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Hello My Name is Cheryle with an "e" on the end,
I am on Cymbalta, now the generic which seems to work fine, just seems to make my mouth drier at night. Hopefully, this will go away. I am also on 10mg. of Klonipin and 10mg of Seroquel. Over the Easter weekend, the rest of my Klonipin was accidently thrown away. I had about two days worth. I called my pharmacy after I realized it was gone on Friday and they advised me my prescription had expired. The guy at the pharmacy told me he would fax over to the dr. a request for a refill I waited and hoped the pharmacy would call on Monday to tell my the prescription was filled, but they didn't. I called the pharmacy today and they stated there was nothing there from the dr. I called the dr. and got it refilled. I have been feeling sick to my stomach off and on all day today. I am assuming this is from stopping the meds. Anyway, I hope by tomorrow it goes away.

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Hello, I'm kind of new here. Returning to SP after a long long time. I've spent 2014 working out some medication. My first time I was on Zoloft and that worked fine. Second time I hit depression some years ago, the Zoloft didn't work and they put my on Wellbutrin. I'm back on 300mg of Wellbutrin now, but last month I had two 'minor' anxiety attacks in a week, so the doctor added Celexa. I've been talking the two together for a month now and Monday she seemed happy with how it's all working out for me. I'm glad to feel like I'm turning a corner at last, though my sleep still seems odd. On just the Wellbutrin I was able to sleep again, but adding the Celexa, I feel like I'm not sleeping super deeply. It's odd, but my energy doesn't seem to be affected by the sensation.

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I have bipolar disorder type II. It took forever to get properly diagnosed, and get the right meds. I'm on lithium twice a day, and sertraline (zoloft) 100mg once a day. When I take them properly they work great, especially when it comes to my anxiety problems. I still need klonopin for when its that time of the month since that seems to render my other meds useless.

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I'm somewhat new here. I've just never contributed before. I am bipolar but mostly extremely depressed. I take lexapro and abilify. Both help but I believe because I'm on Disability and my sleep is so crazy (I may miss a day or two and sleep most of the third day) that it's not enough. I don't know what to do. I'm addicted to junk food and usually just eat dinner which has lead me to regain all the weight I lost plus 35 pounds. Before I was diagnosed I worked out hours a day every day to the point of injury. Which has lead to an unusual fear of exercise, that I'm just getting over. Anyway I guess the first step to recovery is acknowledgment. Thanks for listening.


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Hello there,
Cymbalta was a godsend for me in easing my depression as well as pain from a really messed up spine. I just learned this week that the patent on the brand name has now expired and a generic now accessible. Not sure if you have checked back with your insurance to see if they have since added either to their drug formulary whereby now making it covered by them.The generic is Duloxetine HCl and one manufacturer is Lilly.
Should neither have been added to their formulary (revisions occur once a yr @ minimum) you could have your prescribing Dr. deem the drug as medically necessary, which has worked 75% of the time for me. If all else fails, you could contact the manufacturer to see if they have a discount program. Most do and make the cost affordable. It's in the maker's best interest and most offer such especially when their patent expires. By asissting you in obtaining their/your drug it keeps one more pt using it and sharing your experience word of mouth with others which is an inexpensive form of marketing comparatively.
I hope this can be of some help.
Best to you. Michael



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I have been on Effexor for about two and a half years, and I too have noted the vivid dreams. Usually they are mildly odd--mostly connecting strange events and/or very odd groupings of people. Where things really get weird, sometimes almost nightmarish, is when I forget to take my evening dose. I have ended up battling everything from zombies to dragons to that thing from the 'Alien' movies.

Needless to say, I am careful about taking my pills....

(It has also greatly reduced my anxiety and helped with my ADHD symptoms as well.)

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I've been dealing with depression for over 20 years. FINALLY found the right dosage of Prozac that works.I can sure tell when I miss a day, lol.Hang in there.

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It took me forever to find a good med that was covered under insurance. Finally got settled in on Effexor and it's working wonders. I had so much anxiety and depression that I couldn't function. Now I actually love getting up in the morning and going to work everyday. However, I have noticed that my dreams have become... really really really weird. Like, super vivid and the kind that make you wake up just wondering what the heck your brain came up with. Anyone else have this issue with their meds?


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I have taken Cymbalta in the past but had to stop because it wasn't covered as well under my new insurance. It worked very well for me when I did take it.

Currently I take Bupropion XL & Sertraline in the morning, and Mirtazapine at night. M works well but makes me gain 30 lb every time I go back on it! So frustrating!

