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Hi,<br><br>
Very unfortunately my mental health is very poor. I am confined to 1 room in my house and I can't get out to spread the vegan word or help animals!<br><br>
I've been told I need to take an SSRI but they are full of animal derived ingredients and are animal tested . I have been reading non stop and emailing manufacturers to see if the SSRI is vegan but no luck yet. I found Celexa which comes in liquid form but I am not sure if they are vegan. The site says: "<br>
Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) is available as tablets or as an oral solution. Celexa oral solution contains citalopram HBr equivalent to 2 mg/mL citalopram base. It also contains the following inactive ingredients: sorbitol, purified water, propylene glycol, methylparaben, natural peppermint flavor, and propylparaben."<br><br><a href="http://www.rxlist.com/celexa-drug.htm" target="_blank">http://www.rxlist.com/celexa-drug.htm</a><br><br>
Could any one tell me if these ingredients are 100% vegan friendly and/or if there are any other ingredients in the SSRI that is not listed here? Also are the methods used to make the ingredients/drug completely vegan (no refined sugar, etc?)<br><br>
I heard I can get a generic brand to minimize the profits they make but how do I know all the ingredients in the generic brand/ methods are veganlike the official brand?<br><br>
I hate to take a medication tested on animals and will hate myself every minute I am on them, but I can't help our friends confined in a room or worse dead.<br><br>
Thank you all in advance. The more info the better!
 

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I am not an expert on the non-obvious ingredients and whether or not they are vegan, however I did want to say that if this is a medication you need in order to live a healthy and full life, I don't think it really matters if it is vegan or not. If you find yourself in a situation where there are no vegan options, I would say it is okay to take what you need and don't beat yourself up.
 

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I took an SSRI for a while. I just chose one of the only ones without lactose and decided not to think about whether or not the other ingredients were vegan or not. They're all going to be tested on animals and/or contain ingredients tested on animals, but it's done and you refusing to take them isn't going to change that. I think you should take the medication you need in order to function and hopefully you'll be able to work on your mental health whilst taking them so that you can stop taking them at some point in the future. Good luck, and go to the depression thread in the general health section if you need to vent about your problems.<br><br>
ETA: I only took an SSRI for about four months - it really doesn't have to be a long term solution, but if you need to take it for longer than that, I really wouldn't worry about it because it's absolutely necessary.
 

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No medications are vegan friendly -- all have been tested on animals. If you need them, take them. No one will think any less of you.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rabid_child</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3058164"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
No medications are vegan friendly -- all have been tested on animals. If you need them, take them. No one will think any less of you.</div>
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I agree with this.
 

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No medications are vegan friendly -- all have been tested on animals. If you need them, take them. No one will think any less of you.</div>
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Thanks for your help guys<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">, I am still desperately searching.<br><br>
My veganism isn't based on what people think however. I definately couldn't take something with animal derived ingredients.
 

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I must say, I admire your determination and desire to be true to yourself. The best of luck to you!<br><br>
I hope you'll post more on these boards and get involved in the many conversations. Someone like you may be worth knowing....
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rabid_child</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3058164"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
No medications are vegan friendly -- all have been tested on animals.</div>
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Unfortunately that is mostly the case with meds.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Thanks for your help guys<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">, I am still desperately searching.<br>
My veganism isn't based on what people think however. I definately couldn't take something with animal derived ingredients.</div>
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I think it is great that you have such strong ethical standards but if you need to take meds then you should take them to keep yourself safe and healthy. Have your doctors suggested any therapy alongside the medication? The combination of therapy and meds usually works the best.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>airalien</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3057669"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hi,<br><br>
I found Celexa which comes in liquid form but I am not sure if they are vegan. The site says: "<br>
Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) is available as tablets or as an oral solution. Celexa oral solution contains citalopram HBr equivalent to 2 mg/mL citalopram base. It also contains the following inactive ingredients: sorbitol, purified water, propylene glycol, methylparaben, natural peppermint flavor, and propylparaben."<br><br><a href="http://www.rxlist.com/celexa-drug.htm" target="_blank">http://www.rxlist.com/celexa-drug.htm</a><br><br>
Could any one tell me if these ingredients are 100% vegan friendly and/or if there are any other ingredients in the SSRI that is not listed here? Also are the methods used to make the ingredients/drug completely vegan (no refined sugar, etc?)<br><br>
I heard I can get a generic brand to minimize the profits they make but how do I know all the ingredients in the generic brand/ methods are veganlike the official brand?<br><br>
I hate to take a medication tested on animals and will hate myself every minute I am on them, but I can't help our friends confined in a room or worse dead.<br><br>
Thank you all in advance. The more info the better!</div>
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These ingredients all look vegan to me.<br>
If you need to take something and it has an animal ingredient in it you don't want to take, you might be able to get it compounded. There are special compounding pharmacies that will make the drug without that ingredient, if you have a prescription.
 

