A Few Questions About Medication
Take This Life  

Go Back   Take This Life > Treatment and Resources > Treatment > Prescription Medication

A Few Questions About Medication

This is a discussion on A Few Questions About Medication within the Prescription Medication forums, part of the Treatment category; Hi there. I'm 16 and have been clinically depressed for 4 years and am considering medication, but I have a ...

join us
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-06-10, 12:22 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Neverland
Posts: 126
My Mood:
Default A Few Questions About Medication

Hi there. I'm 16 and have been clinically depressed for 4 years and am considering medication, but I have a few questions. Keep in mind, I'm not talking about any specific drug since I haven't looked into it that far yet and am afraid to ask a doctor about these things because they can be biased. You know, they want to sell as many prescriptions as possible because they get paid off by the pharmaceutical companies and all that jazz. Anywho:

What do they mean when they say it may cause increased suicidal thoughts in teenagers? Has anyone had any experiance with this side effect?

I heard some affects may include an inability to be aroused and things of that nature. If I were to go off of a drug that causes that, would that issue still remain/be permanent?

What are your own experiances with medications? Would you recommend them? Stories welcomed.

Thanks. I'm seeing a doctor on Monday and I'm very busy this weekend, that's why I'm not searching around much and just asking in my own post.
baphometx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-10, 01:07 PM   #2
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 4
My Mood:
Default

Yes medication will help and there are a lot out there with very few side effects
EFCForever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-10, 02:24 PM   #3
Experienced Member
 
Today's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Hampshire, England
Posts: 2,216
My Mood:
Default

Hey Bapho

I'm going to be honest, medication varies from type to type and person to person. Some can cause side effects some may not work at all. Some have been known to increase depression but this is a very small amount, but the shock stories always make the papers.

Ok all that being said, meds are a practical and viable step in solving depression. They are not the be all and end all, and most of the time you will need to put other systems in place to help you as well as the meds. But there a good first start.

Its massively unlikely that any of the side effects will be long term, but it may take a while to find the right meds for you. Don't give up hope if the first ones are not the right ones. Just keep talking and hopefully you will find the right ones.

Be safe
__________________
...How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd...

Alexander Pope "Eloisa to Abelard"

The iron ore feels its self needlessly tortured
as it goes through the furnace.
The tempered blade looks back and knows better.
Today is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-10, 09:29 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Meadowseeker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 95
My Mood:
Default

Good for you for asking and finding out what you're getting into. I hope I can help a little.

As far as I know, Prozac is the only drug that has actually been cleared for use in younger people (there seem to be some recommendations that this should be the only one considered even up to age 25). The down side is that everybody's chemistry is different, and it seems that the physical causes of different people's depressions may be different too, so if Prozac isn't the drug for you...well,...that would suck. The reason they don't recommend the other drug options is because of that suicide risk you mentioned.

1) Suicide: This seems to be much more common in teens on some of the other antidepressants, but I will say that I am 32 and had this type of reaction to one of the drugs I tried (the others didn't do this at all). Basically, instead of helping, it made my depression much, much worse. All the symptoms I was concerned about already got stronger, and new ones were added in as well...including more prominent thoughts of harming myself. In my case, I was able to notice before it got to the point that I did any permanent damage, and they took me off the drug. If I had known from the start what I know now, I would have insisted that they get me off of it much sooner. I knew after the first month that it was definitely making me worse instead of better. I should have been firmer and not let them increase my dose, but at the time I wasn't sure if it was the meds or just my own natural state that was getting lower.

I would say that if you do start taking an antidepressant, tell the people closest to you and who see you most often (this can be crazy hard, by the way, depending on how much you really trust them, but it's worth it). Also tell them that there's a chance the meds will make you more depressed, and that you need their help in noticing if you get worse. Often other people can see changes much more clearly than we can ourselves, especially when our emotions are all mucked up by medication. Keep an eye out yourself, and if you find that you're having thoughts in which hurting yourself wouldn't be such a bad thing, get back to the doctor, tell them these thoughts are starting, and get them to wean you off of the med (you can't stop taking them suddenly once your body is used to them). This includes thoughts that you don't think you'd really follow through on. That first stage is NOT a normal thing. It counts, and they only get stronger from there. I didn't realize that at first either. It's much better to cut them off before they get to the stage where you're actually making plans. If you've already been having thoughts of self harm without the medication, pay attention to them getting even a little bit worse.

2) Orgasm and Sexual Side Effects: Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon side effect of the antidepressants called SSRI's (Prozac is one of those). That said, I've been on three different SSRI's, and only one of them lost me my orgasm. One made it a little harder to get to, and the other didn't seem to affect me sexually at all. Pardon me for being graffic, but I imagine you really want to know, so I will say that my sister lost her ability to get "wet", but said that she would gladly trade it for the difference in her mood. Once you're old enough to experiment with other medications, there are some antidepressants that do not have any sexual side effects, and ones that can be added to take away the problems that the SSRI's give.

The good news is that even if you do experience some changes there, they should go away within a few months after you stop taking the drug. There may be a handful of cases in the world where people have more difficulties (not sure), but if they do it's one of those extremely rare things. I wouldn't be worried about it making any lasting changes.

3) Recommendations: If you're a person who is prone to depression, I think it is extremely important to look into the other sides of the issue in addition to medication (at least, if you're looking for a lasting solution). After many years, the body can become used to it's antidepressants, and they can start losing their effectiveness. Improvements made through therapy, lifestyle changes, etc. are permanent, and can get a lot of people to the point that they don't need the medications anymore. I would say the less medication the better, so I think trying to actually "fix" the problem is important (taking Tylenol for a headache doesn't actually make your head all better, it just keeps you from feeling the pain of it. It's sort of the same with antidepressants, I think. They temporarily change your available levels of certain neurotransmitters, but they don't actually fix whatever the original problem was. That's why most people just go back to being depressed when they stop taking them).

