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  •  None of the drugs... (4+ / 0-)
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    marina, Lying eyes, JeffW, AaronInSanDiego

    ...I've been on in my life have worked. :(

    •  My psychiatrist and I tried (0+ / 0-)

      many different meds, both singly and in combinations, before my current ones, which have worked more effectively and for longer than previous ones. I usually had partial relief in the past, but it was either not enough or the effect wore off eventually. I'm now taking an MAO inhibitor, which many doctors are afraid to use, but it is in a patch form (called Emsam) and doesn't seen to have as much of a problem with certain foods that other MAOIs have. It gives me insomnia, but i treat that with another drug. One drawback is that it is expensive, and it will be several years before the patent expires.

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 07:59:00 AM PST

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    •  Treatment-resistant depression (0+ / 0-)

      Doctors disagree about what this means. Some say it means their patients don't respond to any of the drug classes while others throw in the towel after a few different attempts. Either way, it feels like a prison sentence. Options after medication range from the extreme to the bizarre.

      If you're not already seeing a psychiatrist consider getting one. They'll be in a far better position to understand your options. If you already have one, get a second opinion.

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