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Re: Effects of long term SSRI use... My Story...

Posted by zzzz7 on May 1, 2009, at 22:39:03

In reply to Re: Effects of long term SSRI use... My Story... NewQuestions, posted by bleauberry on April 17, 2009, at 5:40:19

I was on high-dose SSRIs for many years (110mg Prozac or the equivalent). I believe that were I not on SSRIs, I'd not have made it through university as I did.

However, now I'm now *extremely* sensitive to changes in serotonin. Sunshine causes depression. So do carbs (though they also cause insulin spikes, too--I've developed pretty strong reactive hypoglycemia). I get depressed throughout the day as serotonin levels rise naturally from basal levels.

Some of this can be ameliorated with a dopamine agonist like amantadine or Requip. But it's hard to know how much of those I need, and if I take a little too much I get depressed.

I'd still do it over again. This is bad, but not as bad as I was before I started on Prozac. I wish that I could get past this current situation, though.




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