Exercise Might Lift Libido in Women on Antidepressants

(HealthDay News) — Exercise might help treat sexual problems in women taking antidepressants, especially if their workouts occur right before sex, new research reveals.

The study included 52 women who had reduced desire and other sexual side effects while taking antidepressants.

For the first three weeks of the study, the women did not exercise. They were then divided into two groups for the next three weeks, with one group assigned to exercise immediately before sex and the other group assigned to exercise in a way that was not timed to having sex. The researchers then reversed the two groups for another three weeks.

via Exercise Might Lift Libido in Women on Antidepressants.


Lilly says depression drug didn’t meet goal in three studies – chicagotribune.com

Eli Lilly & Co. will end development of the depression medicine edivoxetine as an add-on therapy after the drug failed to meet goals in three studies.A current trial evaluating the experimental compound’s long-term effects will continue, the Indianapolis-based company said in a statement Thursday. Edivoxetine was in the final of three stages of testing usually required for marketing approval by U.S. regulators.

via Lilly says depression drug didn't meet goal in three studies – chicagotribune.com.


Antidepressant Medications at a Glance

Generic Name
Brand Names
Drug Family
amitriptyline Elavil, Typtanol, Saroten, Tryptizol tricyclic antidepressant
bupropion Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Odranal aminoketone antidepressant
citalopram Celexa SSRI antidepressant
clomipramine Anafranil heterocyclic antidepressant
desipramine Norpramin, Pertofran tricyclic antidepressant
doxepin Adapin, Sinequan, Zonalon tricyclic antidepressant
fluvoxamine Luvox SSRI antidepressant
fluoxetine Prozac SSRI antidepressant
mirtazepine Remeron, Remeron SolTab tetracyclic antidepressant, antipanic
nefazodone Serzone phenylpiperazine antidepressant
nortriptyline Aventyl tricyclic antidepressant
paroxetine Paxil, Aropax SSRI antidepressant
reboxetine Vestra, Edronax, Norebox sNRI antidepressant
sertraline Zoloft SSRI antidepressant
trazodone Desyrel, Trialodine triazolopyridine antidepressant

Untreated depression and antidepressants may both affect unborn child – The Washington Post

THE QUESTION How might an unborn child’s development be affected if the mother takes antidepressants during pregnancy?

THIS STUDY involved 7,696 pregnant women, most of them 27 to 30 years old. Of the 669 women in the group who had symptoms of depression, 570 women took no antidepressants, and 99 took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressants. During pregnancy, those in the SSRI group had fewer depressive symptoms than the other 570 women. All participants in the study had periodic sonograms to measure fetal growth, including body weight and head size, which is considered an indicator of brain development. Among the women with untreated depression, fetal growth overall was slower compared with the fetuses of all other study participants. Among women who took SSRIs, fetal weight gain was not different but head sizes were the smallest, on average; their babies also were twice as likely to be born prematurely. No link was found between symptoms of depression and below-normal birth weight.

via Untreated depression and antidepressants may both affect unborn child – The Washington Post.


Let’s All Trash Antidepressants (Not!)

I recently read an excerpt of the book A Brief History of Anxiety by Patricia Pearson, in which she more or less trashes every aspect of psychiatric drugs. She notes that people posting to websites comment on feeling emotionally flat or numb when they’re taking them, and says that they “yearn for their sorrow back.”

I am so sick and tired of hearing this over and over. For one thing, in the same way that companies generally only hear from dissatisfied customers and not the satisfied ones, you’re going to hear more from people who are unhappy with their antidepressant response than from people who are happy with it. Happy people are not still looking for a solution. They’ve moved on. People who are dissatisfied with their medication are either venting out of frustration or hoping someone has an answer. Continue reading