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I've been taking Bupropion XL 300 for 4 weeks now and it did the same for me. Best Antidepressant i've taken so far. Got me back on sp, exercising and eating healthy. I sure hope it stays that way emoticon

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I am currently taking Wellbutrin (Bupropion) XL at 150mg/day. For the six month period leading up to taking this medication I was very uninterested in anything. I couldn't even motivate myself to do things that I WANTED to do and there was ZERO chance of my doing anything that I didn't want to do.

After taking this medication for 3 weeks, I stopped drinking, re-engaged on SP, started looking for a new job, and quit smoking. These things were in that order, not all at the same time. It seems to be working pretty well for me at the moment.

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Hi, curious to see if anyone who is on mirtazapan (remeron). I am on 7.5 for depression along with 225 of Effexor. I've been on the remeron (7.5 mg) for about a year. It helped me climb out of a long depression where I had lost 50 pounds. I have gained it all back but feel better. I have talked to my doctor about this and he says there are folks who lose weight while on remeron. Reluctant to go off as I was pretty bad off before, but wonder if anyone here has been on it and lost weight.

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6/2/16 7:20 A

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I tried to go the non medicated route, I tried just talking to a friend, and when that did not work I sought someone to talk to professionally. While it didn't help with my depression specifically, it did help me work out and deal (at least a bit) with the stress I had been keeping in, and the anger that would just bubble up for no real reason. After the lady I was seeing stopped taking my calls, I ended up moving out town and into a town where...well frankly I have heard really bad things about the mental health services, so I just decided to avoid it. I did talk to my new primary care about my depression and he gave me one med called Brintellex (not sure on the exact spelling), and it helped great, but I could still tell when I should be feeling super sad so they tried just changing the dose, and it didn't help, so they gave me a different one and it's a lot better.

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5/19/16 4:57 P

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Good news from you. I'm glad to hear that talk therapy is helpful to you. It really does work for some people, and it sounds like you're one of them.
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I just started with a Psychotherapist. What a relief to have some one to talk to.

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I've been seeing psychologists for some 27 years. Psychotherapy has never relieved depression for me.

I find myself blaming myself and wondering if it's all my fault that the depression never lifts. And I had a therapist for four years who told me over and over that being depressed is my choice, and if I'm still depressed, it's because I choose to be depressed. By the same token, any time I fail to succeed at something, it's because I choose to fail.

That therapy did an awful lot of damage, damage that I am still not over after almost forty five years.

I did therapy to try to undo the damage of therapy. And I did therapy to try to deal with specific living problems. I did a lot of therapy trying to deal with living problems.

Therapy solved nothing at all for me. I changed my approach. I now see therapy as Emotional Hospice. It changes nothing, it solves nothing, it does not relieve depression. I see it now as support and comfort.

I told my present therapist that nothing is changing, and that I need support and comfort. He's okay with that and agrees that sometimes therapy simply does not work and does not help change anything, and that comfort and support is a valid need.

That's where I'm at now.

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5/18/16 9:30 A

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If you want an alternative to medication for treating your depression, you might want to see a psychologist rather than a psychiatrist. I also have found that psychiatrists mainly throw pills at your problems. Although, there is a time for medication. In order for talk therapy to work, sometimes you need to be on a medication to get your mood lifted enough to think clearly.

Good luck.

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5/17/16 7:03 P

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I'm responding to a post over two months old.

I, too, am one who got side effects, most of which were a nuisance, but two of which were very serious and I consider myself lucky that I don't have permanent brain damage. In exchange for those hasty side effects I got no relief from depression whatsoever.

And I'm angry about the way the shrinks just blew it all off. "You're mentally ill. You don't know how you feel. You aren't capable of judging anything. The medicine works fine, but because you're mentally ill, you don't realize it."

I don't like the way shrinks just throw pills at me and take it for granted that because the pills work for some people and don't cause horrible problems, they'll work for me. Pill, pills. That's all these shrinks seem able to think of, and they don't have any clue about other ways of dealing with depression and problems.

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I take 2400Gabapentin, 50 mg of Lamotrigine. I am pretty settled. On a lot of other meds and am OK unless someone challenges me.

