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I take Lexapro 10mg daily and it helps a whole lot with anxiety...except for extreme cases...like dental appointments.

I carry Xanax in my purse for emergencies.It is like my security blanket. I have had the same 5 pills since 2003. LOL

I took Welbutrin and I was angry and irritable all the time. Effexor worked great until I wanted to get OFF it...oh, nightmare of side effects from the withdrawls.

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Meds... the good and evil for me. I started on Zoloft in June 2009, which worked great, but it had some BAD biological affects, so I had to get off. Then I started Lexapro, which made me gain 30 lbs in about 2 months. Then, I was put on Welbutrin to "perk me up." I am now only on Welbutrin, but it doesn't help my anxiety all that much. I take Xanax when I am 6 or above, usually. I am currently starting biofeedback with hopes to get off all this stuff.

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Thanks (again) Claudia for sending me the materials to read through. I really appreciate it.

Not a question about a med itself here, but rather a question about requesting a med. I have my Wellbutrin for maintenance and I think that it does a good overall job of keeping me steadier (though an increase in dosage is probably in order, as I already posted). What concerns me, though, are the breakthrough acute attacks. They don't happen regularly, maybe once or twice a month, so I wonder what the best way is to request something to treat those isolated cases (i.e. - Valium, Xanax, Ativan etc.). Complicate it all by the fact that my insurance just changed and I'm looking for a new PCP.

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Hi Tammie I think you have done your assessment pretty well. When you start(or stop) a medication, anything can happen until you find your does an stabilise. You know that most people that have anxiety attaks, think they're going to die, it's a very common feeling. But it's just a feeling and it can be overcome with breathing. Sometmes I have to do half an hour of breathing to recover. The most importanat thing is to know that it's just the anxiety talking and it's not real.
Cognitive therapy strategies can help you manage anxiety symptoms very effectively, once you get stable with medication.
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I take Wellbutrin 200 mg and so far it has been working for me.

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Thanks for the feedback on the Wellbutrin.

So far, I've been taking the Wellbutrin for about 3 weeks now and I haven't noticed any major side effects. In fact, my husband has remarked that I'm less agitated than before. It's worth noting, right now I'm only on a 150mg/day dose since it was prescribed for me by my cardiologist. After a few weeks, though, I've started to notice that I'm not running quite as smoothly as I felt the first week or so. Could have been placebo effect, could be that I need the step up to 300mg.

Also, the only time I did notice what I think was a side effect (more of a withdrawal effect): on Christmas morning, I missed my dose in all the excitement with the kids. That night, I was awakened 3 times with full-blown panic attack(s). I've felt like I couldn't catch my breath before, I've awakened feeling like I'm choking, but this was the first time that I ever felt for certain that I was going to die. The second time, I heard my husband snoring and convinced myself that he couldn't breathe, either, and that we were both dying!

So yeah... new insurance as of 1/1, and we'll be finding new PCPs, so I plan to discuss my meds/dosage then. I think I want to stick with the Wellbutrin, but I might need to up the dosage.

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I'm recovering from OCD and have been for over 15 years. I tried most of the meds on the market from 1996 until now - starting with Zoloft, moving on to Wellbutrin, adding Paxil to the Wellbutrin, then onto Prozac, then to Effexor. All the meds up to that point were horrible on me and made me more anxious and rebellious (of course, I was a teenager, so that's what we do) - and Effexor "kept me in line" so to speak but it just made me tired and listless. I stopped taking meds for 3 years and though I spent hours on end doing compulsions (which mostly deal with self-care and cleaning) I still felt better and less depressed than I did on the meds. However, when I was in college, I realized how much I was missing out on - for example, I couldn't have people in my apartment because of fears they or I would get contaminated and this hindered my relationships with people a lot - so I went to a therapist who after six months finally got me to go back to a psychiatrist. She put me on Lexapro and that has been the most helpful med I've tried. I've been on it for two years and though I still do some odd things, they don't run my life anymore. And I can have people over again, which is wonderful. I have my life back! emoticon

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Yes so many of the new drugs make you anxious or agitated: it's a paradox.
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Good idea to ask around :)
I was on Wellbutrin for a year and it wasn't until a friend of mine told me she went off Wellbutrin because it made her agitated and aggressive that I realized it was probably the cause of my agitated state and aggressiveness.
I went off Wellbutrin and it went away ???? PLEASE keep in mind that this is medication can effect everyone different. It worked great at the start, it was after I was on it awhile that it started to effect my moods negatively.
Maybe give it a try for a while to get yourself back "in-check" then just be cognizant if your moods become more agitated....

