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1.What medication/medications do you take and at which dose/doses?
2.What are some of the symptoms you have experienced?
3.Do you think your medication is effective at treating your depression if so how does it improve your symptoms?
4.What has your overall experience been of taking antidepressants?
5.How long have you suffered from depression?

I used to take Zoloft/sertraline for 6 months my maximum dose was 150mg however I couldn't sleep at all no matter what dose I took and for how long.Now I take quetiapine/seroquel which is an atypical antipsychotic also used to treat other mental illnesses.I sleep very well as it has sedating effects I take 150mg.I think it works quite well at stabilising mood and dulling emotions.My mind is relatively quiet and the emotions I experience are very mild.Things are not perfect but they are much better than if I wouldn't take any medication.I have tried CBT I had 14 sessions however I haven't found it very helpful personally and I have found that medication makes a big difference in my life.
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I have been on sertraline 150mg for almost a year now, initially i started at 25mg. I could not sleep very well either but after a few months it sort of aided my sleep a bit more. As someone who suffered from severe depression for quite a few years, I found that it quite helped. It does not do much harm until i forget a dose or do not take a dose. I suffered from severe anxiety and depression and panic disorder. I would get an eating disorder from anxiety and be physically sick.
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I have been on citalopram, trazadone, fluxoetine and mirtazapine in terms of anti-depressants the worst of which was the citalopram as i had multiple side effects such as constant nausea, poor appetite, multiple joint pain and caused a rapid and mixed form of Bipolar which was at the time undiagnosed. Mirtazapine i gained a lot of weight on as my appetite was way increased tho the sedative effect was good for this one, in the end none of these worked as i have Bipolar II disorder which means that just anti-depressants won't work and can make things much worse without the protection of a mood stabiliser/ Anti-psychotic.

My current meds are Quetiapine 200 mg and Duloxatine 60 mg (another anti-depressant). This combination has been working well with adjustments here or there and have been stable for around 18 months now and back in work. There has been CBT, psycho-education and private counselling involved also which has helped massively.

I'd question why they have put you on an anti-psychotic for depression as they are not normally prescribed for depression to be honest as these should only be prescribed by psychiatrists. Unless it has been recommended by a psychiatrist and this is your treatment plan then ignore this last comment. You have to had blood tests and an ecg before commencing on quetiapine and then yearly ecgs and bloods as it can affect your heart rythym and your bodies reactions to things like insulin ect.
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Setraline made me sleepy as ****.
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Fluoextine made my face swell up (which split the skin on my eyelids, still have scarring from it, was great *sarcasm*), gave me hives, made me more suicidal and made my heart do weirder **** than it normally does. So fluoxetine wasn't great. I don't remember what the dose was because I wasn't managing my medications, the home treatment team was. I've not tried any other medications for my mental health as I'm limited in what I can take due to a medical condition I have, which makes medication a tricky issue for me (hence the severe reaction to fluoxetine), combined with the fact I am anorexic and I worry about incessantly about potential weight gain, so other things they've tried to start me on I won't comply with because I get too worried I'll gain weight on it.
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Fluoextine made my face swell up (which split the skin on my eyelids, still have scarring from it, was great *sarcasm*), gave me hives, made me more suicidal and made my heart do weirder **** than it normally does. So fluoxetine wasn't great. I don't remember what the dose was because I wasn't managing my medications, the home treatment team was. I've not tried any other medications for my mental health as I'm limited in what I can take due to a medical condition I have, which makes medication a tricky issue for me (hence the severe reaction to fluoxetine), combined with the fact I am anorexic and I worry about incessantly about potential weight gain, so other things they've tried to start me on I won't comply with because I get too worried I'll gain weight on it.
My doctor just put me on fluoxetine today and now I'm a little...unsure (I've always been very reluctant and cautious when it comes to medication). Do you know anyone else who shared your experience? Also, can I just double check that the severe reaction you experienced was due to your medical condition?
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I've been on 20mg of Fluoxetine for about three weeks now. Some side effects I've hsd are being unable to sleep, feeling sick, lump in my throat, reduced appetite, more tired and increase in suicidal thoughts (unsure if the last one is due to the tablets though). So far I don't feel like it has helped me at all and I feel slightly worse, but it's early days,
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Fluoxetine was never any good for me to be honest, i felt like it had no effect what so ever after 8 weeks so it got switched to something else, can't remember any other side effects of this one. Different medications work differently on everyone, if you feel that something is not helping or the side effects are unmanageable then speak with your doctor
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My doctor just put me on fluoxetine today and now I'm a little...unsure (I've always been very reluctant and cautious when it comes to medication). Do you know anyone else who shared your experience? Also, can I just double check that the severe reaction you experienced was due to your medical condition?
Angioedema (the swelling) isn't a common reaction, but people who have mast cell issues generally have pretty bad reactions to SSRIs, but at the time I wasn't diagnosed with a mast cell condition (I got diagnosed a few months later, and I have had it my whole life). Mast cell disorders are generally rare though, so you probably won't have the reactions I had to it as you probably don't have mast cell issues. I don't know anyone else who has had the same set of side effects as me with fluoxetine no, but then again, even as a person with mast cell issues, I'm very, very sensitive to medications (and food), moreso than a lot of people with mast cell issues. :lol: I also don't know anybody else with a mast cell disorder personally to ask them if they've had reactions to fluoxetine or SSRIs. :dontknow: I just know SSRIs are generally not good for people like me.

