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Lustral seems to work for me
Member Name: manicmum
Date: 16/07/01, updated on 16/07/01 (5657 review reads)
Advantages: saves lives, lifts depression
Disadvantages: initial side effects-nausea,vomiting
I have been on Sertraline or Lustral since November 1999.
As a 20 something I would never have thought that depression would affect me.
As a 30 something I have gone through many stressful events in my life since my 20's.
How different life can be from one decade to another!
Husband diagnosed with heart condition
Moving house x3,
severe pre-eclampsia -
son with ADHD,
My depression became evident after the birth of my first child- Postnatal Depression or PND but was complicated by the fact that my mother who was like my best friend had died of stomach cancer 3 weeks before I concieved my son.
I was initially treated with Prozac which helped me a great deal so I rushed myself to 'get off antidepressants'& was only on it for 7 months.
After my next baby I got PND again, only this time more severely.I was prescribed Gaminil or Lophipramine that time as I was breastfeeding & was also prescribed Cyclogest-natural progesterone.These together had a good impact on my PND.Unfortunately I was again keen to stop antidepressants as I was returning to work & I stopped taking them far too soon & too quickly.
I was then put back on Prozac as it had worked well before.But this time it did not help at all, I became more anxious & agitated resulting in a 'nervious breakdown' 4 days before I was due to return to work.
Melaril was then added to reduce the anxiety & agitation & I was told to persevere with the Prozac to see if the side effects improved.3 months later my GP finally changed it to Lustral & I improved greatly & returned to work.
3 months later I fell pregnant again -big shock but very wanted- my specialist urged me to continue taking Lustral throughout the pregnancy & while breastfeeding which I did feeling guilty & worried what it would do to my baby-I
was convinced she would be deformed despite all the scans looking ok.
She was & is perfect-the most laid back of my children!
Despite this I still got PND so my Lustral was increased to 100mg then 150mg which I remain on & am also taking Lithium . I have no desire to rapidly reduce the dose & am taking things day by day.
In summary; Lustral has worked for me but everyone is different so go back to your GP if side effects are bad or mood has not improved after 6 weeks.
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