That said, if you can find an antidepressant that works for you, it can make a huge difference. And the extra energy and hope can make it MUCH easier to work on the more permanent solutions, if you choose to do that. They are not a no-big-deal kind of medication (they really do mess with your body significantly), but if it works, I would say that it's worth it. I was on one antidepressant that worked for me, but I was unfortuantely allergic to it. I've been spending the past year looking for another one that can do that for me, if that says anything about how big the difference was.

Beware of any source that tells you antidepressants are no big deal. Also beware of any source that tells you they're evil. As is often the case, I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. Yes, they have drawbacks and can come with side effects, but sometimes it's worth it for that much change that fast. My personal views on taking them are here, for what it's worth.

If you do get input from others on which medications they took and what happend, please do keep in mind that because everybody's chemistry is different, your reaction to a certain med could be completely different from theirs. I have a friend who is grateful every day for Effexor. I would rather swallow my own kneecaps than another caplet of that stuff.

Some information is really easy to find with a quick Google search, but some is much harder, especially in cases where your reaction isn't completely average or if you're looking for things that aren't strictly endorced by the medical community (like what happens when you mix alcohol and antidepressant meds). I assembled a bunch of the stuff that I found myself searching for on this page, in case it could be helpful to anybody else. There may be some things in there that could be of use to you.

Good luck! I hope this helps even a little. I know it can be really difficult wading through all of this. Good for you for being brave and smart enough to seek help. Making that first trip to the doctor is often the hardest part.
__________________
Sometimes I like the rain. Sometimes it just makes me think of vitamin D deficiency.
Meadowseeker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-10, 01:30 AM   #5
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 11
My Mood:
Default

How do you know if an antidepressant is right for you? i was depressed two years ago but it was totally different like things could make me smile and be happy but with this new depression nothing seem to be able to make me happy nothin at all and i randomly start crying for no reason. i was wondering if i should think about an antidepressant y friend who has a similar depression is on them and who would i got to a therapist or a regular doctor? sorry these questions may seem dumb but i have never gotten any help with my depression because i hate therapists and dislike talking to my parents and doctors.
relapse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-10, 12:51 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Meadowseeker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 95
My Mood:
Default

"i was wondering if i should think about an antidepressant y friend who has a similar depression is on them and who would i got to a therapist or a regular doctor?"

If you're thinking about medication, a doctor will need to prescribe it so that is who you should talk to. They may recommend a therapist that you could see as well.
__________________
Sometimes I like the rain. Sometimes it just makes me think of vitamin D deficiency.
Meadowseeker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-10, 06:17 PM   #7
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 6
Default

Not all medications have sexual side effects, and if they do they should go away immediately after stopping it.

che
cheswim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-10, 06:38 PM   #8
R4D
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 285
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by baphometx View Post
Hi there. I'm 16 and have been clinically depressed for 4 years and am considering medication, but I have a few questions. Keep in mind, I'm not talking about any specific drug since I haven't looked into it that far yet and am afraid to ask a doctor about these things because they can be biased. You know, they want to sell as many prescriptions as possible because they get paid off by the pharmaceutical companies and all that jazz. Anywho:

What do they mean when they say it may cause increased suicidal thoughts in teenagers? Has anyone had any experiance with this side effect?

I heard some affects may include an inability to be aroused and things of that nature. If I were to go off of a drug that causes that, would that issue still remain/be permanent?

What are your own experiances with medications? Would you recommend them? Stories welcomed.

Thanks. I'm seeing a doctor on Monday and I'm very busy this weekend, that's why I'm not searching around much and just asking in my own post.

Keep in mind I only had short term usage of meds (cos I was painkiller addict before)

1) For me (Everyones different) it was like a rollercoaster- going down u feel king of the world, going up it flattens you against the seat. After high wore off, I felt shitter than before.

2) no idea lol

3) Depends. If you can deal with things without meds, I say go yourself. If you have blackout periods... Try I guess. Maybe youll have a better rollercoaster.

Im biased too ofc, myself Im against meds, cos they fuck me up. To put it bluntly, ever seen a man cut his arm and sit down to look at blood pouring out? I was that man. That was not ADs though but its all the same for me. There are no good drugs, just drugs with good side effects. I prefer my shitstained life as it is.
R4D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-10, 03:45 PM   #9
Member
 
pseudo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 335
My Mood:
Default

I have a love/hate relationship with meds. On the one hand, they have an undeniable boost to my mood. Without them, I would be (and have been) suicidal.

On the other hand, they've messed up my life. Sexual dysfunction is one thing. But in general, my mind isn't as "sharp" as it used to be. My brain was like a well-oiled high-performance machine. Now it's more like a sub-compact with slow, weak acceleration.

Some medications were pretty disastrous experiments. Geodon made me feel like a cranky zombie in a goldfish bowl. Wellbutrin made me jittery and paranoid. Clonazepam made me tired all the time.

Best of luck ...

ps
__________________
the sun has left the sky, now you can close your eyes, leave all the world behind until tomorrow (Latimer/Bardens)
pseudo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-10, 03:50 PM   #10
Member
 
Piplup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: US
Posts: 834
My Mood:
Default

Well I'm an so much better on my meds. Luckily I haven't had any side affects from them them. But all those side effects they list and some they don't know about can happen.
I find they don't change me they just enable me to be who I am without feeling so much pressure. I see the world clearer too.
__________________
"I've got a war in my mind."
Piplup is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
 

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2