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I have been dealing with depression since I was a child but didn't take medications until I was in my 20's. Since then I have been on and off my meds (because I thought I was "cured"). I have been taking meds since 2008, I have been on prozac, zoloft, pristiq, seroquel, but they didn't work properly. I am currently taking effexor XR, and wellbutrin ER, they work pretty good but I think I need to see my clinician and have a change. I have recently been off work due to medical reasons and find myself falling into a more depressive state. Even though I think I need a med change, I am still not in the same state I was when I went back on the meds, I surely don't want to go there, I am not a nice person like that.



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Hang in there. What you are going thru, I have gone thru too. Sometimes the scale does not always tell the truth. Keep on doing what you are doing. You will reach your goal, I am still working on my goal too. emoticon emoticon


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I have had a lot of problems with depression and seeing my weight on the scale fluctuate no matter how much I restrict my calories and exercise. I have had days where I just crashed emotionally because I had been working so hard, but the scale told me nothing good. I am convinced that for me being so addicted to that number on the scale is bad for my depression. I am no longer tracking my weight, only calories in/out and my activity levels. It has made such a difference in my motivation and how I feel about myself! I care about how much I can do now, not what that number on the scale is, and it has given me such a sense of self-worth! :D

I have thrown out my scale so that I am no longer tempted to look. I know I am doing the right things and sticking to my goals so that's all that matters to me. If you have the same sort of reaction to the scale, please consider doing what I did. It is not as important as feeling good.


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I have also been "behaving" and not seeing much movement on the scale. However people are telling me I look thinner, so I have been doing measurements and going by how my clothing fits and have made positive changes in both. Try that, if you are working out as well as watching intake you may be losing inches not so much pounds. Keep up the good work though I know it is like another full time job and tiring to keep up when that is the last thing you want to do. Hang in there.



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Hello everyone!

I started my journey with Zoloft, which gave me headaches, so I was switched to Celexa. Before the Zoloft, I put on about 60-70 pounds. To help with weight loss, I was switched to Wellbutrin about 2-3 years ago. Recently, I feel like it has stopped working. Also, I haven't lost any weight since I was first on it, which was about 15 pounds. Even at my most active, counting every calorie, not drinking, working out for 30 minutes everyday, I didn't lose a pound. I've had so much trouble with my depression symptoms and I've been waiting to get into a doctor for 2 months now. I recently moved 100 miles from my long-time psychiatrist and am waiting for a spot with a new one.

I find it VERY hard EVERYDAY to get up, go to work, and even do housework, let alone exercise. On Monday I was told I have back spasms, so I'm currently on a muscle relaxer and not allowed to exercise. I don't feel beautiful..and when I do, I look at picture of myself in the moment and become disgusted. Therapy is not helping and seems to be bringing out the worst.

This site has become my support, because when I talk with my supports, they think I'm fine and just not working hard enough. I can go weeks working my behind off and give up when I see no change..which makes me more depressed. Every day I tell myself "its a new day" and I try a little harder. Today, for the first time in a very long time, I've tracked everything I've eaten..and it felt good. I hope I can continue on the straight and narrow and get my symptoms wokred out. Thank you to everyone for sharing their stories..it helps me know that there is a light at the end of this dark, lonely tunnel.


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I agree it is just like having to wear glasses. It is a part of who we are and we can not change it. It is not a shame to have to take a medication for something that is wrong.

I have found now since my Zoloft has been increased to the 100mg that I feel so much better and I am not ashamed at all.

This seems to be good for me. I read on line that Zoloft is one that you tend to not gain weight on. So this was a positive that I read after I began to take it.

I also found for those of you that have a Faith in Christ, I told Jesus in prayer one night that I refuse to feel stressed any longer. That I am going to work hard at taking each issue one step at a time. Since then I have not felt much stress at all. I have been able to keep things very under control and I continue to pray about it.

I wish for everyone a safe and gentle weekend of pleasure and no pressures.

Blessings and Cheers

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I look at taking the meds as a necessity just like wearing glasses for poor vision. It isn't shameful it is just our makeup just like being farsighted. I feel better on the meds and I don't want to go back to the fogged in feeling of depression.



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That's what I am taking too.


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I am now taking Zoloft. I have found that I am doing much better. emoticon

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Hello it's been awhile. I went off my med one day and I was the screaming mom and everything. Then my doctor said don't go off cold turkey. So I back on again.

Do you think therapy helps? Sometimes I think not.



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Ugh! Meds! I hate them! I despise relying on a pill for normalcy! That being said...I know I have to take them. I know the me off my meds is NOT the me I want to be. I do great for a while...but then I get feeling good and just stop taking them. And then I spiral into the deep, dark, moody black hole and the cycle starts again. Tell me I'm not alone in this?
I'm prescribed 40mg of Celexa, but truth be told I can't remember the last time I took a full dose. I have to start at 10mg and build up or I get violently ill. By the time I get back to 40mg I usually stop again. It drives me nuts!


