Newest Review: ... have some history of dental problems related to a stress condition do not think Lustral can help. On the contrary it might make it worse... more
A little Pick Me Up.
Member Name: wulise
Date: 20/06/01, updated on 20/06/01 (17038 review reads)
Advantages: Lifts the depressive feelings., Used in complusive disorders as well as depression.
Disadvantages: Adominal pain if taken without food.
I have a history of depression and am also diagnosed with what is known as a borderline personality. It is stable but the depression keeps on reoccurring. The past twelve months have been horrendous for me. My father was dying from lung cancer, I was in the final year of my honours degree, money was tight (isn’t it always?!), Shane broke his back, Tiny (my beloved cat) died and then my father-in-law was in ITU post routine surgery. All in all, a bit of a rough year!
I was experiencing drastic change in appetite with weight gain. My insomnia was returning. I became manic in my actions, but experienced a loss of pleasure and/or interest in favoured activities. My sexual drive was non-existent. I lack of energy and was tired. Most importantly I was feelings of worthlessness, with unjustified guilt or lack of self-esteem. My concentration and memory became extremely poor (not good when studying for an honours degree!). I was also having recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
By April 2000 I was in my GP’s surgery, crying my heart out. He gave me time and listened. I was reluctant to take tablets after my experience in the past, but Nick (the GP) felt that a Sertraline drug would help. I was prescribed Lustral 50mg daily, which was then increased to 100mg daily. Initially, I had to visit Nick once a week to monitor my progress. My mood improved, however when it was planned that I would come off the tablet, another setback occurred. As a result I have been taking this drug for fourteen months.
** What is Lustral**
Lustral (Sertraline) is a selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) used in oral administration. Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor is a class of drugs, which interferes with Serotonin transport and is used in treating depression. This type of drug is chemically unrelated to other SSRIs, tricyclic, tetracyclic, or other available antidepressant agents.
Lustral is used to treat Anxiety, Depression, Obs
essive-compulsive disorder and Panic disorder.
**Reasons to taking Avoid Lustral (unless sanctioned by GP)**
1) Any bleeding disorders.
2) Are under the age of sixteen years old.
3) Being treated with other medication, e.g. Lithium.
4) Breast feeding an infant.
5) Driving or using machinery whilst taking this medication.
6) Ever had ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy).
7) Had an allergic reaction to Lustral on a past occasion.
8) Have any form of kidney disease.
9) Intend to drink alcohol.
10) Suffer from Diabetes
11) Suffer from epilepsy.
12) Suffer from liver disease.
13) Taken Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors within the past two weeks.
14) Taking aspirin or any NSAID’S (Non-Steroid Anti-inflammatory Drugs).
15) Taking trytophan, tramadol, warfarin, Diazepam etc
16) Think or are pregnant.
NB: Avoid taking St. John’s Wort whilst on this medication as an adverse reaction can occur.
This is an oral medication that should be taken after food. It should be taken with water, swallowed whole and not chewed.
Medication should be taken daily around the same time of day. The packets are labelled so that it is easy to see if that day’s dose has been taken.
Missing a tablet is not a problem; just start the course the next day.
1) Abdominal pain. (I find this occurs if I take Lustral on an empty stomach).
2) Change in sexual drive or function.
4) Dry mouth.
5) Dizziness. (I experience this during the night).
6) Feeling and being sick. (I find this occurs if I take Lustral on an empty stomach).
7) Indigestion. (I find this occurs if I take Lustral on an empty stomach).
8) Loss of appetite
9) Not being able to sleep.
10) Shaky feeling. (If I forget to take the tablets).
11) Sweating. (I experience this during the night).
12) Upset stomach. (I find this occurs if I take Lustral on an empty stomach).
**Duration for taking Lustral**
This should be discussed with the doctor as people respond differently. Some people may need to continue taking them for months or even years. It is usually necessary to take them for at the very least a month after the symptoms have disappeared. Usually it is best to take them for at least 6 to 12 months to make sure of recovery. If the depressed has reoccurred, it is best to keep taking an antidepressant for several years, as this will reduce the chance of the symptoms reoccurring.
Lustral is not addictive, but if taken for eight weeks or more the user may experience some mild "discontinuation" effects if suddenly stopped. This does not mean that the antidepressant Lustral is addictive. Thus antidepressants, if stopped suddenly, may produce some "discontinuation" symptoms but these are more of an "adjustment" reaction from sudden removal of a drug rather than withdrawal. The GP/Doctor can provide a regime to reduce the medication and thus reduce the symptoms.
Lustral has worked for me. I find that my day to day activities of daily living and quality of life has been greatly improved. I would say to anyone worried about taking this medication: ‘Give it a try. I does not work for everyone, but you will never know unless you try’.
**More information on Lustral**
Or contact the local Pharmacist or General Practitioner.