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I Want to Stop my Meds

Question Posted Sunday January 22 2012, 8:41 pm

I'm a fifteen year old female and i am currently taking celexa and seroquil for my severe depression. i was talking to someone else who also has depression and he says he doesn't take medications and only takes vitamins and exercises so that he doesn't feel that way anymore. is it possible for me to try this? i'm not fond of the idea of taking celexa and seroquil because of the side effects, such as defects in a child that i might have in the future, and i really want to have kids.

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Additional info, added Monday January 23 2012, 2:17 pm:
I pretty much know I can't just go cold turkey. And i am worried i will become addicted and not be able to stop to have children in the future..

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giapia answered Wednesday January 25 2012, 2:41 am:
I agree with the other writer. Please do not stop your meds cold turkey. That is a very dangerous idea. Having said that, you don't mention why you want to stop, and I assume it isn't just because someone you were talking to said they did. There are many reasons for not wanting to be on these types of medication, unwanted side effects, the way they make you feel, health reasons etc, so I completely understand that. However, the most effective treatment for depression, for most people, is a combined therapy of medication and counseling.

I hope you have been in therapy working through your issues. If not, chances are you will struggle with this until you do. It isn't easy, but once you begin, it does get easier and slowly you heal until one day, you're better.

I was on psychotropics and talk therapy for 18 months and it changed (saved) my sanity. That was 20 years ago and I have been fine since. I don't think I would have done so well with just medication alone. Toward the end of my treatment, I started to think about the next steps to getting off the meds.

A healthful diet and exercise regime are paramount in your recovery. I have maintained my sunny mood through feeding my body the nutrients it needs via whole, natural foods. Exercise will kick anxieties ass and keep you strong. The sun is your best friend! You need vitamin D, so take leisurely strolls.

Feed your mind and your soul. Engage in your friend's lives and treat people kindly. Good always comes back to us. Implement these changes in your life for a good six months and then work with your doctor to wean off the drugs.

You may find you never need them again. But if you do, treat it as a temporary way to get you back on track and not a lifestyle, please.

There is nothing wrong with getting the help you need to help yourself through a situation.

Good luck and message me if you need to talk.

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Razhie answered Monday January 23 2012, 1:07 pm:
One more voice to the many: Don't go off your medication without consulting your doctor and getting their guidance on how to wean yourself off.

Sudden withdrawal from SSRIs and seroquel can be dangerous, not just unpleasant and uncomfortable, but seriously dangerous and can cause accurate episodes of depression and anxiety, even psychotic episodes. It is not something to just decide to do one morning without consulting the doctors who are treating you.

Frankly, SSRIs saved my life. I would recommend that you keep on taking them until your doctor or a therapist recommends you decreasing your dosage or weaning off. Very few people get 'addicted' to these sorts of medications or become dependant on them. Most people take them for a few years when they are in desperate need of the support, and as they grow and get better, find they can manage thier illness without them.

I took Celexa for several years as a teen. I even went back on during my final years of university when I started to slip back into trouble. Not only would I not have been successful at school without medication and therapy, I sincerely believe I would be dead.

As for the pregnancy issue, it's really not a big deal at this point in your life. The early studies that suggested SSRI could lead to birth defects have been almost entirely refuted. If SSRIs do increase the risk of birth defects, it appears to be only by a very, very small percentage. (Don't trust a basic Google search on these things! There are lots of dishonest lawyers out there who want to make people scarred and get paid to file baseless lawsuits. They are crooks and monsters who aren't looking out for your health, they just want your money.) And even then, it's only if you are actively taking SSRIs during pregnancy. Seroquel does carry some real risks during pregnancy and breast feeding, but agian, only if you are taking it at the time, not just because you did take it at some point in your past. So if you are concerned, you really just need to wean yourself off the drugs 3-5 months before you want to try to get pregnant - but of course - all of that are things to discuss with your doctor.

Exercise and eating right are very important. You should start to do those things ANYWAYS, but they aren't replacements for medications. All of these things, medication, therapy, improved diet and exercise, work together to make your mind healthier and function better. It's not an either or. The more tools you use, the better you will feel, and quicker.

So, improve your diet and start exercising and talk to your doctor about your medications, but don't do change your medication without seeking medical help.

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adviceman49 answered Monday January 23 2012, 11:12 am:
I'm sorry you don't like the answer I gave you. As far as I know ther is not any holistic or natural cures for serious depression. Please stay on your Meds. Talk with your doctor about a change of medication with less side effects.

Being over 14 you have a legal right under the HIPPA law to be consulted and listened to in regard to your medical conditions. There are exceptions most are in life threatening conditions where your parents have rights over you.

The medications will or should not be a life long thing. Take them now for a better life tomorrow. I have been where you are today. I know what I am telling you.

I'll add my advice to not stopping your medication to the list of others who advise against doing so. As I tell others on this sight; just because you and I may have the same type of illness what works for me may not work for you.

I have suffered from depression for many years and take Cymbalta daily. My psychiatrist tells me my depression is cured though I continue to take a lower dose of the medication for it has another benefit as a pain reliever at this lower dosage. Which was the underlying cause of my depression. So you see we have the same illness. Mine is or was caused by an auto accident and the resulting pain and disability caused by the accident.

