I've been using anti-depressants since about '94. My body is used to them for the most part.
The first one they gave me was paxil. Hoo boy, that was LCD central! lol Took it for three weeks and never ever got off the couch. My eyes were seriouslyl dialated on that stuff. Yuk
Switched over to Zoloft. Took that for a couple years with no start-up side effects. Side effects came at the end when I become too lethargic to get anything done.
Then came the Prozac. I LOVED that and took it up until a year ago. I was getting way too anxious on it. It had a "racy" element in it's formula that wasn't working for me at the end. Last year I went on 10 mg Lexapro. I had to fight tooth and nail for it. They gave me celexa first but I liked the lexapro (on trial) better because it seemed like I wasn't taking anything at all...no side effects. I just went from one med right into Lex and I find it is the "cleanest feeling" med I've taken so far.
I have renewed anxiety for other reasons so I take an anti-anxiety med (as needed) for that. I DID discover, just the other day, that taking my Lex is much better, for me, when done in the MORNING and not at night. No wonder I wasn't sleeping so well. Silly me
All I can really say is that not every med is the right one for each person. And, if one hasn't taken anti-depressants before, ya gotta let it ease into your blood stream and get used to it for some days or weeks before the initial symptoms lighten up.
Best of luck... :wave: