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Any Thoughts About My Depression Situation?

Any Thoughts About My Depression Situation?

I have been on Lexapro for my depression for 7 years and feel like it is not working as well anymore. I was on Paxil before and liked that better but my psychiatrist seems to prefer Lexapro. She seems hesitant to add anything else or switch me to a different med. She mentioned TMS but that seems expensive and drawn out (daily treatments for a number of weeks). I am not sure what to say or do next. Thank you! Holly

posted August 19
A MyFibroTeam Member

Hi Holly, I was reading your note and thought would share some recent things I have learned....There are many types of medications used to help treat depression and/or anxiety. Lexapro is a very special type that is good for multiple diagnoses and can be given for chronic conditions (long term treatment) I am pretty sure that is why she is hesitant to change it. However, there are now some medications that can enhance the effects of antidepressant medications and not alter their effects on you. I do not personally know anything more than that about them-maybe she has tried them with some people and was not impressed. there are other medications in the same group as Lexapro that she might be able to try. This group of drugs is very specialized and there are many medical medications which it can interact with them changing the medical effect of the other drug and sometimes altering its own affect because of the primary chemical format changing. (Sorry, I tend to go deep into explanations-sometimes that makes things more confusing for people! I am a retired RN who taught health besides worked in many fields- now plays patient and tries to help other patients! ) {{HUGS}}. And good luck!

Hope that helps you in some way.

posted August 19
A MyFibroTeam Member

They don't like Paxil because of the side effects and Lexapro and others are newer with less side effects. I was on Paxil for years but when I developed fibro my rheumatologist switched the Paxil to Cymbalta. What a game changer for me but everyone is different. Your doctor should be working with you as far as treatments and actually explaining things. Maybe time to look for a new one that you feel more comfortable with.

posted August 31
A MyFibroTeam Member

I wanted to add that I’ve been on a certain antidepressant and my doctor added another one to boost it. It did wonders.
It took me years, I mean years to find the right combination of AD.
Don’t be discouraged my friend, talk to your doctor about it.
🙏🏻

posted August 27
A MyFibroTeam Member

I would explain exactly how you feel.
Is your depression getting worse? Your doctor needs to assess you again and together you will find the best treatment.
💕

posted August 26
A MyFibroTeam Member

Big hugs to those who have been dealing with long term depression.

This is the first time I’ve heard anything about TMS & I have only read one article — what will this treatment cost?

The treatment is over multiple days (20 to 30 days), just so you understand what time will be involved.

“You’ll need to repeat the procedure 5 days a week, for about 4 to 6 weeks.”

posted August 19

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