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Topic: Switching meds

6 posts, 0 answered
  1. Rod_NR93
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    12 posts
    19 August 2018

    I am writing this on a Sunday afternoon when my mood is at its usual lowest.

    Late last week I stopped taking my then antidepressant and started my new one, as discussed with my pdoc. The morning after my first dose I felt a big and sudden lift in my mood but by yesterday afternoon this had gone and my depression is now worse than usual.

    I have read antidepressants can make you feel worse before they make you feel better. Has anyone had this same experience? 

    Thanks

  2. Lee lee 73
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    Lee lee 73 avatar
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    19 August 2018 in reply to Rod_NR93

    Hi Rod_nr93,

    Yes, most definitely. Switching meds makes everything sooo much worse. It's a long slog. I have found it lasts 2 weeks or so 😢😠The only thing that helps me get through it is by telling myself "it's not me this time, it's the meds" . Easier said than done I know. The other thing is to try to eat better, ie increase protein and also try to exercise if you can. Again, easier said than done. Do these things in the morning too- when you're mood isn't at your lowest.

    I'm worst in the mornings. 😕

    Do try to hang in there Rod_NR93

    Lee lee73

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  3. geoff
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    22 August 2018 in reply to Rod_NR93

    Hi Rod, just wanted to see how you are going with the new meds.

    I'm sorry I'm a few days behind, but hope you are feeling better.

    Geoff.

  4. Rod_NR93
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    1 September 2018 in reply to geoff
    Hi Geoff. In answer to your question, I'm not sure. I felt vile the first week. Week two I felt a definite lift which I don't think was just a placebo effect. I'm now in to the start of week three and it's fallen over again. I'm still dealing with a major loss in my life and in the past few days I've been feeling that loss a lot. I hope things turn good again as I have heard a lot of good things about this (unnamed) antidepressant.
  5. Rod_NR93
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    2 September 2018 in reply to Rod_NR93

    An update and I hope someone reads this.

    I'm confused. I'll see my pdoc sometime this coming week. During the first week starting the new drug and as the status quo of the old were off I felt terrible as was to be expected. By the beginning of the second week I increased the dose as instructed and noticed a gradual but steady improvement in mood, concentration and general resilience. What used to get me down did not as much anymore. I don't think this was a placebo effect.

    By the beginning of the third week (Friday just gone) I noticed things were slipping again, back almost to how I felt in the first week.

    I know antidepressants take several weeks at least to provide benefit but I'm really concerned about this backwards step. The brain should have adjusted to not having thre old drug anymore (at least that's what I think) and that one week benefit should be continuing, shouldn't it?

    I really hope this new drug works as I struggle to find one that works.

  6. Jen93629
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    1 posts
    7 December 2018 in reply to Rod_NR93

    @Rod_NR83

    Hi I hope you are feeling better? I know it's been a few months. I'm searching the forums this morning because I'm switching meds and not feeling too well. Just wondering how long it took you to adjust?

    Cheers

    J

    Rod_NR93 said:

    An update and I hope someone reads this.

    I'm confused. I'll see my pdoc sometime this coming week. During the first week starting the new drug and as the status quo of the old were off I felt terrible as was to be expected. By the beginning of the second week I increased the dose as instructed and noticed a gradual but steady improvement in mood, concentration and general resilience. What used to get me down did not as much anymore. I don't think this was a placebo effect.

    By the beginning of the third week (Friday just gone) I noticed things were slipping again, back almost to how I felt in the first week.

    I know antidepressants take several weeks at least to provide benefit but I'm really concerned about this backwards step. The brain should have adjusted to not having thre old drug anymore (at least that's what I think) and that one week benefit should be continuing, shouldn't it?

    I really hope this new drug works as I struggle to find one that works.

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