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Old 03-02-2001, 10:48 AM   #1
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Fast-acting SSRI's?

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...

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Old 03-02-2001, 03:05 PM   #2
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Re: Fast-acting SSRI's?

Hi Lupercal..

Hmmmm.. Can't say I have ever heard that..

My guess would be individual sensitivity. I have used SSRI's as well. But I did not like them much because of the proneness for side effects being quite a bit higher than some of the other AD's.. and I think I got them all... (sigh) Good luck with finding the best thing for you..

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Old 03-02-2001, 03:43 PM   #3
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Re: Fast-acting SSRI's?

Hi Lupercal, I am kinda going through the same thing right now.I was taking prozac for about 5 mos. and had my dosage upped a couple times cause i seemed to go downhill.Otherwise it worked great when it did work but last week i just got so bad that i made an appointment with the doctor and told him what was going on.I thought he would up my dose again but instead he switched my to a lower dose of celexa.I left ther very doubtful and wished i never went because i like how the prozac worked in the past.Well anyway The next day i took my first celexa and already felt better! Even my husband said he notices a change.Hopefully it just gets better and not worse.Anyone out ther have an explanation???Good luck to you Lupercal. <IMG SRC=""> Joanne

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