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[15 Nov 2006|06:07pm]
moonlitrhapsody
I am conducting a poll of an argumentative speech I am presenting to my public speaking class on antidepressants. If you could all please take a moment and fill out the poll located at the link below, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

http://moonlitrhapsody.livejournal.com/400774.html

Grapefruit Juice And SSRI Toxicity [23 Jan 2006|11:02pm]
kaometrik
"Never ever use Grapefruit Juice. Grapefruit juice is an inhibitor of the cytochrome P-450 enzymes. These enzymes are known to metabolize (break down) (SSRI) antidepressants in the liver. Drinking grapefruit juice whilst you are taking an (SSRI) antidepressant can create a serious toxic reaction, because the chemical ingredient will build to toxic levels in the bloodstream!"

http://www.antidepressantsfacts.com/taper.htm
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Celexa withdrawal [09 Nov 2005|11:27pm]
jellyfish1286
[ mood | exhausted ]

Hi, I just joined this community :) and I have some questions. I was on Celexa for about 5 years, and I just went off 7 days ago with my doc's permission. I was taking 10 mg every second day before that; I was on that dose for about 3-4 months. Now, I'm having some pretty uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms: exhaustion, dizziness, my eyes hurt, and the worst are the brain shocks.

So my questions: Do any of you have an idea of how much longer I should be having these symptoms? Should I go back on Celexa, but on a lower dose (ie. 5mg)? I just feel so terrible and I hope someone can give me some hope. Thanks!!!

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[28 Nov 2004|09:57pm]

antonijan
I am tired of always feeling under the weather. My doctor told me I have a condition of having a constant mild depression that it is already part of me....

I wait for that day to get better but like the wellbutrin commercial..I am still always depressed, gloomy and it's always "raining" waiting for the sun to shine.

I used to get high going to church but now, I have outgrown it and I am not sure if I am willing to go back.

Maybe I should tru taking meds to see what it would do.....since I have always been in a depressed mode....a glimpse of the sunshine would be good.

Maybe I'm just bored....or unmotivated or even opressed/repressed but I don't see any change coming soon.

Are meds side effcts reversible? I hear of horrible side effects...but I wonder, what if I decide to stop the meds? Is there a way out???

Just a question to all who have experienced the same thing.
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Reversible? [28 Nov 2004|09:48pm]

antonijan
I am tired of always feeling under the weather. My doctor told me I have a condition of having a constant mild depression that it is already part of me....

I wait for that day to get better but like the wellbutrin commercial..I am still always depressed, gloomy and it's always "raining" waiting for the sun to shine.

I used to get high going to church but now, I have outgrown it and I am not sure if I am willing to go back.

Maybe I should tru taking meds to see what it would do.....since I have always been in a depressed mode....a glimpse of the sunshine would be good.

Maybe I'm just bored....or unmotivated or even opressed/repressed but I don't see any change coming soon.

Are meds side effcts reversible? I hear of horrible side effects...but I wonder, what if I decide to stop the meds? Is there a way out???

Just a question to all who have experienced the same thing.
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I've Had It [30 Sep 2004|11:37am]

sweetmelbel
I am so tired of this. I am so sick of trying one medication after the other and having stupid side effects to EVERYTHING. I don't understand this. My pdoc and I put me back on Celexa because I had previously been on it for a few years! Then, I decided to stop all meds.....and then I felt like I wanted to be put back on them, thus, the drama with trying these medications for my depression/racing thoughts and having nothing but bad reactions to them. I was on Celexa from the time I was 17-19 and why the FUCK is it giving me a bad reaction now?!?! It's doing the same thing the Cymbalta did. My legs are jittery and I am having intense insomnia...tonight it's real bad, it has gotten worse every day I've taken it......and yesterday was only the third day. I've been awake basically since 2 this morning and went to sleep at 11:30. Right now, at this point, I am just going to say, fuck it. I am going to stop taking the Celexa because I can't keep going like this. So, I will just try to deal with my depression, which I believe it situational...because meds is obviously not going to be the answer.
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cross post ahoy [31 Aug 2004|11:13am]

bird_e
i have some questions that the people on the psychology community dont seem to be able to answer. i was hoping someone on this community might be able to shed some light on my question.

i was reading about General Anxiety Disorder the other day, and the books recommend treatment with EFFEXOR (amongst other things), effexor is a (SNRI) Selective seritonin & Nor-epinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor.

anxiety has been shown to be linked with low levels of seratonin, low GABA, and high levels of nor-epinephrine.

my question to all those psycs out there is. why use a SNRI, as that would increase the levels of Nore-epinephrine, and thereby energise anxious people. wouldnt one of the other simpler SSRI's be more useful as they would only increase Seratonin?

why would you want to increase Nor-epinephrine in an anxious person?
wouldnt that make them more anxious?
or did i get something wrong? have i mis-understood something?
any advice on this topic would be appreciated.

forgive me if this question is a little complex or vague. please ask questions if anything needs clarifying.
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[05 Jul 2004|08:40pm]

bettyboop37
[ mood | crappy ]

hey all, i'm new and i'm here to complain... I've been taking paxil for 7 years now, including 4 years and a half non stop. In November 2002, my doctor decided to raise my dosage to 60mg. Then I got another doctor and I told her I wanted to have a lower dose because 60mg was just too much. So I went through a withdrawing procedure that took a whole year. Since February of this year I was taking 20mg, until recently. At the beginning of June I started to take 10mg, and now since 3 days I take no more paxil at all.
I feel like shit. I am scared all the time, I have bad dreams and pains, I feel dizzy and not quite "there". I just keep having tears in my eyes, and I'm shaking a lot. I know it's a procedure but I just find it really hard to go through.
I'm sorry for my English, I hope it made sense.
this was x-posted.

