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Sun, May. 3rd, 2009, 12:50 pm
art_of_symmetry: Hi i'm new - Citalopram

Hi, i joined this community having been prescribed citalopram by my doctor. Having looked into the drug and the side effects i'm really not sure i will use it, i can't afford side effects for even a week, i need to be okay for work.

Basically i've spent my whole life in and out of states of not being okay. Bulimia and self harm in my childhood. Depression i got throught with councelling in my last year of university and once again now, i am depressed, but not only depressed i keep on getting anxious. Crying for no reason in various public settings, and sometimes i get so down for no reason at all and just can't pull myself out of it. This occurs maybe twice, 3, 4 times a week. I find going to work so hard on a morning. I can't do counselling which i'm oin no doubt that i need due to work restrictions.

Anyway, i just wanted to give you a bit of background info.

Ciralopram - any experience with it?

Thanks :)

Thu, Feb. 28th, 2008, 04:14 am
moralanqua: WE DON'T NEED DRUGS - IT'S ALL IN OUR HEADS

 

Depression drugs 'little better than placebos': study

AFP
By Katherine Haddon AFP - Tuesday, February 26 04:51 pm

LONDON, Feb 26, 2008 (AFP) - Best-s elling anti-depressants like Prozac and Seroxat are barely more effective than placebos in treating most people with depression, a study led by a British university said Tuesday.

The research, which analysed 47 clinical trials, breaks new ground by incorporating data not previously released by drug companies which researchers obtained under US freedom of information laws.

Its findings prompted some academics and mental health campaigners to question whether people with mild and moderate depression should be prescribed drugs like Prozac, which has been taken by 40 million people worldwide.

"The difference in improvement between patients taking placebos and patients taking anti-depressants is not very great," said Professor Irving Kirsch of Hull University, in northern England, who led the team.

"This means that depressed people can improve without chemical treatments.

"Given these results, there seems little reason to prescribe antidepressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients unless alternative treatments have failed to provide a benefit."

The study, published in the journal PLoS (Public Library of Science) Medicine, looked at Prozac, Seroxat, Effexor and Serzone and found the drugs were only better than a placebo for some people with severe depression.

Kirsch's team said it was one of the most thorough probes into the impact of new generation anti-depressants or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

But drug companies strongly questioned the findings.

A spokesman for Eli Lilly, which makes Prozac, said that "extensive scientific and medical experience" had shown it is "an effective anti-depressant."

And GlaxoSmithKline, which makes Seroxat, said the study had not acknowledged the "very positive benefits" of the drugs.

"Their conclusions are at odds with what has been seen in actual clinical practice," a spokesman said.

"It is widely recognised by experts in the field that studies in depression are challenging and very difficult to conduct."

One leading academic who has studied why drug companies only publish some of their data on new drugs said in the wake of the findings they should be obliged to provide full details.

Doctor Tim Kendall, deputy director of Britain's Royal College of Psychiatrists research unit, said the study was "fantastically important."

"I think it's too dangerous to allow drug companies -- where profit is a key factor -- to be able to withhold data which shows that a drug is ineffective or harmful," he said.

Alison Cobb, of British mental health charity Mind, hailed the findings as "a serious challenge to the predominance of drugs in treating depression."

"Anti-depressants do help many people but by no means all and some people experience severe side-effects with them," she said.

"Nine out of 10 GPs (general practitioners) say they've been forced to dish out drugs because they don't have proper access to 'talking treatments' such as cognitive behavioural therapy, which are recommended as the first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression."

Another mental health charity, Sane, warned the findings "could remove what has been seen as a vital choice for thousands," adding people should not stop taking their drugs immediately.

As the study was published, the British government published details of a 170-million-pound (225-million-euro, 335-million dollar) programme to improve access to counselling and therapy for people with depression.

Officials say this should see 900,000 more people receiving such treatments over the next three years.

Tue, Jan. 22nd, 2008, 08:25 am
rainbow_lioness: feeling drained...

Feeling a bit down, well more than a bit.

I think most of it is because of the diabetes, and the rest having a sore throat for the last 3 weeks. I feel teh diabetes is why I have had the sore thoat for so long.

I have lost interest in playing games on the computer especially my favourite City of Heroes. All I want to do is is lay on the sofa under my Spongebob duvet, with my fat cat Puzzle on my lap and play my Nintendo DS. I am still getting the dishes washed, the cat boxes cleaned, and staying on top of the laundry.

The Fluoxetine is still working though, because if it wasnt I wouldnt be keeping up with the dishes and other stuff.

Fri, Jan. 11th, 2008, 04:07 pm
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