I'm a 25 year old woman and I've been on Antidepressants for my Depression since I was 14. I came off the last lot (Mirtazipine) back in april 2011 because I was feeling ready to try life without the meds.
I did fine over summer, wonderfull infact but then Sept/oct rolled around and I had the familiar feelings of disconnection and depression I managd to hold out thinking it would pass untill late November. I decided to see my dr and reluctnantly chose to go back on something.
I refused to go back on Mirtazipine as it had made me gain a TONNE of weight since starting it back in 2008.(I'm talkin 4+ stone!) Also I wanted to be on something I could take whilst pregnant as my husband and I want to start a family next year (hence coming off meds in the first place).... Anyway cut a long story short... I got put on Imipramine 25g a day for a week then up to 75g a day.
OMG within a day or two of taking it I felt worse, I felt more hopless and couldn't stop crying... which I do understand is fairly normal when first starting a drug... it was the other side effects that made me stop after 2.5 weeks.
I had panick attacks, crippling Anxiety, heart palpitations, I'd wake with a start in the night covered in sweat, I didn't want to leave the house and I couldn't go to work.
I eventually called my gp and we arranged to come back and try something different and thank god I did. I was beginning to think that all the symptoms were just my depression worsening but it was the meds.
I'm now on something different and so far after just a week I am feeling better in myself, no more anxiety, or panic, still have a very up and down mood but I can handle that. Also I've been back to work twice now so I'm getting there.
But yeah all in all imipramine was NOT for me! :x