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Old 01-19-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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Side affects to antidepressants.

hi, ive never really posted a message on a website before so this is kind of new for me. well here it goes.
im 16 and just started taking antidepressants, ive lost about 10 pounds in the past 2 weeks and i fell like im going to throw up all the time. i havent really been feeling better but ive only been taking it for 2 weeks and my mom said it takes like 3 or 4. ive been getting really, like, agitated easily and i lash out at my mom and brother for moms been crying a lot more because of me and she hit me yesterday becuase i yelled at her. this has been going on ever since i started the medicine and i hate it. has anyone else been having these side effects?im really worried that its not going to work. does anyone have any advice for my anger problems with my family? or just any advice in general?
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Old 01-19-2008, 07:48 PM   #2
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Re: Side affects to antidepressants.

The big thing with antidepressants is they take close to six weeks before you feel the true effect of the med. The problem is the side effects tend to start right away but in most cases will lessen in time. Depends on the med depends on the side effect as there are some common ones but some drugs are more prone to certain side effects. There has been a big movement of late to not allow teenagers access to antidepressants as they are going through puberty and maturing their brain chemicals are constantly changing which makes it difficult to find the right drug to solve or at least lessen the core issue of depression. If you believe that your behavior is continuely on a downward slide then contact your doctor and let them know for the simple answer may be your on the wrong drug as not all drugs will work for everyone so there is a period where you seem to try out all sorts of meds before finding the right one for your brain, some people get lucky right off the bat where as others the process takes awhile.

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Old 01-20-2008, 05:18 PM   #3
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Re: Side affects to antidepressants.

Please make sure you are seeing a specialist for your meds. Someone certified in adolescent psychiatry is who you need to have writing your prescriptions. Are you and your family seeing a therapist? I am quite sure you can find something that will work for you, but make sure you are seeing the specialist! (we wouldn't go to an ear doctor if we broke our leg, would we??) And, if you are seeing the specialist, stay in close contact and let the doc know how you are feeling. OK?

Old 01-20-2008, 06:18 PM   #4
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Re: Side affects to antidepressants.

I went to my pediatrishan for my meds im taking lexapro.ive known him for a long time but when i had to explane to him why i thot i was depressed it was really awkward cuz i also know his son and i talk to him outside the docters office. so im not really sure if he really knows how i really feel cuz i didnt really explain everything to him completely...i dunno i know thats not the right thing to do but it was just mom brot me to a shrink and i went to like 3 sessions with him but it didnt really help. he got fired or something and then suggested a different shrink for me but i havent been to see one since...i told my mom about how the medicine is making me feel and that i wanted to try something different but she hsant really talked to the docter about it. this isnt really the first time iv tried lexapro i tried it like 2 months ago for like 3 weeks but i had really bad side effects to it. i actualie started feeling worse and i had thots about like suicide and stuff all the time like in school and stuff so i just quit it. then my mom found out that i stopped and got really mad at me for doing it and not telling her. i didnt tell her why i stopped, i just said it made me feel sick.

Old 01-20-2008, 08:05 PM   #5
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Re: Side affects to antidepressants.

I would agree with advice to go to an adolescent therapist. Sorry, but the family pediatrician should not be handing out meds as a first course of action. Therapy should be a first option and then meds can be added (notice added, meaning you should still be in therapy) if the therapist and the doc feel it's necessary. Ask your doc to refer you to a therapist. Good luck.

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