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Re:Interesting question-Anyone know??????

Posted by Leslie Loh on August 9, 2001, at 11:20:49

In reply to Re:Interesting question-Anyone know??????, posted by Waterlily on August 8, 2001, at 16:09:19

> > > Dear Paul,
> > >
> > > I'm glad someone else shares my curiosity (or is it *right to know*?). I've got hold of the manufacturers (Lundbeck) and asked them for information re: the mechanism of flupenthixol in depression/anxiety. Let's hope they know!? I'll post any answers I get out of them. I've got quite a few patients who are using it with great effect but I feel uncomfortable recommending medications when I don't adequately understand their mechanism of action. The same goes for low dose sulpiride (Dogmatil).
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > I don't know how to start but your questions attracted my attention. I have been consuming fluanxol (1mg) for the last 8 years with great results. But the problem is I can't seem to stop it. I have asked Lundbeck and a lot of physicians but no one seemed to be able to offer me a satisfactory answer. My question is - is it OK to consume fluanxol for a lifetime??? I had mild depression since 1992 and have been taking fluanxol (1mg) for the last 8-9 years. I attempted to quit the medication many times but the withdrawal is painful. Please shed some light on my predicament. Thanks
> Leslie, sorry I can't help you, but I am in a similar situation as you - I've been on Wellbutrin for about 4 years and before that Zoloft for 2 1/2 years. I have tried going off several times with no success - I didn't even get off the medication - just went to a lower dose and I relapsed. My psychiatrist has told me that he fully expects that I will need antidepressants for the rest of my life. True, we really don't know what happens when you've been on these medications for decades, but even if my lifetime was shortened by something like ten to twenty years, I would still rather live a shorter life happy than a longer life miserable.

Thanks for the comforting thoughts. At least I know I'm not alone. And I agree with you that I rather live a shorter life happy than a longer life miserable. Life without Fluanxol is simply agonizing. My face would be dry and I just feel "sick" the whole day tho' I don't feel depressed or anything. The disturning thing is that two of my younger brothers have also started on zoloft and prozac recently...It makes me wonder if anyone can actually get out of anti-depressants once and for all. All these wonderful medications seem to be addictive and require a lifetime consumption.




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