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No. 58349

What medicine are you on farmers? Is it for mental health? physical health? How are you dealing with the side effects?

I just got put on bupropion, it's been really helpful for both my depression and body dysmorphia, but I've been getting horrid headaches.

No. 58397

I'm on levothyroxine because I have Hashimoto's and on prozac for depression. Before prozac I was on Celexa at first and then brintellix.
I feel like prozac makes me tired and I don't like being on an antidepressant. Apparently it can also affect bone density and weirdly enough I got a stress fracture in my foot out of nowhere. I'm also unable to orgasm. I will bring up quitting prozac at my next psych appointment for sure.
I majorly struggled with lack of motivation so my psychiatrist recommended wellbutrin, but I'm not allowed to take it due to a history of anorexia and now bulimia.

No. 58411


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.

No. 58412

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.

No. 58424

I have a history of bulimia and ednos, and I got it just fine? My doctor prescribed it to me as an alternative to vyvanse. Prozac and zoloft made me feel really sick and sluggish too anon, so I can sympathize. I hope you get your medication sorted out soon.

No. 58427

i'm on sertraline and risperidone. risperidone makes me gain so much weight but when i drop it i go back to being a depressed blob who can't achieve shit.

No. 58429


samefagging, but my psychiatrist outright told me i was "just lazy" for saying i lack motivation. should i attempt having wellbutrin prescribed?

No. 58474

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.

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.

No. 58482

plaquenil for inflammatory arthritis. it's gentle and effective, and i stopped having side effects (nausea, dizziness, lack of appetite) after 2 weeks. would recommend

No. 58492

Fucking Prozac made me unable to orgasm too. Switching to Lexapro helped. It was a gradual progression, but 5 months into the switch and I'm at a relatively normal level.

No. 58531

Lexapro has made it harder for me to orgasm and sometimes harder to get aroused but it's better than being a depressed anxious mess. I think I may be able to go off it in a few months though, I seem a lot better emotionally and could probably just survive off the occasional xan if needed. I'm also on a low dosage.

No. 58574

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.

No. 58575

Honestly I think the only solution is to switch medications. It's also possible to take something that balances out the low sex drive, I've read about people being on buproprion (I think) to counteract the sexual side effects of some antidepressants.

No. 58598

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.

No. 58600

Have anyone here tried Inositol? (for depression, lack of motivation, panic, fears) Did it work? What's your usual dose?

No. 58615

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.

No. 58617

I was on 2 medications and now I am on one. Cipralex and effexor are the ones I was/am taking.

Both worked really well for me. I got off of cipralex which was for my anxiety. I had a minor amount of anxiety return when i was weened off and fully off of it but it is tremendously better than before I was on the medication and it is way easier to manage now.

Effexor has been absolutely fantastic for me. Im on 150mg daily and have been taking it for about 3 years. I would eventually like to ween off of it but I'm not sure when I will be ready. I feel like right now my depression has been extremely manageable but I'm just worried about what will happen when I come off the medication.

I always find it hard to discern what is a side effect of medication and what is just myself/my body so I cant really say I've noticed any side effects. If I forget to take my medication though I feel like absolute shit all day. Not depressed but I physically feel dizzy, nausea, etc. Its hard for me to stand because I'm so dizzy and weird feeling. It also makes me want to sleep a long time. When I forget to take it I can sleep for 16 hours in a day its crazy.

I've still had some mood… issues that I want to address with my doctor in the future. These symptoms before I was on medication I believed to be caused by depression but since I have not been having my other depressive issues like suicidal thoughts, sadness, etc. Im beginning to think it might be something else. I think I might have adult ADHD or something because I can get irritated very easily, cant sit still, and have an insane amount of trouble focusing on tasks I should be doing. So I end up procrastinating a lot. I dunno, maybe Im just a shitty person

No. 58629

Thanks, anon. Hopefully it will help undo what effexor did. I actually did really well with effexor, but after a year or so, I wanted to see how life was without it. It's not all smiles and rainbows by any means, but I guess I had to see that for myself.

No. 58635

Effexor gave me a crazy tremor but it's the best thing to ever happen to me.

No. 58650

I'm on 30mgs of Mitrazapine daily, 20 mgs of Prazosin daily, 40mgs of Citalopram daily, 4mgs of Estridiol daily, 30mgs of Methylphenidate daily, and 200 mgs of Spirnolactone daily.

No. 58941

anyone has experience with nootropyl? it's a non-prescription supplement which is supposed to help with attention problems, but every source i saw recommends 3 pills a day and coupling them with fish oil to up their efficacy. honestly it seemed a bit too much to me.

No. 58974

bupropion for depression, but a pleasant side effect is that it cut down my appetite by a lot and I dropped a bunch of weight.

I'm also on naproxen for back pains that I've had for a few years now

No. 58988

When I was first diagnosed they started me on Lexapro. After highschool I tried going off medication but that really didn't work out, so I was put on desvenlafaxine for a couple of years. Recently I've been told to switch to sertraline and am currently in the process of doing so. I was prescribed metaprolol earlier last year for my heart.
It seemed like lexapro helped with anxiety and desvenlafaxine with depression. At this point I don't know what to expect from changing medication because I can never tell in the moment whether it is or isn't helping me. Honestly? I'd rather go off everything because I can't feel any difference, or more like I can't feel any differences that are helping me. Actually, it's like I can't feel anything? I can't shake this numbness and it's driving me insane. I feel like if I were sadder and less anxious I might be able to make progress. Not to mention all sexual function has gone to shit ever since I started des.

sage for blogpost just in case, but this should be alright to post, considering what this thread is.

