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Re: new to antidepressants, not to meds

Posted by Racer on September 25, 1998, at 12:45:51

In reply to new to antidepressants, not to meds, posted by Kit on September 21, 1998, at 14:51:19

A good psychopharmacologist will discuss your symptoms with you and consider whether there are other more appropriate drugs for you. I've always heard that if you respond well to one drug, you'll probably respond to other drugs as well, so it's mostly finding the one that works best for you. Working best means that the drug is effective, but also causes the fewest side effects.

As for Paxil, when I took it, it made me so lethargic that I couldn't have panicked if a lion had crawled into my bed! Sorry, I am no help with that side of it. (I will say though that it had a profound effect on my anorexia: I gained about 50 pounds from the drug, and that sent me above my critical mass. Over a certain weight I don't think about my size, but under that weight I'm obsessed again. Trying to gain ten pounds when I started the drug was impossible, because I'd break apart from the stress of being so fat, but when that much weight came on so fast, it just launched me past it. Believe it or not [I wouldn't have], I'm healthier, happier, and feel more attractive at this formerly unimaginable weight than I ever was at the lower weight.)

So, I advise discussing your responses with your doctor. Good luck.




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