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Major Depressive Disorder 59 reviews 46 medications
   
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For Depression "I was surprised to see that there were some reviews that showed it wasn't helping some people. I'm very sorry for that. Depression runs in my family. I've been on over 20 different antidepressants throughout my life. Nothing has ever worked. I don't recall any improvement from anything. I started fetzima about 2 years ago. I felt relief within 1 week. I couldn't believe the difference within 2 weeks. I have experienced some rough times. I've had a few suicide attempts and woke up in ICU 3 times. I'm not trying to say I've had it worse than anyone. I'm just saying that was the place I was in. This was the only med that worked. The only drawback is the cost. It's very expensive without a savings card."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 13, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I have had depression most of my life but well controlled. I had a very traumatic experience that totally changed my life. It totally turned my life upside down. My doctor prescribed Fetzima. I this helped to some point. I still don't feel like I can be myself and enjoy life. I have been better on other things."

   
5.0

Cassmar1 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 30, 2017

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For Depression "Also wanted to add since I ran out of room on my last post that this medication has also caused me to have SEVERE hot flashes, I'm going through menopause but my hot flashes were not as bad until I started taking fetzima, after I went off of it for 3 months my hot flashes almost vanished, not as severe and not so many and now I've been back on fetzima again for 3 months and HELLO HOT FLASHES, this medication is the worst!!!!!!!!"

   
1.0

ThereseCup (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 30, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I was 120mg. Was great for my mood, but I had several side effects including: increase blood pressure, tachycardia, urinary hesitation, constipation, bloating, stomach pain, dry mouth, nausea, and UTI. My Dr. told me to choose whether I wanted to feel good mentally or physically. Looking for new Dr. I think I deserve both. one without the other is simply existing,and I want to live life happy and healthy."

   
1.0

Mrs. WP May 25, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I've tried damn near every med you can think of. I have MDD, GAD, PTSD, ADHD..wellbutrin stopped working after 3 yrs, and I don't do well on SSRIs (fetzima is SNRI). So I said , everyone is built different, so trial and error/guinea pig it is. 20mg once daily for 2 days then up to 40mg/day. Day 1 had completely 0 side effects. Day 2 nausea and vomiting, lasted until day 5..which is when constipation began. BUT my depression is under control despite environmental factors I can't control. I am less emotional, moody, or irritable in general. Suicidal thoughts don't last as long as before. I'm not a zombie. No weight gain. Its Good. Not Great. 7/10 for me. Stared 80mg today..nauseous but will subside. I'm pretty stable. Give it a chance."

   
7.0

Tiffy2211 May 18, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I had a rough childhood to sum things up quickly. I was divorced and put myself through nursing school, remarried, bought a house and was very independent until I hit 30 y/o. I started to slowly decompensate mentally. My issues are Bipolar, Boarderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, Grief-complicated, ADD, Diabetic and obesity. I tried counselling and all kinds of medications for 10 years. My husband is very supportive. Then my 20 y/o son committed suicide in the navy. It didn't hit me until about 9 or 10 months and I became extremely manic and the grief took over. I dissociated and overdosed on my Klonopin and started outpatient treatment. Thats when I started the Fetzima. It saved my life! It took about a one and a half years to work through the grief but I could NOT have done it without the Fetzima. It helped with anxiety and my deperession."

   
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Greatfultobalive (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 9, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "This is the second time I have taken Fetzima ER and have been on it for 9 months. I quit the first time due to not being able to afford it. I have MDD, anxiety disorder, panic disorder with agoraphobia, and BPD. I take the 40mg a day. At first, when I started Fetzima, I was happy, almost euphoric and my depression and most of my anxiety completely disappeared. Recently, within the past couple months, my rage has returned, I'm easily agitated and highly irritable, I have had to take my Klonopin daily for extreme anxiety, my personality has changed, and my depression has gotten much worse to the point where I cry several times a day and feel hopeless. I'm not sure whether I need to decrease or increase or try something else at this point."

   
5.0

Rebs980 April 10, 2017

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For Depression "Age 60 male. Several years with BPH being managed by Xatral but TURP coming soon. Past year my depression/PTSD being managed by Cipralex 20mg. Unhappy with weight gain and anorgasmia so I was just prescribed Fetzima. Weaned off the Cipralex and yesterday was the first day of introduction of Fetzima (20mg) but within hours I developed urinary urgency and much reduced flow. Discomfort increased through the day causing pain and extreme gas/stomach bloating. So 24 hours later I'm not taking Fetzima again until I talk to the doctor. It may just be coincidental but I fear the side effect of urinary retention is a real problem with the Fetzima when exacerbated by a pre-existing BPH condition so beware!"