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A couple of years ago I was put on Adderall for PTSD and it helped immensely. The only problem is that it caused a lot of angry outbursts. My p-doc said that was just anger I already had being released. However, I've read comments on line by a lot of people who have taken it and they refer to it as "Madderall" for exactly that reason. Problem is, this is the only med that seemed to help me the most. I just started taking it again at a low dose so I guess I'll see how it goes.

I'm also on Wellbutrin for smoking cessation and it is helping with the depression.

I have an appointment with the psychiatrist on 4/7 and I need to discuss getting some help with sleeping issues. When I can finally fall asleep, I only stay asleep for 2 or 3 hours and then I'm up again for a couple hours then rinse and repeat. In the past I was placed on Trazodone for sleep (it was originally developed for depression) and it was wonderful. It's non-addicting and was a real blessing. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back on it. Luckily none of these meds has weight gain as a side effect.

Miller-S - I have found that some medications that had bad side effects for me at one time don't cause the same side effects when I've taken them years later. I'm sure it probably has something to do with changes in body chemistry and blah, blah, blah, but maybe the second time around for some of your meds might be the charm. Good luck with it. I know what it's like.

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*sigh* Had to stop taking another medication because of intensive side effects. Weary of this roller coaster I've been on for over 40 years. At the risk of sounding like a child, it just isn't fair that every medication that helps a little affects me so severely. Not expecting any answers, just wanted to vent a little. It's up for a little while and then down again. emoticon Don't even know why I keep trying.


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Here we go again. I have tried a number of different medications. The most effective were Luvox, which I couldn't continue on due to continuous weight gain, Wellbutrin, which helped my depression a lot but increased my anxiety and most recently (for at least the past 5 years), Effexor which didn't work quite as well as the Luvox for the depression alleviation but did work as well as the Wellbutrin and didn't cause anxiety. Now, it seems to have stopped working. As I was on the maximum dosage, I am going to have to try a different medication. I have an appointment with the doctor next week to discuss options. Right now, I'm weaning off the Effexor. :(

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It's the Quetiapine (aka Seroquel). It's known for making people gain tons of weight. I'm on 800mg (the max dose) and I have no appetite and I gained roughly 60 pounds in 3 or 4 months. I refuse to be taken off it though because I can function while I'm on it.

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1/18/16 12:16 A

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I am currently on 5 different medicines. At one time I was on 300 of Wellbutrin and 150 of Effexor. This combination had me not only contiplating hurting my self but also my mom and my furbabies. I realized I needed help immediately so I was actually institutionalized for 5 days til they could get my meds straightened out.

They upped my Effexor and now I currently take 225 Effexor, 20 mg of buspirpone, 900 mg Gabapentin, 100 mg of Lamotrigine, and finally 200 mg of Quetiapine. I thiught this combination was doing really well until last week. It had been just over 3 weeks since I quit smoking plus the weight has not been coming off as fast as I thought it should.
Go back to the doctor thursday don't know what she will do next.

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12/2/15 11:49 A

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I have been on Celexa for a while now. Actually, the truth is, I'll take it, start to feel better, and then stop. I know I can't do that because my depression keeps coming back. The definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. But my depression carries a lot of anger in it and I get easily irritated. It took me a long time to figure out that's what it was. I just always thought I had a short temper because my dad had a short temper. Took me a long time to admit to myself that I needed medication.

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Rachel, you're a little young for menopause, but you could always have that checked out (probably with a simple blood test). I'm past menopause and experienced more perspiration than usual - though nothing intense - when I took 150 mg./day (I'm 64, so sometimes those of us who are older are prescribed smaller doses).

For the 300 mg. of XL you're taking, rxlist.com lists these as potential side effects (I had tinnitus pretty badly, so I had to switch): "300 mg/day of bupropion HCl sustained-release: anorexia, dry mouth, rash, sweating, tinnitus, and tremor."

You might want to give your doctor a call to see what they suggest, just to be on the safe side.

