Medications for depression and anxiety

Posted by ainsleigh @ainsleigh, Mar 8, 2018

I am interested in discussions re medications. I have been on Fluoxetine 10 mg daily, Ativan 1 mg and Clonazepam 0.5 mg daily for decades. Attempts to go without (after very gradual withdrawal under supervision of Doctor) eventually resulted in return of depression and anxiety. Dr.felt I needed them and I have continued on them. In no case have I ever had to increase the dose of any of them. There seems to be a general feeling the latter 2 are addictive and have to eventually be increased. I have not found this to be the case and wonder how others have found these drugs.
Ainsleigh

I have been prescribed 20 mg of Celexa (Citalopram) and cannot tell wherther it helps. Does anyone experience success with Celexa or any other anti-depressant med?

@gamesjr

I have been prescribed 20 mg of Celexa (Citalopram) and cannot tell wherther it helps. Does anyone experience success with Celexa or any other anti-depressant med?

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@oprah

I have had deep depression for 60 years (it runs in the family) and have been on more antidepressants than I can count. My system is just not responsive to these meds. There are many who do respond at all. However, don't give up hope!! It can be very difficult to find the right one for you as the process can be slow and can get discouraging. The best news is that there is a lot of research going on, and more and more drugs are available. Keep trying and stay positive. I will be praying for you for a quick find of an effective drug and a complete recovery!

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Has your doctor tried increasing your dosage to levels higher than normally given? I was in the same situation where I had depression for 60 plus years and even ended up on disability. Then my doctor kept increasing the amount until it finally worked. Allowed dosages have been increased lately. I encourage you to talk with your doctor about trying increased dosage.

@gamesjr

I have been prescribed 20 mg of Celexa (Citalopram) and cannot tell wherther it helps. Does anyone experience success with Celexa or any other anti-depressant med?

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For @gamesjr. How long have you been taking Celexa 20 mg? I have used this medication for about 15 years. It helped me very much. But the duration and dosage are important. Please let me know.

@pankaj

For @gamesjr. How long have you been taking Celexa 20 mg? I have used this medication for about 15 years. It helped me very much. But the duration and dosage are important. Please let me know.

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@gamesjr
Hi,
Celexa takes up to 1-2 months to become fully effective.
I hope the celexa is helpful to you.
Jake

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