SSRIs. Prozac, Zoloft et.al.and their side effects.

  • pophoody

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    Aug 01, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    Hi all,

    I wondered how people on here get on with SSRI antidepressants. I'm about to start a low 10mg dose of Prozac for severe depression.

    Have those here with experience got on ok with them? Did they harm your libido or make you gain weight (or make it more difficult to lose fat?) Was your training affected?

    Interested to hear some anecdotes.

    Thanks guys.



  • Jerebear

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    Aug 02, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    I took Zoloft for a while and it did sweet fuck all.

    Then I was on Celexa, and for the first 2 months it did nothing as well, then over the next 2 months I started to feel minimal effects. After that it really started to kick in.

    So the moral of my first story is that your Prozac might not have any effect at all Different SSRIs will work on different people. And if it doesnt have an effect, you may have to increase the dose and stay on it for a while to really know for sure.

    After it finally kicked in it was awesome. I felt like I had a personality again for the first time in years. I felt like actually talking to people and being around them, and I had enough energy to do all the things I needed to do in a day and more. I loved my experience.

    Libido? yeah say goodbye to that, or get your doctor to prescribe an ED medication

    Weight gain/loss? Again, different people will experience different results. In general, the tyes of SSRIs that are given to people who also have anxiety problems, like Paxil or Effexor, tend to gain weight. On Celexa I lost 40 pounds, but I regained that all when I went off the medication.

    Training was not affected.

    I recommend you try a few different SSRIs and see if they help. Whatever happens it will be certainly be better than suffering from depression and wasting your life away.
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    Aug 02, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    I'd rather have GAD and a ridiculous libido than on drugs and have no libido. I just go to counseling twice a week. No drugs.
  • FireDoor211

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    Aug 02, 2012 1:24 AM GMT
    I was on Paxil, it made me twitch alot

    I was on Effexor, I threw up blood and almost died.

    I was on a few other things, one made me unable to focus and my Pupils were huge. One made me hallucinate... The list goes on. But they all gave me terrible side affects. And what was the doctors answer to those side affects? More drugs! No thanks.

    So I did my research and found there were ways to control my anxiety and depression through diet and herbal supplements. I cannot be thankful enough for the knowledge I acquired in doing this. It has enhanced the quality of my life in ways you could not imagine. I had been afflicted with depression most of my natural life so I had no idea what is was to feel level. I do now, and I would never go back.

    I would look into your family health history. Most of the time depression is related to a mineral deficiency. These are easily remedied by diet and vitamin supplements. I discovered I was magnesium deficient. Taking a supplement and eating a diet focused around magnesium has done wonders for me. I still have a libido, I don't have trouble with weight gain or loss, and most of all I don't have depression.

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    Aug 02, 2012 1:40 AM GMT
    I was on Lexapro for a few years. Celexa is dramatically cheaper version of the same drug but not as nice to start on, or something like that. Apparently, there's left and right oriented organic molecules. They discovered one worked better than having both. Then someone devised an expensive way of filtering that left the more beneficial ones and called it Lexapro.

    It wasn't depression as much I don't get along with selfish people and wasn't able to just let it go.

    You will probably be on the drug for a couple of weeks before you notice any difference as it has to build up in your system.

    And, if you decide to discontinue, you cannot quit cold-turkey.

    When I reached 20mg, the safe limit, I started to realize it worked so well I had a hard time focusing at work combined with my ADD.

    SSRI's do tend to carry the term Anorgasmic. For me, I suspect it interferes with the mental process leading to orgasm. Then again, edging works for me. icon_razz.gif
  • vbportugal

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    Aug 02, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    I tried Celexa, Lexapro, Abilify, and Zoloft. For depression zoloft was the only one that worked for me. Not only that but Zoloft in higher doses is used for ADHD, and it was very apparent that my concentration increased substantially while I was being affected.

