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Which Antidepressant Is Perfect For You?

Submitted by on September 10, 2009 – 11:05 amNo Comment




What do you do if you are going through excess pain from your stressed or depressed feelings? Might be taking stress lightly and don’t think that it should be entertained by any doctor. We ourselves become doctors and try to treat ourselves by randomly choosing medicines that might render de-stress in the time of suffering. But this whole process is absolutely hazardous as taking in pills that are not for your treatment can cause perilous side-effects. There are surplus chances of taking in pills which can harm you, not because the pills are heavy or light but because you might have switched to medication that is not appropriate for your treatment and it can also lead to unnecessary reactions in the body.

In the pharmaceuticals market, there exists an array of 30 types of antidepressants and choosing from them what might be better for enhancing your health condition is a sheer matter of doctor’s examination and recommendation. However, a research result issued in the medical journal “The Lancet” found that Sertraline (Zoloft) and Escitalopram (Lexapro) are the two antidepressants that can alleviate depression without causing any harmful reactions. This research does not prove that these medications are good for one and all as to one can’t predict what suits an individual until and unless any specialist scrutinizes the symptoms meticulously.

Experts who specialise in such matters are of views like Terry Eagan, MD, who is a psycho-pharmacologist and also the medical director of the Moonview Sanctuary outpatient Clinic in Santa Monica, California explains “I have conducted clinical trials, and we generally can’t test medication on people who have more than one condition say for depression and anxiety or an eating disorder – because it will be too difficult to determine what the results mean for a wide population, but in reality very from patients suffer from same problems. That’s why picking up a medication has to be individualised.”

So I will suggest how you can choose the antidepressant that is personalised just for you. Ponder over the tips vigilantly, so let’s move ahead.

Review every possible symptom of yours to the doctor:
Depression doesn’t always mean that you are feeling gloomy about everything, it is more than that. It can often leave you disturbed with sleepless nights i.e. insomnia, headache, over-eating disorder, chronic sleeps etc. or might be anything else that regularly makes you restless. Each one going through a tough phase of stress or depression can suffer varied predicaments. It would be wiser if you speak out your symptoms clearly to the medical practitioner, so that he can take into consideration experiences and suggest antidepressants that relieved his previous patient’s who had gone through similar symptoms alike you. For instance: Cymbalta gives relaxation to chronic pains, SSRI’s like Paxil gives relief to various attacks and disorders.

Take family history into account:
Try to recollect what tablets worked in case of your relatives like your parents and siblings because you people inherit the same genetics. Probably, you might be benefited by the same medications and get de-stressed without any professional expertise.

Be candid to speak out the side-effects:
Every medicine tends to affect and possibly cause any or the other side-effect to you. So, get up yourself and talk clearly about the possible side-effects that you want to avoid completely. Might be the doctor will get your point and prescribe you any other medications so that you don’t have to face your worst nightmare. Generally, medicines have some or other light side-effects so make up your mind to bear with them because ultimately they are the ones which will advance your health conditions. For instance: the medication Wellbutrin causes side-effects like weight gain or loss of libido.

Keep your cool:
You may concede with me when I say that medications takes time to eventually end up by completing its motto. Some antidepressants take maximum time of around two months and some of them show positive results in short period of two weeks. If it takes time then you have to understand that it will improvise your health and you shouldn’t get hopeless and in that leave that medication. Also, as I talked about side-effects in the former point, you might have to experience the common reactions like vomiting, lethargic, aches etc.

Expect some trial and error:
Don’t get too excited if the medications the doctor has suggested starts rendering you comfy and relieved feelings. Also, simultaneously try combinations of assortment of other medication, who knows it might provide comparatively more relaxation and merry.

Dr. Clayton claims that “If a patient doesn’t feel better within eight weeks, I might try another antidepressant,” says Dr. Clayton. “Or, if certain side effects are really interfering with her life—she may feel exhausted or can’t sleep well—I might add a stimulant or a sleep aid, to balance it out. And if there’s still no improvement in a few weeks, then I probably would add another drug in a different class.” Also he adds that he tries varied options of medications on the patients which include drugs like Abilify, Buspar and Lithium. Also he adds on that “There really is no formula. It’s a lot of tinkering.”

Stay in touch with your medical practitioner:
Regularly get to your doctor for getting updates about up’s and down’s in your health. Because ultimately it’s the doctor who is examining you and he is an expert professional who knows better than you about yourself. So, if you get to the doctor who has prescribed you the medications, ask him at what intervals you should get to him about knowing your health updates.

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