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#408461 - 08/30/12 04:22 PM What's a good anti-depressant?
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I've tried zoloft and it has a depressing function on sexuality.

I'm already taking levo-thyroxine for low thyroid and I get a shot of testosterone in the butt once per month.

Puffer



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#408516 - 08/31/12 04:08 AM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
lostpartner32 Offline


Registered: 06/18/12
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My husband takes citalopram. At first it caused issues with sexual function, but it got better. Does cause low sex drive though for him.

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#408705 - 09/02/12 01:23 PM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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All of the SSRI type antidepressants (Zoloft/Paxil/Prozac) have the potential to reduce libido. Typically this can be delayed ejaculation, difficulty maintaining an erection, pain during sex. Welbutrin might be an alternative to ask your doctor about switching to.

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#408980 - 09/04/12 11:22 PM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: Sobernow]
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I appreciate the responses to my question.

Now I'm wondering if what I need is the opposite of an anti-depressant. I need a stimulant, as though I had ADHD or something. Never diagnosed but yet talked about. One person I know has had ADHD since childhood and that person has taken Seroquel.

It's as though 5 cups of coffee is what gets me going. Does this information suggest anything to anybody?

Puffer

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#409042 - 09/05/12 11:24 AM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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I took everything under the sun, with debilitating with side effects with every turn.

I was at the point where I gave up, I was exhausted, I was done. The negatives outweighed the benefits...

Out of nowhere, came my answer...buspar. (suppose-ed anti anxiety).

All I know is, it works for me, and everybody seems to metabolize stuff a little different...


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#412200 - 10/04/12 04:38 PM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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I can say from both a personal and clinical experience as a nurse that all SSRI meds work surprisingly different to be so similar. While it's taken for granted that sexual dysfunction is a very common side effect from those meds, that's not to say that every SSRI could give you problems. Personally, I went off of Paxil, which somehow managed to suppress a 21 year-olds sexuality completely to Zoloft, which I'm taking now with little to no side effects.

Not every medication is right for some people. You might have better success with Paxil than myself or you may need to try another class of information.

If you have difficulties with flashbacks or anxiety, I'm afraid to say that stimulants could potentially worsen those problems, but again I cannot say for sure. It's certainly something to discuss with your doctor.

I would say that if I was having problems getting around more than 40% of the time when interested in sexual activities, then that might be a big enough problem to warrant contacting your doctor. There's no shame in admitting that problem and it could be a sign that that medication simply is not "therapeutic" for you.

Also, I've found some sex-related changes to be easy enough to overcome. Try introducing some new routines or changing things up a bit seems to help. Some of the patients I've spoken with have recommended the use of "new material" for personal time. Maybe it's time to try out some new supplies and gadgets too.

Here's hoping you find something that works!

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#415128 - 11/02/12 06:05 PM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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Here's a thought;

Testosterone works wonders for anxiety / depression. Dr's are able to prescribe if you are low on testosterone (Get a blood test) and the results are spectacular.

I had slightly lower than average levels, and was dead tired and depressed all the time. Psyche meds were not working, and my Dr. tried out a testosterone shot. Within ours, I felt amazingly better. Took it for about a year, and it changed the course of my life - got me in touch with my body.

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#415159 - 11/02/12 10:57 PM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: Magellan]
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Originally Posted By: Magellan
Here's a thought;

Testosterone works wonders for anxiety / depression. Dr's are able to prescribe if you are low on testosterone (Get a blood test) and the results are spectacular.

I had slightly lower than average levels, and was dead tired and depressed all the time. Psyche meds were not working, and my Dr. tried out a testosterone shot. Within ours, I felt amazingly better. Took it for about a year, and it changed the course of my life - got me in touch with my body.

D


My story on this is similar to Magellan's. I complained to my doctor about 6 years ago that I was feeling tired all the time. Finally about 3 months ago he ran the necessary blood tests and found that my testosterone and thyroid levels were very low. So I've been taking a pill for the thyroid every morning. Once per month I go in and the nurse administers a testosterone shot to my butt. It really is making me come alive again (not Frankenstein eek ). One side affect: I haven't felt this sexual since I was a teen ager.

Puffer

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#415171 - 11/03/12 01:15 AM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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After thinking about this I decided it was really necessary to point out some other stuff. What I was just talking about was a physical depression that feels like tiredness. But it's a very different animal than psychological depression. psychological depression goes on in the brain (nervous system). It is actually a decrease in some of the vital chemicals (neurohumors) in the brain (serotonin and epinephrine). When a person gets really depressed like that, they CANNOT pull themself out of it. They need counseling and most likely an anti-depressant. I took zoloft for awhile. Since Zoloft depresses sexual function, it is not good if a person already has low testosterone. I was down to almost zero.

Puffer

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#416697 - 11/20/12 10:45 AM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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Puffer,

You would need to be careful using it, as it has addictive properties, but if you need a stimulant, you could ask about dextroamphetamine, which is basically Adderall.

I had dextro a few years ago, but only for a little bit. It was good, almost *too* good. Buzz buzz buzz. But I didn't get involved with it because the doc I was seeing at the time switched me to a time-release Adderall, which I didn't like at all, so I gave up on the whole thing.

But might be good for you if you're feeling down down down.

