been on many many - i think around 28 different meds and combo's as of aobut 5 years ago when i just quit tracking - anyone have any med suggestions i could ask my dr about?? always feel sad, overwhelmheed, scared, alone - altho i have friends i don't think anyone really gets it and that's ok - it's hard to understand unless you've been through -
I understand your situation. I have lived with depression for most of my life and I'm on the old side of life. I have found one of the newer antidepressants to be helpful. I take Pristiq along with Wellbutrin, Nuvigil and Abilify. The combo works great for me. The Pristiq and Wellbutrin are antidepressants while the Nuvigil is for hypersomnia and energy and the Abilify helps the antidepressant work better and helps with mood swings. You can look each of these up by plugging the name into the search window above.
I don't know what meds you have tried so I can't recommend much more. There are several classes of antidepressants. Have you tried ones from each: SSRI's, SNRI's, DNRI's and TCA's for example?
I would be happy to discuss with you further if you want to post more info or if you would like to just talk. I'll friend you then once you have been a member for a while you can private message me.
Hi, like Laurie i too have suffered from depression on and off (for about 17 years). I used to take prozac (fluoxetine) when i was a teenager, and it worked well for me then. I also found it easy to wean off these with little or no side effects. This was when the choice of anti-depressant medications were far fewer. More recently i have been taking citalopram (celexa), for about 18 months(?) now. I started on 20mg and am now taking 60mg and i have to tell you they have made me a different person! I also take amitriptyline (50mg) at night, i take this for its anti-depressant properties as well as to help me sleep. I have been taking the amitriptyline for longer than the celexa, but it is the celexa that has made the most difference. I found it really hard when i started it first off and i did go through a period of depression, possibly worse than i was experiencing to start with.
I managed to get through these 2 weeks though and with the gradual increase i felt better and i am so glad i persevered. I would never recommend you make a decision of which meds to use solely from advice from someone who isn't a doctor or psychiatrist, but i can share my experience so you can consider it/or not. I hope you find the right treatment for you. Good luck : )
Hi there summer. Laurie and Delila, pretty well said it all. Bit late in responding, I would suggest a maoi. Its not for everyone, but when the so called regular meds, don't seem to help, then a maoi, might really be help to you, and thats why they were developed. I am sure you know basically, how they work, what the risk(s) that come along with taking them. I was on maoi, and though it was not working for me, I have several friends who are extremely happy that they descided to go on a maoi Its a trade off, get rid of your depression, in as much as you can, like, its liveable, and just learn to live with the side-effects. If I knew that it would help me, I'd be back on one in a flash, blink of an eye. My depression is refractory, and so I am very limited to say the least, into whats out there.
Either way, going on a bit, as I can do at times, just added my thoughts and just say, whatever medication(s) that you try, hopefully its one thats the "med for me because it works!". Kind of hope that for so many of us really. best wishes for all of us.
Google TMS - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It's not a medication, it's an FDA approved treatment for medication resistant depression that is getting better known here in the US. It has a 70% remission rate - that is, 70 percent of people have their depression completely gone after 20-30 treatments, one per day, five days a week. I am doing this right now, just completed my 3rd treatment. I've been on some 27 different medications in 27 years and have had 15 psychiatric inpatient hospitalizations. I'm going to be one of the 7 out of 10 people that have their depression completely gone. Best wishes to you!
I had 4 depressions in my life, two of them major. The last one I was hopitalised for 6 months before they found that Lithium and Manerix worked for me. I finally feel happy and have my life back. I will friend you if you want to ask me a private questions o.k. Alot of people can help you on this site. Very friendly people. You are not alone. Good luck and take care.
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