    The biggest side effect that I couldn't get past was not being able to finish during sex. Zoloft is also used for people with premature ejaculation and that side-effect really made the beneficial effects not worthwhile in the long run.
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    Aug 02, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    vbportugal saidI tried Celexa, Lexapro, Abilify, and Zoloft. For depression zoloft was the only one that worked for me. Not only that but Zoloft in higher doses is used for ADHD, and it was very apparent that my concentration increased substantially while I was being affected.

    The biggest side effect that I couldn't get past was not being able to finish during sex. Zoloft is also used for people with premature ejaculation and that side-effect really made the beneficial effects not worthwhile in the long run.


    Didn't know that about Zoloft.
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    Aug 02, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    talk to your doctor or call your local pharmacy and speak to a pharmacist.


    not everyone has the same type of depression, not every drug is the same (varies with strength, dose, interaction with other drugs you may be taking, etc), and not everyone reactions to drugs the same way.

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    Aug 02, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    One of my friends is on 40mg of prozac and she has a ridiculously high sex drive so it obviously doesn't affect everyone the same way. From what I read online, most people do have a reduced sex drive while on ssri's so I wouldn't take it unless I absolutely need it. I also heard that it suppresses your appetite.
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    Aug 02, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    scottwze saidtalk to your doctor or call your local pharmacy and speak to a pharmacist.


    not everyone has the same type of depression, not every drug is the same (varies with strength, dose, interaction with other drugs you may be taking, etc), and not everyone reactions to drugs the same way.

    #iworkinthepharmaceuticalfield
    #donttakeadvisesfromnonexpertsseriously


    You are absolutely right. I cling to the belief benefits outweigh the harm in sharing first-hand experiences with drug side effects that require prescriptions.

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    Aug 02, 2012 3:57 AM GMT
    FireDoor211 saidI was on Paxil, it made me twitch alot

    I was on Effexor, I threw up blood and almost died.

    I was on a few other things, one made me unable to focus and my Pupils were huge. One made me hallucinate... The list goes on. But they all gave me terrible side affects. And what was the doctors answer to those side affects? More drugs! No thanks.

    So I did my research and found there were ways to control my anxiety and depression through diet and herbal supplements. I cannot be thankful enough for the knowledge I acquired in doing this. It has enhanced the quality of my life in ways you could not imagine. I had been afflicted with depression most of my natural life so I had no idea what is was to feel level. I do now, and I would never go back.

    I would look into your family health history. Most of the time depression is related to a mineral deficiency. These are easily remedied by diet and vitamin supplements. I discovered I was magnesium deficient. Taking a supplement and eating a diet focused around magnesium has done wonders for me. I still have a libido, I don't have trouble with weight gain or loss, and most of all I don't have depression.



    While a healthy diet benefits everyone, I would like to see the specific studies that say that any nutrient in particular has an effect on anxiety. I personally have never learned this and do not believe it is true unless it is a placebo effect from feeling overall better due to having a good diet.
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    Aug 02, 2012 4:47 AM GMT
    The VA put me on various SSRIs when I was initially diagnosed with epilepsy. The reason I was given is that 60% of epileptics have depression, so it was automatically prescribed for me, even though I didn't complain of depression, nor had I ever been diagnosed with it.

    We went through several because I complained of side-effects, most notably either total impotence or impaired sexual performance, depending on the drug. After about a year I finally told the doctors I was refusing to take them at all.

    As I explained to them, neither I nor people around me noticed any improvement in my behavior, most likely because I never had depression in the first place. On the contrary these drugs caused emotional dullness, making me almost zombie-like in my behavior.

    And as I also said to my doctors, I couldn't think of a better way to CAUSE a man to become depressed than to make him impotent. I know some individuals do respond favorably to SSRIs, and need them. My concern is prescribing them for a nonexistent problem, as in my case, or when other non-pharmaceutical approaches have not been tried first. In the US we seem to go for the pills first, and to overmedicate when we do.
  • Trepeat

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    Aug 09, 2012 6:45 PM GMT
    Been on and off Prozac for a few years, at varying doses. Still not entirely sure if I benefited from it at all.

    I know that once I got over 60 mg it made me a little crazy. Real anti-social thinking and reckless, impulsive, self-destructive behaviour.