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SnoopDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-28-09 09:16 PM
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AP: Zoloft, Cipralex are best antidepressant options
So, this is an AP article? This is something that MSNBC.Com has to put on their front page?

Aren't health issues and medicines between the doctor and the patient?

Ya, I know. This is how 'big pharma' pays 'the Media'.

This is why, although we 'won' the President, have majorities in the House, and the Senate - we and America are STILL in deep peril.

When the 'news media' is still bought and paid for - by corporations - we are still have a huge fight before us. Just look at all the 'media' about
the republican opposition on the recovery program - and barely any Democrats, pundits, and 'news readers' touting the benefits of how and why we need
this recovery package.

The propaganda department for the 'republicans' or more specifically, the rich and powerful are still in place.

And they will continue to 'kick our ass' until we can restore the 'Press'.

This is our real enemy right now....

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AP
updated 4:02 p.m. PT, Wed., Jan. 28, 2009

Zoloft, Cipralex are best antidepressant options
They work slightly better and should be psychiatrists 1st choice, study says

LONDON - Doctors have long assumed that most antidepressants are interchangeable.

But according to a new study, Zoloft and Cipralex work slightly better than 10 other popular drugs, and should be psychiatrists first choice for patients with moderate to severe depression.

Previous research found few differences between antidepressants. A U.S. government study in 2006 concluded that patients with major depression did equally well on different drugs.

<more>

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28896016 /
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-28-09 09:21 PM
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1. ...and on CNN - 'House Calls with Sanjay Gupta" sponsored by...


Recommended. :thumbsup:
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bamademo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-28-09 09:40 PM
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2. I quit taking Lexapro because of weight gain and hypertension...
I want an alternative. So if these work I will take them. It's hard without antidepressants for me. I burst out crying over my grandparent death over 25 year ago.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-28-09 09:45 PM
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3. I've had good success with Zoloft (generic)
Sertraline is what I've been taking for awhile for depression and generalized anxiety disorder, and it has less side effects than Lexapro, Effexor and Paxil. Just remember that drugs affect every individual differently.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-28-09 09:58 PM
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4. In Europe, esp. Germany, they use herbs for depression
with non-pharma double blind studies to back up the results showing effectiveness.

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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 08:11 PM
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13. Not necessarily.
And NOT helpful for people with major depression AND can have very bad drug interactions And please don't tell me Mayo Clinic isn't a reputable source.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/st-johns-wort/NS_patie...
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Blaze Diem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-28-09 10:07 PM
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5.  Zoloft was great..Except for that nagging desire to kill myself..AND could I please have my memory
Edited on Wed Jan-28-09 10:08 PM by Blaze Diem
back. Its been 8 years since I took the last dose..How long does it really take the brain to re-wire itself anyway?
SO a few neurons got fried and I became suicidal the longer I took the crap..
NO EFFIN THANKS..Never Again.
Ever.
It was a living hell before I was prescribed zoloft and a nightmare after I started taking it, and a struggle to regain my brain function ever since I stopped.

Blaze.
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 12:54 AM
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6. "Except for that nagging desire to kill myself" - yeah, that's a good reason to quit whatever
.
.
.

Just getting outside and doing something is really good - exercise, fresh air - meeting people on the street

I have a long driveway, and live in snow country

Just shoveling for an hour or two, the exercise does me good, the fresh air, and meeting people by my driveway - an so on

And I keep bird seed in my pocket for the chickadees -

yeah

sure beats tryna handle meds that most doctors don't know/care what they are prescribing anyways . . .
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canetoad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 12:59 AM
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7. All good advice
but what about when someone just CAN NOT pick up the shovel, even though reason tells them they will feel better for it.

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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 08:02 PM
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11. If they cannot pick up the shovel, then at least go outside, enjoy nature
.
.
.

get a friend to push them around on a wheelchair if necessary

get a friend to pull them around on a toboggan

whatever

GET OUTSIDE!

outdoors is the greatest therapy for many things

I shoveled my drivewAYS, trails, paths today for almost 8 hours, - feel GREAT -

took my time, beer breaks, (quit smoking almost 2 months ago - so that saves time for the smoke breaks as well as allowing me to work all day without too much fatigue)

YEAH

QUIT SMOKING DEC 7TH

found a pack before xmas - took a week to smoke it - nothing since

so be 2 months Feb 7th -

after 42 years of smoking

wow

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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 08:09 PM
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12. That's probably good for mild depression
but for moderate to severe, I think pills may be needed.
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blues90 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 08:11 PM
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14. Tell me about it , it was lexapro that took me to that place
I would rather have the panic attacks and depression than feel even worse and then think about killing myself.
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 08:18 PM
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17. I had the same reaction to it.
My physician put me on it stating that it would "help" my FMS. He kept me on it for 6 weeks, even though I told him that all that I could think of was suicide. (Never suicidal prior) I finally TOLD my physician I would no longer take it and he was a smart ass about it.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 01:02 AM
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8. I had to laugh last night because there was a drug ad on and the
warning was longer than the rest of the ad. :)
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canetoad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 01:04 AM
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9. That's when you have 3 beers, a joint
and say 'fuck the warning'.
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IGotAName Donating Member (125 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 01:51 AM
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10. "Doctors have long assumed that most antidepressants are interchangeable."
LOL.

No, they haven't- not the good ones.

Terrible.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 08:12 PM
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15. Given that my own depression is of the bipolar kind, I'm not anxious to try those out
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 08:13 PM
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16. So you are saying
You don't want to know the results of current scientific studies. But if they didn't report this stuff I'm sure it would all be TEH CONSPIRACY..Its amazing how pharmaceutical companies cannot win..when they are open on their research you complain, when you don't hear about their research its a COVER UP!
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-09 08:19 PM
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18. Zoloft saved my life. n/t
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