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I'd like to send a hug to everyone on this forum. Depression is such a painful illness. I was first diagnosed in 1999 after a hospitalization. I was put on Prozac but it didn't do much. Shortly thereafter my job was eliminated, and I spiraled into a deeper depression. I was hospitalized again. I tried different meds. Some constipated me severely; others made me gain weight. I went on SS disability for 8 years because I could not work; all I could do is stay in bed. I didn't even want to shower. Fast forward to 2013. I take five different medications: Wellbutrin SR, Ability, Lithium Carbonate, Lexapro, and Klonopin. It took a while, but my doctor and me finally found a combination that works for me. I am employed full-time again and off of SS disability.

What is my point in all this? Please give your meds time to work. There will be side effects. If they are not severe, they will eventually wear off. This was my experience. Of course, it could be different for you. Life is not perfect either. I still have my days where all I want to do is stay in bed. But it's not as extreme as when I was disabled. You will have bad days even on the meds. It does not mean they are not working. They are.

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Hi, I am fairly new here. I have been taking pristiq for a few years now along with abilify. I quit taking the ablify a few months ago with no reactions at all. But last week I ran out of my pristiq and thought I would just not refill it. My kids have all moved away now, some to live, some just for college. I thought that was the source of my anxiety and depression. But no. My triggers can be anything at all. So I reordered my pristiq today. It has been working better than I thought. I can see that now that I haven't been taking them.

I am having other issues right now and thought I might try not taking it for a while. But that just is not an option. I will end up in divorce court if I don't take them.

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I didn't answer in this group before . I never said what medicines I take;
Take antidepressant Prozac , also high blood pressure, and high cholesterol
I also take some pain killers .. Didn't see this before until now that I am writing here. emoticon emoticon

I started a month ago , but I didn't go nowhere.
Why? I am finding everything I do tiresome and very difficult. I am trying to continue and get somewhere with my fight for a better life. My health has been going down in the last 5 years. I am 73 and recently I am experiencing quite a bit of pain with this injury of a sciatic nerve. Of course that has nothing to do with my continued to eat things are not beneficial for me. I believe depression is the cause of wanting more sweets, is my weakne


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I am new to this discussion. Recently diagnosed with depression (dysthymia). Started on Prozac 20 mg and trazodone 50 mg for insomnia. Started an exercise regimen and trying to eat healthy. Feeling better over the last month.



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That's great Karen that you found a med that helps!!!! I am proof of the good and bad of drugs. I had anxiety in elemen. school and depression in middle school then later bipolar. My parents put me on antidepressants when I was 14 without really getting me help and I have never been able to quit them. I think my brain developed with the drugs doing the job for me. But with anxiety I was able to take something long enough to get it under control and then with therapy get off them and have almost no anxiety. And I take a bipolar med that does wonders. I have been on the right cocktail for 2 years and the only side effect really was weight gain, but I am winning that battle when I really try.


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I have been doing an effexor taper over the past few weeks (not my first time coming off, unfortunately). Today has been the worse day. I've been dizzy and nauseous and tons of reflux. Weirdly, my mood has been pretty good, but I'm afraid that I'll start the anxiety rebound soon.

These types of situations are always the worse in terms of trying to stay healthy. It makes me feel lazy and just want to eat comfort foods. I'm trying to hang in there...


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Wellbutrin, I was on it years ago and it gave me severe headaches. All meds affect each person differently. I am on something now that I get severe tremors from each day. I prefer taking something that has been on the market for a few years rather then a med that they are still testing.

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i went back off wellbutrin again, i seem to be doing well without it, enjoying sunshine when i can get it seems to lift my mood so much more than any pill, and for me, just exercise, water intake, sunlight and keeping busy seems to keep me feeling alot better.
but, talk to your doctor before making any changes.



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Thank you. It's good to know that there is life after depression. I am 55 and 2 years ago when I unexpectedly lost my job for no reason at all, that put me in a spiral downward fall. No one understood the emotional pain I was feeling. I still take it, feeling better about myself. The weight gain is not the good part. Good luck.


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Good morning, all. I'm not sure if this thread is still active. . . but just in case. . . I've suffered from depression most of my life. I was firm in my stance against taking medications - for most of those years. When I finally did agree to take medications, my doctor tried and tried - but just wasn't able to find "the one" that would work for me. Over the years, I took prozac, wellbutrin, lexapro, celexa and several others. Most of these medications caused the same side effects: loss of libido, apathy and hunger. I can't afford to gain any weight - so that in and of itself should have been a deal breaker. But it wasn't. The thing that caused me to stop taking these medications was the apathy. It was h-o-r-r-i-b-l-e! Yeah, I didn't feel depressed - or not "as" depressed, but at the same time. . . I didn't care about anyone or anything! Ugh! It was really, really bad! Finally, at age 52, I found a doctor who was willing to try something new and different. Now I am taking Viibryd. It is a wonder drug! No side effects and I. . . for the first time in a very long time. . . feel happy. Best of luck to everyone struggling with this wicked, wicked disease. I know first hand how life-sucking it can be, and I wouldn't wish depression even on my worst enemy.

