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Re: I've been taking SSRI everyday since 1996.... pattisun

Posted by yxibow on March 27, 2009, at 0:52:05

In reply to I've been taking SSRI everyday since 1996...., posted by pattisun on March 26, 2009, at 17:41:01

> I know these are supposed to be for "short term" use. Mine is described for anxiety and mild depression. I also have been taking Klonopin since 1996 too. Just wondering if my brain is completely fried.... (I'm 53)
> Thoughts appreciated.

SSRIs ? They're prescribed for long term use, so you don't have to take benzodiazepines, or not nearly as much as you would without it.

I seriously doubt your brain is 'fried' or you wouldn't be here talking. Is it helping your anxiety and dysthymia well ?

As for the clonazepam -- I don't know what sort of dose you are on, but if it is still "doing something" even if you dont feel a 'zing', what matter does it make ?

Yes, we don't know the infinite question of long term use, but we have the collected amount of data of people taking SSRIs ever since Prozac of thousands of patient-years which is just as good a comparison.

Some people will try to paint agents as 'genotoxic' or 'carcinogenic' -- but ask yourself, would you want to be seriously depressed for many years or have a slightly higher risk of cancer or some sort of brain anomaly?

I know it may sound harsh, but I don't see the worry personally.

-- best wishes





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