Zoloft and Lexapro are the two best antidepressants I have experience with. I have been chronically depressed since the age of five and I've tried just about every drug, old and new, for depression. If you're experiencing that total inertia that often comes with severe depression, there is an Emsan patch that is really terrific. It comes in 5mg., 7.5mg., and 15mg. strengths. This medicine really saved my life when I was suffering from what I refer to as the "cement truck syndrome:" When I'm seriously depressed, my body feels like a cement truck backed up and poured its entire load down my throat. I'm filled with "cement" and completely unable to move. By the time I was a teen-ager, I discovered the word for this feeling is "inertia." When I'm depressed, I almost always end up with TOTAL inertia and it's not fun.
As for your pain, Cymbalta is the only recent drug for depression I know of that will help to alleviate the pain of conditions like Fibromyalgia, R.A. and Chronic Pain Syndrome, or R.S.D. (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy). I would prefer to take the medicines I mentioned in the first paragraph, when I'm depressed, but they have serious, even fatal, interactions with the other medicines I'm now using for pain managment of my RSD. The SSRIs also made my pain intensify, for some unknown reason. I'm grateful for Cymbalta; although it doesn't give me the energy the others did, it keeps the "cement truck" at bay, and gets me out of bed! I hope you feel better soon. Good luck.
I once asked my doctor if there were any A/Ds that could help my energy levels along with depression. The way he explained it is this; you wont get energy from the pill itself (like you would from an amphetamine) rather, you get your NATURAL energy back when your depression lifts, simply because you feel better and more motivated.
In other words; the pills dont make you have more energy, the lifting of depression does. This can be proven by the fact that you can abuse adderall or ritalin to get a buzz, but if youre not depressed and try to get the same kind of buzz from an A/D it doesnt work.
I hope that makes sense, i know what im trying to say but im not sure if im conveying it correctly
if you are looking for a little energy the best antidepressant for that is wellbutrun,drs have been giving it to people with chronic fatiqe syndrome.and i use to take it allso and it would get me going .and you know the more you go the less depressed you will be.the only antidepressant that i know of for pain they all can cause drowsiness.i take elavil for chronic migraine and i have to take it at bedtime or i would not function the next day..anyway i will look around on the web and see what i can find for you..
I was on Effexor and was constantly tired to the point that I could not drive. I made the doctors take me off of it and put me on Lexapro and my energy levels returned. It is very hard to get off of Effexor so if you decide to take that route let me know and I can help guide you. You should also know that the Lexapro stopped working after three years so then they switched me to Celexa which is working fabulously. Everybody is different though. What works for me may not work for someone else. I also have several friends that are on Effexor or Cymbalta (similar stuff has something to do with norepinephrine) They are reporting fatigue and low energy levels as one of the worse side effects.
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