Let me ask you this; are you seeing a psychiatrist for medication or is your family doctor prescribing? Depression is better prescribed for by a psychiatrist. If you are suffering from hormonal depression, that being the lack of one or more hormones that control depression. It is a medical condition that a psychiatrist is better qualified to prescribe for.

You have valid concerns for the medication you are taking. If your condition is shall we say stabilized for the lack of a better term. Then I would suggest you speak with your doctor if you are seeing a psychiatrist and see if the doctor will change your medication. If your not seeing a psychiatrist I would suggest you do so as I said they are the best to prescribe for this type of depression.

Stay compliant with your medications. Talk with your doctor about different medications you can take and why you want to change you medications. Be open when talking to your doctor and therapist. Remember everything you say to them is confidential. They cannot tell anyone what is discussed in therapy with them. This is the law and you are covered by that law. They can give advice to your parents but not anything substantive about what you have told them in treatment.

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NinjaNeer answered Monday January 23 2012, 10:00 am:
I've taken Celexa in the past, and I'll add to the list of people telling you not to quit it cold turkey on your own. If I missed so much as a single dose, I'd go into terrible withdrawal symptoms. It was awful.

There are different levels of depression, just like there are different levels of any other disorder. Someone may find that they can control their diabetes with diet and exercise, while someone else may need an insulin pump. Just because diet and exercise works for someone else doesn't mean it will work for you. The fact that they've got you on two medications right now probably means that you need the extra help.

Don't worry about birth defects right now. That's only if you're taking those particular medications while you're pregnant. If you're planning on starting a family, you can talk to your doctor and either be weaned off of your current meds or put on others that don't carry a risk. I know the side effects from the meds suck, but you may not need to be on them forever. My father has been able to go off his meds a few times (doctor-supervised, of course) for periods of years. Plus, you'll change as you grow older, so your medical needs will change as well.

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Ashok-UK answered Monday January 23 2012, 9:53 am:

First off - do not just stop taking your medication. This could make you seriously unwell (physically as well as psychologically) and could potentially be very dangerous.

While it is true that exercise and a healthy diet can help prevent and reduces symptoms of depression, you should be very careful not to think 'I can stop my medication, take vitamins and go jogging every day and I will be absolutely fine'. This may work for the guy you were talking to but that is not to say it will be sufficient for you. You describe your depression as 'severe' - he may suffer from intermittent and relatively moderate depression? In any case - the best thing you can do is discuss how you feel and the options available with your doctor. Please don't do anything against medical advice. There are side effects and other associated risk factors with all medication and a doctor would only prescribe a drug if he/she felt it was safe to do so and that the benefits outweighed the potential risks.

I understand your concern about the effects of Citalopram (Celexa is a brand name of Citalopram) and Quetiapine (Seroquel is a brand name of Quetiapine) on a future pregnancy. Let me reassure you that you are not effecting any future pregnancy by taking this medication now. You would have to be taking this medication while pregnant for your worries to be valid - and even then it is generally accepted that the potential for serious harm only occurs when these drugs are taken in the third trimester - again this would be something to discuss in detail with your doctor. However I can reassure you that if you are not pregnant, planning to become pregnant very soon or currently breast feeding then you need not worry.

Talk over your concerns with your doctor
Take care


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Xui answered Monday January 23 2012, 3:52 am:
I was on cymbalta for a few years and I one day told myself I didn't need them because I started to feel awesome after taking them for a few months. You know what happened when I tried cold turkey? Put it this way, Side effects are a bitch.

I went into a seizure and one nasty one that almost ended me up in the hospital. My blood pressure dropped, I got the cold sweats and I was nauseous. The worst thing you can do is play cold turkey with certain medications.

People who take Anti depressants generally feel they no longer need medication after a short period of taking them. You were prescribed medication for a reason, You need them. My sister was also on depressive medication and I don't recall her having any problems at all having children as today she has 2 boys. You are 15, Right now you shouldn't even be thinking of having children.

If the defects of medication are a concern to you then you should talk to your psychiatrist about it. I do NOT recommend just not taking your medication because you don't want to them. Seriously, Talk to a doctor.

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solidadvice4teens answered Sunday January 22 2012, 11:45 pm:
I'm on Seroquel and have been for 9 years. I'm not versed on Celexa though. I do know one thing. DO NOT go off your medication on your own.

Withdrawal symptoms will cripple you for one thing and it's also bloody dangerous. Why? in all likelihood you NEED medication to function. If you go off of medication like this your depression as severe as it is now multiples. You'll end up 9 times out of 10 back in a psych ward and at square 1 having a crisis and needing support.

Talk to your psychiatrist about the medication and that you see no improvements or wild side-effects that are impacting ability to function. They need the info you just told us. They and ONLY they can adjust your medication or even change it or stop it correctly to make you function better. That's 100% the best way to go. Talk to them about your fears re: side-effects, children, long-term exposure etc.

They will put you at ease and even guide you when you choose to have children. Trust me there's a way as oodles of people in your position have kids with no problem whether on this drug or something different.

The doctor will know what to do when it comes time. Think of the doctor as your best friend and start telling them all of this stuff as they'll help. They can't fix what they haven't been told about by you.

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