I am depressed but I don't know if this medication will work for me.
There is an FDA warning about a possible link between antidepressants including Prozac and suicidal thoughts in teenagers. This doesn't mean that antidepressants can't be used to treat children. Nor are the warnings meant to frighten people away from antidepressants.
If you are depressed and have been prescribed prozac you should take it. In a few weeks you could be feeling so much better. If you start feeling worse or have suicidal thoughts seek help from your doctor.(Studies have shown there is about a 4% chance of this happening).
All the best.
Are you under a doctor's care? Taking any antidepressant by someone under the age of 24 needs to be carefully monitored by their doctor and family members because of the possible side effects. That being said, if your doctor believes that the prozac will help you, then take it as prescribed. If you begin to feel more depressed or have suicidal ideation contact your doctor immediately or go to the ER for evaluation.
Good luck and keep in touch.
One thing you want to make sure of is that it is only depression and not another mood disorder. When I was 15 I was put on an antidepressant but it made things way worse. Pretty soon after that, I found out I had bipolar II, which, when treated with only antidepressants, can cause a lot of problems.
So make sure you talk to a doctor and are completely honest about everything to be sure you have the right diagnosis. After that, just make sure you follow your doctor's orders. If you don't have a specialist, I highly suggest finding one.
As a teenager your body is going through a lot of changes and it is natural to feel depressed sometimes. We would not be human if we didnt! I think our feelings are being over medicalised by the pharmaceutical companies to make more profit. Its a shame that so many youngsters are taking pills for almost everything and doctors are so quick to prescribe them. Taken longterm they can cause many side effects worse than the initial complaint! Try to look on the bright side of life if you can and add some fun to your life. You are only 14 and have your whole life infront of you. Find something to laugh about. Its the best medicine!
Therapy is often the preferred route at this age, although, if you're going to need medication, Prozac is the best one on the market for teenagers. It is the most gentile out of the antidepressants, and if I'm not mistaken is why it's of the very very few antidepressant medications approved for the younger age range. Good luck, and please do note, that if you do go on medication, the medication has been shown to work better when done in conjunction with Therapy. The medication won't heal you, but therapy can.
Good luck to you!
yes it is safe too take it.i started at 13 with ritilin with adhd.but i just want to wish you the best of luck,and just stay off all the addictive drugs leagal and illeagal and you will live a good life.see i didnt im 34 no job mother pays bills im waiting toi get my disability which drugs cause the seizures i have.but i sufferd major depression.adhd, and also a broken back,i got addicted to pain meds when i broke my back.i am just now clean for 2 years now ,over the last 12..im just warning you dont mess with the drugs it takes everything.i have a 4 yearold daughter i havent seen since birth cant find my ex or her. well i know i talked a little much but i just want you to suceed in life.
Hi cam 12, The doctor percribe Prozac for my son it was to strong for him, but give it some time to work.At any time that you feel that the medicine is making you feel like you are not being yourself Please don't be afriad to talk to your mom or dad they will truly understand.I will be praying for you.I don't want you to be depress.
I thought you all should know how bad Prozac can really be. I have been depressed almost my whole life and was originally on Lexapro but it just wasn't doing it. My dr. switched me to Prozac and i was on prozac for about 2 months. That's when things got really bad I was having crazy suicidal thoughts and violent out bursts. I didn't know why! I am a very nice person and usually stay at home. One night i attempted suicide and had to be rushed to the ER. While I was in the mental health ward my amazing therapist came to visit me and she had done some research on Prozac.
The FDA has actually linked prozac to many violent acts causing people to be put in jail, making depressing worse to the point of death and even worse sever birth defects. I couldn't believe it. Prozac is supposed to be helping people not make them worse!
On a happier note i am back to normal for me at least. I am not in the middle of a law suit against prozac along with thousands of other people. My therapist has been very supportive even finding my this free lawsuit referral site- referer.us/7/FkVbM1.
They have been extremely helpful! Hope i could help. Prozac might owe you too! make sure you do something before the class action lawsuit expires though.
After disengaging from ridiculous one-sided arguements, which made me lose track of the objective here - you.
I am a 48 y.o., and I think I was born depressed. Even now, I have lo-grade depression, regardless of what I take, but at least it is not suicidal depression. My life did not turn out so great, because of my own ignorance and fear of going on meds. I wish my mother would have taken me to a psychiatrist when I first became symptomatic, but it wasn't until 1997 (35 y.o.) that I saw an appropriate doctor. I could not beleive it, the difference in outlook, energy. I do not want to take a trip down the Lane of Regrets, but there are a few.
If you take the Prozac, read about the drug, so you know the side effects that can happen, and if anything comes up, even the slightest, tell you parent or guardian ASAP.
The reccomendation to go to therapy simultaneously is a real good idea.
All the Best
NO WAY!! ITS NOT SAFE FOR ANYONE ESPECIALLY TEENS! ITS CALLED AN SSRI SELECTIVE SEROTONIN REPUTAKE INHIBITOR AND A FEW OF THE MANY COMMON SIDE EFFECTS ESP. IN TEENS IS WORSE DEPRESSION AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND INTENSE RAGE HOPELESSNESS AND ANGER. I WAS 12 WHEN THEY STARTED DRUGGING ME UP W/ THESE THINGS AND IM 36 NOW AND HAVE BEEN ON 15+ DIFFERENT SSRIs, ANTI PSYCHOTICS, TRICYLIC-ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND ANTI ANXIETY MEDS. I AM BIPOLAR AND FOUND WHAT WORKS FOR ME FOR A GOOD 5+ YRS NOW BUT AT YOUR AGE, I WASN'T BIPOLAR AND I HAVE TO WONDER IF THE CONSTANT MEDS FOR 24 YRS GOT ME WHERE I AM TODAY. I TRIED PROZAC, PAXIL, TEGRATOL, , VALIUM, PAMALOR & ON & ON. THE ONLY ANTI DEPRESSANT THAT DID WORK FOR ME AT UR AGE--AND THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVISE, YOU SHOULD CONSULT UR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING ANY THING-- WAS A TRICYLIC-ANTIDEPRESSANT CALLED DISIPERMENE.