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Hi DIGISCRAPPY and no I haven't. I suffer from GAD but can't take SSRIS due to major muscle spasms and jaw clenching effects, so I'm on an old tricyclid antidepressant that is not so effective and also makes me hungry. Hope the Wellbutrin works for you with minor side effects.
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Hey all...

I'm new here, but I was diagnosed with GAD/MDD (as well as SAD, plus a touch of OCD) years ago.

My first round of treatment was in 2001: Zoloft with Ativan. The Zoloft was horrible... severe headaches, bizarre dreams, insomnia, major indifference, and sexual dysfunction/anorgasmia. I really can't recall much about the Ativan, but as I was taking it with the Zoloft, it's hard to say what was what.

My next time around, I took just Prozac. No headaches, but I still had the sexual dysfunction/anorgasmia.

This time around, I haven't been feeling depressed so much (though I have seemed to lose interest in activities that I enjoy) but anxiety seems to be my most prevalent issue. I was reluctant to take meds, but after developing some heart issues (primarily caused by stress and anxiety), I talked to my cardiologist about starting me on meds with the plan to seek more appropriate treatment after the holidays. So... I'm on Wellbutrin now. We'll see how it works, or if it just exacerbates my anxiety. I wanted to stay away from SSRIs that carry the sexual side effects, since I just got married back in July.

Anyone have experience with Wellbutrin?

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Good idea the diary Seven70 life is full of good things but when the brain is negative, there's is no space for the positive. Are you doing CBT? That always helps.

Never heard of lamictal so I had to look it up ( I'm in OZ). I took that same dose of clonazepam for a year because I externalise on my muscles and get spasms and it was very very good. Just remember the day you have to quit it to do it very gradually even for that minuscule dose.

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I'm on 200mg of Lamictal and .5 of clonozepam (klonopin aka valium) as needed.

I'm trying to keep a diary of only good things, little good things that I can't recall when I'm depressed. I don't know if it will help, but I'm trying to build myself an emergency kit of happiness when those times hit. Anymore I go from okay to suicidal just too rapidly.

Okay -- here is a funny thought my kids said, "Barrack Obama, super hero, he preheats our oven with the power of his MIND. Muhahaha" ;-P They are always coming up with ways that Barrack Obama travels through time, fights in duels and otherwise performs amazing feats. :-)



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I hated tryciclides!! They gave me drymouth and made it hard to wake up in the morning. They sometimes made me feel comatose, and at other times even more anxious. The only upside was that when I decided to quit, I could do so immediately, without a tapering-off period such as you need with an SSRI. I'm sorry to hear they don't work for you.

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ah so hard to get the right thing in the right dose.
I envy you all that can take SSRIs they make my jaw clench so I'm on a low dose of tricyclids an old type of anti-depressant not totally effective and also the higher dose makes me eat and makes me feel too tired. But if it had the right effect I wouldn't mind but it doesn't. So for me it's only that and zolpidem 10mg to sleep and the rest is CBT and anxiety management strategies.

Negative thoughts have a life of their own, and one doesn't have to listen to them. They're like a broken record that is there but the volume can go down. These thoughts can't do anything to us they're just thoughts, they have no real power.

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Momma48,
Glad to hear that you're going to the doctor and looking for answers. I hope everything works out for you.

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Well, I'm off to the dr. this morning, as I don't know if it is the meds or what, but I am still having those negative thoughts -- which I sooooo hate -- and it's time to go over my meds and make sure I'm not being overdosed on something or not high enough on another! Plus, I'm going to also bring up the fact of my weight -- even though others can probably be on the meds that I am, but may be a bit heavier or more tolerable to their meds, I think that should be discussed in more detail today and I hope I get some answers, as these thoughts HAVE to stop happening!

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I'm on Effexor. It's worked great for me, but if you don't like it, Consumer Guide survey respondents preferred SSRIs--Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro. Although we don't have the capacity to measure precisely yet, it's likely we all react differently to these medications based on differences in our genetic makeup.

