i am already on lamictal, cybalta, and doxepin. theyve helped but only taken me so far. i would like to be better enough to be able to work again
Hello. Wondering what your psychiatrist suggests. If you aren't using one I suggest you start there. Sometimes there are dose adjustments or combinations of meds that can make the difference for you. The psychiatrist would know the best fit for you.
I use Celexa. It helps with anxiety as well. Each person varies quite a bit with their personal body chemistry so what works for me may not be the answer for you.
You are right that a med will only take you so far. Therapy goes with antidepressants to help us get up and go again. It is the adjustments and changes we make in our life that gets us out of the darkness. It does take work and the reward can really make life better. Are you exploring this as well? Feel free to write more. Plenty of feedback here. Weekends are kinda quiet.
As you can tell from the many answers you have already received, there are many combinations of anti-depressants available. It really depends on the person's diagnosis and severity, body type and other drugs they also may be taking.
However, one thing I cannot stress more is that you find, or continue, appropriate therapy. Anti-depressants are not a cure-all happy pills that make you feel euphoric like some type of narcotic. You also must be very patient and give it time to take effect. Understand what your illness is and the other medications that you are taking and take your medications as directed. It will be almost impossible to find a combination that will help you.
Remember that depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain just like diabetes is a chemical imbalance in the blood. Both can be regulated by medication but if a diabetetic doesn't follow a proper diet, the medication can be useless. The same with depression, you must learn how to re-tool how you think about things and see the world. Behavior modification can sometimes allow you to come off the medication after awhile.
If you cannot afford therapy, find a support group like NAMI.org, they often have groups set up all across the country. But most importantly, DON'T GIVE UP!!! I had major depression knock me on my but at the age of 32 and lost a very good job by the age of 34. It took me 3 years to get back to work but I made it. After suffering through three suicide attempts, drug addictions and multiple hospitilizations, I finally found what was wrong and what worked for me. I suffer from major depressive disorder which caused fybromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The combination that works for me is Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, Neurontin and Trazadone. I also take vitamin supplements.
Just remember, there is hope and you can make. Just don't give up.
Dear lasmile, I have taken many over the years, and I personally find Pristiq to work the best for me. It seemed to help me immediately. I mean, like other antidepressant's, it took a little bit to get the full effect, but I did notice a change for the better after just a couple of day's. It gave me more energy and made me able to go outside of the house again. I too, take Lamictal with it, and the combination works great. Good luck in what you and you're doctor decide on. Best wishes to you. Ruthie
Hi Lasmile! I've been on at least 15 anti depressant and nothing worked except for Paxil by itself, and Wellbutrin with Abilify, however had to stop the abilify because it caused me insomnia, raised my blood sugar and an out of control appetite. I'm still on Wellbutrin and Trazodone at night and I have adhd, so I take Ritalin as well. Abilify is great but because of the side effect, it wasn't worth it for me to continue taking it. It might be different in your case. Check with your Dr and good-luck.
Sorry to disagree with everyone, lasmile, but EVERYBODY has a different genetic makeup, and therefore what works for one person, doesn't necessarily work for another, period. Case in point... many people swear by Cymbalta, yet on you it doesn't work!! Many people swear by Lamictal, but on you it doesn't work!! Do you see a pattern? Everybody is different, in fact, since they figured out the genetic code, they are working on medications based on genetics instead of just "try and see". I suggest that you listen to your psychiatrist, who should have experience with these medications not working... but better for you, instead of using pharmaceuticals, I would suggest try a month of exercise and talk therapy, and see how you feel then. I mean, what do you have to lose?
I have taken several and I've found that Paxil or Prozac works the best for me. I take it at night b/c it does help me sleep. In my opinion, you just have to try taking different ones until you find what works for you. I know with myself, it takes about 2-3 weeks to get a feel of it's going to work. Hang in there :)
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