Zoloft stopped working at 200mg, so I went off it and switched to Celexa which, after 2 months, does little for my mood but makes me incredibly tired and hungry. I can't take wellbutrin because it causes a rash...what now? Switch to yet another drug? My doc mentioned Effexor, but I read scary things about withdrawls. I want something i only have to take once a day that doesnt make me drowsy and will NOT CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN! Is there anything out there that fits that bill? Or should I just give up on the hunt for the right medication???
Never, ever give up the search. It may take time, but there is something for everyone. I know you have probably heard this before, but there is hope, there is something that will work for you. With all the technology and research being done today, there has to be something that will suit you.
Hello, I certainly wouldn't give up searching either! You almost have to try several different kinds of antidepressants in order to find one that works for you. I have been using Effexor XR for at least a year, I believe 2. I started out with Prozac, then tried Paxil, Zoloft - that worked for a while, then I started on Effexor then Effexor XR (extended release) which was so much nicer to only have to take once a day. FOR ME, Effexor has been the best medication. Yes it made me more tired than the others, BUT, the benefits outweighed that problem. I decided I would rather have peace and sanity and be a little tired. But I also,on important days, would add some ginseng to my diet. Actually, I don't even notice it that much anymore. But Effexor FOR ME allowed to feel my feelings. I could cry. Where it seemed on Zoloft or Prozac I tended to not "feel" subtly. But even recently with Effexor, I was feeling that things like Holidays, birthdays, etc. were not important enough to participate in. So I questioned that apathy. So my counselor was willing for me to try Celexa. And for that I really didn't try it long enough. She had me on half and half to ween me from Effexor and onto Celexa. I don't even remember what happened, I just know that I didn't like what it did for me. So I went back to Effexor. But am now also on Adderall for ADD. So that also makes me feel better. So my point is that it really does take time and trial and error to find what works best, then sometimes you have to change. I also decided that weight gain was FOR ME down the list of priorities in the sense that I NEED MY PEACE OF MIND, I NEED NOT TO BE CRYING ALL THE TIME, FEELING HOPELESS TOTALLY. If it means weight gain, than I guess that's the side effect I will have to live with. Of course I don't want to have a shorter life because of it, so I do try to fight it all the time! I wish you good success in your search. My sister says she likes the Prozac she's using. She tried Zoloft I think and didn't like it. So its different for EACH PERSON even in the same family. God Bless You and Your search. vc
I forgot to say something about the withdrawals you mentioned. My experience has been from the very beginning that I'm scared to death to try to get off ANY anti-
depressant because of the withdrawals. I guess because when I initially tried to go off of them I was WORSE off I believe than when I started. So I don't know, though, about any specific withdrawals, but again, FOR ME, I think any antidepressant will have withdrawals. Best Wishes!