Do men get the SSRI treatment as often as women?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by lenasvn, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    I started thinking after running into doc. after doc. who won't bout on the SSRI fix-it-all treatment of pain and fatigue.

    Do men with FM/ CFS get this crap as often as women? Or is it as I suspect an old thing from the text books in med. school about females being hysterical or hypocondriacs, depressed. Well, you get the idea?

    How the heck do you deal with it?

    I told my doc I'm only "depressed" when I'm so sick I can't function, or take my children to school, the park, etc. I am happy and "normal" when I have my rare symptom free (almost) days or hours.

  2. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    If your talking about antidepressants for men, I've been thru about 5 or 6 different types....so yes, drs. give them to everyone like candy.....
  3. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    did it do any for you?
  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I'm a man; never heard of it.
  5. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    It's anti depressants.

    Lena
  6. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    The first one I was given was Prozac. After 3 months I stopped because for me, it did nothing. Off the top of my head the others I can remember were Zoloft, Serzone, and Wellbutrin, plus a couple other ones.

    Serzone after about 4 months, started making me angry and irritated and I had to quit that one. The best one I've found is Wellbutrin, but we are all different. Others would have different stories but Wellbutrin was best for me. I have 2 family members who also ended up with Wellbutrin and a simalar story.

    Personally, I rather not take any SSRI's, but we have to do what we have to do. Even with Wellbutrin though, I can't seem to stay on it for a long period of time. It's a long story but I've been on and off of it for the last 5 years.
  7. bpmwriter

    bpmwriter New Member


    i've posted about this numerous times but what i think you'll see in the coming years is a new class of drugs that work just like anti-depressants but they will be called something else. with the depression stigma removed, more people will be willing to try them. all of us have chemical imbalances to one degree or another due to these illnesses. serotonin imbalances can not only cause you to feel blue or depressed (the commonly associated symtpoms of depression), but are also implicated in migraines, sleep disturbances, anxiety, muscle tension, nervous bladder and there is even some evidence to suggest serotonin influences immune function. doctors that prescribe these drugs are only trying to help manage your symptoms. there's no cure, so they can either send you on your way, "sorry, can't help you, you're on your own," or do the best they know how to help you.
  8. mom4three

    mom4three New Member

    Are also used to help turn off some pain sensors.
    Some of them help with pain. So it is not prescriped just for depression it is used for many other reasons as well. I have been dx since 98 and have taken ad for pain not depression we have gone through a few effexor seems to work the best but I cannot take that one any longer. Only recently have I actually been using them for depression because of my increase in pain and being pretty much house bound.
    I also use one for sleep.


    Tracy
  9. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    I am aware of the benefits in so many cases, and I know it is right for some. Maybe some of you got referred to specialists like rheumatologists or neurologists to exclude other causes where other treatments would have been more beneficial.

    I am curious about the cases where the patient is not taken seriously, but assumed to have an "all in your head' problem, rather than physical.

    I am asking simply because I have a physician right now who seem to be this way. I have tried SSRI in the past and had no improvement, I gave it a year, all I got was side effects which limited me even more to complete my daily tasks.

    This doctor will not listen to reason, he have already made up his mind that I am suffering because of severe depression. I just want to be taken seriously, and I have seen many people posting about this same problem.

    I am curious if it's more common that women are in this situation than men.

  10. Frustratedandtired

    Frustratedandtired New Member

    I told mine I don't like drugs that make me feel spacey. He tried me on nortryptiline because I didn't like amitryptiline. It made me feel spacey. Last time I went, he suggested a ssri. But he said it's not for depression, and explained that Prozac is listed as a treatment for fibromyalgia pain. Of course, I looked it up when I got to a computer and, sure enough, it is. So I've been taking it. It's not a miracle drug but I do feel somewhat better and not spacey.
  11. UnicornK

    UnicornK New Member

    select serotonin reuptake inhibitor
  12. mom4three

    mom4three New Member

    of course it is more women then men. We are more emotional therefore we are "dramatic" so if a doc does not believe in this dd them there response is we are "depressed"

    Tracy
  13. Callum

    Callum New Member

    ... who is also sensitive to women's issues, I would have say that, I think, initially, as a man I was probably taken more seriously by my doctor (when I had strange symptoms) than he might if I were a female patient. I don't know why, in the year 2006, this sort of misogynistic behavior is still so rampant in physicians (from what I hear from many of my female friends who thought a woman doctor would be more sensitive to their needs, that's not always the case). However, once a speedy, easy diagnosis of some kind of "real" illness could not be made - then it was all in my head, and was probably depression, and received the head-patting condescension so many women face.