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#1 Clementine

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 04:50 AM

Is anyone on an antidepressant that is non SSRI? If so, would you mind talking to me about it? I understand it may be personal so you could private message PM me. I think it's time I try one.
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Posted 14 June 2007 - 09:54 PM

Just curious: why do you wish to avoid SSRIs?
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Posted 15 June 2007 - 03:54 AM

Jefa,
I have read that SSRIs are the most addictive of all antidepressants. I called my social worker and she has determined by phone interview that I am depressed and medication would help. She, however, does not know the drugs available today nor can she prescribe so it's up to me and my Dr. to determine one that will work for me. I have already tried 3 SSRIs and I felt worse on each one.
I do not want to take them actually, but I am to the point that maybe it's in my best interest to give another one a try. I do not like the thought of a pill messing with my mind in such a way...and part of me wants to tough it out....be strong...deal with the punches.
I know many people are taking these so I hope my post does not upset anyone. I am just trying to determine if the pros will outweigh the cons in my situation.
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Posted 15 June 2007 - 06:39 AM

Hi Jennifer ,

As much as you want to fight it and be strong, if you are under a lot of stress and pain (which you are) your body may be telling you the chemicals are off in your brain. That's the connection between autoimmune diseases and psychological problems.........straight from Gareth's psych. Stress and pain increase one chemical in the brain which decreases others that can lead to depression and anxiety. You have no reason to be ashamed about it.....you have no control over it. I know several women on another list that are on SSRI's and others are on something called Wellbutrin (sp).

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 15 June 2007 - 07:37 AM

Jennifer, I take fluoxetine, an SSRI. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have fewer side effects than some of the older antidepressants. SSRIs are not addictive, though there are usually temporary withdrawal effects, so they need to be stopped gradually. For two years I resisted taking anything for depression. I thought at first the doctor was saying that part of my problem was mental. I said if I were not in pain, I would not be depressed. Then I started breaking into tears quite frequently. My doctor convinced me to try the SSRI and I have never regretted it for a moment -- I feel so much better than before. I take at dinner time so that any side effects like drowsiness fall at bedtime anyway. At one point my doctor had tried me on amitriptyline for insomnia (not for depression) and I couldn't tolerate the side effects at all. Each person is different.

As an added benefit, this is found on ISN's Raynaud's page:

Raynaud's Phenomenon and Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors The antiplatelet and endothelium-protective properties of SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may represent an attractive additional advantage in patients with depression and scleroderma. Patients who have scleroderma should be screened for depression, and SSRI might be considered when indicated.
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Posted 15 June 2007 - 12:52 PM

Jennifer,
I take zoloft at night and it has helped me immensely. My rheumatologist from Hopkins also told me that it can help the Raynaud's.
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Posted 15 June 2007 - 05:38 PM

Hi Jen,

I also take an antidepressant. I, too, tried "toughing it out". The more reading I did the more I found that many autoimmune diseases have depression as a symptom or characteristic--not a reaction!

I was also like Jefa; I found myself crying more and more often. I was finding less and less enjoyment in things I normally enjoy and several other symptoms of depression.

My rheumatologist was the first to suggest fluoxetine for my Raynauds and I noticed an improvement in my PMS symptoms. However, as my Encephalopathy symptoms worsened, my depression did too. I was finally diagnosed with the Hashimoto's encephalopathy and my neurologist insisted on changing antidepressants. We have found a dosage that works for me, and I have never regretted listening to him.

There are lots of SSRIs out there. Most doctors will start you at a low dose. You can judge your side effects if any, how you are feeling, if you need to increase or if you need to try something else, etc. Just don't give up if you need help getting over a hump. Taking an antidepressant for a period of time, doesn't mean you will take one forever. And as Jefa said, SSRIs are not addictive, but they do need to be weaned off of just as many other meds do.

Good luck with your decision, Jen. You have the right to feel better.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 04:48 AM

Hey girl!! I think as a whole all of us are tough as nails!! When my kids were babies and they had pretty bad health issues, I asked my pediatrician, "why me, why them" and his answer was, We are only given what we can handle and be ok. And to this day, that has been my reasoning to the "why me" pity party I try to throw myself every now and then. Now, to the issue of anti-depressants and SSRI's. I take Celexa and Buspar and they have been a great for me. I went thru several before we (meaning my psychiatrist and I ) came upon a working combo. Don't get me wrong, I still have my days, but I truly think these have made a big difference in my overall well being. Please don't at least try something to help you feel better. You deserve to be happy and feel good. I know it's not a miracle cure, but at least you will feel better about it on most days. I have had quite a bit of experience with the psychiatrists and meds. My 17 year old daughter has severe chronic depression, OCD, is suicidal and a "cutter". These problems came to light when she was about 12. She's been hospitalized several times. Dealing with my problems has been the biggest trigger for her. She's so scared of me dying and leaving her. I have always raised my kids with telling them the truth about things, I try to "temper" what I tell them, but I refuse to lie to them.Anyway, the meds saved her life. So, at least give them a chance!
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Posted 18 June 2007 - 06:07 AM

Jennifer,

No answer for you - but just wanted to tell you that I do take anti-depressants... I have had problems with anxiety/depression/panic disorder long before my SD - I had went through a lot of antidepressants, because I'm so sensitive to a lot of them..........But everyone is different.........

I personally take Effexor XR and it does help........

I hope they find one that will work for you -

Take Care..........hugs.......Donna :)

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 12:44 PM

Jennifer,

I have tried several medications -- Paxil, Welbutrin, Lexapro, and Seroquel. Everyone had a severe side effects. Finally, I settled on Paxil 60mg everyday. I take it in the morning as it has severe effect on sleep.

Thanks
Kamlesh
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Posted 18 June 2007 - 01:13 PM

Jennifer, I don't know if it's an SSRI, but I take Remeron. At first my doctor put me on an antidepressant to help me sleep, but then I was diagnosed with clinical depression. I used to cry over EVERYTHING, now the only time I cry is when I let this horrible sclero get me down. I don't know how I would survive without an antidepressant.
Good luck on whatever you decide.

Sherion