Our expert says:
ANY doctor who prescribes ANY drug for ANY condition or reason, ought ethically and professionally to explain to you what the drug is, what it's side-effects and benefits and risks are, how to take it and what to expect. Not to do that is not to do his job properly.
Now, as for antidepressants. It's perhaps unhelpful but inevitable that that is what we call them - because they are variations on some original meds first developed for other uses, which were found to be useful in Depression. No drug is actually specific to depression as such - they influence the relative brain ( and body ) levels of different body chemicals in ways that are often useful in Depression. But those chemical efects can also be useful in other conditions, whether or not the person happens to be depressed - and they can sometimes be helpful in Migraine, for instance ( though there are, more recently, more specific drugs for use in migraine, based in turn on the "ADs". And because they can affect the movements of the bowel, what can occasionally be a nuisance side-effect in some people, can be useful in IBS.
So there could be real logic and sense in the recomendations your doctors made, and the meds might have been worth trying ; but they should have explained all of this to you.
Because as you know, prescriptions that are not filled, or meds that stay in the bottle, are of no real help at all.
Espiride is a drug beloved by some SA GPs for reasons I canot fathom, and often used non-specifically - I have NEVER found any good reason to use it But other genuine ADS might be useful in some of the situations you describe. Maybe seeing a shrink for assessment might help, if they would agree to discuss all these issues properly with you and help you to make the best decision about treatments
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