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#421426 - 01/07/13 08:49 PM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: Sobernow]
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Originally Posted By: Sobernow
All of the SSRI type antidepressants (Zoloft/Paxil/Prozac) have the potential to reduce libido. Typically this can be delayed ejaculation, difficulty maintaining an erection, pain during sex. Welbutrin might be an alternative to ask your doctor about switching to.


I am really ticked. Just got back from GP after asking to change from an SSRI (Pristiq) to Wellbutrin - after doing my own research and deciding it would be a better fit for me/my issues.

Only to find out that it isn't approved for use in depression in Australia - only for shortterm use as a smoking cessation (to quit smoking).

I asked if I could pretend to smoke so I could quit. Didn't go down well smile

Like so man guys here with depression the last thing I need is problems in the sexual department. Arrg!!

She did change me to Mirtazapine (Remeron) (also on my list) - which is not supposed to have sexual side effects.....So why didn't she put me on that first!!! pharmaceutical company kick backs????

We'll see I guess.

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#421518 - 01/08/13 12:57 PM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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Registered: 10/30/12
Posts: 416
Loc: Canada
Hi Lee ...

I have taken most of the SSRI's over the years
and they all have had the same side effects to some degree ...
but they do vary in intensity one from another depending on the individual.

My problem was that 'Little Sharky' could come out to play,
but could never finish the game.

The only ssri that had reduced limitations was 'Effexor'.
I had to stop taking it only because it made me a little too
'HAPPY!' sometimes ... and I ended up doing some very costly and ridiculous things.
Now ... it was a time in my life when I was not with somebody
and so there was nobody to notice what was happening ...
it might have worked if there had been somebody there to keep me in line.

I am presently, and have for years, been on both Mirtazapine
and Welbutrin XL ... in combination with a few other things ...
and they work quite well for me.
How Mirtazapine would work without the Webutrin XL ... I don't know.
I am also Bipolar ... and how that fits into the medicinal equation,
I don't know.

I commend you on taking a pro-active role in exploring medications.
So many guys here seem so dead set against trying anything at all,
and frankly ...
I don't get it.
If it comes on a prescription pad ... try it.
If it doesn't work ... stop.
It's a no-brainer ... what is there to lose?

Stay strong my friend ...
smile

Sharky
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#421538 - 01/08/13 04:43 PM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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Registered: 11/09/12
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I take paxil, welbutrin X L , and buspar. The paxil creates a significant difficulty in achieving and keeping an erection. So I have a prescription for viagra. It is expensive and doesn't work all the time, but wtf. I have tried cialis, did me no good whatever.

Good luck. There are other tools, the vacuum pump is supposed to work on erection problems. I don't know. The anti depressants like elivil and imprimin (i think they are called tryciclics) had no sexual side effects for me, but lots of other side effects so I wouldn't use them.

If you don't have psychological depression, then you should explore other alternatives than anti depressants.

Good luck with your search

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#422101 - 01/14/13 11:35 PM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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Registered: 01/05/13
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Celexa is good for anti-depressant because my father is taking this and is actually work better.

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#422816 - 01/21/13 12:49 PM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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Registered: 05/29/11
Posts: 43
Loc: NJ, USA
Ive been on Celexa and Celebrex for ever. Now not effective at all. go from mildly depressed to suicidal. never above the im ok line. Also chronic insomnia. tried every over the counter and also Ambien. Ambien did work for a while, but as soon as I close my eyes, the squirrels start running. thinking of a million nonsensical things of no importance and can not sleep. New shrink just added Abilify. Said that there is no reason that I am suffering this way, and that it may also help me sleep. Anyone ever use this medicine and if so, how did it work for you? Its not quite a week yet, and he said it could take 2 weeks to start working. Thanks all for being there

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#422880 - 01/22/13 12:14 AM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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Registered: 01/19/13
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Loc: NY
Hi All,
Thought of sharing some effective tips to treat depression here.
Do start exercises and practice yoga regularly to sooth stress and treat depression. Talk with your friends and family members and share your problems with them. Eat a well balanced diet plan and if you don't eat well take multivitamins regularly. Drink more water than routine and avoid alcohol, smoking and caffeine.
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#423826 - 01/31/13 02:50 AM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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Exercise is the best way to reduce depression. Yoga is good one. Walk is also effective. Eating well balanced diet food and exercise both are best tools to deal with depression.
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#425054 - 02/12/13 12:02 PM Re: What's a good anti-depressant? [Re: pufferfish]
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Registered: 02/09/13
Posts: 23
Loc: Global
I am strongly against anti-depressants. When I was 16 I was prescribed fluoxetine(Prozac) even though you had to be at least 21 to take it at the time. It effected my weight, I was really underweight. Whilst on it I also developed night terrors about my CSA. Eventually I was taken off it however the damage it caused was irreversible.

Last year when I was 23 I was prescribed citalophram, and again I got the same advise effects. Only this time it made me really aggressive even after a pint of beer, even though its apparently safe to take with alcohol. I couldn't handle the aggression so I was not about to give up my alcohol addiction. so I asked to be switched to a different Drug. I was put back on fluoxetine, this time it helped with the depression. I've now stopped taking it as the weight loss is strongly affecting my other medication.

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