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Just started zoloft..again. Used to take it a few years ago, but for depression. It made a big difference for me. But for my stress & anxiety, it remains to be seen. But the stress had started negatively affecting my stomach, so I decided to give it a try, since it doesn't seem that the things in my life that are stressing me the most are about to change anytime soon.

The Dr said to start at 25 mg for a week & then go to 50. Oh har har. I started at HALF that, & have no desire to move up yet. Talk about feeling wierd. Seems like a little extra coffee here & there helps curb the side effects a little. Which I'm not sure I can describe the S.E. Tired maybe. But I have been getting woken up early this week & getting to bed late, so it probably isn't all the meds. But I tried to nap yesterday & it was about impossible.

I know I felt a little bit of this the last time I started it, but don't remember. And think I had fewer S.E. maybe, because I NEEDED it a whole lot more. I definately haven't been depressed like I was years ago.

Of course, babysitting a 2 year old this week isn't helping. Or is it. Maybe I'd zone totally out if she wasn't here.

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Beth~ So glad you have found something that works so well for you! Meds work so differently for each of us. It will be nice when science gets us past the point of trial and error!



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Some day, hopefully, we'll all be able to benefit from a DNA analysis that will tell us which of these medications are most effective with our particular genetic makeup. Until then, I'm taking Effexor. I know it doesn't work for some people, but it's been great for me. I really am not conscious of any side effects, and with my anxiety managed by the drug, I've basically been able to move ahead with my life and resolve issues/problems I avoided for years because they were so anxiety-provoking. In the past, I used Buspar and Elavil, and had bad side effects from both. emoticon

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I hear ya; you need something physical to do....How about some type of exercise or perhaps yard work? Pulling weeds, digging in the dirt, something to keep ya busy. I hope the thoughts have calmed way down by now. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing! emoticon

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emoticon Cynthia! I think they tend to advertise the "warning" with so many of the anti-depressants as to teens -- but, I'm 50 and I wish I was a teen, or do I? maybe not -- but, just being aware of those side effects and that when they do occur, to know the whys and how comes -- helps to work through those terrifying thoughts. And, for me, personally, I have found that I have to stay active and moving. I wish I could do more of the relaxing sort of activities, but that seems to be when my mind goes the wrong direction the most. I think I've been in the "high-stress mode" too long over the years and I just have a problem slowing it all down. But, you're so right, distraction--either by relaxation or activity--and, most importantly, knowing how powerful those meds are, can make us more aware of our feelings and how to handle them.

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Momma~ emoticon I'm sorry that you are experiencing such troublesome thoughts. I have had suicidal thoughts before although I don't know that they were due to a side effect of a medication. However, it is common for people with depression and anxiety to experience such thoughts when symptoms worsen or stress increases. I think distraction is one of the biggest things that have been helpful for me. When the thoughts come, do something soothing, take a hot bath, light a nice scented candle, hug a friend, give someone a spark goodie. If the thoughts get too intense or bothersome call someone.

Just know that you are not alone. It is scary that a med can cause an increase of thoughts. I will pray for you tonight my friend. emoticon

I'm glad you posted your concern. It helps others to be aware of effects and to know they are not alone.

Hope you have a good night.
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I soemtimes get those feelings when I'm adjusting to a new medicine or when i am having a rough day. To combat my feelings like that I try to do something that makes me happy or feel better. For example if a certain smell makes me feel better I may light a candle in that smell. Another thing that really helps me is to write in my journal and get all those negative thougths out.

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I have been taking Pristiq for a few months. It has boosted my moods a bit. It is very similar to effexor but does not seem to have nearly the impact in terms of side effects. I had a couple days of dull headaches and mild feelings of nausea, but it was tolerable (I did not feel overly tired and was fine for work.) The only real problem with it is there is no generic yet, so it can be pricey without a prescription plan.

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I've been experiencing the warning of "suicidal thoughts" lately and, don't worry, I'm not going there as I know it's one of the side effects of 2 of the meds I'm on. But, does anyone else have those feelings and how do you get them out of your head!!! It's so frustrating! I've been on alot of different anti-depressants over the years, and, honestly, I'm afraid to switch now from the ones I've been on -- as I don't know what to expect. But, if I could just get past that feeling and onto more positive thoughts -- I'd love it!!

