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Default How Long Should You take an SSRI?

I know some people take it only weeks or months and others for years- like me.. which worries me being on it that long or forever. I'm worried about its effects on my brain. Also, because the treatment is so ambiguous- doesn't fully cure- sigh...
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Default Re: How Long Should You take an SSRI?

I've been on quite a few SSRIs (as you can see in my signature) and you couldn't pay me to take another. I'm still supposed to be on 40 or 50mg of Fluoxetine (trade name Prozac), but I took myself off of it without telling my pdoc.

You start feeling the effects of an SSRI about 4-6 weeks after you start taking it, unless your brain has been exposed to an SSRI in the past, in which it will only take about a week for a new one to kick in.

Not sure what you mean by "how long" you should take it, though. Elaborate a bit?

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Default Re: How Long Should You take an SSRI?

I've been on zoloft for about two years one time, and about a year and a half this time. I've heard you can take it forever. I think you're asking how long one can safely be on this medication and about what the long-term effects on the brain are. I'm not sure about this, and honestly don't know if the psychiatric world has a clear answer. I may just ask my pdoc the next time I see him and see what he says. Maybe others who have been on these drugs long-term, for years, might have an oppinion.
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Default Re: How Long Should You take an SSRI?

I've been told by my current pdoc I will need to be on an antidepressant for the rest of my life unless I want to relapse into depression.

I've heard other places that four-nine months might be enough to treat the illness.

I don't think there's a concensus in the medical community, or at least one that isn't bias toward keeping us on meds. So much of our knowledge comes from sharing experiences places like this. If you're really depressed now and are having good results with a medicine, I would stick with it until you have coping skills and a plan you trust to help you stay well if you go off the meds.
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Default Re: How Long Should You take an SSRI?

The thought of being on it forever is dreadful.... Guess i'm afraid of the "drugs" as some people call them and all the people against them.. and stuff. ssris never worked like 'amazing' for me, and ive tried a lot.
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Default Re: How Long Should You take an SSRI?

I also believe that one can generally stay on SSRI's forever if one has really bad depression.
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Wait, but wont they eventually STOP working and you just keep switching from one to another?
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Default Re: How Long Should You take an SSRI?

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Wait, but wont they eventually STOP working and you just keep switching from one to another?
No, they don't "stop working".
The human body/brain does not build up a tolerance to SSRI's like most other drugs.
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No, they don't "stop working".
The human body/brain does not build up a tolerance to SSRI's like most other drugs.
Actually, they can stop working; there is even a name for it: tachyphylaxis.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ant...ssants/AN01312

http://www.johnshopkinshealthalerts....ty_3288-1.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18694599

I have had to switch antidepressants several times due to this problem. It's hard to know why it happens, but in a few patients this can be a problem. Generally, switching to a different AD has corrected the problem quite well.
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Default Re: How Long Should You take an SSRI?

Also, I think SNRIs (Effexor) have a lesser chance of pooping out.

There's no certainty it will or will not ever happen for you though. Take it one year (or month, whatever you're comfortable with) and see how you feel.
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