. My doctor put me on Abilify 5 mg which has worked well with the Zoloft. I also swim for exercise which is also helpful with controlling my symptoms. I hope this response will help you in some way, Good luck!
17 Aug 2010
i answered ur question a long time a ago and i was arong i am still in the same place i wish i had an answer if u find one please let me know i am on klonopin tegretol and lamictal i am so sick of looking for the old me but i won't give up i need to live to do what i used to do be active and feel happy i know how u feel i hope through your question we both can get help
31 Aug 2010
I have been on every anti-depressant and have found that Pristiq has been working well for me. I am also on Adderal which gives me the energy to get things done. I know Adderal can be controversial - but at the time it was prescribed to me - I could not even get myself out of bed on a daily basis. So it solved this problem.
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