8 Aug 2011
Hi jennifer! Welcome to our Drugs.com support group!
I don't have depression even though I use Cymbalta 120 mg daily; it's to manage my chronic daily pain.
Both my husbands suffer(ed) from depression. My 1st hubby had clinical depression for many years & used different meds such as Effexor, Pristiq & Celexa. He had better results with SNRI's.
My current hubby had a quadruple coronary bypass 2 years ago. Most times people who undergo heart operations will experience some type of depression afterward. Dave was only just recently diagnosed with depression & now uses Cipralex 10 mg. This is an ASRI available in Canada where we reside.
(It's not available in the U.S.)
jennifer, a good way to view Prozac would be to think of it as a bridge. You need to make it to somewhere but there's a disconnection now, a chasm if you will. So you want to use Prozac in order to connect with that other side. Afterward, when you no longer require that bridge you will stop using it. In your case, you should only require that support for a short time.
Please be sure to communicate with your doctor. My hubbies kept in contact & had doctors' appointments every month.
There are 78 antidepressants listed on Drugs.com website. 121 million people worldwide have some type or degree of depression. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! This is an opportunity for you to improve your quality of life.
I also concur with others who think your depression won't be long-lived & that it's probably linked to your hormonal imbalance. As someone mentioned earlier, it's better to get treatment at the first signs of depression. This isn't necessarily something that can be self-treated.
My current hubby has taken his antidepressant regularly for 7 weeks now. I've noticed a HUGE improvement in him in that short timeframe! I was the one who recognized some of his symptoms & suggested he get it checked out. jennifer, others around you may notice signs or symptoms before you even do! We can't know what you're feeling inside your brain, however, we can know how you act & react! In essence, I'm saying that you likely won't be the only one affected by your depression. I had started to get depressed at the same time as my 1st husband. After a couple of weeks, I figured out that my kids shouldn't have BOTH parents being depressed at the exact same time! So, I went to talk with a psychologist who helped me build my bridge through talking & getting me to change a few habits. jennifer, that was all the support that I needed to get over my chasm to the other side.
In my opinion, a reasonable approach for you would be to take the Prozac for 6 - 8 weeks, keep in communication with your doctor, perhaps keep a daily dairy with your feelings or moods or such & THEN make a decision. Prozac should enable you to focus & think more clearly. My 1st hubby made decisions while on antidepressants & then also made decisions when off his antidepressants. When I compared his decisions, they weren't the same. I'd take the decisions enabled by his meds ANY day over the others! :)
You're on the road to better health! All the best, jennifer!
from Wendy :)