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Old 08-26-2007, 09:17 PM   #1
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Seeking some information more than anything

So I see there are 2 different types of anti depressants...MAOI and SSRI (if i have them right) Im just wondering what the difference between the two is, and is one more harmful or risky then the other? Any other useful information would be helpful, thanks!

 
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:48 PM   #2
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Hi:

I am doing this by memory so bare with me. There are at least four kinds of antidepressants the two you mentioned plus another two NDRI, SNRI. An example of each would be SNRI - Effexor, SSRI - Paxil, NDRI - Wellbutrin, MAOI - Narvil. MAOI are not used very much anymore and are kind of a last ditch effort for a lot of people. Each med class effects the chemicals in the brain differently which is part of the reason people have such a difficult time finding the right med for them. I have a very strong stomach so to speak for meds and currently taking Effexor, Wellbutrin, Remeron, Lithium and Temazapam. I was on Paxil for a very short period of time and I crashed and ended up in a mental hospital, needless to say it was the wrong drug for me. MAOI have been around the longest but they probably carry the most risk. There are a lot of lawsuits out there regarding antidepressants most notably Effexor and Paxil because they are addictive and its brutal when you try to get off of them. Like I said before the hardest part is to find the right med or meds that will help you the most. Always do your research and ask a lot of questions. Oh there is another group called the tricyclics but I don't know anything about them.

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Old 08-28-2007, 05:03 PM   #3
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Yeah...maoi's are last resort ad's. Certain food interactions caused some folks to have bp spikes and brain hemorrhages...... Tricyclics have been around for a long time. Elavil is one example. The major concern with these is heart irregularities....Current thinking is SSRI's are safer than these two ad classes.

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Old 08-28-2007, 09:48 PM   #4
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Re: Seeking some information more than anything

wow I didnt know there were 4 different kinds total...other then MAOI are the others relativily the same as far as risks and hazards?

I guess Im trying to get as much info as I can on them. Ive been on celexa for about 3 months now and my energy level is way down, i feel like i could sleep all day and staying in bed used to bother me, now i feel bothered about getting up....

I plan on talking to my doctor for my next checkup. But any insight would help!

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Old 08-28-2007, 11:29 PM   #5
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Hi:

Outside of MAOI's risk factor pretty much goes drug to drug. If I had to make a guess on what your doctor will recommend I would say Wellbutrin, a lot of doctors are turning to it lately. It is known to be a pretty low risk and low side effect drug. It has one heck of a kick to it and not a good drug if you have anxiety issues as it feels like you just slammed back a few cups of coffee, also if you take it late in the day it will effect your sleep. For pure depression I say either Effexor or Paxil as they are the two stronger ones out there, both have lawsuits against them regarding dependency but if they work for you they are going to work very well. Tons of possibilities when it comes to AD's, AD's combos. The key is finding the one that best suits you.

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