Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 201679

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anyone smoke more on ssri's?

Posted by babs on February 18, 2003, at 21:01:04

I have always been a smoker but I noticed that when I started celexa my smoking increased (lately it's gotten out of hand). I'm just wondering if anyone lese has experienced this. Is there a chemical basis for it? My theory is that ssri's make my add worse so I smoke more and consume copious amounts of caffeine.

 

Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's?

Posted by Creaky_Neurons on February 19, 2003, at 10:49:42

In reply to anyone smoke more on ssri's?, posted by babs on February 18, 2003, at 21:01:04

this happens to me on zoloft, along with inability to sleep more that 4 hours, etc. basically i get hypomanic and chain smoke (or used to)

i think it's related to dopamine release or depletion by ssri's. nicotine helps fight the drug-induced apathy, which is better than depression, but not better than well.

are you bipolar at all?

creaky.

 

Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's? Creaky_Neurons

Posted by babs on February 19, 2003, at 13:02:08

In reply to Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's?, posted by Creaky_Neurons on February 19, 2003, at 10:49:42

Dear Creaky- No, I'm unipolar with GAD, OCD and ADD (how's that for a mix!). I used to smoke when I was on imipramine but NEVER like this. I went from 1/2 pack a day to a full pack a day on celexa. Now I'm up to a pack and a half a day since my mom was diagnosed with cancer (you would think it would have made me quit but nooooo... not me! I just smoke more).

 

Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's?

Posted by missinglynxx on February 20, 2003, at 6:58:36

In reply to Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's? Creaky_Neurons, posted by babs on February 19, 2003, at 13:02:08

Babs ! I wouldnt be too rough on yourself. you are going thru difficult times. IM sorry about your mom. Just try and get some exericise in the meantime.. BE WELL

 

Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's? missinglynxx

Posted by babs on February 20, 2003, at 7:49:13

In reply to Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's?, posted by missinglynxx on February 20, 2003, at 6:58:36

Thanks misinglynxx- I have been really hard on myself lately!

 

Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's?

Posted by Ed O`Flaherty on February 21, 2003, at 10:24:44

In reply to anyone smoke more on ssri's?, posted by babs on February 18, 2003, at 21:01:04

You may be able to counteract this situation by taking omega-3 fish oil.See www.omega3.20megsfree.com for details

 

Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's? Ed O`Flaherty

Posted by babs on February 21, 2003, at 14:34:51

In reply to Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's?, posted by Ed O`Flaherty on February 21, 2003, at 10:24:44

I have been taking fish oil for about two months- haven't noticed a difference yet, but I can still hope. At any rate it has definitely improved my mood and that is a very very good thing!

 

Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's?

Posted by snowden on February 21, 2003, at 19:54:10

In reply to Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's? Ed O`Flaherty, posted by babs on February 21, 2003, at 14:34:51

actually I smoke less...the day after I started Prozac again I woke up feeling that I just didn't want one, and from that day smoked half of what I did before...since then I've also implemented Wellbutrin and cut it in half once again...

Good Luck!!

 

Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's?

Posted by Ed O`Flaherty on February 22, 2003, at 16:52:22

In reply to Re: anyone smoke more on ssri's? Ed O`Flaherty, posted by babs on February 21, 2003, at 14:34:51

> I have been taking fish oil for about two months- haven't noticed a difference yet, but I can still hope. At any rate it has definitely improved my mood and that is a very very good thing!

The dose of fish oil that helps people to reduce smoking may be higher than the amount required for depression.I could not safely recommend you though to increase your dose of fish oil if you are well now in case it upset your present status but you could yourself consider increasing the dose very slowly to 10g daily,stopping if you have side effects or have a relapse of your depression.


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