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SSRIs

Posted by @lorraine3, Mon, Feb 5 4:25pm

I need to find a new SSRI – one that manages anxiety. I am considering either Celexa or Lexapro. I realize everyone reacts differently to these medications, but I would still be interested in learning of others’ experiences with these drugs, and whether or not they helped with anxiety. Thank you.

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Hello @lorraine3 and welcome to Mayo Connect. I see that this is your first post on Connect and I’m glad that you asked this question about medications. On Mayo’s website I found two articles about anti-depressants. The first one is about SSRIs and second one is about SNRIs. Perhaps some of our Members who have used these will respond about the effectiveness of these medications.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/ssris/art-20044825
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/antidepressants/art-20044970

If you care to share more, how long have you been dealing with anxiety? Have you tried any other medications?

I look forward to hearing from you!

Teresa

@hopeful33250

Hello @lorraine3 and welcome to Mayo Connect. I see that this is your first post on Connect and I’m glad that you asked this question about medications. On Mayo’s website I found two articles about anti-depressants. The first one is about SSRIs and second one is about SNRIs. Perhaps some of our Members who have used these will respond about the effectiveness of these medications.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/ssris/art-20044825
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/antidepressants/art-20044970

If you care to share more, how long have you been dealing with anxiety? Have you tried any other medications?

I look forward to hearing from you!

Teresa

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I have been dealing with anxiety, in one form or another, since adolescence. I have tried several medications and therapies, including CBT.

@hopeful33250

Hello @lorraine3 and welcome to Mayo Connect. I see that this is your first post on Connect and I’m glad that you asked this question about medications. On Mayo’s website I found two articles about anti-depressants. The first one is about SSRIs and second one is about SNRIs. Perhaps some of our Members who have used these will respond about the effectiveness of these medications.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/ssris/art-20044825
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/antidepressants/art-20044970

If you care to share more, how long have you been dealing with anxiety? Have you tried any other medications?

I look forward to hearing from you!

Teresa

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@lorraine3 Same here although I did know thus. I gave up on medications in 2010. Went off quite a cocktail cold turkey in 2010. I have been prescribed some at different times and this patient does say “NO” to drugs. My safest action is to stay a way from MD,s. They are trained in this realm. I have seen what prescription drugs have done to some and know what they have done to me. My worst nightmare was a VNS. That has since been removed. Dreadful results as my body kept resetting the contraption. It truly did. Some of us have more electricity in our bodies than others. I tried to tell the doctors before it was placed that I could not wear battery operated watches. Nothing more than a guinea pig in the mental health realm.

Hi @lorraine3 I took Cymbalta for quite some time but didn’t like the weight gain. When I was also put on Methadone the 2 drugs didn’t do well together. So I quit the Cymbalta as I needed the Methadone for pain. All I know now is I’m really messed up and I’m pretty much at the bottom with depression and anxiety. 3 weeks ago I went on Wellbutrin. Felt great for 3-4 days. Since then I feel much worse, have stomach cramps, diarrhea and zero appetite. I don’t know if this is normal or not. I’m seeing my dr on Thursday. I’d like to hear from others to see if it works for them. Finding the right medication seems to be a tough battle. Good luck with your search. Please let me know what you’re trying and how you’re going.

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Hi @lorraine3 I took Cymbalta for quite some time but didn’t like the weight gain. When I was also put on Methadone the 2 drugs didn’t do well together. So I quit the Cymbalta as I needed the Methadone for pain. All I know now is I’m really messed up and I’m pretty much at the bottom with depression and anxiety. 3 weeks ago I went on Wellbutrin. Felt great for 3-4 days. Since then I feel much worse, have stomach cramps, diarrhea and zero appetite. I don’t know if this is normal or not. I’m seeing my dr on Thursday. I’d like to hear from others to see if it works for them. Finding the right medication seems to be a tough battle. Good luck with your search. Please let me know what you’re trying and how you’re going.

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i must live in a vacuum as I have not ever heard of Methadone to help with pain. Cymbalta worked negatively for me. Even had a doctor get angry because he said if it did not help there was nothing wrong-this went in my chart so now I am seen as drug seeking. Wellbutrin was dreadful. Doctors have difficulty realizing one size does not fit all. Not their fault they cannot think outside of the box. Try not to give up. If you are in search of a “feel good” pill they do not last or the effect is short term.

@kdo0827

Hi @lorraine3 I took Cymbalta for quite some time but didn’t like the weight gain. When I was also put on Methadone the 2 drugs didn’t do well together. So I quit the Cymbalta as I needed the Methadone for pain. All I know now is I’m really messed up and I’m pretty much at the bottom with depression and anxiety. 3 weeks ago I went on Wellbutrin. Felt great for 3-4 days. Since then I feel much worse, have stomach cramps, diarrhea and zero appetite. I don’t know if this is normal or not. I’m seeing my dr on Thursday. I’d like to hear from others to see if it works for them. Finding the right medication seems to be a tough battle. Good luck with your search. Please let me know what you’re trying and how you’re going.

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Yes Methadone is great with chronic pain that can’t be controlled with regular pain meds. Since my earlier post I had a seizure. I was also hearing things that were not going on. I was even trying to call my mom for help but had no phone, I was literally air dialing. Quite a scary experience. Can’t wait to see my dr on Thursday.

@lorraine3

Welcome. I have taken 1mg of Clonazepam (Klonopin) for 12 years. My prescription allows for a second one as needed, but I rarely use it.

Jim

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