visit to the doctors

hi all.... i have been to the doctors today.. told him all my concerns and he has given me antidepressants Now i really really dont want to take these i have never really known any one that has taken antidepressants without having further problems... so if any of you out there do please would you let me know.

also the doctor had a feel around and has said i need to go for another scann so as you can imagine this is now worrying me.

love suzanne


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  • I take 40mg of fluoxetine a day and don't have any problems with them. You may get some side effects when you first start taking them but they only last a couple of days and you may find it takes a couple of weeks for them to start working properly. They won't make you feel happy they just even out the extremes so you can cope better. Please do not feel ashamed of taking them if you broke your leg would you refuse a crutch?

  • these are exactly the same as what you take then... only these are 20mg a day..

    Its not that im ashamed or anything like that its just that i have a lot of trouble getting up in the mornings and i just dont want to take anything that will make this any worse as i have to be able to come to work being the only bred winner in the family i just cant afford to not be at work.


  • Hi Suzanne

    I took anti-depressants for 20 of the 33 years I was married. First prothiaden then seroxat. They helped me to be 'tolerable to live with' while my ex tomcatted around. I O/D'd on prothiaden (deliberately) then took the seroxat until the divorce. As a result I am not keen on them and do not take them now but, as reassurance, during the time I took them I held down a full time teaching job and ran the NUT in N Yorks, brought up two kids and, later, became a full time TU official working 18 hour days and driving hundreds of miles a week. I experienced no side effects that would have stopped me from working.

    I took quite high doses as well!

    Good luck with the scan! On the positive side if there is anything there then the sooner it is discovered the more likely they are to be able to zap it.

    I am getting the 'lump in the throat feeling' and wondering if I should see my GP because, otherwise I feel so well.

    Good luck!



  • They don't make you feel drowsy so that shouldn't be an issue in fact the depression itself is more likely to make you not want to get out of bed in a morning. Has your GP told you what time of day to take them? I usually take mine first thing in the morning. My dosage was put up after treatment finished

  • he told me to take one at night...


  • Hi Suzanne

    I am also on antidepressants ( citalopram 20mg) , I really struggled to not go on them, but had no choice in the end as I got so low that I was making plans to "harm myself" and I was having real problems coping at work.They really have been great and now after a year and a bit on them I am on half dose and will be off them totally in a few months.

    I have had no problems and felt better far quicker than I expected.

    As Scardycat says if you broke your leg you would be considered bonkers if you refused pain relief. I found that because I slept better and felt better getting up in the morning was easier.

    I so hope they help you soon and that you get a good scan report .

    Lots of love

    Charlie xxx

  • thank you charlie..maybe i should just give them a try..


  • I was on citalopram for about a year and a half a few years back when I was going through a tough time at work. I found them really good and wouldn't hesitate to ask for them again if I felt I needed them.

    All the best for the scan.


  • I have taken citalopram off and on over the last 10 years (following severe postnatal depression). They have literally been a life saver for me and have helped me cope with the most difficult times in my life. It does take a few days to get used to them but after that I was full of energy, and felt great with no side effects. Everyone is an individual and what works for some may not work for u, I took 5 different types of antidepressant before I found the one that works for me. I hope they help u if u decide to take them and good luck for ur scan. x


  • Thank you jane.

    X x

  • Hi Suzanne

    Have not got experience of ante-depressants. But sending you my best wishes

    Love X G X

  • Thankyou gwyn.

    I hope your ok.

    X x

  • Just realised I left my comment attached to Scardycat's contribution and not here, in brief I took antidepressants for 20 years without disabling side effects.

    Good luck with the scan!


  • Hi Suzanne, Take whatever it takes, there should be enough reassurance for you on here to see there is sometimes a need for a little bit of extra support. Good luck

    Love Wendy xx

  • Hi Suzanne, I am on 40 mg of citalopram, it has gone up over the years I have been on it, I have too many other things to be concerned about. I get along ok with them, they do help with anxiety, love to you Diane xx

  • Hi Suzanne

    Antidepressants are a useful tool, and lets face it, we put more chemicals into our bodies via chemo etc to help us get through this damn disease dont we?

    It might be useful to ask your GP to refer you for therapy Cognitive Behaviour Therapy works extremely well for depression and anxiety, and GP's should be able to refer you for a course on the NHS. it has longer lasting benifits than antidepressants, and less relapse rates- its worth checking out.

    good luck with the scan- I am off for my 3 month check up scan on mon so I know how you feel!

    sue x

  • Thankyou everyone. Once again you have all helped. Your all amazing.

    Love to you all, im going to go ahead and try them I will ov course let you know how it goes.

    Thank you

    Love suzanne. X x x

  • Hi Suzanne

    I forgot to say that I found a computerised CBT course which was free on the interent , called "Living life to the full" really good. I also did a mindfulness CBT course which cost £40 , but you download lovely relaxing exercises. These courses are probably more for depression that occurs for no reason , whereas us ladies here feeling unwell emotionally is in reaction to the illness /operations/treatments.

    However I personally found them really good though.

    Take care

    Lots of love


  • Thank you, I will have a look at that.

    Thank you again.

    Lots of love

    Suzanne. X x

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