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I did not respond well to Wellbutrin! In fact, in 99 I had a seizure and was caused by Wellbutrin. My issue is anxiety disorder and taking Zoloft - although everyone is different.

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I just started taking Wellbutrin and I've been feeling more depressed...I don't know if it's from the medication or if it's just not working yet?


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A number of medications have 'off the label' uses. You must remember where it comes to side-effects and whether it works for you is a very individual thing. What is one man's poison is another's savior.

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ive actually read that wellbutrin is often prescribed to women who have problems, with age, or other issues, sexually.
this is one reason my doctor prescribed it for me. is this what you were referring to, if you dont wish to discuss it here message me and i will talk to you about what my doctor has discussed with me.



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i am getting ready to begin taking wellbutrin again, i was taking it but have been off it for a while now.
i really cant recall what taking it was like, side effects, interactions, how long it takes before i begin to see results, etc...
anyone have any advice or suggestions???
feel free to mail message me if you want to share your own advice or experiences with wellbutrin...
i have never been one for anxiety meds but am considering asking my doctor to prescribe a low dose of valium or klonopin as i have been having some anxiety lately.
i feel as though this gradual return of depression has alot to do with perimenopausal symptoms, i am 45 and still ovulating/menstrating but its becoming more erractic.



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I have been on wellbutrin (bupropian) for over a year. My dosage is 400 mg per day. I also take 100mg of zoloft at bedtime. the bupropian has never caused me to stay awake, or loose weight. It does not cause weight gain. the zoloft was added because the bupropian alone was not doing the trick. i also was on effexor. took it for years, then i started having almost constant headaches. my psychiatrist switched (weaned me off one and built up dosage on the other). headaches have pretty much disappeared.



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My hubby took Effexor XR for OCD and that worked really well, and he had no side-effects. I hope that you find or have found what you were looking for.

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Hi! I'm having trouble finding people who have taken either vistaril or luvox cr. I've been on zoloft, buspar, celexa, and lexapro. (all in the last year...) Lexapro was my favorite and the first that *really* worked for depression, but I have compulsive behaviors on top of depression/anxiety disorder, so my pdoc was thinking luvox cr would be helpful. (Vistaril is to help with anxiety and sleeping)

I would love to hear from people who have had experience with either of these drugs. I know from my own experience that each person responds to drugs differently! But it would still be interesting to hear from others, especially if anyone out there has had diminished compulsive tendencies with luvox cr. :)

(It's been 3 weeks and while I still feel fine, as i did on lexapro, my compulsions have not abated)

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I have a website on depression and anxiety. As I was looking thru other articles to post, I came across the medication that my psychologist has RX for me.
Interesting:

"Zoloft depression is actually in no way addicting unlike other medication and it is not in any way, can be associated with weight gain"

"Side effects of this RX- Zoloft depression such as: diarrhea, nausea, sleepiness/insomnia, dry mouth and sexual side effects. Although according to studies, a lot of people actually didnít care about the side effects and still opted to continue on taking Zoloft depression."

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I have memory issues as a result of an accident, which is also the bulk of the cause of my depression. Because the of lack of memory, I started to keep a diary of when I had taken the med, or any other, especially pain relief, so I didn't over-dose accidentally. Anyway, I kept losing the notes - couldn't remember where I had put them - LOL! I ended up traying my meds up on a weekly basis, and putting them where I go to every morning. This works really well, and I now hardly ever forget. I do the same with my Flixotide Inhaler for the same reason - without it, and my asthma ends up coming back :-(

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Hi, my name is Keith. I am new to this group. I am glad you have a topic dealing with medications. I have had Depression and panic disorder for as long as I can remember and I am 52. I have been taking meds for about 25 years. I have an identical twin who has exactly the same problem and on the same exact med. We even have the same doctor. I just wanted to say that my problem unlike my brother is that I am very bad about taking my medications and I am nurse. Nurses are the worst. I pay everytime when I don't take them. For example, I have not taken my paxil in about 3 days and today I didn't get out of bed until about 8pm. My depression is bad and makes keeping a job very difficult. I am looking for a job now. This is the same old pattern. I am trying to do a lot of things while I am off like clean and Lose weight. But it I don't take paxil I seem to fall back into wanting to stay in bed all day. Well, I finally took my meds and we will hope for better tomorrow. The other med my doctor gave about a year about is Wellbutrin. Works very well but can keep me up for days so I rarely ever take. Well, I thought I introduce myself...sorry about the rant. Hopefully telling you all this will remind me to take my paxil. Thanks. Keith emoticon


