I've been on and off anti depressants since 2004. A couple weeks ago I decided to come off my prozac because I felt that it wasn't helping me much. I'm not all for talking a pill every single day that isn't doing much for me. I'd rather be able to take a pill only days when I'm feeling large amounts of stress, anxiety, and depression but my doctor just told me that there is no anti- depressant that I can't not take everyday. I want to know what other types of drugs that may be beneficial for me that I wouldn't need to take daily.
There is no treatment other than antidepressant. Its unfortunate. Me too since 1999 in and out of antidepressant up to present. Once I'm sick doctors take me to them again and that anoise me cos I don't have any diagnosis and I'm tired now. Last week I went for blood test it shows that my liver is not right and its because of antidepressants. Now I'm on cilift its killing me with side effect which pulpitation now my heat beats fast I was given ismo for heart its side effect is severe headache. I thought I was gonna die I stopped everything for two days I went to the doc he refered me to hospital I'm now hospitalised today its late no medication yet the doctor will come tomorol
Medications do not actually cure depression, they support the imbalanced neurotransmitters in the brain. When paired with a good behavioral therapist excellent headway is achieved by learning new ways to handle situations and methods to stop the spinning thoughts in ones head, you know, that rehashing of past problems. for people who work hard at making changes, they are able to stop taking antidepressant medication. also people depressed in periods of tragedy or grave loss can be helped through this time. However, practically speaking even when off for months or years, when the body is shocked by some overwhelming event, one can become depressed again and medication will help with the therapist. And since one never knows what will be next, it helps to face the possibility of needing support again. For others their body just doesn't make the right chemicals ever and they take the meds their whole life. That is just as good because their suffering is reduced.
As for the event taking drugs. Bad days get meds and good days don't. Think about this. If your day is great and you are heading for home and there is an accident, it stresses you out and unexpectedly you become depressed a week later, how could a magic pill help then? All of these medications are to add neurotransmitters and keep them at a continuous level at all times so events can be handled better. Since they take a month or longer to be effective when taken daily, how could it help once in a while? Month later it would if daily.
I think you need some basic information to understand how these meds work. I will mention that being on and off these medications easily causes withdrawal which makes unhappy miserable very quickly when taken and stopped abruptly. They can even challenge your health and heart.
This is no different than a diabetic stopping their meds because they just want their sweets and freedom to over eat and such. The result is damage to their health and even blindness or amputations. You wouldn't do that, right? Millions of people take antidepressants because they need them.
Please see a therapist and get a full evaluation. The therapist will recommend whether you need medication or can do some office therapy work. Then you will know for sure what you need and have a goal how to handle this. I believe you will be fine by finding exactly what you need. Let me know if you have more questions or how things are going. You aren't alone and we like to provide information as well as support here.
I'm one of those who doesn't make the right chemicals, and I would never stop my anti depressants. Whats swallowing a pill every day when the alternative is to be so depressed its an effort to get out of bed. There are no other pills that will do what anti depressants do. I know what my future would be without them, I would have none.
- Prozac Information for Consumers
- Prozac Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prozac (detailed)
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