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anyone take prozac or other antidepressants?(6 posts)

anyone take prozac or other antidepressants?Fez
Jul 15, 2002 7:29 PM
I have read about the side effects in general, but do these drugs affect your cycling in any way?
re: anyone take prozac or other antidepressants?Leisure
Jul 15, 2002 9:13 PM
I took Luvox (ssri, very similar to Prozac) for a while and found that when I was really reaching deep I would want to hurl a bit earlier. I also found myself talking to more females. Both side effects seemed to wane after a while, though.
yepoff roadie
Jul 16, 2002 6:06 AM
Celexa. It is claimed to have very few / low incendence of side effects. I'm taking it both for lifelong low grade recuring depresion and to offset fatigue from another prescription, so it probably helps my cycling much more than it hurts.

I find its now much easier to stick with a regular training schedual or to go out and try new things (new routes, new training techniques, new skill tests for MTB). That's just a mental thing. Physically, I think that when you are truely depressed, even your endorphin pathways don't work right, so giving a top effort to biking isn't likely even if you can get out and ride on a regualr basis.
Celexa as wellgs6769
Jul 16, 2002 7:29 AM
I'm another Celexa taker. It's certainly worked wonders for my mental state and done no harm physically that I can tell. In fact I enjoy cycling and really everything I do to the level I think I should since starting this regime.

Small aside; When I first went to see my doctor in search of help for low grade, persistent depression I told him I was a cyclist. In fact one of the things that made me go to see him was that cycling season was coming to an end and I knew I wouldn't be getting the same endorphin fixes which of course help stave off the big 'D'. It turns out he'd lived in Belgium as a youngster and had occasion to stand in the front garden of the home he shared with his parents while no lesser light than the great Merckx rode by surrounded by his team mates. He even wrote about the experience in a community paper. I left his office that day feeling as though I was on the right path and it's turned out to be very much so.
No problems as far as I can tellOffTheBack
Jul 16, 2002 6:26 AM
I've been taking prozac for years and haven't noticed or even heard of any adverse effects on athletic performance. If anything, I probably train more because I have more mental "energy".
yepoff roadie
Jul 16, 2002 7:22 AM
Celexa. It is claimed to have very few / low incendence of side effects. I'm taking it both for lifelong low grade recuring depresion and to offset fatigue from another prescription, so it probably helps my cycling much more than it hurts.

I find its now much easier to stick with a regular training schedual or to go out and try new things (new routes, new training techniques, new skill tests for MTB). That's just a mental thing. Physically, I think that when you are truely depressed, even your endorphin pathways don't work right, so giving a top effort to biking isn't likely even if you can get out and ride on a regualr basis.