posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 02:10 PM
Different people will respond in different ways to anti-depressants.
The key though, is not only giving them long enough to kick in (6-8 weeks, usually), but to NOT come off them cold turkey. Of course you'll feel
lousy if you do that - they're meant to be tapered off (I ended up going cold turkey with Paxil - I was having surgery, and the medical team simply
missed the order to keep giving me the darn things - and it's not pleasant).
And bear in mind - most people who do well on the SSRIs don't have a reason to knock 'em on messageboards....for every person who's had a bad time,
there'll be at least one more who've had no problems.
So...if your friend has nasty side-effects, it doesn't mean you'll go through the same thing. Also, some people are unfortunate enough to require
trying 3 or 4 different meds to find the one that's right for them....it's very frustrating, but it's worth being patient.
(besides - they're generally meant to help in tandem with therapy. These drugs won't cure depression, per se - but they'll often help while
you're in therapy trying to get to the cause)
What does your medical team recommend? I'd generally trust their opinions a little more than those you'll find on a message board (with all due
Good luck, either way