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Re: Sigh. Abilify is now prescribed. What about Luvox? Amelia_in_StPaul

Posted by emme on June 21, 2009, at 6:03:46

In reply to Sigh. Abilify is now prescribed. What about Luvox?, posted by Amelia_in_StPaul on June 19, 2009, at 12:22:28

> Okay, here's what's happening. Any feedback is appreciated...
> Pristiq was an unqualified disaster. My pdoc, looking at the long list of SSRIs and SNRIs I tried, and failed or couldn't tolerate, has prescribed 1 mg Abilify as a standalone (still keeping my ativan for anxiety and trazodone for sleep).
> There are, however, two SRIs I have not tried: Cymbalta (I don t expect that I could tolerate it, though) and Luvox. I have heard of great success with Luvox.
> After all my trouble with meds, I am very, very resistant to jumping to another class. I have read that people on Abilify can gain weight over time. I already have 15 lbs to lose, which has really affected my self esteem.
> Couldn't I just--has anyone--be okay on supplements? Should I ring my pdoc and ask about Luvox?
> Tired and mired (but better than wired and tired), Amelia

If weight gain is your only worry about Abilify, I wouldn't discount it too quickly. Yes, there can be a slow, sneaky weight gain on it, and that is something to watch out for. But I have the impression that is not universal.

Abilify has been a far more reliable antidepressant for me than those classified as antidepressants. I have stopped caring about the class of a drug as long as it works well and the side effects are tolerable.

I know supplements are tempting and that there are people who find them very helpful. But remember that you are still introducing a substance into your body and there may be problems. 5HTP rapidly made me a complete and total wreck. Melatonin made me more depressed. St. John's Wort (Kira brand) did nothing but make me logy and queasy. SAM-e was a bust. Alternative remedies are worth looking into, but don't be surprised if it's hit or miss like prescription drugs. Fish oil should be pretty benign and there have been controlled studies on it - I'd probably start there. Check out the "alternative" board.

Good luck.




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