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Unread 03-23-2004, 07:12 AM
anti-depressants and suicide *warning*

there was a blurb on the news last night about anti-depresants needing warning labels because they can cause suicidal tendencies.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/...in607763.shtml

I know I"m on some, and I think others on here are. Please be careful

Laura
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Unread 03-23-2004, 08:24 AM
anti-depressants and suicide *warning*

Although the warning has been issued, it isn't clear whether or not these drugs actually do lead to suicide. Until that issue is decided, the FDA has decided to put stronger warnings on its labels.

I've been taking Effexor for nearly 4 1/2 years with no adverse side effects.
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Unread 03-23-2004, 08:53 AM
anti-depressants and suicide *warning*

I think just about any medication can push certain people toward suicide. Especially if they are already dealing with emotional issues (which most on anti-depressants are). It is something that each doctor and patient should weigh heavily before prescribing/taking these meds.

Personally, I have taken some sort of anti-depressant (and been through some major issues) for the last 5 years and have never thought about suicide.
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Unread 03-23-2004, 09:21 AM
anti-depressants and suicide *warning*

Laura:

Thanks for the heads up on this. My DH saw the same thing yesterday and called me. I started on zoloft several weeks ago. For me, this med is making me really relaxed and calm overall. I can't seem to really get stressed about anything. Even the things that would normally send me flying into stressville just don't affect me that way anymore. DH thinks its cool and yet almost too bizarre.

The only problem I am having is with memory. Every once in awhile I can not remember something that I know is important for the life of me. Last night I was sitting in my son's room tucking him in for the night and I was trying desparately to remember where I had to be at 7:30am today. I was thinking, gosh, I need to be somewhere at 7:30, but where is it? And it took me a few minutes to collect and remember that it was my sister's outpatient surgery today and I planned on sitting with my BIL while he waited. That scared me a bit and I'll be bringing that up to my doc at my appt in a week.

My sister's surgery went well (hemorrhoidectomy) and she will be going home later today.
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Unread 03-23-2004, 04:01 PM
anti-depressants and suicide *warning*

From my experience do not ever go off without dr. supervision, I really scared myself once. Be Well
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Unread 03-23-2004, 08:47 PM
anti-depressants and suicide *warning*

I've been on antidepressants since 1988--desryl, then prozac, celexa, and now effexor. These medications have helped me live a normal life. I've had more suicidal times when I was off my meds than when I was on them. In my opinion, if the meds greatly improve your quality of life, they are worth taking. But do make sure when you feel you don't need them anymore, that you do so under your doctor's supervision.

Monalees
TAH/BSO for endometrial cancer/complications: ruptured bladder/Dec/02
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Unread 03-23-2004, 09:52 PM
Amen to that!

Monalees,
I agree with you 110% on the feeling of suicidal thoughts without your meds.

A few years ago, I got the brilliant idea that I didn't need my meds anymore (Paxil)...ended up in the rehab, I didn't try to commit suicide, only because my mom was with me the whole time I was going through it.

Please, NEVER, EVER come off your antidepressants cold turkey, even with this new warning out! I thoroughly believe that a person will commit suicide whether they are on medication or not, depending on how bad they want to do it.

If the new warning scares you enough to come off your meds, please talk to you dr about it, and they can bring you down slowly, and try another one.
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Unread 03-24-2004, 01:39 PM
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I have taken zoloft, wellbutrin, and now I am on prozac. Sometimes I feel like I dont need the meds. but I would never stop taking them without my drs help Plus I know that when I have stopped taking my meds the depression usually returns. It is a battle but like my dr told me if you had diabetes you wouldnt not take your insulin or if you had high blood pressure you wouldn't not take your meds. well depression is no different it isn't something you can just overcome it is a medical problem you have to have help. That took me forever to learn. I always thought OH get over it, just cheer up. It took me forever to realize I really had medical problem.
Keep praying it will get better.
LOL
Jeni
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