ITS NOT WIDELY USED TODAY DUE TO THE FAVOR OF SSRIs ?? DON'T GET THAT BUT WHAT EVER U DO STAY AWAY FROM SSRIs!! THEY HAVE THE POTENTIAL & STUDIES HAVE REVEALED OVER & OVER, FOR MANIAC BEHAVIOR... MOST OF THE SHOOTERS THAT HAVE OPENED FIRE IN THEIR SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY, WORK PLACE OR MILITARY BASE IN THE LAST 20 YRS ... IN FACT 90% OF THEM WERE ON ..GUESS WHAT? SSRIs! and an even better approach to depression is a simple old time herbal remedy LIKE ST.JOHNS WORT. i strongly recomend not taking this drug or any ssri now or ever and im no dr. but i have a lot of experience as ive already documented. do a google search & type in this: selective serotonin reputake inhibitor, mania, rage--- you will see for urself... good luck & GODSPEED
Cam12, NO! Please do NOT take ANY of these so-called "Anti-Depressants". I am 53 and suffer from chronic pain. Because of hurting DAILY for the last 15-20 years, Depression became problem #2. I think most people would be depressed if they hurt all the time. So, I fell for this scam and took EVERY kind of anti-dep. in the market. Some made me sleepy, some made me worse but, the scary part is, some made me VIOLENT! I was so angry and full of hate, I had to be confronted by a family member and with a neighbor's help (she is a nurse and has been for 34 years) I found the strength to stop. If you are not on any drug yet, please do not start. If you are, tell your doctor (pill-pusher) to help you get OFF of this poison. I don't know what is making you depressed but, when I was your age, my body (like yours) was changing. I started getting pimples, hair every where, my voice changed, and girls were starting to interest me. It is all part of growing up.
Allow yourself to be your age and act your age! It's O.K. I know it is tough at your age, trust me on this on. Do you have a best friend you can talk to? have you tried therapy? Do anything but take those types of drugs! They mess with the very chemicals in your brain that makes you, YOU! You are unique, special, and there is NO one exactly like you in the whole world! I am here for you cam12. If you EVER need to talk, just find me here in the communities section. Just please don't take these types of drugs.
Hi. I'm sorry you are feeling depressed. It is hard to be a teenager. Have you ever thought about seeing a therapist? (I don't know if anyone has suggested that yet... ) You have to find the right one first, which may not be easy, but having someone to talk to will be helpful.
I only say this because one antidepressant usually leads to another, than another, and so on. I was about 12 or 13 when I was put on Prozac, I'm 26 now and haven't been off of them since. So many antidepressents have stopped working for me.
I have to put my 2 cents in here. I disagree with some statements that have been made. Depression IS a medical condition. Some peoples brains do not make the chemicals needed to feel good. I am 36 and never used pulls until I was 25. I suffered years of depression. It was a black hole. I was suicidal at your age, and they sent me to therephy and my dad got violent at me after he heard me tell the truth. so maybe your home is making you sad. if you live with someone who is mean and violent-you WILL get depressed. Its hard to be happy and feel safe if your envirnment is anything but.
my suggestion is to talk to your doctor. tell em you are concerned. see if you can start on the lowest posible dose. maybe you can try every other day instead of daily? if nothing changes, try daily=then see if it works. but it does take 2 weeks to get into your system. But for me I am on wellbutrin and have been on it since 2000. i wish i had this at your age.
i feel a difference right away if i dont take my meds. I tried to quit taking these three times and each time i got into a slump and no amount of feel better phrases worked. its a CHEMICAL thing! you cant feel good if you dont have feel good chemicals in your brain. so many people who DONT suffer dont understand this. so please people stop your preaching. you dont know what this kid is going through.
you need to seek a good doctor who understands not everyone needs meds BUT understands depression is a chemical imballance. I suffered 2 months of crying and sadness and NOTHING was going wrong in my life-this is clinical depression-i was making more money, family life was well-and no reason at all i had daily crying jags. come to find out whatever wellbutrin does helps. i was on 150 mg and it didnt help. then he upped it to 300 mg and the next 2 days finally i didnt wake up crying and sleeping crying. so this really helped me understand this is a chemical condition for me.
so dont let people push you away from treatment. had i had this as a teen my life would have turned out so much better. i learned the hard way and by myself WITHOUT people who understood and I constantly put myself in bad situations because I didnt think I was worth better conditions. I finally flicked those poisonous people out of my life and only surround myself with good people. i steer clear of badmood people.
good luck and yes medication can make a difference. try to see if you can take wellbutrin xl when you are older. i dont know if you can take this. we all have different chemicals. i tried st johns wort and it didnt work alone but i have found it works together with wellbutrin.
at your age you should ask you doctor about Prozac and out way the pros and cons. I can tell you there is more cons that pros. back in the early 70,80 it was some what addictive and used for party drug because it can act hmm like a sex orgy drug. the medication I am on is called amitriptyline(elavil 25 mg) it is considered new age antidepressant if you see a doctor make a list of qoustions about antidepressant and other ways to deal with been depressed. but at your age of 14 I would talk to your parents first then see your doctor first. if doc thinks you are more depressed then ask him to make a referral to see a therapist. talk therapy is very good for most teens with out drugs. but please at any point you feel you might harm your self or others get help fast phone a trusted friend or family meber or teacher.are you in Canada or the U.S.A?
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