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Re: celexa

Posted by Toby on April 13, 1999, at 13:33:42

In reply to Re: celexa, posted by lisa bartlett on April 12, 1999, at 17:40:21

Celexa is an SSRI just like the Zoloft. No one can predict if he will respond better to it than any other SSRI. The current thinking is to go to a different class of antidepressant if someone has failed to respond to a particular one. Some of the more "potent" ones are Effexor, Remeron, Serzone, or Wellbutrin. Since your brother is bipolar, he will probably still need to be on a mood stabilizer to prevent switching into mania when the antidepressant is started. There are now more options for that as well: Lithium, Depakote, Neurontin, Lamictal, Topamax, Verapamil, Zyprexa. With regard to the ECT, other than the up front financial costs, do not fear it. It is safe now, effective, and quick (don't have to wait 4-8 weeks for it to work). It also works for mania. Good luck.




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