Re: SSRI's vs. Tricyclics
I cannot tolerate the SSRI's. My very first med, 7 years ago, was amitriptyline (a tricyclic) and it worked great for me. Since it quit last fall, I've tried several other tricyc. and have had a lot of side effects from different ones. Still searching for the right one. Vivactil had the least side effects, mainly, dry mouth & a bad taste in the mouth, but that's minor to some of the others. I was just tried on maprotiline & it made me extremely hyper & rapid heart beat.
After my amtrip quit, my doctor tried me on Lexapro & Effexor, I had terrible reactions to both.
I think doctors think the newest med on the market is always the best, but the way I reacted to Lexapro, which is about the newest SSRI, I cannot agree.
What I've read is that the newer SSRI's have less side effects so that is why doctors stay with them, but that is not the case for everyone. I had worse side effects from the SSRI's than the tricyclics.
I may be trying pamelor next.