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11/25/15 8:59 P

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I am on wellbutrin XL also. I noticed I got hot easily. I am doing little physical activity and have sweat going down my face. I never had this problem before. I am also younger and not going through metapause. Hope this helps.

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I've taken Wellbutrin XL 300 for several years and had no side effects at all. I wish that I could help you pinpoint the source of your discomfort, but Wellbutrin has been nothing but effective for me as is. I would ask my pharmacist or psychiatrist about these unusual symptoms. I hope that you find some answers. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hi everyone...I'm just looking for some insight into whether or not people experienced the same Wellbutrin XL 300mg side effects I think I am with it...I take two other medications for my Hashimoto's disease - Thyroid by ERFA and Depo Provera for Endometriosis so i am not totally sure if the reaction I am having is from Wellbutrin or not....I've been taking all of these medications for over a year with no recurring issues and am starting to get some crazy reactions recently....

If I wasn't 28 I'd swear it was menopause.....but with my luck, should probably get that checked too..

Anyway I am having extremely bad flushing in my face, like I am turning purple and blotchy for no reason and I am also waking up in the night dripping with sweat, like pj's soaked through. I've been having less trouble getting to sleep lately but often wake up with the discomfort from intense heat I'm having. I'm generally quite cool and then all of a sudden it will hit me, (generally in the most inopportune times) and it's embarrassing and so uncomfortable.

If anyone else finds themselves with these symptoms let me know! I'd super appreciate it so i can either rule in or out the possibility of it being the Wellbutrin!
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11/6/15 8:31 A

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JWOLF - Light bulb!!!! I take Wellbutrin (have for about 2 years) and I have turned into an old woman with aches, pains that are unexplained! Maybe it's time to talk to my doctor. Thanks for posting about it!

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Hi! Does anyone else have issues with lethargy? I'm guessing it is due to some of the medication I am on. That and having a toddler! Anyone have any suggestions? I have been trying to eat better and exercise, but I am still tired. And it isn't due to lack of sleep!

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My doctor just put me on Paxil and since I' e reacted weirdly to meds before he started with a very low dos and is gradually going to up it.. Anyone else have experience with Paxil?

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You are right, I had some bad reaction's when I was on some MED."S. You really MUST read the information form that comes with a new prescription, I even keep them while I take them. Saved my life once, I thought I was having an allergy reaction so I went to the pamphlets and sure enough I promptly went to the ER. ER Doctor told me if I had waited 2- 3 more hour's I might not have made it!!!!!

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5/29/15 8:36 P

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After that try, one in the morning and one at night ask the Doctor emoticon emoticon .

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I recently started taking Abilify and Zoloft about a week ago. At first, I would take it in the morning and it would knock me out for the rest of the day. Now, I take it at night, thinking it would make me sleepy at bedtime, but the opposite is occurring. I have been fighting insomnia for past several days. If this does not improve within a week or so, I will contact my doctor.

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THINIT2WINIT (great name, BTW!), I took Wellbutrin briefly, but it worsened the ringing in my ears I'd already had and made me feel more anxious. But it didn't make any difference in my weight or appetite (I'm maintaining).

Am currently trying 20 mg./day of Cymbalta (I have some physiological problems with some antidepressants - Lexapro was great but gave me diarrhea - and this seems to be working very well, even though it's below the usual dosage given. I have a condition called hyponatremia - my body excretes too much sodium, which can be dangerous - so I'm being monitored for salt loss right now. I like the Cymbalta, though, because it seems to have a calming effect *and* dampens some physical pain I have from other conditions.

It's interesting how different our reactions can be to these meds, isn't it?

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Each person is different so there is no way of knowing!! If there isn't something else he can put you on, ask him to have a second opinion it can't hurt!!! emoticon emoticon

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Obviously a hysterectomy is out of the question for preventive purposes but, something to be thinking about. I also had uterus problems and when 3 pap test came back Indeterminate I said Enough do the hysto. Turned out I knew my body better then the Doctor because he came into Recovery and said " How did you know when I didn't" turned out the polyps had turned to cancer. He kept telling me to wait 6 months more if I had well you can guess!!! I know my body and when things are wrong I knew it !!!! Go with your GUT!!!!! emoticon

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Did you ask the Doctor about Lyrica it help's with nerve problems and pain??????????

