Singulair Suicide Ideation, Drama Queen, Wonderful Thing, Adolescence, Angers
Im a 36 year old man who has been taking singulair since 2000 (i think that's right). I also have had problems with depression and suicide ideation since adolescence. I will be seeing my doctor soon and look to change medications just in case my depression is being worsened by the medication. ... more »
Im a 36 year old man who has been taking singulair since 2000 (i think that's right). I also have had problems with depression and suicide ideation since adolescence. I will be seeing my doctor soon and look to change medications just in case my depression is being worsened by the medication.
My sister and I have taken medications for GERD, asthma, ADD, and depression most of our lives and i wanted to try to give some advice as to how to think about the side effects of medications.
First, you cant really isolate variables. We don't live in laboratories. If you take you or your child off a medication and your or his mood improves, great. Don't assume, however, that the drug was the culprit and never to try it again. Maybe other things are going on in the environment or developmentally that improved coincidentally. If the asthma becomes severe, you may have to try it again. Just watch the mood closely.
Second, people's reactions to medications change over time. For years I believed my sister to be a drama queen: she always experienced side effects to medications. Now I'm older and i experience side-effects to medications i have been on for years. Its shocking and irritating to have to deal with it now. Sometimes i find that my body adjusts given time. My point is that our bodies are not static and their reactions to medicines are not static either. Be aware that how you or your child reacts to a medication can change.
Lastly, although this side effect is scary to me and it angers me to imagine that it has contributed to the mountain of time and opportunity depression has taken from me, its also been overall, a great good for people. Most people don't experience these side effects. And its let me breathe easier and exercise in ways i never could as a child. I have not gone to the ER once for asthma since i have been on singulair, and that is a wonderful thing.
Overall, i guess just be aware that side-effects are different for different people; side effects can change over time with an individual; that singulair has undoubtedly been a great boon for asthmatics. Watch mood carefully and peace be with you.