Our expert says:
You really need to discuss this with the doctor prescribing for you, as the best decision depends very much on a whole range of aspects of your particular situation which he should know about ( and I hope the prescriber is a proper specialist psychiatrist, and not only a GP. A GP may be able to deal with a simple depression but when the condition or its treatment becomes complicated, only a specialist is the appropriate source of help.
There are MANY alternative antidepressants, and they don't all cause common side-effects like sexual problems. And those which do, don't do so in everyone who takes them, so even a different relative to the one you've been taking may help the depression and without those side-effects. But other antidepressants are much less likely to cause such problems.
Also, folks, except in emergencies, don't change your dosage without consulting the doc- with many drugs, including antidepressants, taking a lower dose than prescribed may mean that the drug is useless, though still having a potential to cause problems.
Remember, too, that almost always, side-effects are worst in the first couple of weeks as your body re-adjusts to the presence of the drug and its effects, and then tend to diminish. To give up too soon may avoid letting you share the potential benefits of the drug.
If your psychiarist really isn't listening to you, especially on important aspects like problems with the drygs, sack him and see a diferent psychiatrist who WILL listen properly - that's after all what he's getting paid to do
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