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I'm glad that you have something that works well for you :-)

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I have been on Pristiq for several years now since Prozac abruptly stopped working for me and I tried a million meds before this one. I did initially have some weight gain, but I keep to a healthy diet and sensible portions and have able to lose weight at about 2 lbs. a week. It's an expensive med and the closest one with a generic version is Effexor, but I couldn't tolerate it. I had stomach aches for several weeks on Effexor and gave up and went back on Pristiq.



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For folks asking about combining drugs: I did a brief stint on Welbutrin + Prozac in an attempt to deal with a longstanding issue re: lack of energy--absolutely DID NOT work for me. No change in mood/energy, and the Wellbutrin gave me hand tremors. But, as other posters have said, your milege may vary--consult a medical professional!

I did want to share my most recent catastrophe in the hopes that it will inspire others not to be an idiot like I was: If you are on meds, DO NOT GO OFF THEM COLD TURKEY! I have no insurance and very little income right now, so I figured I could get low on the meds as I wait out a chance to go to a sliding scale clinic--HORRIBLE IDEA! The withdrawal was horrendous--all the symptoms that originally put me on drugs in the first place + insomnia + anxiety + difficulty focusing + all-around severe crumminess.

If you are currently on a prescription medication, PLEASE make an effort to talk to your prescriber before attempting to go off your meds. If money is an issue, find a way around it STAT (get on that clinic waiting list LONG before you're actually low on meds!). Your health is incredibly important in this regard, and it's SO EASY to convince yourself that it's "all in your head" and "you can just suck it up" even if you've been dealing with depression for most of your life (*cough*me*cough*). Please don't be a dope like me and take care of yourselves!


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Everyone is different where it comes to how meds react to and for us, so you can't really go by how we have reacted to them. Generally when I person it gaining weight on a p.med, we really need to be VERY vigilant with what and how much we eat. If you find that hunger is a problem, then load up on lower calorie foods as snacks. Also, ensure that you are getting exercise.

Below is a link that MAY be helpful:
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I would strongly suggest that if you ARE eating in a healthy, balanced way, and within your calorie range, then you talk with your prescribing Dr (Psychiatrist?) about it. Be guided by him/her - that is their area of expertise!

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I am on abilify also, but have gained 35 lbs. since being on it- a year on abilify. would anyone suggest getting off of the abilify and getting on a different med like pristiq. does anyone know if pristiq helps w/ losing or not gaining weight?? I really need to lose this weight really badly and its not helping my depression at all!!!


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My son took Vyvanse for ADD and although it helped him focus, it made him crabby and not very social, Luckily he went off it and is still doing well in school, he even said he noticed that it made him "mean". He is much more social now with his friends, I am so pleased because he is 17 and should be having fun at this time in his life. Anyway, I hope this helps.



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Yes, there are people who do this, but it is your Dr who will decide what is needed regarding your meds, based on what you tell him/her and what he/she can observe. I would be inclined to make an appointment you Dr for a medication review.

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I haven't posted on this topic before, but was wondering if anyone is taking anything along with wellbutrin? I'm only taking 75 mg a day, but it's not quite doing the job. If I up it to 150 I get aggitated and anxious. but on the 75, I'm still a little depressed and crying in the middle of the day.

I was on effexor before I started the wellbutrin and had terrible headaches and another side effect that didn't sit well with my husband.




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Chloe-N-Me, that's why the doctor change. I am taking a number of granules out every day. The number stays the same for a week. I WILL get off this medication!!!

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I have been on Cytalopram 20mg a day for years now. Tried to get off when got pregnant, but that sure did not work out. Thankfully, pregnancy went well and I have a healthy 4 year old now. I have been on Welbutrin and Lexapro before, but this one seems to be the best for me. I made the mistake of getting off my meds cold turkey a couple of times. I will never do it again. It still amazes me how some people think depression is all "in your head" and you can just get rid of it if you pray, stay positive and whatever. NEVER listen to those people! Stay safe and happy!


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go slow off meds..
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RACINGREDGRANNY I cant believe anyone let you go cold turkey coming off Effexor that was at the very least negligent. Everytime I changed meds there has always been a weaning off period. I agree with you never quit meds quickly and question it if you are told too.


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I was on 40 mg of Prozac per day and now I'm on 20 mg of Celexa per day... I haven't started the celexa yet...

