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I'm on Quetiapine and Clonazepam.
I have Bipolar 1 so the Quetiapine I use for mood stabilisation/sleep (and don't need bi monthly blood work like you do with lithium and the other thing for my GAD/anxiety issues.
I'm lucky in the sense that I've been on these for quite a long time and haven't had to up my dosage on these drugs. I've never abused my Clonazepam recreationally which I think maybe helps with that.
I still struggle with depression but being on anti depressants makes me either super jumpy or go full blown crazy manic..
I really don't like the Quetiapine as it makes me really sluggish in the mornings and makes me sleep super early (so I'm essentially a grandma) but it knocks me out and at least lets me get actual rest.
I also take quentiapine and clonazepam! I take lexapro too.
mine are for BPD/PTSD/MDD . I want to switch to a different antidepressant because I keep getting really hungry on lexapro. I recently tried to cut back on my meds but it didn't work at all and I kept having episodes constantly so I had to increase. I've gained so much weight from my meds this past year its really. It's just ironic because becoming obese has made me more depressed.
From what I've read it has an increased risk of causing seizures in current and former AN and BN patients. She's also told me it can lead to relapse due to reducing appetite. >>58429
If I were you I'd see another psychiatrist. Being sluggish is a real symptom of depression and IIRC a diagnostic criterion? Maybe just ask them about wellbutrin and they will assess if it's an option.
Reposting this here from another thread in case anyone else might know more about how to solve this issue:
I've been off of effexor for over four months now, but I don't feel the same as I did before I started taking it. At least I can actually have an orgasm now (I couldn't at all when I was on effexor), but it takes an hour or more and it's not very good. My sex drive is also a lot lower now than before. Sex doesn't feel good, either. Everything just feels really numb now. Before I started effexor, I could get off from a light breeze, and have multiple orgasms and I had a pretty healthy sex drive. I just want to get a semblance of that back.
I think the worst part is that I can't come from being with partners anymore, and it makes me not want to do anything sexual with them at all, lest I end up frustrated and they end up disappointed.
I've been on sertraline for two years and it's amazing. Sorted me out almost immediately with physical parts of depression like lack of appetite and difficulty sleeping, which in turn helped to improve my mental health. I pretty much never want to come off it. Side effects were intense vivid dreams, inability to drink for 5 months, and lack of giving a damn.
Been on Levothyroxine for a year which has been more of a ball ache. It's hard to know if the balance is right because you don't know if your symptoms are side effects or not. I've had a lot of dizziness and trouble with memory and phasing out. My brain feels like it's stuffed with cotton wool. I do feel like I've got some personality back and feel generally perkier.
Levothyroxine for half a thyroid missing and soon to have none left at all which has been a pretty bad experience; no concentration, hormones through the rood, irregular periods, digestive system slowed to a crawl, no energy making simple tasks feel like I run a marathon sometimes.
Fluoxetine, pregabalin, Abilify, and diazepam then in addition.
Otherwise I self medicate for digestive issues (nausea, sluggishness, intolerances to things I once was capable of eating/drinking and lack of energy involving use of veg carbo and ginseng (though the latter has been useless thus far).
Fluoxetine is just a placebo drug from my perspective since the entire time I've used it, it has been absolutely useless to me but the doc won't take me off of it since I've tested so many anti-depressants already.
Lexapro and Seroquel just made me feel like I was going to have a heart attack all the time and gave me incredible chest pains and I slept around the clock for 16 hours on the weekends and I had no concentration whatsoever while being hungry all the time.
Pregabalin does help me relax but I think it effects my digestion quite a bit so I use it only when I absolutely need it. It really does reduce my anxiety a lot.
Same deal with the diazepam but since they're quite addictive, they're really controlled and I'm limited to very little amounts which means I need to go over my limit sometimes just to get my anxiety under control.
Abilify just makes me gain a shit tonne of weight no matter how little I eat so I haven't taken those in about a year now, same with the fluoxetine.
I've hit a low point since the anti-depressants fell through but considering the psychiatric departments won't help me despite my asking for switches in meds; I'm left to my own devices on this and I can't rely on them for help so I'm going the old fashioned research route with what's available to me currently.
So I typically self medicate for those problems now too (with little results to show sometimes).
My audio and visual hallucinations have been tamed more from self medicating than with what I've been prescribed needless to say though.
I took up a lot of meditation and visualization of my own accord which has helped, including decreasing my anxiety a little bit. I also use lavender oil perfumes I make myself to wear which relax me a little when I need it. Vetiver can also help me when I can get some of it for helping out my panic attacks.
I used to be on pain meds and preventatives for constant migraines but they fucked my heart up too so I was told to get off them by my doc.
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experiences with weight and prozac? i'm switching from zoloft because it is impossible for me to lose weight on it for some reason, i'm at 150mg and switching to prozac 40mg gradually. i won't really mind a loss in sex drive tbh because my high sex drive depresses me when i'm single like i am now
>>68358>>I'm from the U.S. but live in Europe now.