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My doc gave me a tapering plan for my Zoloft (that I plan to start after my half-marathon - no need to add to the stress of that trip!) and commented that if I decide I need to stay on meds (which is possible), that she might try me on Lexapro instead because of the weight-gain issues I'm experiencing. It's nice that she's being understanding about it.

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I just posted I had the same effects from Effexor it is a crazy medication. Fortunately tho my doctor believed me and pulled me off of it

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I was on Zoloft five years ago for my anxiety and OCD it helped a lot but kind of made me a bit unlike myself (i.e. I wasn't as outgoing and was very unemotional) I didn't have any axiety though. I then built up a tolerance to it (I often do this). SO we tried effexor XR it was a HUGE mistake for me apparently there is a rare side affect where it can cause headaches I happen to suffer from severe migraines and ended up spending a week and a half in the hospital. I have friends who do not have migraines however and say it works very well for them, just buyer beware of that side affect. I then was on Celexa for two years this was amazing I had absolutely no side affects and almost no anxiety or panic attacks. (I take Xanax before doing things that I know give me panic attacks like seeing the dentist.) I built up a tolerance to that and am now on Lexapro this seems to be working well so far I have only been on it for roughly a week tho. The main thing to remember with medicine and this is for anything is that it can only work if you allow it to. You have to except that there are some things you can control and some you cannot you are always going to have anxiety but the medication will take the edge off of life, you have to take control of your life and decide that anxiety is not going to run your life.

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I've been on 50mg of Zoloft for a few months. No bad side effects, and it has definitely kicked my anxiety attacks. People talk about getting the "zaps," and all I can say is that during the first two weeks of taking it, I would have moments of feeling funny, and then they would pass. Not a big deal at all.

I have gained a bit of weight though, and I'm working to get that off. I'm hoping to actually get off the Zoloft, as I went on it during a super stressful time in my life. I also have a prescription for Xanax as needed, and that kicks the anxiety attacks pretty quickly. Haven't needed it in a while, but it might be nice to have around once the Zoloft is gone gone gone.

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7/26/10 10:18 P

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Thanks everyone I appreciate the replies.

Took Ativan about 2 weeks ago - it knocked me out! I was soo tired. I slept almost nonstop from 8am to 4pm - and that was after a nights sleep! Crazy. I could not go to work because of it - and that is what I was taking it for. I hope to try half a pill tomorrow, if need be.

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7/21/10 8:09 P

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I took Paxil several years ago and had great success and other than being sleepy, which happens with any meds for me, I had no side effects. I wish you good luck.

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I was just wondering if anyone has taken Paxil. My doctor just prescribed it for me yesterday and I'm going to start taking it tonight.

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7/20/10 10:19 A

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Hi!
Great discussion! I am on several medications for my bipolar disorder and I take Ativan for my axniety. The ativan really seems to help me slow down so I can respond to the anxiety in a healthy way. It doesn't take the anxiety completely away, but I don't think meds are supposed to do that anyway. I think they are just a piece of the puzzle to help us get and stay well.

Just wanted to add:
For some reading about medications side effects can scare them away from taking the medications. Please note that all medications work differently for each of us and that if someone had a bad time with one it doesn't mean that you will.

I do encourage each of you to share about your medications and offer support!

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I have tried a lot of meds and many have not worked or I suffered side effects that I didn't like. I'm on Lexapro now and it seems to be working most of the time.

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I am only taking the lowest dose of Zoloft. I feel fuzzy headed at times and it makes me very sleepy so I take it at night in order to make it through the day. I also have taken a generic Xanex but also must save it for when I can be close to a bed because I will sleep for several hours.

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Just wondering what people are on, how it has helped them, side effects they've had, etc.

I was on Effexor for depression/anxiety in 2008 for only a month. I reacted very strongly to it. I had insomnia, slow speech and thoughts, talked nonsense, hard focusing, headaches, and, the scariest of all, was seeing things! My doctor did not believe me so I stopped taking them cold turkey at my parents place. I wanted to make sure I had a lot of people around me.

My withdrawal wasn't pleasant, I had migraines for about a week.


Edited by: MELLYBEANS0919 at: 7/14/2010 (00:48)
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