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    Default Medication Advice Please

    I've been dealing with mild depression for probably about a year to 18 months, and I've finally accepted that I may need medication. I don't like taking medication for anything if i can help it - i had some horrible side effects from contraceptives so I really don't like messing with things unless I have to.

    I know my Dr will be great at suggesting medication, and i realize everyone reacts differently, but i'd like to hear some real experiences. Anyone willing to share their positive and not so positive medication stories?

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    I can't remember what I was put on but I was on anti depressants for about 6 months a few years back. I had put it off sooo much cause like you I don't really like medication. Hubby finally got me to see a doctor and get something and after 6 months I was feeling like I didn't need the pill support anymore. I still have my days and my moments but I dread to think where I would be if I had never seen the doc and kept resisting the fact that actually I was better off with the meds. No one can tell you what is right for you but they were a life saver for me (and certainly a job and relationship saver). Good luck Hun x

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    Almost 4 years ago I went through a period of major depression, with a fair dose of anxiety thrown in.
    After months of trying to figure out what was wrong with me, (GP, Sleep specialist and finally psychiatrist), my psych put me into Pristiq after my first visit. Normally he said he would have waited but to him I was so obviously depressed he decided to start straight away. Within a few Weeks I was feeling noticeably better, a couple of months back to normal.
    embarrassingly enough, before my encounter with depression I was somewhat of the persuasion that it was something people should be able to "pull themselves out of". Yeah...no. I ended up withdrawing from uni, quitting my job and almost never leaving the house...all in the space of a few months!
    The one negative of pristiq was the withdrawl. I stopped taking it at the beginning of last year, and although I tapered my dose got horrible withdrawl effects. They only lasted a few Weeks but it was tough.
    Best of luck to you hun x

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    Thanks LaDiDah and JustUsTwo. I know it tend to down play problems too, so my 'mild depression' is probably more likely to be moderate. It's definately time for me to try something other than CBT, mindfulness, etc.

    I sound really superficial, but I really don't want to take anything that is going to effect my skin or make me gain weight. But i guess i'll just have to deal with that as it happens.

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    The main thing to know is that most people can try many different antidepressants before they find one that helps their depression and also have side effects you can tolerate. The first time I saw a GP for an antidepressant I tried 3 kinds (lexepro, pristiq and Prozac) over 6 months. All had different effects and they are all very common ones you may be offered. I've since tried others. The main thing is not to give up on the medication just cos u get a side effect u won't tolerate. Just give each one 4-8 weeks to see if u feel better mentally if their are no bad side effects. If there are side effects u dont like go back to ur GP and ask to switch to something else.

    Common side effects I've had were night sweats, increase in nightmares, feeling hot, insomnia, nausea. Once I found one that worked for me these disappeared. Every person is different tho.
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    Yep, everyone is definitely different when it comes to meds. The only side effect I experienced was decreased appetite at the start, which did concern me a little as I had already lost about 6 kilos off my already small frame in the couple of months before...but that went away after a week or two. Insomnia is apparently a common side effect with pristiq, but as it was already a huge problem for me I was also on valium, so I really didn't notice any change. After about 2 months I was able to stop the valium and sleep gradually improved.
    I found chatting to my psych was the best help in choosing a med, although he only offered me Lexapro or Pristiq based on my symptoms.
    I've had friends who have gone through a myriad of drugs trying to mind something that works for them, it can be very hard. Hopefully you will find a solution very soon, I wouldn't wish those horrid feelings upon anyone.

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    Try St. John's wort - it's a natural anti depressant/anti anxiety & you get it from the chemist - if you are on other medications though make sure you talk to your GP or pharmacist as some medications can interact with them & you can't take prescribed anti depressants while on them but I have heard wonderful things about their effectiveness for mild anxiety/depression & people I know that are on them haven't had any side effects.

    I tried them but personally they didn't work for me as my depression/anxiety was quite severe - I am currently on effexor 150mg (started on a low dose & gradually increased until I found the right dose for me) been on them for 4 months now & they have been a lifesaver - I'm about 98 % back to 'normal' & I'm also doing CBT - I had very few side effects on them - insomnia for a few weeks but that was about it.

    Good luck & I hope your feeling better soon

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    I've been on lexapro for about 2 months now for newly diagnosed PND. I've never been treated for any mental illness before and was really nervous and unsure about taking the meds, especially in terms of the side effects. It was a little unpleasant for about the first 3 weeks, with constant nausea and fatigue and other stuff which came and went. However I've never felt better now! All the side effects have gone and I'm generally unaware that I'm being medicated. I'm a lot happier, have a lot more energy and enjoy spending time with the kids, where as before I honestly found it really hard. I'm also exercising a lot and I think this too can help. I just wish I'd sought help sooner rather than having spent so much time miserable.

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    I know this thread is a week old but I thought I would reply. I was diagnosed with pnd 3 years ago but have had depression for years, undiagnosed. I also had bad reactions to contraceptives, downplay my symptoms & tried cbt, mindfulness & st johns wort before I finally gave in and started Zoloft two months ago. It's has been fantastic for me. I was so scared to try it, but the side effects weren't as bad as I feared, and I was really worried about that because of my reaction to mirena. Zoloft has really given me a lift out of my tunnel Iukwim. The stjw was helpful but it just wasn't enough. The effects of the Zoloft just feel so much more solid & stable. It took 2-3 weeks before it started to take effect. I tried so many other things to help myself and it was very hard to accept that I just need this medication. But now that I'm on it I can really begin to help myself, everything is so much less effort, the lows are far less intense & I can focus on diet, exercise & mental health much more easily. Plus I have far more energy. Overall it's been really positive for me. Hth.
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