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Old 08-11-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I am new to the board and I was hoping someone out there could help me. I was on Zoloft for 11 years and my psychiatric and I felt it was not working anymore. So in the last six months I have tried 3 different a/depressants...ending with 25mg of Noritryptilline but it has been horrible. My anxiety/ depression and this unbelievable anger has changed my life over the past six weeks. I even went into hospital as I was terrified about how I am feeling. So we are switching back to Zoloft over next five days, but I am terrified I will always feel this horrible. I have three great boys and husband and I have been a nightmare to be around
And I feel so bad about it, but it is like I have no control over this anger/anxiety. I am going back to therapy as well, but it is expensive so I have to make sure we have the money.

I also lost both my parents to cancer in past 3 years and my mom was my best friend so I miss her something awful. This has also flared up my fibro horribly too.

Sorry so long, but would love to hear from anyone on how they cope when things seem so overwhelming. I thank anyone in advance who replies!

Chris

 
Old 08-12-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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Re: Does anyone know what side effects come with changing antidepressants?

Anti-depressants are very delicate to deal with. I hope for you that your doctor knows what he is doing, because most of them don't have much experience with them. They never took them and know only what other people told them, which might not be true - especially considering the manufacturers of these drugs that downplay the risks and side effects of them.

Taking an SSRI while still being under the influence of another one is dangerous and can lead to a serotonine syndrome. So avoid that at any cost. Also these drugs need some time to kick in (several weeks) and if you stop taking them you might experience rebound anxiety. You can't do much about these things, but stay calm, avoid stress, rest as much as possible and eat healthy food.

Also the chemicals in the different anti-depressants are different. Some might work for you, some do not. Finding the right one for you can take some time. I wouldn't wish this for me worst enemy, because I know how bad they can make you feel. Have you tried a benzodiazepine for the time switching the medication. It can reduce your anxiety if it gets too much for you. It is a pill you take in when it gets really bad.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:37 PM   #3
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Re: Does anyone know what side effects come with changing antidepressants?

Hi,

Thanks so much for the reply it was so nice of you to write back. I see you are from Austria, I hear it is beautiful there! Yes, you are right we put our fate in these doctors hands and hope they know what they are doing. I feel a bit stronger today, did not have to take an Ativan to calm things down. I just wanted to thank you for your reply.

Chris

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Thank you also for the kind words. Yes it is a nice country. Pity is that many people don't care about others and are ignorant. But I guess it is like this everywhere in the world today.

I suggest you read about the medication as much as possible to learn about the stuff you are taking. It is the best you can do to understand its effects and side-effects.

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