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Re: HELP! re: antidepressants

Posted by Nick on April 6, 1999, at 7:14:58

In reply to HELP! re: antidepressants, posted by Jay Limmo on April 5, 1999, at 20:41:16

> My mother, a chronically depressed 66-year-old, took the antidepressant Ascendin for over a decade. Worked fine. Last fall, she decided to stop taking it, and has since become so emotional overwrought and erratic that she's alienated just about everyone in our family.

The rule of thumb is to restart any antidpressant that has been effective before, unless there has been an intolerable side effect, loss of efficacy or new contraindication. Amoxapine has a different method of action to the other antidepressants that your mother's doctor has recommended. There is only a 2 in 3 chance that a particular antidepressant will be effective in a given case. She might be best off going back on the amoxapine. Hope this helps, Nick




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