I have been on a lot of different kinds of antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilisers. Not surprising when you consider I have been medicated since I was in my early 20s and I am now in my late 30s.
I have also experienced many, many different kinds of side effects. And withdrawals.
The worst side effects have been weight gain (significant weight gain) over a short period of time and restless legs. This was on Avanza and Zyprexa. I carry about an extra 60kg thanks to these two drugs. And I have found it impossible to lose even after making considerably extreme efforts to do so.
The worst withdrawals were from Efexor. Nothing has ever come close to the horror that was withdrawal from Efexor.
The problem is that often after a prolonged period of time on a particular drug, the patient become ‘immune’ to the effects of the drug and the therapeutic effect is nullified. In other words, in my case, I become depressed and ultimately suicidal fairly quickly.
Another problem is that often when changing from one drug to another, you have to wean yourself off the first drug and have a period of time drug free before you can start on a new regime. This can be a very difficult and very dangerous period. In not so many words, it sucks.
I am on some good drugs at the moment (a mood stabiliser and an antidepressant. And a benzo for when the anxiety gets out of control, which isn’t often thank goodness). If I was a praying person I would pray that these drugs at this dosage keep working for all eternity. I know this probably won’t happen but I can hope.
What is your experiences with antidepressants, antipsychotics etc?