I have been struggling greatly with nicotine withdrawals over the past few months; it's been miserable. But, it's my own doing, so there's no self-pity coming from my end.
However, the withdrawals have been causing me severe bouts of depression. Severe enough that, even after getting through the worst of the withdrawals, I still fight the depression. There's not a whole lot of mood swings involved; just depression. I have read, that even after completely cessation of nicotine, major depression is very prevalent.
So, I've been through a few ADs, but most of them were the next generation (Celexa, Lexapro, Wellbutrin, etc..) and they all increased my cycling. However, I know that Prozac is one of the weakest ADs on the market and I am starting to wonder if a small dose (maybe even sub-therapeutic) may help keep my moods a little more even with respect to the depression. The depression just guts me, but I have to quit chewing, it's the only substance I have ever abused; I cannot keep it in moderation.
Have any of you BP folks had success with Prozac? I know that it's approved in conjunction with Zyprexa (they even have a pill that's a combination of the two), but I'm not going to mess around with another anti-psychotic. The akathesia that they cause me is worse than the depression. So, I guess I am looking for honesty here, not just success stories. I also don't know that it's a medication that I'd need to take long term; with the other ADs, I was pulled off of them cold-turkey and didn't experience any withdrawal issues. The Lamictal helps out with that.