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SSRI's Long Term Effects

From a Physiological point of view, is there negative long term effects from using SSRI's. ie: Is there any lasting long term changes to my reseptors and gland etc.  I am using Escitalopram 10mg and have been for over a year.
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I can't say for sure, but I have been on over 20 different antidepressants in the last 19 years. Some worked and some didn't

The ones that worked I stayed on for long periods before switching meds again due to tolerance build up.

As for changes to the brain.....Humm, I can still think and remember things. I still have a good personality. Maybe not as sharp as I was in my 20's but pretty sharp for a 40 year old.

Then again who knows after so many years on these drugs, I could find out they caused a tumor in my brain or something.

I think after so many years that they do alter your brain in some ways. I figure they would have to in some ways. Are these ways openly apparent to me? No not really.

As for negitive effect. Oh yea for sure. The side effects just to start, not to mention the cost of the drugs.

I guess all a 20 year antidepressant user like me can tell you is..."Well I'm still alive."
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Personally i feel yes..... I was on Paxil for 12yrs in total, came off with problems, withdrawl (withdrawal) head shocks, then went down hill again so tried to go back on but had a bad reaction and now can't get on any anti-d..... body just goes into melt down.  So yes i am convinced that these drugs when taken over a long period of time can cause changes within the brain's chemistry.  Doc's will never admit to this, as my doc won't say.... he just puts his hands in the air and say's i don't know..... Don't know's anit gona help anyone are they and a couple of others doc's reckon it's a load of nonsense but if they admit they can cause problems if taken long term then they have to do something about it.....and that is no good for their pockets.



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