The reason so many Americans are on mental health meds is because the U.S. is growing shittier and shittier by the day (thus more and more people are depressed and hate their lives) and medication is more openly accepted as a treatment. I honestly believe that if it weren't for Christianity (you'll go to hell if you kill yourself), shame (there is no honor in suicide here), and high prevalence of medication the suicide rate would be much much higher than it is, and possibly even worse than Japan and South Korea where medication isn't really discussed.
I'm on antidepressants (lexapro) and even though I am still depressed, I am no longer suicidal. I gained a lot of weight, but have cut down to the minimum dosage and am determined to lose it now. I don't plan on going off for at least a few years when I am in a better situation. I really like lexapro honestly.
I keep spelling it wrong lol
It probably is just mostly me, I've always been prone to getting really sick every time I start something new.
I take a lot of medication, honestly probably more than what’s good for me but I’m just doing what the doctor says. I started my first antidepressant (Prozac) when I was 8 years old, my mom took me to a therapist (who recommended us to a psychiatrist) after she discovered I’d been sexually abused. So the doctor has listed bipolar, OCD, and an eating disorder listed on my chart right now, but it varies by specialist. Right now I’m 22, and they have me on quite a list:
Effexor 225MG, A.M.
Buspar 60MG, A.M.
Depakote 250MG, A.M. and noon
Propranolol 20MG, A.M. and P.M.
Seroquel 100MG A.M., noon, and P.M.,
Paxil 30MG, P.M.
Hydroxyzine 50MG, P.M.
Klonopin 2MG on an as-needed basis (for anxiety attacks).
I keep alarms set on my phone and sort my pills daily into a divided container to maintain this routine.
A lot of these meds have little to no effect on me. Honestly, I like the klonopin but the addiction factor scares me and I’ll only take it when it feels like the world is ending. Some of this stuff I can miss a dose (or 5) and feel unaffected. The Paxil, Hydroxyzine, Propranolol, Buspar, I can skip those or take them and it doesn’t make a difference. I take them since I have to get blood work done pretty often, and don’t want my doctor to call me noncompliant with treatment.
Effexor, Depakote, and Seroquel cause some crazy wicked withdrawals and I honestly wish I’d never started taking Effexor or Seroquel. Never realized I’d be relying on these things to function once I started. Without seroquel I’m hallucinating, having nightmares, head feels spacey, it’s awful. Effexor is more physical, I’m nauseous and shaking, my brain feels weird and I feel shit mentally. Those are the pills I’ve been taking since I was 16, and I’ve cycled through just about every antidepressant available on the market, including some of the more old-school stuff that isn’t prescribed as much (like Risperdal….ugh).
Sometimes I wonder if life would be different without my meds, but I suppose different could mean psychotic (worse in my opinion).
TL;DR: PILLS AND LOTS OF EM’
>>68413>8 different psych meds
Anon, I hope you realize how absolutely ridiculous this is. I'm not against medication as a whole, but are you at least seeing a therapist who specializes in trauma in conjunction with all that?
These pills aren't actually doing anything to "fix" you. The trauma you experienced still lives inside you, and until you find someone who can help you integrate those memories and move forward, they will continue to subconsciously effect you in a ways that drugs can only numb.
I tried taking antidepressants but they didn't really work. I guess I never took them long enough. Thankfully my depression has gotten better on its own without me doing much to treat my psychological issues.
Right now I take 10mg Aderall XR for my ADHD. I try not to take it every day. A few days ago I took 20mg and I felt like I was on meth. I fell asleep at 5 in the morning. Lol>>68413
How the fuck do these medicines not interfere with each other?
Youcant just stop taking effexor. It will lead to those symptoms you described. Effexor needs to be gradually reduced.
Also search for a trauma therapy, please.
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I got put on Fluoxetine after my counselor p much gave up on me, for a few months but stopped taking it because I still felt as (if not more) shit as I did before. I haven't admitted to the doctor that I still felt suicidal and self harmed more on it (also my libido was non-existent :// ), so I just said I didn't like it. She then prescribed Sertraline but after the first day I had a bit of a meltdown and I was too scared to take them.
I now only take birth control and propranolol for anxiety (works sometimes I guess).
Should I try meds again??? Are there other options (apart from like counselling)???
I was on Fluoxetine from the age of 13 to 23. It's ruined me. It left me with occasional slurred speech, a stammer and it's left me with no sexual desire of my own. I also feel like it's taken away some of my capacity to remember things.
From 23 to 25 I was on Citalopram which was even worse. I quit by going cold turkey. I still suffer from depression now but am I fuck ever taking medication for it. It's not worth it. It's like being hugged by someone who doesn't give a shit about you - the action of a hug is nice, but there's nothing behind it - it's so synthetic and feels unkind.
I occasionally take 5HTP which is an amino acid which can help with the synthesis of serotonin. Do some reading on it, but I do find it helps on days/times where I need it most. For the most part though, I get on with my life and have accepted that it's totally okay to be depressed to the level I get to, it's just who I am on a biological level.
Just do what is right for you. If you feel talking therapies will help, go for it. If you can handle life without meds, go or it. Or give something else a try; exercise, dietary alterations, 5HTP. I hope you find something, because fuck meds.