Antidepressant side effects

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I have suffered with depression for most of my life and I have never been able to take antidepressants because of horrendous side effects - extreme anxiety,irregular heart beat and chest pain.Does anyone else have this problem?How do you cope?

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    Hi Susan ~

    Yes, I did have similar problems.  I'm now on zoloft 100mgs 2xdaily and wellbutrin 300 mgs 1xdaily.  That combination works, for me.  I could feel all the side effects you stated prior to this combination.  Maybe it just takes time to find the right one/s for you?  I know you said you've had it all your life.  Are you seeing a psychiatrist?  A GP doesn't have all the knowledge that a psy has with meds...they can work a combination for you much sooner than a GP.  Don't know what your situation is but if you've only been seen by a GP, perhaps a stop by the psychiatrist is much needed, presently.

    Good luck and let us know how  you're coming along.

    Frustrated

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      Hi frustrated61.Thanks for your reply.I was seen by a psychiatrist as an inpatient at the beginning of the year and his advice was to never take antidepressants because of the dangerous side effects that I experience.He did put me on pregabalin for the anxiety but even then I can only take them at a low dose.
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    Hi Susan,

    I started on fluoxetine 13 days ago and I'm experiencing everything you said. What everyone says though is that these side effects go away over time.

    Danilo

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      Hi danilo45459! Thanks for your reply.I have taken every antidepressant that there is available on the market at the moment and they all give me the same exteme side effects that for me never go away.I know that they work very well for most people and I wish you well with your treatment.
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      Hi Susan 

      I'm the same as you I have been on every medication under the sun over the last .30 years and all I ever get us terrable side effects, I have come to the conclusion that I'm just treatment resistant and come off all my meds recently as there is just no point. I would rather just have the depression and anxiety to cope with and not the side effects of the meds. I do feel better without the meds but the depression and anxiety never seems to stop. After 30 years of this I have come to terms with the fact that this is the way it will always be for me so all I can do is learn ways if coping with it and not keep expecting it to just go away. I have just been through the most awful withdrawal Simptoms from coming off the meds which was venalfaxine and one of the hardest one to come off. I swear to God I will never take another so called antidepressant ever again, to be honest I think I would rather die than put that s""t in my system again. Meds do help some people but the people's is the relief don't last long and the why the dose has to be changed after a while then you end up on the highest dose and after a while they don't work anymore so then you are out on another med and in time the same thing happens and and it's just a never ending cycle. 

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      Hi Micheal.

      I think you are correct.I had a terrible time in my thirties when the antidepressants almost drove me to suicide because of anxiety side effects.I have to be careful with all medication not just antidepressants.I am currently trying mindfulness meditation but it is a constant struggle isn't it,especially at this time of year.

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