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Old 03-02-2005, 05:53 AM   #1
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Antidepressants making things worse

I'm really anxious this morning, so I hope to make sense to you guys. I have been depressed as far back as I can remember. Mid 30's now. Have been on anti d's for 10 yrs. They work a while and than stop. Depression never really goes completely away, I just feel better for a few months after starting new ad. There's a big difference now though. Starting in December, I found that Lexapro (had been taking for about 6 months) stopped working. I bumped up the dosage and depression and anxiety got worse. Went to doc, put me on cymbalta, did nothing for me. Doc put me on zoloft, on it for 21/2 weeks and I was incredibly irritated, depression got worst. Three days ago doc started me on effexor. I have never experienced the highs that I read here, only extreme lows and than like I said earlier, with a new ad I feel a little better for a short time. Long story I know, my point i think is this. Could the ad's be making things worst? Could my high's be irritation and anxiety? Thanks for listening.

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Old 03-02-2005, 03:43 PM   #2
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Re: Antidepressants making things worse

Could be a really crappy side effect. I know when I went on Effexor XR, they made me very irritable. They magnified all my problems so much, I stopped taking them one night and started taking vicadin until I could go to the doctor and get back on Paxil. Perhaps you are on too low of a dose? I know with a lot of people it takes a while to find something that works. I got lucky and responded well to the first AD I took (after the adjustment period was over). I didn't realize how well Paxil worked for me until I started taking Effexor and noticed how much worse I could be. I would go back to the doctor and ask for something different or maybe a higher dose...

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