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Antidepressants.
« on: 12 November 2019, 14:38:58 »

Can't believe theses figures.

According to NHS England there was 70.9 million prescriptions for 'happy pills' in 2018. As the population of the UK is only around 67 million I find it hard to believe these figures.

Either way there must be a shit load of unhappy people out there.

Fortunately for you lot good old Opti ( who is all goodness and light) ::) is always here on OOF to keep your spirits up. :y :y :y   
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Re: Antidepressants.
« Reply #1 on: 12 November 2019, 14:44:50 »

A friend of mine went through a period of depression, caused by a lucrative high pressure job that he hated and losing his Dad.  He was signed off work and prescribed happy pills and after a couple of months his employers offered him a £50k voluntary redundancy payment, basically to get rid of him.  ::)

He took his £50k to SE Asia where he spent most of it on diving, booze and hookers (not necessarily in that order) and has been a happy chappy ever since!  ;D
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« Reply #2 on: 12 November 2019, 14:47:27 »

A friend of mine went through a period of depression, caused by a lucrative high pressure job that he hated and losing his Dad.  He was signed off work and prescribed happy pills and after a couple of months his employers offered him a £50k voluntary redundancy payment, basically to get rid of him.  ::)

He took his £50k to SE Asia where he spent most of it on diving, booze and hookers (not necessarily in that order) and has been a happy chappy ever since!  ;D


Sounds like more fun than necking Prozac in a damp bedsit..... :D ;D
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Re: Antidepressants.
« Reply #3 on: 12 November 2019, 17:37:19 »

Some antidepressants are also prescribed for neuropathic pain  - that is pain that isn't caused by inflammation and cannot be treated with paracetamol, Ibruprofen or Codine. One such drug is amitriptyline. So not all prescriptions for 'antidepression' drugs will be for depression.
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Re: Antidepressants.
« Reply #4 on: 12 November 2019, 17:50:02 »

Some antidepressants are also prescribed for neuropathic pain  - that is pain that isn't caused by inflammation and cannot be treated with paracetamol, Ibruprofen or Codine. One such drug is amitriptyline. So not all prescriptions for 'antidepression' drugs will be for depression.

SWMBO takes amitriptyline for exactly that ... ie nerve pain in her leg  :y
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Re: Antidepressants.
« Reply #5 on: 12 November 2019, 17:52:56 »

It is true that most medications have more than one function.
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« Reply #6 on: 12 November 2019, 18:08:16 »

It is true that most medications have more than one function.

Yes and some medications can have some nasty side effects!  :o   

Hookers for example.  ;D
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Re: Antidepressants.
« Reply #7 on: 12 November 2019, 18:19:07 »

 I am prescribed amatriptaline to try and stop migraines.
Not working but have reduced.
Was on topiramate before that and suffered with more side effects and other problems than it was worth
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« Reply #8 on: 12 November 2019, 18:24:39 »

Some antidepressants are also prescribed for neuropathic pain  - that is pain that isn't caused by inflammation and cannot be treated with paracetamol, Ibruprofen or Codine. One such drug is amitriptyline. So not all prescriptions for 'antidepression' drugs will be for depression.

SWMBO takes amitriptyline for exactly that ... ie nerve pain in her leg :y

This approach seems to  covers all the bases. If the amitriptyline fails to cure Mrs Beanz leg pain at least she won't get depressed about it. :D :) ;)
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Re: Antidepressants.
« Reply #9 on: 12 November 2019, 20:04:41 »

I’ve been on Citalopram for many moons. These are “double edged” in that they’re an anti depressant and an anxiety duller.

Prior to being on them I was a worry wart. On these i couldn’t give a shit! 🤣

When I worked at the building society most of them there were on something. I put it down to having to deal with c.... all day 🤔🤔🤔
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« Reply #10 on: 12 November 2019, 21:34:02 »

Be careful of those Webby. My son was on them and they made him feel so bad he came very close to killing himself. An old workmate of mine, a lovely bloke, who was depressed due to a bad back, was put on them and hung himself a few months later.
They seem to work well for some people and do the complete opposite with others.
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« Reply #11 on: 12 November 2019, 21:45:12 »

Some antidepressants are also prescribed for neuropathic pain  - that is pain that isn't caused by inflammation and cannot be treated with paracetamol, Ibruprofen or Codine. One such drug is amitriptyline. So not all prescriptions for 'antidepression' drugs will be for depression.

SWMBO takes amitriptyline for exactly that ... ie nerve pain in her leg :y

This approach seems to  covers all the bases. If the amitriptyline fails to cure Mrs Beanz leg pain at least she won't get depressed about it. :D :) ;)

 ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Antidepressants.
« Reply #12 on: 13 November 2019, 00:05:53 »

Can`t even imagine what some folks struggle with, the standard NHS response is to write out scripts for happy pills I guess  :-\


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Re: Antidepressants.
« Reply #13 on: 13 November 2019, 07:00:45 »

Be careful of those Webby. My son was on them and they made him feel so bad he came very close to killing himself. An old workmate of mine, a lovely bloke, who was depressed due to a bad back, was put on them and hung himself a few months later.
They seem to work well for some people and do the complete opposite with others.

Thanks mate but no worries here. When I say many moons I mean at least 10 years.
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Re: Antidepressants.
« Reply #14 on: 13 November 2019, 07:36:57 »

Can`t even imagine what some folks struggle with, the standard NHS response is to write out scripts for happy pills I guess  :-\

You could argue that therapy would probably be more beneficial - but that's only available on the NHS if you're under 25.. over 25 and you're on your own, and shrinks cost an absolute fortune.

Did my time with Citalopram, too; a known side effect is "increased risk of suicide".. the brain is a mysterious thing! They did nowt for me so I gave up and went back to being a grumpy little shit, as my Fiancée would say ;D

And yes, Webby, I think having to deal with customers in any sense has a lot to do with it!
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