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Re: Anyone ever had a response to AD after 4 weeks? Meltingpot

Posted by yxibow on March 25, 2009, at 19:27:20

In reply to Anyone ever had a response to AD after 4 weeks?, posted by Meltingpot on March 25, 2009, at 14:00:00

> Hi,
>
> Anybody ever suddenly had a response to an Antidepressant after 4 weeks. IF so, on which drug and at what dosage.
>
> I've been on this Anafranil now for almost a month and I don't feel as though it is helping me that much but the private psychiatrist I saw said I should give it at least 6 to 8 weeks before knowing for sure.
>
> I know that this is the general rule but I've never had a response to an antidepressant after 3 weeks so I'm feeling very optimistic.
>
> The Zyprexa is helping with the anxiety but so far I'm feeling apathetic, weepy, worried and morbid. It's spring here in the uk and yet it feels like winter to me, everything seems bleak.
>
>
> Denise

I would say that there are some responses to SRI/SSRIs after a month, but the general rule for a trial of an SSRI is 12 weeks for full results.

There are other psychological factors which could be making things feel bleak, those I can't say, only a psychologist could tell you.

But if it isn't producing some results after a month and you haven't been through the gamut of SSRIs and you are feeling more than apathy but serious symptoms such as suicidal thoughts, it could be a time to try something else such as Celexa or the like if you haven't already.

Also, while Anafranil can be a potent antidepressant, it also has side effects just like other TCAs, which does include sedation.

-- best wishes

- Jay

 

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