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BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?

Posted by chienandalusia on February 22, 2006, at 1:33:12

I have recently been diagnosed as having BDD, Major Depression, and Social Phobia. In the past I haven't given the meds I've taken much of a chance. I have acne and I am obsessed by it. Today I was told by my CBT therapist SSRIs can be useful in treating BDD. I am interested in trying one but am worried about exacerbating my acne. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with this?
Thank you.

 

Re: BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?

Posted by Meri-Tuuli on February 22, 2006, at 3:52:19

In reply to BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?, posted by chienandalusia on February 22, 2006, at 1:33:12

Hey there, well to be honest, I found that none of the SSRIs (prozac, celexa,) and effexor, made any difference to my pimples. But, you may be different. However, I did try an NSRI, reboxetine and that made my acne MUCH worse so stay away from that at all costs! Although if you are in the states, its not available anyway.

If you have BDD, then you may want to steer towards prozac - I found this weight neutral and energising, although it made my anxiety worse. Celexa turned me into a eating/sleeping zombie, as well as effexor. But again, you may be different and should listen to your dr.

Good luck!

 

Re: BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?

Posted by rod on February 22, 2006, at 7:59:36

In reply to Re: BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?, posted by Meri-Tuuli on February 22, 2006, at 3:52:19

> Hey there, well to be honest, I found that none of the SSRIs (prozac, celexa,) and effexor, made any difference to my pimples.

yep. Only the tricyclic SSRI like drug clomipramine makes my pimples worse... I also get dandruff from it .. well a bit extra hygene solves it :P

 

Re: BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?

Posted by TJO on February 22, 2006, at 8:54:31

In reply to Re: BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?, posted by rod on February 22, 2006, at 7:59:36

Hi,
I recently tried Lamictal which made my acne much worse.

Tam

 

Re: BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne? chienandalusia

Posted by ed_uk on February 22, 2006, at 13:32:15

In reply to BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?, posted by chienandalusia on February 22, 2006, at 1:33:12

I would recommend generic fluoxetine (Prozac). It has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for BDD.

Ed

 

Re: BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?

Posted by Racer on February 22, 2006, at 13:37:52

In reply to BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?, posted by chienandalusia on February 22, 2006, at 1:33:12

Since I didn't start ADs until long after my teens, I can't tell you whether or not they made my skin worse.

I can tell you, though, that I had great luck using a soap called Hibiclens -- it's like a surgical scrub, and my doctor told me that it's basically doing on the outside what antibiotics do on the inside. That, with Retin A once that came out, made my skin much happier. If you are looking for something that might help, I think that's worth trying.

Good luck.

 

Re: BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne? Racer

Posted by Phillipa on February 22, 2006, at 19:37:49

In reply to Re: BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?, posted by Racer on February 22, 2006, at 13:37:52

Hey Racer I remember that soap. Bet they have something even better now. Fondly, Phillipa

 

Re: BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?

Posted by Cairo on February 22, 2006, at 20:40:37

In reply to BDD: Which SSRI best w/ acne?, posted by chienandalusia on February 22, 2006, at 1:33:12

For what it's worth, my daughter's teen acne seemed worse on Lexapro and Zoloft. Adding prescription Nicomide (nicotinamide, zinc, copper and folic acid) dramatically improved her acne in just one week. I can only theorize that it might be the nicotinamide which I believe interacts with benzodiazepine receptors or could be due to increasing zinc and/or magnesium which tend to be "wasted" by the body when under stress.

Find a medication that works for you and then you can deal with the acne with topicals (Retin-A and the like) or other meds (don't do antibiotics, however).

BTW, between Celexa, Lexapro and Zoloft, Zoloft works best for my daughter's social phobia and also seems to help somewhat with her mild BDD symptoms.

Good luck to you.

Cairo


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