I'd say give it a shot, but explain your concerns with your GP. They will monitor you on it anyway.

*an increase in suicidal thoughts is quite common for people under 25 (I'm 24, was 23 at the time I took fluoxetine), which is why it includes a black box warning. I was already suicidal (hence home treatment team) so they should've seen that coming.
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Angioedema (the swelling) isn't a common reaction, but people who have mast cell issues generally have pretty bad reactions to SSRIs, but at the time I wasn't diagnosed with a mast cell condition (I got diagnosed a few months later, and I have had it my whole life). Mast cell disorders are generally rare though, so you probably won't have the reactions I had to it as you probably don't have mast cell issues. I don't know anyone else who has had the same set of side effects as me with fluoxetine no, but then again, even as a person with mast cell issues, I'm very, very sensitive to medications (and food), moreso than a lot of people with mast cell issues. :lol: I also don't know anybody else with a mast cell disorder personally to ask them if they've had reactions to fluoxetine or SSRIs. :dontknow: I just know SSRIs are generally not good for people like me.

I'd say give it a shot, but explain your concerns with your GP. They will monitor you on it anyway.

*an increase in suicidal thoughts is quite common for people under 25 (I'm 24, was 23 at the time I took fluoxetine), which is why it includes a black box warning. I was already suicidal (hence home treatment team) so they should've seen that coming.
I see, thank you for the heads up. Always good to be mentally prepared I guess.
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Tried a load but they never helped me at all.

Sertraline rekt my stomach
Citralopram did literally nothing
Propranalol (anti-anxiety) did literally nothing
Fluoxetine made me throw up loads
Mirtazapine made me really drowsy
Venlafaxine Makes me throw up loads
Pregabalin (anti-anxiety) did pretty much nothing, makes me a bit light headed every now and then

C'est la vie.
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I see, thank you for the heads up. Always good to be mentally prepared I guess.
Of course. I don't think my experience is the norm if that's any consolation, lol. I hope you are OK. :console:
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Of course. I don't think my experience is the norm if that's any consolation, lol. I hope you are OK. :console:
Yeah, I think I just got a little freaked out for no particular reason. I'm very much new to the world of anti-depressants and I don't really want to inform my parents/friends about it, so basically have no one to ask in real.

I'm great though and thank you for the detailed answer
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Yeah, I think I just got a little freaked out for no particular reason. I'm very much new to the world of anti-depressants and I don't really want to inform my parents/friends about it, so basically have no one chat to in real.

I'm great though and thank you for the detailed answer
I think it's good to be aware of potential adverse reactions, but also keep an open mind. Easier said than done, though. For what it's worth, I know a few people who swear by fluoxetine. Just different things work for different people.

You're welcome. If you do want to chat about things, my inbox is open. I'm willing to try and help where possible or just to listen.
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I think it's good to be aware of potential adverse reactions, but also keep an open mind. Easier said than done, though. For what it's worth, I know a few people who swear by fluoxetine. Just different things work for different people.

You're welcome. If you do want to chat about things, my inbox is open. I'm willing to try and help where possible or just to listen.
That's very kind of you.

