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#415200 - 11/03/12 09:29 AM First therapy session/any SSRI experience?
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#415213 - 11/03/12 12:31 PM Re: First therapy session/any SSRI experience? [Re: Suwanee]
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I share your concerns about SSRI side effects.

I have just started with buspirone, which lots of guys here talk about. (Do a search here in MS for buspirone and/or Buspar.)

It's a first step, and has little of the negative side effects of SSRI's. It's also not addictive like Xanax or Valium.

Buspirone is not commonly used or prescribed by the medical community because its patent ran out and so there's no longer a marketing budget for it...

As much as doctors like to think they are not prone to drug company advertising, they most certainly are.

If you're concerned about SSRIs, ask about buspirone first and see if that works for you before getting into something that's going to make you feel chemically lobotomized or increase your risk for nightmares.

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#415215 - 11/03/12 12:38 PM * [Re: Suwanee]
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#415223 - 11/03/12 03:11 PM Re: First therapy session/any SSRI experience? [Re: Suwanee]
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First off, I know how hard it is to start on these meds, but they do help I think. I'm also a nurse so I've seen every aspect of the medications.
like others said, most side effects last roughly 1 month or less while your body adjusts to the meds. If they persist, the drug might not be right for you. Paxil, in my case, made me feel TERRIBLE but I could use Zoloft and I felt much better-- they are similar in chemical patterns but different with side effects.

Things you may have at first:
Dizziness, flu-like symptoms, difficult swallowing, extreme tiredness, hunger changes and libido changes. Most common problems tend to be sleep and libido related. Don't feel ashamed to tell her you're having side effects with those meds-- them disrupting your sex life (even personal sex life) are signs that your body is not tolerating the med well. Not all meds will give you the same effects-- it is really individual and unique.

Good on you for getting treatment though. Best of luck to you!

If you or anyone else has any questions, please ask.

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#415226 - 11/03/12 04:35 PM Re: First therapy session/any SSRI experience? [Re: Suwanee]
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