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Re: Suicidal and Desperate

Posted by Jim Hardy on May 18, 1999, at 23:03:48

In reply to Suicidal and Desperate, posted by Jamie on May 17, 1999, at 9:58:01

> I have been off the 60mg/day dosage of Prozac that I had been taking for 10 days now. I stopped cold turkey on my own due to the following: 1) health care provider no longer in business, 2) unable to get a new doctor before meds ran out, 3) weight gain regardless of exercise or dieting, 4) "NO" sex drive, 5) insominia and I'm sure I could go on. I am looking for a new doctor now as I am starting to feel suicidal. If it were not for my children I would be gone by now. I'm feeling really helpless and mentally pained. Is there anyone out there taking an antidepressant or some combination that does not cause weight gain, insomnia and loss of libido? I can't afford the weight gain, at this point I'm overweight by about 70+ pounds which also adds to my depression. I look forward to any and all replies!!!!!!

Please don't do anything drastic. There are a lot of different antidepressants on the market and one of them is bound to help. Prozac has a repuation for causing insomnia but there are many other antidepressants that don't have this side effect. There are also antidepressants that don't affect your sex drive: Remeron and Serzone are two that come to mind off the top of my head. I know how bad one can feel at times, but there is hope. You need to find yourself a good psychiatrist. If money is a problem there are various government programs that can help, such as Medicaid. Try contacting your nearest social security office. And as someone else mentioned, I think the drug companies themselves will at times give these drugs to patients for free if you can't afford them. Good luck and feel free to write me if you want more info or just someone to talk to.




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