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Question for anyone with experience of AD's

(6 Posts)
Carla Mon 10-Jan-05 13:35:06

What's the best? And did they cheer you up as much as you thought they would? TIAXXX

Marina Mon 10-Jan-05 13:39:35

Oh Carla, hon, there are loads on the market and to some extent you and your GP may have to shop around to find the right ones for you. EG some are not suitable for people with other physical conditions or on other medication.
I have recently witnessed a transformation in someone close to me thanks to a low-dose prescription of Citalopram. It has helped them HUGELY. Not cheered up as such, but helped them feel less anxious about dealing with serious problems.
Saw your other thread, wishing you lots of luck and courage in 2005. You have made the biggest step already and I really admire you for doing it.

singsong Mon 10-Jan-05 13:40:14

Carla, I don’t think there is a best AD IMO. It depends on the individual. What works well for one won’t necessarily do so for another. It can be a matter of trial and error sometimes before the AD that suits is found.

Carla Mon 10-Jan-05 13:47:54

Oh, OK, thanks guys

MummytoSteven Tue 11-Jan-05 12:53:56

hi carla. agree with singsong. people usually have less side effects with the more modern ones - SSRIs - drugs like Prozac than with the older ones, the tricylics - tricyclics are iirc more prone to make you sedated/gain weight etc.

i don't think they "cheer you up" per se - more like slowly shift you along from finding life is unbearable to being bearable again over the course of a few months. they usually take 2 -4 weeks to kick in. I would say to avoid Seroxat if you can - it can be hard to withdraw from as it has a short half life, so goes out of your system very quickly), whilst the other similar ADs don't have that problem. personally I have found them very useful, and have had very little side effects - but everyone's so different that you just don't know how well they would work until you try them.

the other thing you might find useful is to talk over with your GP is the issue of alcohol and SSRIs - sometimes SSRIs can make you drunk quicker, and as alcohol is a depressant it might counteract the anti-depressant effect of the tablets a bit.


got very intermittent net access atm as am waiting for PCworld to replace my laptop keyboard (I spilt soup over it } so may not be online again for a while

hope you are ok

juniperdewdrop Tue 11-Jan-05 12:57:37

They lift the black cloud, make you more interested in things you may have lost interest in? Can help with panic attacks.

I was on citalopram for PAs and it helped hugely. Just take St johns now daily but if I miss a few days I know it.

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