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I have been on Effexor for about a year. I had a very bad incident last summer when a doctor decided I should come off it 2 months after starting. He just stopped prescribing it; I had a terrible time. I couldn't sleep for four nights. I had stomach cramps and the runs. I didn't know what to do with my body and I was very restless. I was hot and cold at the same time. I ended up wishing I would just die. Then I had a seizure. I was afraid that was from epilepsy although I hadn't had an epileptic seizure in over 15 years. My husband took me to ER and I was advised to go back to my doctor. When I did go I was told to "suck it up". I then changed doctors and he said I should not be cut off like that. He put me back on the effexor and I am now taking granuals out of the pills. I started with 5 for a week, then progessed with 5 more each week. I am now at 35 granuals this week and I am not finding any withdrawal symptoms. PLEASE, if any of you need or want to stop this medication, do it very, very slowly. I have researched and now find a lot of people saying to do it the way I am doing it. Effexor is a great medication but highly addictive and hard to stop taking it.



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Thanks thats something I will look into.


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I'm on Abilify and Cymbalta too Chloe. 60mg of cymbalta, 10 of abilify. It helps. I also take Deplin which you don't need a prescription for.


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i am currently on Cymbalta and Abilify and they have worked great as a duo but dealing with the blahs more of late Wondering which drug needs to be increased. In the past I have been on Effexor , Pristiq and Wellbutrin


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I take Efferox XR 75 mg twice a day - I have been at this dosage for about 3 months . It seemed to be helping with the occasion Xanax for anxiety but I am feeling the "blahs" again lately. Not the crying jags that I had but just those "wow - why bother" moments. I'm wondering if I need to talk to my doctor about changing my meds or maybe adding something. I tokk Paxil several years ago and it did nothing for me.


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Has anyone taken Bupropion (Wellbutrin) and Pristiq? Wellbutrin alone just isn't cutting it any more. I have taken a Wellbutrin and Cymbalta combo in the past and it worked well except for one annoying side effect (involving urination issues). The fear I have with that combo is the issues I had when I had to go off of the Cymbalta due to lack of insurance coverage.

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I hate to be a copycat, but I was recently (~6 months ago) put on Bupropion and it seems to be working like gangbusters. I had previously been on Prozac and Paxil (seperately not together). Neither of those seemed to get the job done. The Paxil seemed to help quite a bit with my depressive episodes, but did absolutely nothing for my dysthymia. But the Bupropion coupled with regular therapy has me feeling better consistently more than I can remember feeling in a very long time.



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My doc just started me back on Wellbutrin (SR 150) again. I haven't taken anything since August '11 because I got pregnant, but it was time to start back on it. Holy cow, I can feel the difference! I didn't realize how bad it had gotten. I've taken Celexa in the past, but bupropion works very well for me.

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I currently on Effexor 2x a day because my metablisim doesn't allow me to take it 1x a day even at extended release. after about 15 hours I'm going through withdrawl. So I have to take some in the evening and some at night. I'm on the max dose, I also take Trazadone at first it was for sleep only but now it's also an anti depressent. If that doesn't work, we're going to add Welbutun. We've also had to add a SAD light because I'm suffering from SAD bad this year. I only just got the light this week so I don't know exactly if it's helping.

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I'm new here and I'm taken 10mg Lexapro. It seems to help. I stop taking them here while back but now I'm back on them.


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I'm new to the group, was looking at subject and found this thread.

I've always thought Wellbutrin was my "miracle drug." I took it for 3 years, when it was no longer effective I stopped, instead of going to the Doctor. Big mistake, but that is another story for another time.

I've been on it again now for over two years, Wellbutrin XL 300mg. The key for me is to take it at the exact same time each day. I can actually "feel" it when I've delayed taking it. Xanax, .5 mg, 4 times a day. I have tried to reduce that dosage, I just can't. My heart races, my jaw locks and feel panicky.

When reading through this thread I was surprised to see the number of folks on Wellbutrin. Usually I hear Zoloft, Effexor, Paxil, etc. Never worked for me.


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Hi,

I've been on Paxil 10MG since Jan 2012. I took Zoloft 25MG for several years and was told that women do not like Zoloft. They like Paxil better. Since Jan 2012 until now I've been taking it @ night before I go to bed. I read that it's ok to take it in the morning instead. So I'm taking it when I get up in the morning. It seems to help. I wish I could not take anything at all. I would like to wean myself off all of it.

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It's been a good week so far on my Citalopram 20mg. I've felt my moods even out and although the problems like (bills ugh) aren't gone but I am better able to deal with them. The pit that in my stomach is gone. The only side effects that I've experienced so far are constipation, loss of appetite, and a lessening of my sex drive (although I was experiencing hypersexuality so it's a good thing). My boyfriend notices the change and things are much less tense around here.




