I'm curious about this: I've tried all the major families of anti-depressants. They all take a considerable time to have an effecton my epression,if they're going to have an effect at all. The exception seems to be the SSRI's - which unfortunately I can't take because of the effect they have on my tinnitus.
However both Prozac and Luvox have a very rapid effect on my depression. The first time I took Prozac, I'd been slipping downhill rapidly and was teetering on the brink of a major depression. Within less 24 hours of taking the first dose, I was nearly back to normal! This return to normalcy proved fragile, and about a week later when something went rather badly wrong, I plummetted back down again, and this time emerged more gradually from the depression over a period of several weeks.
Recently I trialed Luvox, and found it seemed to have an even more rapid effect than the Prozac. The same day that I took it, I could feel the blanket of gloom lifting around the edges, and my mental clarity improving. As I said, none of the other AD's have anything like this rapid an effect. Some of them have plenty of rapid _side-effects_, but I can tell the difference.
However, nowhere on any of the productinformation have I read anything like "you may notice an improvement overnight". It's always "it may take 2-4 weeks before you feel the full benefit" or words to thateffect. So I'm just wondering if, as my doctor suggested, I'm unusually sensitive to SSRI's - or is this a relatively common thing? Has anyone else out therehad a really rapid improvement aftertaking SSRI's (or any other kind of AD for that matter?)
I wish they didn't have that awful side-effect for me, because I'd be back on them like a shot otherwise...