What Meds. Have You Tried?

Meredith - posted on 10/16/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I just just wondering if anyone has been prescribed something that they thought worked well? My children are 6, 3 & 2, and I suffered from post partum after each birth. My doctor put me on Prozac and I have been on (and off it during each pregnancy) since my oldest was born... but my youngest is almost 2.5 now and I still dont feel like myself. I dont feel stable anymore. I am tired all the time, which everyone says is normal with three children, or with depression...

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Speakwithkatherine - posted on 09/04/2011

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Am now on loxalate which take one tablet daily. Have tried meany differnet meds. Ended up going to a shirnk who suggests this one. Is great, hardly any side effects and working well. My advice is if you don't feel great on meds go back to your doctor until you find one that suits. It is worth it in the end. You don't need to feel zombie and yuk.. Been there done that too. Will keep taking my meds as long as they make me feel better. gone from crying all day not wanting to do anything to hardly crying and begining to feel like coping again. (with the help of a very supportive hubby and friends)

Julie - posted on 04/08/2010

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Oops, I meant aka Esipram or Lexam.. sorry !!!!! Emma - not being a know it all but you do know you shouldn't stop it yourself, right? My doc also told me not to try and wean when you have stress going on (i.e. I was going through a family drama and couldn't wean as I just hit rock bottom again). Use it, don't use it ! Lol

Amanda - posted on 02/26/2010

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I've struggled with depression for years, but was never really diagnosed until October of 2008. I had my son in June 2008, and shortly after his dad left us and I hit rock bottom. My son was removed from me in October because I was feeling unsafe (I had a past of cutting and suicidal thoughts), and 5 days later I attempted suicide. I was in the psych ward for 4 weeks. They had me on Celexa for the depression, and Trazodone and Zoplicone for sleep. As well as ativan when needed. After i was released, I stopped using Zoplicone because my pharmacare didn't cover it. I was on and off the other for a bit. The trazodone I noticed left me feeling almost like I was hungover in the morning, and they are very very very addictive. I didnt sleep for 106 hours when I stopped using it. As for the celexa, I went back on it in July of 2009 for the last time. I started cutting again, violent attacks, bad anxiety attacks, and I would take off in the middle of the night and my fiancee would have to come get me wherever I ended up. He took me off it right away and since then I've been off all drugs except for the odd ativan when needed. My advice to you is avoid any and all drugs. They will screw you up in the long run

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I have been on Celexa for several years. It is an antidepressent that was originally used for the elderly because it has far fewer side effects. You are able to stay on it while you're pregnant so you don't have the big drop after you have your child.



Time to time when that doesn't do the trick my doctor has perscribed Seroquil. It's an anti-psycotic in a high dose, in a low dose like I take it helps counter the drowzy.



Welbutrin is commonly used as a stop smoking aid but it also works as an antidepressent and gives you more energy.



All 3 of these come in a generic brand so you can get them for less than other perscriptions.



I had no luck with Zoloft which is in the prozac family. It made me paranoid and violent. Then again I was put on it by a very very stupid doctor when I was 17 and it isn't meant for teenagers.



I hope that helps you.

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Dawn - posted on 08/01/2012

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I took Lexapro for several years. It did the job but it didn't end up being the right med for me. The withdrawal is absolutely awful, too. I've since switched to Lamictal and Zoloft. They are an excellent combo for me. I also take several supplements by my doctor's recommendation. N-Acetyl Cysteine which combats free radicals, Omega 3 fish oil which supports brain function, and liquid Vitamin D. This combination along with exercise and a healthy diet have worked wonders for me. Remember that medication has its purpose, but it is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle

Leslie - posted on 01/29/2012

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Unfortunately, meds have terrible side effects. I found a search engine that will give you the list of all the risks of all the meds, and it is based on reports from the FDA. It's published by a group that helps tell people about the warnings that the psychiatrists don't tell you. http://www.cchrint.org/psychdrugdangers/

I have seen too many stories about people harming themselves or harming others because of meds. I don't think I've read one story about someone threatening, or considering suicide for example that wasn't on meds when they thought about it! It's pretty scary stuff.



I would suggest seeing a nutrionalist FIRST before making such a big decision. Sometimes a simple deficiency in a plain old ordinary vitamin like vitamin B or C, can cause us to feel down and out. But the psychiatrist would never check for that. In fact - there's actually no physical test to substantiate the theory that these things are caused by a "chemical deficiency". Don't trust me on this. Ask anyone: What test is there to verify such an idea?



