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Offline tryingtostay

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Considering Depression meds
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:07:34 pm »
Hello all.  Hope everyone is doing well and keeping up the fight!  Strength, to everyone :)

Well as winter closes in I can feel the depression setting in like a ton of bricks.  I just got a flu shot too and I'm experiencing a bad reaction from it, but other than that i'm trying to keep the optimism!

I need to be cautious with taking anything.  Since the infection I've learned my body tends to experience symptoms more severely than my pre-HIV days so I'm opening up a thread for discussion on peoples experience with them.  When I first was diagnosed with HIV, my first ID Dr suggested I try Zoloft.  I didn't stay on them and experienced a bad bad bottoming out.  I was doing minimal dosages like half a pill every other day (cause my body wasn't liking it) and just stopped cold turkey.   So even the littlest amount put me in a bad drop. 

Are the new class of Anti anxiety/depressants good, and how do they work? 

What has the least side effects?

Any other info would be good. 

Spring and summer of 2018 I started exercising regularly and it's helped alleviate my depression and I continue on exercising when I can.  Walking and Jogging are where I've started.  Obviously I can't do it all year round unless I join a gym though I can't financially afford it: even asked my social worker if the hospital has some kind of recreation center or gym with a pool in it.  So is getting on meds the best approach?  Are they life long?

Thanks for your time,

headed out for a walk/jog now (50*f out, weee)
« Last Edit: October 15, 2018, 08:36:23 pm by tryingtostay »

Offline harleymc

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Re: Considering Depression meds
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2018, 10:40:26 pm »
The anti depressant/ anti anxiety drugs are very variable.

It can take a few goes to get one that agrees with you

Offline MarkintheDark

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Re: Considering Depression meds
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2018, 02:31:46 am »
So many ways to go with the meds.  Sounds, too, like you might be affected by SAD (seasonal affective disorder).  Good you're aware and being proactive.

Zoloft may seem to be the go-to med, but a psychiatrist is your best bet for making an intelligent, guided choice.  Personally, I went back to Prozac b/c it tends to be more energizing to my physiology.

For some really complete discussions, I'd suggest DepressionForums.org (https://www.depressionforums.org/forums/) as an excellent resource.  Completely HIV friendly.
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Re: Considering Depression meds
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2018, 03:40:24 am »
Its good you are recognising the concern early and looking for support to act on it.

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Walking and Jogging are where I've started.  Obviously I can't do it all year round unless I join a gym though I can't financially afford it: even asked my social worker if the hospital has some kind of recreation center or gym with a pool in it. 

Glad to hear the excersise helped. Managing depression rarely is a one step solution and multiple of things like excersise can help.

The winter, yeah I can see how a jog in the park is going to be a struggle. Unless you happen to be into winter sports and your area gets snow? All I can suggest is keeping your eyes peeled for any discounts on gyms over the upcoming months.

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So is getting on meds the best approach?  Are they life long?

The whole "life long" thing is a bit of a myth, plenty of them on this topic. There are a few longer-term antidepressant users but its simply not the majority of people

Antidepressants are a tool, they can work but its not going to fix the circumstances that caused the initial depression, it can reduce the symptoms, rebalance the brain so to speak enabling people to work on the issues. Therapy or lifesryle changes etc etc

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Are the new class of Anti anxiety/depressants good, and how do they work? 

What has the least side effects?

Any other info would be good.

I posted a while back about effectiveness on antidepressants
https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=68981.msg

I found this link a handy cheatsheet on the types of antidepressants and some of the pro's and con's maybe it will help when you talk next to your doctor. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/antidepressants/art-20046273

There are plenty of tips in the two threads ive linked at the end this post however, speak to your doctor and act sooner rather than later.

Take it easy, keep us posted on how you get on and we're here if you ever need to chat

Jim


https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=69487.0

https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=67682.0
« Last Edit: October 16, 2018, 03:43:49 am by JimDublin »
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Offline hippo1010

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Re: Considering Depression meds
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2018, 06:07:52 am »
I'm not very experienced with antidepressants, but I am married to a man who has seasonal affective disorder, and he has tried different medication. For him, it was always a compromise of side effects. Some were stronger than others, and some are more manageable than others. There are always going to be side effects, and they vary from person to person. Seems to me that trying them might the best way of finding out if they work.

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Re: Considering Depression meds
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2018, 06:57:14 am »
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There are always going to be side effects, and they vary from person to person.

I don't think this is true at all, the lack of context to this echos rather typical scaremongering (doubt planting) tactics I've commonly heard on this topic.

Yes, some people may (not all) have noticeable side effects and if the treatment is the cause and if its not manageable than they should speak to their doctor to see if switching or different dosing is a possibility.

Again its not life long and there are plenty of modern drugs available, not to forget that depression itself can also cause physical symptoms for people that are often misunderstood/mistaken for the meds. End of the day the meds are just a tool, so people need to work closely with their doctors and therapists.

Jim

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Offline redneckbossryan

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Re: Considering Depression meds
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2018, 07:56:27 pm »
I donít want to talk about meds because SSRI or SNRI drugs are so relative to each person that what works for you wonít work for others. The common ones to consider are cypralex and celexa. However, that being said, I have SAD. Living in Vancouver BC didnít help in the winter. What helped me between going to the gym in the winter and working, was getting a UV light. At night I would have it on beside me. My psychiatrist suggested it and it was more effective than medication. Get at least an hour or 2 of the light per day. If you work an office job get one for your desk as well.

Also get outside when itís sunny. Even if itís cold.

Hope that helps.

Offline tryingtostay

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Re: Considering Depression meds
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2018, 01:22:23 pm »
Thanks all for the fantastic replies and support! 

So I seen a social worker who reports my comments and issues to the psychiatrist/psychologist (bear with me I'm having memory issues currently) and I've requested to see a therapist.  I was thinking of talking to the therapist first then discussing meds but the social worker had me do a questionnaire and I am a point shy of extreme depression, so she forwarded the info to the correct person and today I was called about my prescription.  "venlafaxine (EFFEXOR) 37.5 MG tablet" once daily for a week then twice daily.  So I'm posting here before I begin anything.  I like the idea of the UV light and I kick myself for not picking one up a few years ago at Costco when I seen it, hah.  I'm currently browsing for UV lighting. 

Anyways I'm looking for a little more feedback before I start taking anything..

Hope all is well

Ciao

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Re: Considering Depression meds
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2018, 09:18:59 pm »
I'm taking Luvox (50 mg) and Valdoxan (25 mg) to help me sleep and to restore my cognitive functioning as a HIVpositive person.
Getting used to my lunch with a pill of Odefsey.
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Re: Considering Depression meds
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2018, 06:47:48 pm »
 :'(
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