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These ingredients all look vegan to me.<br>
If you need to take something and it has an animal ingredient in it you don't want to take, you might be able to get it compounded. There are special compounding pharmacies that will make the drug without that ingredient, if you have a prescription.</div>
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Thank you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I hadn't heard of that before so I'll have to read up on it.<br><br>
The other SSRI I found was Lexapro liquid but it has glycerin so I've emailed them to see if it's plant based. The ingredients are: <span style="text-decoration:underline;">sorbitol, purified water, citric acid, sodium citrate, malic acid, glycerin, propylene glycol, methylparaben, propylparaben, and natural peppermint flavor.</span><br>
Do these look alright?
 

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Have you tried St Johns Wort? I believe its plant based although no idea what else it might contain, I just thought its herbal so might not be tested on animals?? I know of people who have suffered from severe depression and have found this to be better than any of the anti-depressants they have taken although obviously everyone's different. Good luck with your search.
 

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^St John's Wort is vegan (may differ between brands, though). I took it for a while a few years ago, but it just made my suicidal thoughts/feelings worse, which I didn't think was possible at the time. Then again, all antidepressants are hit and miss as to what will work for you, personally.
 

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I've been told I need to take an SSRI</div>
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You've been told by whom? A medical professional? Someone educated about mental health? Please do not seek out hardcore drugs merely on a suggestion from a friend or family member.<br>
If you're seriously depressed, please call a mental health professional (or two or three) before you waste time researching the vegan-ness of drugs you may not need.<br><br>
Here are some facts you should know:<br>
- SSRIs are not the only kind of antidepressant available. There are other medicines and some of them may work better for you.<br>
- SSRIs can have some serious side-effects, particularly for people of certain ages. Please think carefully before starting (or stopping) these meds. Read all the fine print on your medicine if/when you get it. Pay attention to the "black box warning."<br>
- For many people, exercise is just as good or better than antidepressants. For another group of people, the combo of antidepressants and exercise does the trick. So... it's a good idea to get your heart pumping!<br>
- Depression can be a symptom of something else entirely, for example a deficiency of vitamin D. Please go see a doctor and have some blood work done. The solution may be a lot simpler than risky SSRIs.
 

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i was prescribed SSRI's too, as well as some other medication similar to those you listed.<br><br>
i hated taking the medication and the associated symptoms for me were just as bad as what I was dealing with already.<br><br>
Counseling has helped me tremendously, I also deal with agoraphobia and worked with a counselor over the phone for a few months when it got really bad. Its worth it to seek counseling/therapy and also ask if anyone offers phone or skype sessions. Eventually I was able to stop taking daily medication, I do have one for anxiety attacks and those days when its really hard but don't need it as much as I used to. Keeping a steady healthy diet helped me a lot too, Potatoes Not Prozac is a book that opened my eyes to the direct relation between food and moods. Its not for everyone, but eating potatoes is like a medicine for me, I eat them almost everyday.
 

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I take three different types of medication including an SSRI. You won't help any animals at all if you can't get out of bed. It's important to think of it that way---the animals need a healthy, engaged person to help them.
 
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