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You posted this about a month ago, so I don't know if you have gotten any answers to your questions yet - but anyway, I was on Klonopin and Abilify before (btw, the Abilify made me gain a ton of weight!!!). So my doctor weaned me off of it. I also weaned off the Klonopin a few months ago. With most medications, you have to be weaned off, but if you are patient and do it slowly, it shouldn't be that bad! I have been on either Klonopin (either that or Xanax) for the past 8 years, so I am still having acute withdrawals, and my doctor said that can last up to 6 months!!! It sucks, but it isn't anywhere near as bad as it was the first month - I could not sleep for more than 3 hours a night and my panic attacks increased. I am currently only taking Wellbutrin and Buspar for anxiety. The Buspar does not work as well, but it has only been 2 weeks. Plus my doctor said nothing will work like the benzos =( but that in the long run it'll be more effective. hope that helped a bit!

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It's really late where I am, and I'm about to go to bed, but from what I've read about ADHD, it expresses itself differently in women than men. So female ADHDers wouldn't necessarily be bouncing off the walls like many males do when they have it. Note: it took my therapist and psych a LOT of months to convince me that I have it, and should at least *try* a medication for it. The first one, whoa, bad reaction (I started freaking out about my hands and had to walk around the block to calm down). This stuff just made me go ZING! and the first day I took it the smallest movement made me sweat!

I hope the Celexa helps you out. I know your doc is probably being conservative with the 20 mg, but like my experiences have told me and perplexed my psych---everyone has different responses to medications.

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Hi Java :)
Thanks for responding. He was off his meds for about a week or two and is now getting back on them. I'm told the irritability will get better soon.

I've tried those(like once) and as someone who has had trouble focusing, completing things, keeping a job, not being able to do things I enjoy....I have to say that I understand why people want this particular med. For a few hours last night, my mind stopped racing and I was able to actually do more than just aimlessly surf the internet. I was able to watch a movie without getting up five or six times because I got restless. He said since I didn't need it I would be bouncing off the walls but instead it just helped me focus....I felt...motivated to do things. I mean I do the house work and work like a beast at work when I'm there so those things aren't a problem but it's strange.

Today I had an appointment with my Dr. to talk about my depression and I mentioned what had happened. She's putting me on 20mg of Celexa to start with so hopefully that will help with the depression. I'm hoping that it helps with my focus and the racing thoughts although I'm told is can take about a month or so to kick in. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Ideally, I'd like to be able to go to a psychiatrist but unfortunately I can only see my regular doctor. I've been doing some research and have symptoms of depression (possible bipolar), anxiety, and ADD(HD)-although people aren't likely to buy that since I don't necessarily bounce off the walls and don't have the forgetfulness that accompanies the typical ADD(HD) idea that many people have.

The strange thing is that I know people just like me that are smart, well-accomplished but also have ADD(HD) although you would never know it. So that's that. Here's hoping the Celexa works.

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Hi GNEEKLY, I'm taking Vyvance 30mg a day, but not Wellbutrin. If you've read up on Vyvance, it's an amphetamine. It's like drinking several cups of coffee without getting the jitters. At least at my dosage. It might be contributing to his irritability, but then, his other med might be doing that, too. If he's only recently gotten on the Vyvance, it'll probably take him at least three weeks to acclimate to it.

If he's disturbed by emotional numbness, he should ask his doc about it; as I understand it, an effective dosage of whatever shouldn't numb you, but just calm the worst part of what he's suffering from, whether it's anxiety, depression, or a combo of those. Your boyfriend might be acclimating, as I said, getting used to the stuff in his system, or his dosage needs fine-tuning. But that's for him & the doc to figure out.


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A few years back I was on Paxil and Effexor. When I stopped taking them, I lost 30 pounds within six months without even trying. The weight slowly crept back up, at about five pounds a year. Now I am on Remeron and put on about 15 pounds within the first couple of months. I'm counting every calorie; if I don't, I will pretty much inhale everything in sight. It feels like I'm always hungry. And the Remeron causes some digestive distress for me as well.

That being said, otherwise I think the drug is a miracle pill. I can sleep at night. I have energy. And I am slowly regaining my sense of fun.



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I have been on about a zillion different psychiatric meds over the year (ok. that's an exaggeration. haha). One of the newer ones I've been on has definitely been causing weight gain. It's called Fanapt and it's been giving me an increase in appetite and also a little sluggishness. The side effects seem to be tapering off, but yeah. That's def. one reason I could use support!



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I have been starving for the last two days. I am thankful there are no jelly beans in the house. Here today gone tomarrow. Read of the back of a package how many calories they contain. If they are loose when bought, still go to a store and look at calories. It will be close to what you are eating.We only have to worry about Thanksgiving and Christmas....only have to worry about---yeah right!

