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2011/03/13 02:01:43 (permalink)

Depression

Long story made short last year i had a load of family issues etc/work stress/separation with me lass etc and i became depressed. I am abit worried at the minute, i am fine at the minute health wise but i have now been on anti depressants since last may. What are the health implications of long term staying on antidepressants??
 
And whats it like when you come off them?? I hear horror stories about people coming off antidepressants and crashing etc
 
I last saw me gp in december and she said we would review things this month. And i have been on monthly repeat prescriptions since then.
 
 
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    Bookerman
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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 02:28:22 (permalink)

    "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -   George Orwell
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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 03:03:09 (permalink)
    As long as you employ a proper, sensible tapering protocol, which you can discuss with yout GP, then you are unlikely to encounter any problems.

    Sudden cessation, going cold turkey, on the other hand, increases the likelehood of discomfort and unpleasant symptoms. All depends on what drug, duration of use, and what dosage.

    Which med have you been prescribed btw?

    Don't feel pressurised from others to come off too soon, though. If you are getting something out of it then come off when you feel you have built the neccesary coping resources from a psychological and sociological perspective to do so.  

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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 03:38:15 (permalink)
    i have been on a couple of different meds but currently i am on 20mg citalophram.

    At my worst over the summer i was 40mg citalopram

    I was abit concerned but i have red through the link above and it has put my mind at ease abit

    cheers guys
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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 10:05:35 (permalink)
    Another case of someone being prescribed SSRI's due to external factors.  Like I said they hand out anti depressants like sweeties.

    Your best bet is to talk to the doc and tell them you want to taper off, it can take  up to a year apparently to come off properly.   Keep diet good, 5-htp, exercise and look into piracetam.  These things should help you get better quicker.  The GP will offer you a different type of SSRI or anti depressant, make sure you don't get talked into it!

    Good luck


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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 10:13:39 (permalink)
    dan20uk

    Another case of someone being prescribed SSRI's due to external factors.  Like I said they hand out anti depressants like sweeties.

    Your best bet is to talk to the doc and tell them you want to taper off, it can take  up to a year apparently to come off properly.   Keep diet good, 5-htp, exercise and look into piracetam.  These things should help you get better quicker.  The GP will offer you a different type of SSRI or anti depressant, make sure you don't get talked into it!

    Good luck


    If your taking SSRIs don't take 5HTP at the same time (thats what my GP told me). As said above if you want to think about coming off SSRIs talk to your doctor and discuss taping off them. I've been taking 20mg Fluoxetine since the start of October as as well as good diet, plenty of exercise, CBT, little to no alcohol etc have seen a marked improvement in my mood and behaviour. However I'll still likely be on medication until the Autumn, as "when playing about with brain chemistry you don't want to f**k about and rush it, as slow and steady as possible" (again from GP).

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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 10:20:35 (permalink)
    I've never had any problems coming off SRI antidepressants myself, but tapering is generally recommended (I've never needed to taper from any of the 4 I've tried)

    The racetams are less researched drugs, I'd be as wary of them as the SRIs to be honest

    It's generally good to be drug free if you can, obviously the individual has to make their own mind up about that

    Good luck anyway mate

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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 10:55:17 (permalink)
    dan20uk

    Another case of someone being prescribed SSRI's due to external factors.  Like I said they hand out anti depressants like sweeties.

    Your best bet is to talk to the doc and tell them you want to taper off, it can take  up to a year apparently to come off properly.   Keep diet good, 5-htp, exercise and look into piracetam.  These things should help you get better quicker.  The GP will offer you a different type of SSRI or anti depressant, make sure you don't get talked into it!

    Good luck

     
    No, his best bet is to avoid listening to Google Experts such as yourself who clearly havent got a clue, but can back everything up that they say with a link to some non-conclusive study carried out by a team of research students posted somewhere on the web.
     
    Are you aware, for one, that the stress caused by external triggers or 'factors' as you term can actually lead over time to an altered brain chemistry paving the way for clinical depression to set in?
     
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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 10:58:55 (permalink)
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    dan20uk

    Another case of someone being prescribed SSRI's due to external factors.  Like I said they hand out anti depressants like sweeties.

    Your best bet is to talk to the doc and tell them you want to taper off, it can take  up to a year apparently to come off properly.   Keep diet good, 5-htp, exercise and look into piracetam.  These things should help you get better quicker.  The GP will offer you a different type of SSRI or anti depressant, make sure you don't get talked into it!

    Good luck

     
    No, his best bet is to avoid listening to Google Experts such as yourself who clearly havent got a clue, but can back everything up that they say with a link to some non-conclusive study carried out by a team of research students posted somewhere on the web.
     
    Are you aware, for one, that the stress caused by external triggers or 'factors' as you term can actually lead over time to an altered brain chemistry paving the way for clinical depression to set in?
     
    "Erm, no Osagi, I didn't quite catch that one on my Google travels..."
     
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    I am on nothing for depression or anything, but had many external factors that effected my life which I think does cause an effect that will always stay there IMO.





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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 11:24:42 (permalink)
    Danny187

    I am on nothing for depression or anything, but had many external factors that effected my life which I think does cause an effect that will always stay there IMO.


    You're absolutely right mate, these things will always stay with us. For some people the body's response due to the stress of dealing with such issues results in an altered brain chemistry. In time, as they perhaps come to deal with these events, their brain chemistry may well return to normal. In the mean time however, for those that find thesmelves really depressed and it appears clinical depression (abnormal brain chemistry) has become a factor, anti-d's can act as a useful bridge to give them the necessary 'boost' to help them deal and come to terms with whatever issues have affected them. Overtime, it is hoped that the anti-d's would be able to be phased out for most people. Some people however need this support longer than others.
     
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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 12:50:58 (permalink)
    Can't believe some people are handing out advice about 5-htp as though they are sweeties. Don't you realise the serious side effects from taking that stuff. It's untested and doesn't have proper explanations for every facet of it's possible effects.

    Those pesky doctors, it's all ao conpiracy i tells ya!

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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 12:57:59 (permalink)
    And as for Piracetam being an aid to treat clinical depression, I'd be interested in hearing by what mechanism a drug that primarily affects acetyl-choline turnover and production could be considered beneficial?
    Oh and you really want to be careful taking piracetam and any drug which increases brain serotonin levels at the same time due to potential negative interactions.
     
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    Re:Depression 2011/03/13 13:13:18 (permalink)
    And mixing it with HGH!

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Depression 2011/03/14 18:37:46 (permalink)
    i am abit confused now what is piracetam

    how does that work???

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    Re:Depression 2011/03/14 19:09:40 (permalink)
    I believe it's a "smart" drug to aid concentration, or at least it's commonly used for that.

    Don't go cold turkey if you are planning on coming off them, taper the dose off. Best thing is to discuss it with your GP.

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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