Posted by ed_uk on November 27, 2005, at 11:32:17
In reply to Re: Experiences on Risperdal... Im afraid of TD » ed_uk, posted by zeugma on November 26, 2005, at 17:40:08
Hi Zeugie :-)
>In the U.S., the way it would work for the typical patient with symptoms of depression is that they would be given Lexapro samples for free. Then if the decision was made that the pills were needed a prescription would be written for Lexapro. Insidious, isn't it?
LOL, they get free Lexapro to start with then have to pay LOTS of money to continue it! Free samples are certainly a very effective way of getting doctors to prescribe new drugs. Would be cheaper for the patient if they started on generic fluoxetine and received NO 'free' samples :-)
>By the way, most studies that show that SSRI's have fewer side effects than TCA's use studies that compare them against imipramine or amitriptyline.
IMO, TCA side effects tend to be more obvious eg. urinary retention. SSRI side effects like apathy and loss of libido tend to be more insidious.
At 'standard' doses, Gamanil works out as being about 10 times cheaper than Strattera!
RE antidepressants, lofepramine and nortriptyline are currently a lot more expensive than generic fluoxetine, which is now the cheapest AD in the UK!