EMSAM: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Major Depressive Disorder “I took Emsam for 3 weeks, and before Emsam I tried many antidepressants,TMS and also ECT nothing helped. I was hoping this medicine would help but sides effects are unbearable stomach pain, indigestion, nausea, upset stomach. I tried to relieved this with other medications like Zantac but with no effect. I really want this medicine to work but I have no luck again. I don’t know what to do now because my options are limited.”

Tunio February 16, 2018

For Depression “Have taken 8 different SSRI medications. All were beneficial and provided relief. But all also fizzled out after a period of time.Have been through 2 full treatments of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Great relief but for only a 3 month period.Have had 8 treatments of ECT with no benefit.The 12 mg Emsam patch has been a literal life saver for me. The side effects are a piece of cake as far as I’m concerned. One rare side effect that I experienced was that it lowered my blood pressure. I learned that having blood pressure levels normal is really debilitating. But this medicine has completely and totally lifted my depression…this is the best I’ve felt since my first continuous bout with depression in 1999!”

FosterM December 20, 2017

For Major Depressive Disorder “25 yrs on Nardil. One ER room crisis with cheese. Had multiple negative reactions with avocado and red wine.Switched to 12 mg Emsam five years ago. Over time I felt anxious. Reduced to 9mgs. Feel much better.Wanting to reduce to 6 mg. Biggest problem is finding a Shrink that understands Emsam. Seems you need to find your own way with Emsam and it is very expensive.I have had suicidal thoughts while on Emsam. They have been cyclical. No depression since going from 12 to 9 mg.My age 79. Still very active sex life. My weight is constant.exercise, bike ride hills, hike and surf.I watch the diet restrictions.Hope this can help others. Nothing has ever helped except MAOI meds.Tried all the others. Nothing else worked.”

Dr disc (taken for 10 years or more) November 3, 2017

For Major Depressive Disorder “The side effects of this drug have destroyed my well-being, and I am not exaggerating when I say that. Everything was going very well the first 2 months I was on the drug. But then the insomnia started. And then came the irritability. Then the short temper. Then the escalated anger. And then came the panic attacks, leading to dependency on Xanax XR. Depression came back anyway when the insomnia started. My social anxiety has returned in a big way. The lowest dose was too activating for me. I would not recommend this medication for anyone who suffers from anxiety along with depression, even *if* your depression is worse than your anxiety. I’ve been off it for almost a week.Pro: transdermal = bypasses the digestive tract”

happypills8 (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 15, 2017

For Major Depressive Disorder “I’ve been on 6mg for a week now. I know I will probably need to be on 12mg as I think I’m probably one of the most rapid drug metabolizers there is but I can tell things are different again. I’ve tried Prozac, Celexa, Effexor, Cymbalta, Wellbutrin, Trazodone and the traditional MAOI parnate and the only one that helped at all was Parnate which I stopped because of swollen ankles but actually started again this time when I withdrew from cymbalta again before starting Emsam. Parnate & Emsam actually lower my BP. I also take 40mg Adderall 3xday and Claritin D and don’t have hypertensive crisis or SS. MAOIs are the only AD that don’t make me numb & hopefully at 9 or 12mg it will be great. I get upset easier but I am happy easier too.”

danjsul (taken for less than 1 month) April 20, 2016

For Depression “I actually struggle with the possibility of bp ii. At 6 MG I didn’t have any response positive or negative except that is repressed my appetite, with infrequent feelings of rage,which were controllable with benzos (ativan). At 9 mg I began to have extreme insomnia (probably because it metabolizes as l-amphetamine or an adderal-like substance). At this dosage the rage I would feel was too much to handle, and was very much similar to what I felt on wellbutrin. I would caution anyone, if you have rage on wellbutrin, you may (as others have anecdotally said) have feelings of rage on emsam as well. It’s worth a try still, however, as when I wasn’t feeling intense anger, at 9 mg I did feel better. best of luck.”

Noonesbusiness (taken for less than 1 month) March 14, 2016

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