Depression Meds

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by celina, Apr 30, 2003.

  1. celina

    celina New Member

    I have tried what seems like everytype and dosage possible, is there something that works? I've tried
    - Remeron
    - Prozac
    - Wellbutrin
    - Effexor
    - Effexor XR
    and ones I've tried to forget. What sort of help is out there.
    Celina
  2. JannyW

    JannyW New Member

    Hi Celina,
    I've been on Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Prozac, and was on Paxil for several years. Then I was put on Celexa, Lexapro, and am now on Effexor XR. My advise is to see a psychiatrist for antidepressants; the average PCP/internist/family physician generally doesn't know enough about brain chemistry & meds (this from personal experience -- I'm sure there are exceptions).

    Help is out there ... you just need to find your personal magic bullet.

    Jan ^v^
    [This Message was Edited on 04/30/2003]
  3. layinglow

    layinglow New Member

    I started on lexapro two months ago with great results. The only side effect I have experienced and this has been in the last two to three weeks is sexual dysfunction. It was my intention to try this for three months, gradually wean off, poke my head up, and take a peak at the world.

    I am hoping I will not have to stay on an antidepressant long term.

    Best wishes, hope you can find one that agrees with you.
    LL
  4. idiotsinc

    idiotsinc New Member

    I've found out that many non-prescription meds affect what your taking. Any decongestants or allergy/cold meds (coricidan is one of the worst), especially non-prescription ones, can effect how your meds work. The only one I can take is those with loratadine, such as Claitan (not Claritan D). I take Alavert. Another med that caused me problems is Pepcid AC (I took the generic form). Neither my shrink or pharmicist was aware of these possible problems, they don't happen very often. They made me nervous and I had trouble sleeping. The info is there, I just had to dig a little. On reliable sites that is. Found out a lot of the newer meds work on the receptors in your body, and for most with FMS they're already screwed up. Instead of just blaming my new meds (Ritalin and Buspar) I took a long look at all my meds (lot's of trial and error) and I'm now doing great. Also figure it can take up to 3 months for your body and the new meds to balance.

    Bob
  5. Dara

    Dara New Member

    Paxil, and now Effexor XR 150mg. With the first two they worked for a short time and then all they did was make me sleepy. Especially the Elavil, even though it was a very low dose I would fall asleep during the day at work. Can't remember now what the adverse affects of the Paxil were. I've been on the Effexor the longest. I really can't say that the Effexor has helped a lot for the depression, but for the first time in my life I can fall asleep when I go to bed. No more tossing & turning all night. However, I do continue to wake up about once an hour for some reason. Sometimes I'm wide awake and can't go back to sleep, other times I can go right back to sleep.

    Dara
  6. celina

    celina New Member

    I have heard from a lot of people that Effexor XR is what works for them. I take 225mg and it doesn't even make me drozy. I am going to discuss Paxil with my doctor, as it seems to be high on the list of some people. Thanx for your advise.
    Celina
  7. lucky

    lucky New Member

    I have also tried every antidepressant there is on the market during the past 15 years with no success. Until I was prescribed Celexa which I have been taking for a few years now, and 30/40 mg seems to help my fatigue and pain. However, I do not have any severe depressions with CFS/FMS, so may be it is a good idea to get some additional help by a specialist. We all have different reactions to these meds and to find the right dosage is not that easy to begin with.
    Trazadone is working for some of us for sleep. I take 100 mg and after 1/2 hr. I am fast asleep and sleep for 7 to 8 hrs. without waking up.
    I hope this helps a little and I wish you luck to finally find medication which agrees with you and helps you.
    Kind regards, Lucky
  8. mrskbarnett

    mrskbarnett New Member

    Lexapro (20 mg)....is an anti depressant that the Doc. put me on about 6 months ago. I've tried about everyone of them out there & this one is the only one that worked for me. I'm also on Zyprexa (10 mg) before bedtime so I can sleep & so I don't grind my teeth. It's not like a sleeping pill, it just relaxes you & you wake up feeling like you've really had a good nights sleep & it doesn't make you feel groggy.
    Good luck!
    Kim