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Old 03-21-2013, 04:05 PM   #101
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:18 PM   #102
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You seem unusually angry for a thread posted in OT. I'm sure there's a pill out there that could help with that issue.
Not angry at all. The abundance of ignorance however isn't helpful to others dealing with this or the OP regardless of which forum this thread is in.
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Prozac will level everything out. Highs won't be as high, lows won't be as low; however, the highs aren't degraded all that much. Just a little bit. You'll having a feeling of not giving a **** about many things you used to really care about in a negative way (e.g. how you dress, what others are thinking, fears, etc.) You have to catch yourself, because sometimes you'll find yourself saying something entirely inappropriate because you just don't care

It's done wonders for me. I've been more able to get "into the zone" so to speak that athletes get into. Instead of sit there and worry "Oh man, am I really gonna do this jump? Should I do it? Should I do this trick?" You just say "**** it, I'm committing 110% and doing it," and you focus solely on that task. That is the biggest thing that has helped me. It's been really great.
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holy crap did you ever listen to the disclaimer after the tv ads for that? One of the things was like paralysis, loss of motor control or sudden death. It was outright terrifying!

edit: Found it, see for yourself. I'd never take any "medicine" where the word "death" is used that many times in the freaking COMMERCIAL

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holy crap did you ever listen to the disclaimer after the tv ads for that? One of the things was like paralysis, loss of motor control or sudden death. It was outright terrifying!

edit: Found it, see for yourself. I'd never take any "medicine" where the word "death" is used that many times in the freaking COMMERCIAL

They are required to say that, regardless of how rare it is. They must report the side effects that happened to test rats during clinical trials. That way they won't get sued. If an undocumented side effect happens to you as a direct result of taking something, you are allowed to sue the **** out of the company.
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They are required to say that, regardless of how rare it is. They must report the side effects that happened to test rats during clinical trials. That way they won't get sued. If an undocumented side effect happens to you as a direct result of taking something, you are allowed to sue the **** out of the company.
I understand, I'm primarily a defense attorney. Still, Motrin commercials don't say that and the list of 'possible' side effects for even that is 2 pages long. The word death was used like 3x I think in that commercial. That's not normal, even for pharma.

These drugs are dangerous, for all the good they might do for 1-2 people there are probably 10 that get harmed in one way or another.
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for all the good they might do for 1-2 people there are probably 10 that get harmed in one way or another.
I would imagine it is significantly the other way around.
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I understand, I'm primarily a defense attorney. Still, Motrin commercials don't say that and the list of 'possible' side effects for even that is 2 pages long. The word death was used like 3x I think in that commercial. That's not normal, even for pharma.

These drugs are dangerous, for all the good they might do for 1-2 people there are probably 10 that get harmed in one way or another.
I hear that type of thing all the time at the end of TV drug ads.
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Saying sudden death is a side effect is unreasonable - and should not be allowed to protect the drug company

Shows you how fuked these drug companies are

Not to mention as the other poster said - 'suicide thoughts' is a common and listed side effect
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Saying sudden death is a side effect is unreasonable - and should not be allowed to protect the drug company

Shows you how fuked these drug companies are

Not to mention as the other poster said - 'suicide thoughts' is a common and listed side effect
At the same time, they must report the side effect even if it only happened to one person. Say 20 million people use a drug, 19.5 million people have no side effects, 10 million truly people benefit from it, and 1 person has suicidal thoughts. Where do you draw the line between the very negative effects on one person versus the very positive effects for 10 million? That's exaggerated, but a less extreme version of this question is asked every day by pharma companies.

These are very complicated questions with even more complex and compromised answers.
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Bumping this thread back up.

I started seeing a therapist and after 3 weeks they told my I had chronic depression. They started me on Fluoxetine (Prozac) for 3 weeks, but it was making me extremely tired and I wasn't benefiting from it at all. Now they switched me to Escitalopram (Lexapro)... any one have any experience with it?
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Bumping this thread back up.

I started seeing a therapist and after 3 weeks they told my I had chronic depression. They started me on Fluoxetine (Prozac) for 3 weeks, but it was making me extremely tired and I wasn't benefiting from it at all. Now they switched me to Escitalopram (Lexapro)... any one have any experience with it?
Been on the lex for about a year and a half now. Tapering off of it slowly.
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Been on the lex for about a year and a half now. Tapering off of it slowly.
Lexapro didn't work out for me. Too many side effects and no progress. They have me on Wellbutrin now... it's been about 2 weeks, it's helped my mood and motivation a little, but it has also given me anxiety, and I've never had anxiety before. Anxiety spikes usually when I work out or get tired.
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I'd suggest watching what you eat, ensuring you spend at least an hour a day exercising, and getting plenty of sleep.

Far too many people taking medication for stuff like this are simply eating sh*tty junk food, sitting on their couches all day, not socializing, and not getting enough sleep.
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I'd suggest watching what you eat, ensuring you spend at least an hour a day exercising, and getting plenty of sleep.

Far too many people taking medication for stuff like this are simply eating sh*tty junk food, sitting on their couches all day, not socializing, and not getting enough sleep.
When I was taking Prozac, it would make me sleep a lot. Lexapro didn't do anything but give me side effects. With Wellbutrin I've been more social, exercise 4 times a week. The only downside is the anxiety
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When I was taking Prozac, it would make me sleep a lot. Lexapro didn't do anything but give me side effects. With Wellbutrin I've been more social, exercise 4 times a week. The only downside is the anxiety
I think he was saying to get the sleep from naturally going to sleep not as a drug side effect.
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I think he was saying to get the sleep from naturally going to sleep not as a drug side effect.
Ah, I see, thanks for clearing that up... I never get enough sleep
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Ah, I see, thanks for clearing that up... I never get enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep has huge negative ramifications on your body. Same goes for NOT exercising or having a proper diet.
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Ah, I see, thanks for clearing that up... I never get enough sleep
Getting yourself into a proper sleep pattern is extremely difficult if you do not have one. It is so important, though. If you work an 8-5 job, this is crucial to everything you do both during and after work.

One huge helper, other than doing the obvious (don't work out past 6PM, no caffeine past 8PM, don't eat crappy food), is to take some melatonin about 30 minutes before you supposed to go to bed. I have been trying to train myself to go to sleep by 10PM so I can get up at 6AM, and melatonin has been an extremely great helper in that. Going to bed at 10PM coming out of college is hard. That's something that has taken about 3-4 weeks to get used to.

Keep in mind that if you take melatonin every night, you'll develop a tolerance to it. You might find yourself taking more and more of it. That's when you should try to sleep on your own and save it for when you actually need it. I've found that my tolerance will go down again after a week or two.

A solid 6-8 hours of sleep each night on a regular schedule will make you feel like a million bucks during the day. That whole feeling of wanting to nap goes away after you acclimate. How much sleep you need is dependent upon the person, and has lots of factors including metabolism, biology, and even if you work out or not. I know personally I need a lot of sleep. I need a minimum of 8 hours to feel fully functional the entire day.
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