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Switching from an SSRI to an SNRI.

Posted by Xavi on May 29, 2001, at 5:54:53

After almost seven years on various SSRIs (but mostly Prozac) I discovered the existence of SNRIs and wondered if their side effects might be easier to tolerate (SSRIs have caused me to suffer unprecedented weight gain, daytime sleepiness, apathy, low libido etc). My doctor agreed to my switching over and so far, having been on Reboxetine for 10 weeks, I do feel more alert and my libido has improved somewhat. However, in making the switch I did experience what I imagine were withdrawal symptoms from the sertraline I had been taking - which I'm mentioning because I think the medical profession underestimates the severity of withdrawal from SSRIs. Obviuosly changing from an SSRI to an SNRI is not as trouble-free as changing from one SSRI to another. I was wondering if anyone else had been through a similar experience and if they had any comments to make on the effectiveness of the two types of AD. Also, has anyone managed to shift the weight they gained on SSRIs after making the change?




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