No. 68343

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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

No. 68351

Bupropion and just started lamictol a week ago, anyone else taken lamictol? I always have had all the side effects of medicine starting but lamictol has been a whole other level. Everyday is suffering between hot flashes, headaches, dizziness, shaking, and overall a crappy feeling. I want these meds to work but getting to 100+mg feels like it's going to be hell for me.

No. 68355

Lamictal was fine for me. One of the easiest ones to taper on and off of.

No. 68358

are you all from the us? i think it's depressing that so many of you are on meds. this shouldn't be the norm. hope you can figure out how to live without these crutches that in the long run do more harm than good.

No. 68364

>>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.

No. 68366

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.

No. 68401


i also take lamictal and have had no adverse effects. in conjunction with seroquel, keeps my crazy to a minimum

No. 68413

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).


No. 68415

I used to take Lamictal! It worked well for me, until one day it just didn’t and life went to shit again. Very easy to taper off, didn’t cause me any noticeable physical or emotional discomfort.

No. 68417

I started bupropion in June and it's worked well in the sense that I've been able to go outside and actually keep up with my classes. It really helped with my body dysmorphia as well, though the stress of school and social life shit has trigged my ED again so I'm thinking of upping my dose just for that. It's the first antidepressant I've been on so I'm kind of worried that it's going to bring out the worst side effects. I've only increased dosages with stimulants in the past and that's usually been a bad experience. The only side effect that I've had a problem with is constantly waking up during the night and the weird lucid dreaming.

No. 68448

>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.

No. 68512

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

How the fuck do these medicines not interfere with each other?

No. 68521

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.

No. 68525

stop just doing what the doctor says then. This is horrifying and I hope you can get off that shit and get better. Find someone who doesn't just care about making money.

No. 68526

I think the US also have a culture that doesn't deal well with negative emotions and everything other than being happy and content is pathologised and medicated away.

No. 68529

My brother, my mom, my grandmother, and two of my aunts have been on Lexapro and say it has helped them 100%. I'm not currently on anything, but tbh I probably should be. I definitely feel existential dread, death anxiety, and ppd (pretty sure I never got over this after giving birth) hanging on me all the time.

No. 74106

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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)???

No. 74111

ive tried a bunch of ssris and the like over a period of a decade, nothing helped.

about 4 years ago i got put on gabapentin, which is an anti epileptic but used off label for anxiety/addiction and it works liek a dream. i also have valium/seroquel as needed.

i was a mental wreck for a decade and now i'm a perfectly functioning adult.

i'm convinced the american health system is a scam. years and years of that shit did nothing for me. i mean they even put me on adderall when i was anorexic, like wtf.

No. 74118

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.

No. 74120

Celebrating 2 years without Seroquel. I'm back to a normal weight. I'm managing my generalized anxiety. I had some little breakdowns this year but nothing landing me in the hospital.
I also stopped seeing my therapist (all our therapists here only do talk therapy and I think I need CBT).
Had some issues again regarding abuse of zolpidem and xanax but got through withdrawals a week ago and am sleeping without anything ATM.

I kind of want to try taking meds again but I know everything I tried was either making me worse (ADs precipitate suicidal thoughts for me) or the side effects were unbeable (tummyaches and weight loss on some ADs or massive weight gain on Seroquel).

I think I'm still clinging to the idea that all I need to get better is find the right magical pill. And it's never going to happen.
I'll always be this anxious mess, I can only cope and get better at managing it.

No. 74125

Propanolol (a beta blocker 40mg once a day) is all I'm taking right now. I couldn't sleep for more than 5/6 hours a night for months, got 10-15 migraines a month, often had nausea and was like, overstimulated by everything (people talking in the background, cars passing etc) which was exacerbated by the fact I moved to a city centre. The propanolol has made a world of difference, no more migraines and I can actually sit down and do coursework for a little bit, getting my life a little more in order so it's now like a bit more of a positive feedback loop.
I normally live in the UK so when I visited home for christmas by some miracle I got a GP appointment and a total of 10 minutes to describe everything that's been going wrong with me and made me want to fucking kill myself at points. About 5 minutes in the guy said there's no way we could cover every one of my problems in detail, and gave me sleeping pills (28 of them), propanolol (a 3 month supply) and the link to some poorly made CBT website.
I don't know what will happen when my meds run out, I'll be here for at least another 3 months after they do so I hope my life will be together enough that I'm not so stressed.

No. 74126

this thread is so depressing. Makes me want to never seek professional help because meds are going to make things much worse. how live?

No. 74127

You have to try, anon. Meds work and are a life-saver for some people but you can't know until you try.

No. 74128

You can probably get the betablockers renewed by another GP easily. I'm eurofag too and my GP throw them by the 100 at me since they are so cheap and non addictive.

No. 74150

Going on meds saved me, because they gave me the temporary safety net I needed to change things. I have bipolar II and BPD and was on Seroquel for 3 years; I completely turned my life around in that time and now I've been medication free since August 2016. I won't pretend things are perfect, but they never ever get as bad as they were pre-med.

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