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User - posted on 01/24/2012

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I have tried a few different meds but at the end of the day only Pristiq plus abilify has helped me. I tried prozac when I was pregnant but it was just like a sugar pill for me--it did nothing. I have also tried cymbalta (yikes!) and Zoloft (zombie) and they didn't do anything for me but drive me nuts. It was so important for me to stay on my meds (and I still ended up with PPD) that they kept me on Pristiq during my 2nd and 3rd trimester. And I'm happy to say I delivered a very healthy baby boy. You might try talking to your dr. about adding abilify to the mix. It really helps boost the anti-depressant to work at it's full potential. It does wonders for me.

Lexi - posted on 11/19/2011

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I suppose you could say I've had PPD with both my kids. (2.5 and 6 weeks) but it's essentially just a worsening of my usual life long struggle with hereditary chemical depression. The med combination that has always worked best for me is Wellbutrin and Effexor. The wellbutrin helps my add as well as the depression. I have taken both separately in the past and they've worked well but combined they really do the trick for me. I tried to get through my first pregnancy med free (bad idea) and towards the end I got back on meds and the doc had me use effexor. He put me on zoloft while I was breastfeeding. The doc this time around thought prozac was the safest while pregnant. I'm sure it works well for some people but prozac did not help me at all. I've taken it in the past as well at a higher dose and it still didn't help and for me has not fun side affects. The zoloft helped but not enough. I have heard good things about Lexapro but haven't tried it yet, since I'm doing well now that I'm back on my usual combo. Life is so much better! I'm exhausted with a 6 week old who isn't sleeping well yet and toddler but at least I feel capable of getting myself out of bed, enjoying my kids and dealing with the world. The first few days, before I got off the prozac and back on my usual meds, I wanted to go buy formula, leave my sons with my husband and not come back for a week. lol not good!

Every persons body is different and if a particular med doesn't seem to be helping you now then you need to talk to your doctor about either upping the dose or trying something new. Sure, tiredness is normal to an extent, but extreme tiredness or lethargy and not feeling stable isn't. Talk to your doctor or a psychiatrist and they can help you figure out what to try next to get yourself back on track. It's not fair to you or your family to just try to put up with something that's not helping. *hugs*

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After taking something (I can't remember) with my oldest son and the way it affected us both (I breastfeed) I decided that I would not take it again. Two children later I have PPD again. I talked with a friend who has a natural/herbal store. She said that I should make sure to take a vitamin E (all the E's) supplement every day - even when I'm past the depression. Vitamin E's help keep us calm. I also took what is called Mood Elevator for a while. It is a mix of Chinese herbs. It helped immensely and did not have any ill effects on me or my son.

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whatever you do don't listen to anyone teling you not to get on zoloft. you try what your dr thinks is right for you. and be as patient as you can. takes 6 weeks for max effects for most meds from this family. keep close contact with your dr re: side effects and how you are feeling. if it isn't right...try another, or possibly a combination. sometimes it takes time to find the right one for you. and that's jsut it. its the right one for YOU, not others. we all have different reactions and experiences with different meds.

hey...just noticed this is a really old post. if you see it meredith hope you are doing well!

Jessica - posted on 05/22/2010

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I have it really bad.... we are talking wanting to drive into oncoming traffic bad..... they put me on Zoloft 2 months ago. I started with the 50mg then they upped it to the 100mg... I really can not tell that its working. They also put me on YAZ as my bc... It works fine I guess lol They major side affect of the Zoloft has been having absolutly NO intrest in having sex... we are talking NONE whatsoever... guess it saves money on the YAZ lol But, these meds that people are talking about are subjective to you and your body... everybody handles these meds differently...my sister is on Prozac, but my mom tried it and it made her freak out a bit... Its just how your own body reacts to the meds... I would just talk to your doctor :) I thought I was going to make mine look at me like I was the worst person in the whole world...but they have heard it all before I bet. Call your doctor :)

Michelle - posted on 05/03/2010

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I was on Paxil for years (for panic attacks and depression). After my daughter was born my panic attacks were really bad so I was put on Effexor. I'm having no side effects but we are still working on how much I need so that I am able to function normally. I also made sure that I was put on a medication that was safe to be on when I want to become pregnant again.

