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Anti depressants

hi everyone, as of lately without going into too much detail my mood swings are becoming increasingly too hard for me to handle. My neurologist recommended i visited my GP for anti depressants. I know these can be extremely addictive (my neurologist claims they shouldn’t be) that’s why im cautious on taking them. Has anyone had any experience with them that they could share with me??

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grandma
3 months ago

My ms nurse, several years ago, said anyone dealing with just the ms on a day to day basis needed a little help and got my gp to prescribe anti- depressants. At the time I was going through hell, cancer, marriage break up etc., so was on quite a high dose, have gradually reduced that and in fact, the lowest dose of any of them is 10mg a day, but I have bought a pill splinter and now only take 5mg. Don’t worry about addiction, Its extremely unlikely to happen and as she said, we have enough to deal with and anything small thing we can do should at least be attempted, so give it a go. There’s lots of anecdotal evidence and each one of us is different on all fronts, but if your neuro has suggested it, it comes as a pleasant surprise that at least he’s singing from the same hymn sheet as my ms nurse was years age!πŸ₯ŠπŸ‘‚πŸ˜œ


stumbler
3 months ago

@lukezni_1 , antidepressants are part of my MS management toolkit as well.


andrew_reds
3 months ago

Im on htp5 I tried antidepressants but didnt do much I started htp5 and that sorted me out from mood swings and was only on them for 3 month hope it helps


Anonymous
3 months ago

@grandma hey thanks for sharing and im glad to see they have helped you!

@stumbler how have they been for you?

@andrew_reds i tried 5htp, ashwagandha and others which didn’t help with my moods, im glad 5htp is helping you


cosine
3 months ago

Are you taking Gabapentin by any chance? That really messed up my moods. What I mean to say is maybe the moodswings could be side effects to some meds?


stumbler
3 months ago

@lukezni_1 , my Sertraline seems to keep me more level-headed.


Anonymous
3 months ago

@cosine I’m currently not on any medication I’m due to start treatment next month tho


cosine
3 months ago

Ah ok. can’t blame them then


chezy17
3 months ago

I’m one of the opposite and prefer to go it alone, I find walks and any kind of exercise works for me, body combat especially, that and music. I just prefer to manage without but however peeps deal with the shitstorm that is MS is everyone’s journey.


dominics
3 months ago

5htp is confusing me?

5 hydroxytriptamine is serotonin. Antidepressants are 5ht (usually 1d) reuptake inhibitors are SSRIs. Specific Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. Prozac is the one most of us have heard of.

If your neuro – a brain specialist with a vast amount of training in this – thinks that they won’t be an issue is be inclined to go with them and not anecdotal things you may be told.

It usually takes 6-8 weeks for them to become fully effective and you should just stop taking them. Not like turning a tap on and off.

Give them a chance. Low dose shouldn’t cause you any. Overall, I’d be more inclined to go with the advice of the medics.


dominics
3 months ago

@chezy17 has my favourite approach though! It is well known that exercise is an excellent anti-depressant.

Getting outside and climbing a hill – or similar – is a fantastically invigorating thing!


chezy17
3 months ago

I did 8 miles on my bike today, it’s not a put down to peeps, I appreciate that I can still do this…it’s just the way I deal with MS, that and wine lol! Antidepressants for me wouldn’t benefit, I’ve seen first hand how they change peeps…my approach isn’t for everyone but it’s how I deal 😁


hels
3 months ago

@lukezni_1 @dominics

5 HTP is a precurser to serotonin,
5- Hyrdoxytryptophan, it’s derived from an African plant. It helps your body produce serotonin. Our bodies make it naturally from an amino acid but we have to have enough B vitamins, magnesium and zince to do so. So I guess the supplement skips the need for these? I’m no expert though. It also helps with sleep, I can definitely vouch for that.

Also CBD may worth a try if you want to try the natural root first. Puts a spring in my step for sure πŸ‘πŸ»


dominics
3 months ago

Thanks @hels. I sold a 5HT1-D called dexfenfluramine some 30y ago. Was desperately trying to recall the teaching around it!

It was a satiety enhancing agent and v close to the 1C reuptake inhibitor that is Prozac.

I was Rx Duloxetine for neuropathic pain – now gone – and that is also an SSRI apparently.

There is so much to remember it makes my brain ache!

Best,

Dominic


Anonymous
3 months ago

I am currently using a high strength CBD oil which helps some of my symptoms not so much the cognitive side. I exercise daily and I hike often. Which helps my moods during the period of time of exercise and for a while after


chezn87
3 months ago

I’ve been on citalopram and propranolol for a year and a half a few months before I fell ill and diagnosed with ms, I feel they really help me deal with a lot of the stresses of dealing with daily life, everyone deals with depression and anxiety differently. Hope you find the best thing that works for you x


kbmsutton1
3 months ago

@luke I take Cymbalta and have had no issues. Helps me a lot


rmdaniels
2 months ago

I have taken Pristiq for years & feel like its helped me deal with my new DX.


jane_watts
2 months ago

I agree with @chezy17, same attitude as myself…..
I’m fortunate in that I’ve not suffered ‘moods’.
In saying this I’m not on any DMTs nor any other medications…….
It is an individuals choice, just not a path I personally would take……

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