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Confessions of a new member [06 May 2004|09:40pm]

antonijan
Hello everyone, I am new here and I have this confession, plese help....

I guess I have acute cycles of depression (based from looking back on my
expereinces even before) and I am feeling kinda stressed out/depressed
lately most probably because of adjustment issues and the work environment.

The people I work with are great but I feel that I do not belong to the
mechanic field and I am starting to feel that "draging" myself routine
recently. I always stress out doing mechanic tasks even though I am trained
to do it....maybe I need a different job.

It is also kinda stressful for me adapting to the majority of the population here in WA in the USA in general and at times, I
feel like I am lost...and misplaced..which I would kinda understand is
normal coming from an immigrant background adjusting to acculturation. I
would think it's easy and done over with but it's never really over...but
rather an ongoing process.

So going to the core of it, I believe I have mild clinical depression. I
have talked to counselors and psychologists here and they said that I might
have that...and they actually suggested the medication.

Several months ago....I decided not to get medications because:

1. I don't want to be labeled as a"mental health patient" because of the
stigma attached to it....even though records are confidential.

2. I don't want to experience any adverse side effects which range from
insomia, irritability, loose bowel, dependence even suicide.

3. I decided not to take medications because I thought I could handle it on
my own by eating right, exercising, taking over the counter supplements like
Vit. B complex, St. John's Wort ( for mood enhancement), eating dark
chocolates and drinking green tea and coffee.

My own health regimen works some days and just today, I felt good after
lunch after eating almost 10 pcs. of the Hersheys dark choco with almond
and a cup of strong coffee.....I don't even feel ike I am depressed at this
moment but it is strong on some days.

It could be attributed to my lack of real friends here but I am starting to
think that maybe I need medications to get me through the depression cycle
and be able to work with lots of motivation since i have about 2 more years
left.

Or is it just my fallen state as a human being? I know we cannot be perfect
while on earth...but prozac and paxil might be a solution while still in the
human body.
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newbie [22 Apr 2003|05:36am]

evilangel1223
[ mood | blah ]

I'm new here. Have taken various SSRIs. Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. I saw someone post and mentioned meters, so I'm guessing some of the posters are not from the States, so drug names may be different where other people are.

I know this is an anti-ssri place, but I must say I have found some of them helpful. But at a cost. Sometimes the bad out weighed the good....paxil. sometimes the good outweighed the bad...zoloft, prozac when I was first on it.

What I hate the most is the withdrawal. Forgetting zoloft one day will make me feel it. Although in the past few weeks Iv'e sometimes missed all my meds (due to a horrible sleep schedule and that affects my med schedule), and haven't noticed it as much.
Not only is there the classic physical withdrawal from zoloft, but if I miss for 2-3 days, I get a return of symptoms. I had the stomach flu a few weeks back and that made me realize this.
Now zoloft doesn't get rid of all OCD symptoms. But it makes it more tolerable. But when I missed meds from being sick for 2 or 3 days, the OCD got horrible fast. It was starting to really interfere with things. I'm sure I looked odd, having to do certain rituals and ocmpulsions in public (nothing obscene or anything, simple things like touching my hands together so many times and what not, but still odd looking none the less).

SSRIs never have done much for my depression. I take wellbutirn now for that, and so far so good I suppose. The real test will be December.

I wish I didn't have to take ssri's...but they make the OCD bearable, and I'm bipolar so my depressions will come and go all my life and I need something.

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To make something clear [13 Nov 2002|01:29pm]

sidevi
[ mood | annoyed ]

This community is about ANTI SSRI. So please don't be mad at people who didn't had nice experiences with this product. This is to talk about the bad experiences. Yes. A lot of people are helped with this product. Also a awfull lot of people are thrown down the river with this. Just respect each other's idea's. I don't want to have Nazi Germany as a community !!!! Don't come with things like: hé, i only have good experiences why do they write about bad experiences?? Well, That's why this is called a ANTI community ;) Please respect each others experiences, Don't be like Bush and make war with everybody you don't like!

greetings
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my own story [12 Nov 2002|06:40pm]

sidevi
[ mood | angry ]

Why a community abour SSRI? I will answer that question later. I've
been on seroxat for 9 months. I had some problems and it was a lot safer that i had some anti depressia.
Everybody helped me good. They almost told me everything and i have done a lot of research. I also went to therapy because they told me that seroxat is just to make me feel better for a moment. I had to talk about my problems.Now i don't want to take it anymore. I felt dizzy all the time. Sometimes i walked 5 metres and i had to stand still to see wich 5 metres i had to walk next.So at the moment i'm still on Seroxat but my planning to be 'normal' again next month (december). Now i can't say to somebody, yes i can come next week. I can be really sick by then. When i have time, i have to do my homework
immediately. I could be sick in the evenings. Most of the time, in the evenings i feel like throwing up. Yes, Seroxat is a person on it's own, a devil, i hate it.I write this because i hear that doctors just give seroxat to everyone who feels a little bit depressed. So here is a aspirine, next! I just want to say to people: "Don't just use Seroxat! it makes you a machine, it doesn't makes you better. You have to talk about your problems. Who wants to live like a machine? When you stopp taking it, your problems will come back, and it makes you ill. I still have depressed feelings. I'm still in therapy, The only one who can make you feel good is yourself, and not a stupid pill

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