Ellen - posted on 04/15/2010

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I'm currently taking zoloft for anxiety, depakote for bipolar disorder, and geodon for post-partum psychosis. My daughter is 21 months now and my doctor thought I might be able to go off the geodon, but I'm not ready for that-- I am still really uncomfortable caring for her when I'm not on the meds. But as long as I take my medication, I can take care of my kids.

Emma - posted on 04/08/2010

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i take citilopram, i o find it makes me feel tired especially in the afternoons, i am hoping to stop taking it soon and hopfully get back to my old self

Julie - posted on 04/03/2010

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I am on Escitalopram (Aka Esipram or Lexapro). I have been on it for well over a year now and it definitely helps.

Joanna - posted on 03/12/2010

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I have been taking a combination of Cymbalta and Abilify, and it has helped tremendously. The Cymbalta helps with the depression and the Abilify has really helped with the mood swings. I still take a couple of Xanax every day, but this combination of meds has really helped a lot.

Frances - posted on 03/01/2010

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ive been on (and off while pregnant) zoloft since i was 17... after i had my first at 18, i didnt go back on it until after my second 6 months after i turned 19... honestly i wish i had been on it between the pregnancy (only 6 months but still) i was so depressed i dont remember the first 16 months of my firstborn... after the second, i was on zoloft and trazodone for sleep... until i got pregnant with my third at 21... they put me on wellbutran (which did nothing) after i had him i was finally diagnosed at depressed (before i was on the zoloft for anxiety) and they put me on all three of the ones ive been on... they seem to work pretty good... i just had to adjust to taking all of them again which made me really sleepy

Tara - posted on 02/17/2010

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Also, I want to add, Celexa does have fewer side effects and in generic form, it falls under the $4 prescriptions at most stores (like walmart)

Tara - posted on 02/17/2010

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I take Celexa. So far, so good. I've only been on it for a short time now and I'm 27 weeks pregnant. I had a lot of anxiety about taking a "class C" medication during pregnancy but in that 'class,' it says "if the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the fetus." Honestly, with my first child, I turned into a completely different person, I had suicidal thoughts and I felt them beginning again in this pregnancy. I definitely don't think I have a choice here. I just have to hope for the best and try not to feel so guilty--after all, it's not our fault for feeling the way we do.

Shay - posted on 01/07/2010

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Before I fell pregnant I'd suffered from depression for years and was on Prozac. After the birth of my Daughter it developed into postnatal depression and I tried a couple of different medications; Celexa and Zoloft, both of which gave me awful side-effects; tremor, vomitting, panic attacks etc. Eventually I ended up back on Prozac and it seems to work quite well for me.

Nicki - posted on 01/04/2010

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I take Prozac and liked it at first but it started to not do anything for me so my dr. put me on Wellbutrin with the Prozac and it seems to be working. Only been a couple of months though.

Rhianna - posted on 01/02/2010

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i take the genaric brand of Zoloft and it works very well, it has always worked well for me, as i have had to take it in the past

Allison - posted on 12/30/2009

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I am celexa and have been since may of this year. I use to take ambien to sleep and i took that when i was pregnant and after and i was also given ativan for a very short while as in 15 days but did not need to use it for that long the anit depressant kicked in in time
Allison

Linda - posted on 11/09/2009

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I've been taking Cymbolta and Seroquel and the combo seems to work. Taking each alone didn't do the trick so now I have to take both. Every drug works differently on each individual though so you just have to try them until you find the right one for you. Good luck.

Allison - posted on 10/28/2009

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After giving birth I was put on Zoloft and my main complaint is that it made me tired. The kind of tired where you just don't want to move and if you do it feels like a heavy blanket is keeping you from moving at a normal pace. It helped the depression at first, i'd have a euphoric feeling and was almost back to my happy self, but then after a while it didn't do anything so they upped my dosage but that only made me more tired so I just stopped taking it. A friend of mine was on it and she had a better experience but agreed with me about the affects wearing off after a few months.

Christi - posted on 10/24/2009

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i have been taking welbutrin for years and prozac when i feel edgy. i still get kinda paniky but they both really seem to help.

Kate - posted on 10/21/2009

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I started on Seroquel and Zoloft, but I was switched to Risperdal, Lexapro, and Wellbutrin. The Lexapro and Wellbutrin combo has been great for my depression, but the risperdal isn't doing so well at managing intrusive thoughts. I still have high anxiety despite taking Ativan twice every day.

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