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O.T. Advise from others who have struggled & then struggled to find the appropriate antidepressants

I have been dealing with negative side effects from my antidepressant for a year now. It is just the second medication that I have tried but it had less bad side effects than the first. My libido is gone, I have gained A LOT of weight, probably not directly because of the meds, but because I feel so lethargic. I know that this is serious & that I will be taking directly about making a change to my doctor, but I wanted to see how other women (& men) have dealt with this situation. It took me FOREVER to admit that I may need medication to treat a condition that I have. It has really helped me manage my disorder, but now there are other problems! Any feedback for me?

Thu. Sep 13, 8:55am

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Sorry, I meant to type ADVICE!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 8:56 AM

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Well, I used to take Zoloft for a long time (this was several years ago). I absolutely hated the way it made me feel, so I (stupidly) took myself out of it and had a psychological breakdown, had to be hospitalized, etc.

When I got out, my psychiatrist prescribed Prozac. No adverse side affects that I could tell, I felt fine, just less crazy :) But after a year I realized I didn't want to be on medication at all, weaned myself off, and have been medication-free for a few years now and doing really well.

I don't know if that helps at all, but I thought I'd share my experience.

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 10:00 AM

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Thank you very much. I am currently taking Zoloft & it makes me feel so heavy & unmovable. I'll get motivated to do something & then my motivation just fizzles quickly. It is so weird & out of character for me.

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 11:59 AM

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I have been on anti depressants for many years, and the side effects can be horrendous! I've been on Celexa, Paxil, Cymbalta, and most recently on Lexapro. I am now taking 5Htp, which is supposed to help with depression, headaches, insomnia, and even binge eating. Quite frankly, it seems to help the most. I used to be troubled by very vivid dreams and was awakened quite frequently because of them, but I am now able to sleep almost through the whole night. I'm not sure if your doctor would agree as it is more of a naturalpathic medicine, but you might want to talk to him/her about it.

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 5:02 PM

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I have been on Wellbutrin for over a year. It is GREAT. No sexual side effects, no weight gain. In fact, one of the possible listed side effects is weight LOSS. I have tried prozac and paxil (had allergic reaction), as well as lexapro (I ate everything not nailed to the floor on that one). Also, they have come out with a generic form of Wellbutrin so it's not too expensive.

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 9:55 PM

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