   
1.0

Batman57 (taken for less than 1 month) April 3, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Another fail. I had the opposite side effects as most people though. I was drained. I was the opposite of constipated. I got chills/goosebumps, but painful ones. I had some sweats, but mostly painful goosebumps. I already feel like crap with depression. I don't need another medicine to make me feel worse. Cymbalta had a similar effect on me. I was sick and drained. Effexor didn't have that issue, just some nausea and I did feel energized, but it would take me 10 minutes to urinate. Fetzima was my 20th antidepressant. I am looking into a clinical trial of ECT and Ketamine. I am over those useless medicines. I can't believe this garbage retails for 400/mo. I got it at no cost with the savings card for the first month."

   
1.0

KellyKer (taken for less than 1 month) March 29, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Fetzima has to be the worst drug I've ever taken for my depression. I had been on moderate doses of Prozac for 8 years prior until the drug no longer affected me beneficially. The fetzima had positive effects at first, but I think it was a placebo effect. A month into taking the drug I still felt depression and frequently spaced out/felt a mental fog. The physical symptoms also presented themselves. I began to have frequent urgencies to urinate but could not. Always a false alarm. A few week later I developed a clear discharge from my penis which I thought was the result of an STD. My results came back negative for all STDs. I have been off the drug for about two months and all side effects are no longer present."

   
1.0

bthomasdickinson (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 15, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "This has been a miracle drug for me. No side effects except dry mouth. Helps control my anxiety as well as MDD."

   
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MelloJoy (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 6, 2017

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For Depression "So this drug was awesome for everything except it made me rage full. I could orgasm, no sleepiness, felt a little nausea but all meds have yucky side effects that go away after a while. It helped with concentration and motivation!! Wow I was a super star at work. Or maybe I was so used to the others SSRI's that gave me brain fog! I could jump out of bed with no problem in the morning which I never would get before. But it made me snappy, angry, mad and boil my blood! It didn't do well for anxiety. I think it gave me more. This drug must have a stimulant in it, more than one of the other ones that are more sedating. It was also the top highest tier for cost! Too much right now bc its a newer drug. Doesn't work for anxiety!"

   
7.0

Wish I could take this one!! (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 21, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I have been on Fetzima for around 18 months, and this is truly a miracle drug. I have MDD, PTSD, GAD, and BED. I come from a family based in the medical field, and as such I have tried every drug on the books. Almost two years ago, my anxiety got so bad that every night I felt like I was going to suffocate and die in my sleep. I was having multiple daily panic attacks. I was started on 40 mg of Fetzima, and before the week was out my panic attacks had all but ceased. I'm now on 80 mg. I can't remember the last time I had one as bad as the panic attacks I was having before I started Fetzima. I gave it a 9/10 because I'm still sweating as a side effect. I also take Vyvanse, and Propranolol and Abilify as needed."

   
9.0

6xxxxxxxxxxxxx6 (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 8, 2017

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For Depression "Update: I've been on Fetzima 5 months. It has worked better than any of the other 30 meds I've tried. It took 4 months for my arms itching side effect to go away and soreness of my mouth's upper roof and upper gums also is gone. My heat and sweating is almost all gone. If I stay on the couch, I'd have no sweating but when I did anything such as brushing my teeth I'd get so much sweating. Normally I don't sweat. These side effects do go away, so don't give up on this drug too soon. I don't get that drugged out tired feeling from the depression anymore. I do have a little anxiety from Fetzima but it is usually when I'm in bed trying to sleep more when really I had enough sleep which is good because that keeps me from escaping into bed."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 27, 2017

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For Depression "Made me extremely suicidal, cried uncontrollably, had severe anxiety attacks, after just 2 days of it I could not take it, and it's ridiculously expensive"

   
1.0

Anonymous December 23, 2016

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For Major Depressive Disorder "For last 8 months, Fetzima has worked very well (after the initial transition period from my last medication.) Over the last 15 years, I have been on many effective anti-depressants, but after about 2-3 years these medications start to become ineffective (Zoloft, Lexapro, Cymbalta, etc). Started taking Fetzima 8 months ago, and the first month involved a lot of agitation/anger (very unlike me) and also having to adjust the dosage upward.....now at 120. Since then It has been a good experience. Feel centered and have energy. One very good side effect has been pain relief from my arthritis in my knees and back. I have dry mouth with this and every other anti-depressant I have taken. The drug is very expensive."

   
9.0

8 months' experience (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 2, 2016

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For Depression "This works better than anything I've tried. I was doing well with Strattera for 4 years then it stopped working. I did well on Wellbutrin many years, it stopped working, etc. With Fetzima I get up easily in the morning because I lay in bed for at least 15 minutes, I pet and play with my cat, have quiet time saying things I'm grateful for and sometimes I get guidance for information for my day. I don't overeat anymore, I get full fast, can only eat 1/2 as much as I used to because I get bloated which helps. My headaches went away after 2 months and my sweating is almost gone away now after 3 months. I feel good and motivated to do things. I'm not hyper like with Wellbutrin."

