gotten worse... it seems a majority of the anti-depressants make me extemely tired, on top of the fatigue I already have with this disease. I've tried zoloft, prozac, paxil, celexa and am currently on wellbutrin. Was wondering if anyone else has depression as well and is having better luck with their antidepression meds?
I'm like you. I havent found an antideprssant yet that hasnt had some untolerable side effect or another! I have chronic back pain and have had depression problems for years but I find the only thing I can really do for my depression is positive thinking. It is hard at first but it gets easier. It also helps me to help others. Try doing some volunteer work. Helping others in situations worse than my own really helps me put things in perspective. I learned this from my grandmother. She had a terrible life dealt to her but she always endured with a positive attitude and kept her humor about her. I find this works for me. I try to think positive as much as possible. Sometimes the bad thoughts still want to creep in but I try to squash them with good thoughts. This may not work for everyone but it does help me. It may not answer all your problems but it couldnt hurt and you may just find that it helps.
I had a major depression and am on Lithium and Manerix. I did have some side effects with the Lithium. I had tremors and couldn't write my name for awhile or hold coffee with one hand without dripping. I also got hypothyroid. I know it sounds bad but I have tried other antidepressants in the past and these are what work for me. We tried to lower the dose when I felt better but had to find a balance that worked. I am fine now and feel normal again. I know the side effects sound terrible but it was well worth it. Now I no longer have to change antidepressants. Good luck finding the one for you. Take care.
Excluding the Wellbutrin all the antidepressants you have tried are serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). There is another type of antidepressant which not only affects serotonin but also the chemical norepinephrine. The are called SNRI's. There is also a third class of antidepressants called tricyclics. If the Wellbutrin doesn't do the trick, then ask the doctor about the SNRI antidepressants such as Cymbalta or Pristiq. I have taken both with good success and presently take Pristiq with little trouble being too tired.
Unfortunatley, it is a trial and error sort of ordeal when finding the correct antidepressant for an individual. You have the added factor of pain from the RA which can cause the depression. Hang in there and keep on posting. We are here for you,
everyone is so different, I have not been able to tolerate the drugs you mentioned, I have a complicated medical history along with a fall that has resulted in fractures, they led into arthritis, I have had Polio and late effects of pain in my life, I see a doctor who's specialty is internist/went back and got a degree in pain management and isn't the doctor who gives medicines and then lets you go, she evaluates closely how the patients response is to medidcations, I am on a monitored dose of xanax, it has been a habit of mine to take these medications in to office visits so she can see what I am taking, what works for one person isn't the answer for another, I wish I could give you a more definitive answer but I want you to be the very best you can be,
there may be drugs such as pristiq or others that may be use in conjunction with what you're on to help make things better, It is my sincere hope that you improve and that you find the medication that works best for you, please keep us posted and I want you to know You have my very best wishes,
Hi, I also have been dealing with depression for years. I have panic attacks and anixity. I know how rotten you can feel. Your health and mental out look on life and what is going on in your life can be a very hard thing. Depression is easy to fall into. I try to keep as busy as I can. This I feel helps your brain. Talking to people on this site also has helped me a lot. We may not have all the answers, but it is nice to know that there are other people out there that know and understand what you are going through, because they are going though a lot of the same issues. Please let me know how how you are doing. I am here and so are the others if you need anything or just to talk. Take care.
Hello! I have been on antidepressants for years now. I was given trials of several ones but Zoloft has helped me the most. I have osteoartritis, bursitis, stomach ulcers, and depression/anxiety. Like other members have stated, everyone's chemical make-up is different so everyone may not respond to the same meds. That is why it is important to report your symptoms to your doctor so he may evaluate you to possibly change your meds. I know how depressing arthritis can be. I have to take Morhine everyday to control my pain or I could not function. Are your medications controlling your pain for R/A ? Having extreme chronic pain usually causes depression, especially in women. Well, even if you need to switch medications several times it is worth it if your depression is controlled. That is just my opinion. Other people may not agree with me. Well, I really hope you find the correct medication regime. I know how frustrating it can be. Please let me how you are doing. You now have alot of support with drugs.com members! Sweetie Pie
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