I've recently been through some devastating events I have had to deal with in the last 6 months... Well actually my whole life has been insanely just... crazy. Thats the whole reason I'm here asking this question because I'm extremely desperate. Please help if you can. Maybe just tell me the differences between Zoloft, Celexa, Wellbutrin, or Prozac.
I have used most of these, but the person you need to be talking to is a psychiatrist. Unless someone here is actually a doctor and is willing to try diagnose you over the net (an insane idea at best), no one is going to tell you what to use.
Any one of these could work for you, but only a psychiatrist can make the decision which is right, or if another drug is better.
The differences are they way the work, which particular chemical in the brain they work on and what the side effects are. If you look these drugs up on this site you will find that the an all cases it is stated that the exact mechanism the drug uses in unknown.
For example SSRIs (serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) work on serotonin. Well there are are so many kinds of it in the brain that even the drug companies can't tell you exactly which version of serotonin their drug works on (there is some reaching in that statement, but it is basically true) or the exact way their drug keeps the levels high (that part is totally true).
Please see you doctor right away. If you are desperate enough, and think you might hurt yourself, go the the emergency room or call 911.
Good luck and please let us know how it goes.
The difference between these 3 antidepressants is that they each affect different chemicals in the brain. I have been on every type of antidepressant before I found that wellbutrin xl has been working great for me. Unfortunately, most antidepressants can take up to 6-8 weeks to notice any changes. However, wellbutrin is known to be one of the faster acting ones and I started noticing the effects within 2 weeks. But every patient is different, so the best thing you can do is discuss your symptoms with your dr and decide what you should try first. Wellbutrin has worked well for me because it treats not only depression, but anxiety and adult adhd as well as giving you more energy and motivation. Be patient, you'll find something that works for you, but in my experience it has been pretty much trial and error.
There's no clear difference. If you see several psychiatrists each might prescribe one or another first. But in general, Wellbutrin is not the first line and is used to augment another antidepressant. Most people have to try several different antidepressant before they find the right one.
Hi, mkane! What works for one may not work for another. The anti-deps are a trial and error situation. I was on several different meds that didn't work well at all. Finally hit on a combo of Effexor and Zyprexa, and that's what works for me. You should schedule a visit with your doctor, or better, get a referral to a psychiatrist. He/she is best able to diagnosis and treat you with the most appropriate meds. Good luck! WC
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