   
8.0

SagingRose November 28, 2016

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For Depression "I too have experienced a lot of loss especially with my divorce. I started up on the Fetzima recently and I'm experiencing fairly persistent symptoms of nausea. I was at 40 mg, but I'm finding that I am having to titrate, because I just can't take the effects of the nausea. I'm trying to stick it out, perhaps go down to 20 mg a day and see where I'm at at this point. I've also tried many medications, and I'm feeling extremely frustrated and somewhat hopeless. Have other people had similar experiences on this medication as far as getting over the hump of nausea? There just doesn't seem to be a lot of options."

   
1.0

Paulfhhgggfffdf November 25, 2016

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For Depression "Good so far"

   
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Slutty November 12, 2016

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For Depression "I have suffered from hereditary clinical depression for several years. The death of my mother, two loved animals (horse and dog), a divorce that is endless and painful, have all added to my depression, and a new doctor prescribed Fetzima. Now I feel totally insane. My stomach hurts every time I eat; my heart pounds to the point that I wonder if I should go to an ER almost every day; I can't fall asleep and when I do I have stressful nightmares (never had bad dreams before); and every day I feel an anger and rage that makes no sense at all. I have to remind myself to take a deep breath and not act out this new mean personality on my dogs or my friends. No matter what my doctor's opinion, this poison stops tomorrow."

   
1.0

Justwannafeelgood November 10, 2016

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I have changed my rating from 4 to 1. Upon recommendation of my counselor, I saw a physciatrist to regulate my antidepressant medication. Thank the Lord!!! Physciatrist switched me to another antidepressant that has been on the market for a long time. It is actually the first one I was ever prescribed, Zoloft. I'm into my 6th day off Fetizma and I'm starting to feel like my old self again. Fetizma had me in a state of mental anguish. I wanted to harm myself. I was so sad, so sad, then rages, then shame over ugliest behavior ever. I hate this medication."

   
1.0

SouthernSister (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 29, 2016

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For Depression "Been on 40mg of Fetzima for about 3 months and love it! So helpful for mood and energy. I also have increased sex drive and zero cravings, hence, inevitable weight loss. 40mg is the only dose I have taken, so my experience might be different if dose was higher or lower. This drug reminds me of Wellbutrin (which is NDRI), but slightly less stimulating. Cons: still brand name only, so can be expensive depending on where you live and insurance situation. Also, Fetzima is only approved to treat depression, so no improvement in anxiety symptoms. Vistaril helps with this, especially if you or your doctor are hesitant about benzos."

   
9.0

Alternaace (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 29, 2016

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I gave it a 5 because Im only on day 5 of treatment. The only reason I'm leaving a review is because the side effects have been awful already. I've vomited every single day between last Wednesday (first dose) and today (Monday, 5th dose). I've had a killer headache 3 out of 5 days. I can't sleep for longer than a couple of hours, which makes no sense as I'm on 2 different sedatives - I should definitely be sleeping. And i've been constantly covered in sweat. Even when I feel cold, I'm sweating like an animal. I haven't noticed any mood changes (positive or negative) which is expected because of the short time I've been taking it. I just thought I'd share the side effects and hope they go away with continued treatment!"

   
5.0

borderliningky (taken for less than 1 month) October 24, 2016

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I believe this medicine is making me more agitated. I am in pain as I am waiting to have knee replacement in a month, but I did not act this way with my first knee pain which lead to knee replacement. I am acting so extremely different, crying, cussing, being ashamed, sharply irritated, over and over. I say and think the ugliest things, then I'll cry over a commercial or something out if the blue. I feel like I'm going crazy. I believe part of this is due to my doctor instructing me to abruptly stop taking cymbalta 30 (was low level bc I have increased liver enzymes) to Fetizma 40. No tapering down from Cymbalta or ramping up on Fetizma. I have taken Cymbalta for years. Could this be it? If so, when will it end."

   
4.0

southern sister (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 22, 2016

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For Depression "I started having serious health problems that I didn't think could be related to anxiety, but it was. I went 6 weeks without being able to drive, had extreme weakness to the point on one occasion I didn't think I could get out of bed. I had an MRI on my brain, an echo on my heart, blood work, and two tests at the dr to make sure I hadn't or wasn't having a heart attack. Spent hundreds seeing a natural dr as well. I tried Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, and one more and it wasn't until I took Fetzima that I actually had a real results. I did have increased energy at first starting at 20mg, but I loved waking up with energy. I went to 40mg and did great for 3-4 months. Tonight is my first increase to 60mg. This drug has made a huge difference for me."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 2, 2016

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