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Dear Loyal Heart,
Thanks so much for your response! I was hoping lower doses of my meds would help. Darn... I will discuss Topamax with my doctor after I research it on the web.

My problem is jelly beans. I never ate a jelly bean in fifty some years and now I crave them. My doctor told me I would crave sweet carbs for a month and then the craving would lift. It has been almost three weeks now and I have gained five pounds already. I am so sad :(
The rest of the time - when I'm NOT eating jelly beans ;) - I chew endless bowls of salad. I eat salad for lunch and dinner and oatmeal for breakfast with some fruits, and maybe a smoothie. I am under my caloric allowance each day but for the jelly beans. My friend told me they were 4 calories a bean. ugh!
I am trying to eat grapes and baby carrots and drink lots of water. I have osteoarthritis so exercise is a must but hurts.
I am not into pain.
WAH!


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Hey ZAHAROULA1. The worst part about that class of drugs is weight gain. It's definitely the reason why I am on this site. I can also tell you I take the lowest amount of everything and it didn't matter. I still put on over 100+lbs from the drugs. Now my psych actually referred me to a family physician to handle the weight gain and we use Topamax to manage that symptom. Works out really well for me since Topamax in higher doses is also prescribed for depression (amongst other things). Plus of course changing my habits including tracking my food to the tee and adding exercise everyday kick started my weight loss journey. My point is look for another alternative than scaling back your medication and use the health care resources around you whenever possible. Your psych might suggest another medication or; refer to you to someone who handles weight loss cases or; a local group for nutrition and fitness guidance. Honestly I just start asking questions and that usually gets me what I need from my health care providers. I hope that helps!


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Hi DDesertdawm. I have been taking Cymbalta for depression for several years. It has worked great, but now that things seem to be getting better for me my doctor is trying to get me off of it and onto another similar medication because we both think that Cymbalta may be the cause of some of my weight gain.


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I am not on any medication but my boyfriend is and I have some questions for anyone who has had experience with Vyvanse and Wellbutrin. My question is this: is is common to experience emotional numbness and irritability? If so, how does one cope?


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I have scaled back on my two medications but no weight loss. I do not take what you take but of yours seems to be very low. Talk to your doctor first before you do anything, We are not experts.

Depression is the impression left by fear. Be willing to fight the fear. Conquer it with love.

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My psychiatrist has me on 20 mg of Abilify (plus 60 mg of Celexa and 15 mg of Remarin as well as 1 mg of Klonopin) I looked up all of these on the'net and read the side-effects. Now my nurse practioner tells me that Abilify slows down your metabolism so that you gain weight just breathing. Actually she told me that all of the drugs the doctor gave me facilitate weight gain. I wonder if I can do with smaller doses of everything...
Just wondering out loud.
I wonder if anyone here has scaled down their dosage, with their doctor's orders of course, and what it does when we scale down. Is it like quitting smoking or heavy drugs? Not that I have had problems like that but I've heard it can be difficult. Of course my doctor can help me on this one, but there is nothing like hearing from others who have been down the same path.


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I have never taken Cymbalta, nor has it ever be recomended to me.

Depression is the impression left by fear. Be willing to fight the fear. Conquer it with love.

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I've had issues with depression pretty much since I was a kid and have only just recently (the last 5 years or so) gave in to being on meds. The cocktail that is working for me right now is Wellbutrin XL 450mg, Cymbalta 40mg, and Abilify 2mg. I don't know if my increased Wellbutrin dose did it, or if joining SP did it, but in the last month I've completely overhauled my life, diet, fitness routine, etc and am feeling much better in every way possible (mentally, physically, etc). Still have my down days, of course.

What questions do you have about Cymbalta? Actually if anyone has questions about the drugs I'm on feel free to ask!

Hope everyone has a great day!


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Hi DesertDawn,
I don't "work with" Cymbalta, but I'm taking it now for anxiety, OCD and yes, some depression. What did you want to know about it? If I can help, that is.


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Don't worry about popping in just for meds. They will be well used to that, and really, where it comes to the meds, it is the best way to go. If there are any hiccups along the way, they are better qualified to deal with them.

Let us know how you get on, on Friday!

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I've started Lyrica again for Fibro and it has helped to bring me up a bit. Psych appointment not scheduled for over month after requested. Finally see Friday. I sure hope she is as good as the referring Dr said. I just don't like to pop in for medications and nothing else. Will see what happens.

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Frustration-- I have an incredible health insurance plan== no referrels needed for most specialists. But preapproval from the group is needed for anything psych. Ridiculous! IMHO.

Anybody worked with Cymbalta?


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Welcome to the new thread for Medication posts. Feel free to post your questions/comments here :-)

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