Thank you, will keep that in mind.
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No, none of what I was given resulted in betterment.
Feeling dull and lifeless was worse than feeling depressed.
Though I’m sure all these pills and treatments work for some, they most definitely didn’t for me.
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I have been on citalopram, trazadone, fluxoetine and mirtazapine in terms of anti-depressants the worst of which was the citalopram as i had multiple side effects such as constant nausea, poor appetite, multiple joint pain and caused a rapid and mixed form of Bipolar which was at the time undiagnosed. Mirtazapine i gained a lot of weight on as my appetite was way increased tho the sedative effect was good for this one, in the end none of these worked as i have Bipolar II disorder which means that just anti-depressants won't work and can make things much worse without the protection of a mood stabiliser/ Anti-psychotic.

My current meds are Quetiapine 200 mg and Duloxatine 60 mg (another anti-depressant). This combination has been working well with adjustments here or there and have been stable for around 18 months now and back in work. There has been CBT, psycho-education and private counselling involved also which has helped massively.

I'd question why they have put you on an anti-psychotic for depression as they are not normally prescribed for depression to be honest as these should only be prescribed by psychiatrists. Unless it has been recommended by a psychiatrist and this is your treatment plan then ignore this last comment. You have to had blood tests and an ecg before commencing on quetiapine and then yearly ecgs and bloods as it can affect your heart rythym and your bodies reactions to things like insulin ect.
I was prescribed Quetiapine by a psychiatrist.I don't find therapy particularly beneficial.I am quite worried about the potential side effects however I trust my psychiatrist.
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I have found that it is very hard to get any sort of therapy on the NHS it took me 9 months to get CBT.When I got referred from CAMHS to the adult service they refused any further treatment.My friend who does psychology told me that there are many much more effective therapies out there however the NHS offers very limited types of therapy and you are most likely to only get either CBT or counselling.If you want anything else you would need to go privately but that is very costly.
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I have found that it is very hard to get any sort of therapy on the NHS it took me 9 months to get CBT.When I got referred from CAMHS to the adult service they refused any further treatment.My friend who does psychology told me that there are many much more effective therapies out there however the NHS offers very limited types of therapy and you are most likely to only get either CBT or counselling.If you want anything else you would need to go privately but that is very costly.
It depends on what issues you have, how severe/complex they are and what's available in your trusts area. I've had two blocks of specialist trauma therapy during my time in secondary care, the current one I'm in I waited over a year for. I was also waiting around for eating disorder related therapy from the eating disorder service in my area, but that didn't go ahead because I was non-compliant with the treatment and was actually getting more unwell by being under their service (logic lol). Adult mental health services are stretched so very thin and to get specialist help, you will have to wait, it doesn't even go quicker if you're a risk to yourself (I was almost detained on a section 3 for being a risk to myself so much so they didn't trust me not to be in hospital).

Private therapy can be done on a sliding scale ie if you have no/limited income then they may charge less and also if you go to university you can get access to specialist mental health mentors and counsellors, etc.

It is very dependent on need and who they have available. The team I am under has only 4 psychologists working with it, the IAPT team on the other hand has upwards of 20+ therapists and practioners that work on therapy with the patients. They need to put more money into secondary care mental health services, but there just isn't the money to go around. Very sad state of affairs.
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I was prescribed Quetiapine by a psychiatrist.I don't find therapy particularly beneficial.I am quite worried about the potential side effects however I trust my psychiatrist.
Ahh ok thats good in terms of the side effects it is fairly dose dependant, people generally only start running into problems from what i have hear at around 500mg + dose of quetiapine. I have been on 250mg in the past and have not had any side effects so far and it has been working well, as long as you get the yearly blood tests ect then their shouldn't be a problem Therapy doesn't always work for people but it is great to have a good psychatrist that you trust .

I'm more at risk of the insulin problems due to family history on both sides on diabetes but like i said thats usually on higher doses for example my maximum dose of quetiapine will be limited to 500 mg before swapping to someone else due to this despite doses of quetiapine being able to go up to 1000mgs tho thats usually inpatient doses.

I try not to worry too much as long as everything is being monitored however i know that this is easier said that done. I hope that you continue to do well on the medication, i have found that its the best one ive been one considering all the others ive tried.
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