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I was actually on a very low dose, prescribed by my doctor in order to help control my pain. I'm glad it doesn't cause you more pain!! For most people it probably doesn't (cause more pain), but I am one of those people that has idiosyncratic reactions to many medications. I mentioned my problem with it just in case someone else has the same problem.

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I take it and it hasn't bothered me and I also have Generalized Osteoarthritis, my hand's especially. Maybe the dosage is too high, I also take Lyrica.

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Concerning Welbutrin: It does work great for depression, however, I discovered it causes me more physical pain in joints and muscles. I already have pain in these areas due to osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia, so even a little more is not something I can handle. Just wanted to share this in case someone else taking Welbutrin wonders why they have so much more physical pain now. It affects my daughter the same way.

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IF YOUR PSYCH. DOCTOR ISN'T HELPING IT'S TIME TO GO ELSEWHERE . I'VE GONE THRU 6 TO GET TO THE ONE I HAVE NOW WHO IS JUST GREAT!!!!!

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Only your Doctor can tell you that everyone is different!! emoticon emoticon

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So I've recently reduced my meds (Cipralex). The side effects are not fun but better than last time so I'm sticking with it. How long can side effects last?

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I take depression medications which cause side effects and I don't get my TOM. Well, the gynecologist prescribed Provera and I'm worried about the hormones causing weight gain. What do you do to prevent this? I am already trying to lose weight and its hard already. However, I have to take them to prevent cancer in the lining of my uterus. emoticon

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Ugh, thank you so much for verifying my observation, I too am on topomax as well, technically it's topomate the generic but same thing.
I've been wondering why I have been seeing things that aren't there and they are hellucinations, my answer.
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I was off some of my meds for a while, and when I starting exercising, I was doing okay for a while, but then I crashed, and my doctor trying to get me back on my topomax and abilify. I've been taking my wellbutrin the whole time. Anyway, I'm really struggling. The topomax is very tough, with balance problems, memory loss, and hallucinations, as well as some sleep problems. The abilify has thrown me into a somewhat manic state, sleeping 4-5 hours a day, very speedy, active, irritable, even though I'm not bipolar. My doctor is not being particularly helpful, but I'm going to try him again. I'm frustrated, but I've come so far, I don't want to give up.

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its also been more effective for me than anything else.

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Really? That's interesting, thank you!

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I have been on ever antidepressant/bipolar med known to man. Wellbutrin is great. It's weight neutral for me but helps some lose weight.

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I take Bupropion, also known as Wellbutrin, does anyone else take this? If you do does it cause you to gain weight or make it hard to lose weight?

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I know how frustrating it can be trying new medication that is supposed to make things better, only to have them work "ok" or work great but only for a short time. I've been depressed for most of my life and started taking medication about 15 years ago, but none of the ones that I've taken either individually or in combination have worked for longer than 2 years, most less than that.

My Dr. discussed TMS with me, which is a modern day form of shock therapy. It's nothing like it used to be. Unfortunately it's a commitment of daily treatments for I forget how many weeks. I just started a new job and have no sick or vacation time accumulated so I can't afford the time off for the treatments. I haven't even investigated if my insurance will cover it and how much.

I'm sorry about the loss of your daughter. Hang in there.

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About addictiveness of Xanax: I took it for a while many years ago but never felt the NEED for it. As a teacher in a men's prison, I've learned from my students, most of whom are in prison because of drug problems, that they got addicted because they took one of something and decided if it helped, more would be better, so instead of taking something as prescribed, they took 5 times as much or more! I always just take anything as prescribed and have taken addictive things, like Vicodin, long term, and never felt I had to take more or even wanted to take more.

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I've suffered from depression my whole life, but it was only about 20 years ago that i began to get treatment for it. I've found that each new drug works for a couple of years and then I have to change to another. In spite of taking a drug that works pretty well for me, I still sometimes have the day or 2 or week of being more down than usual; it seems to just kind of ebb and flow and there's nothing that will totally make me okay. I've learned to be more or less content with something that just makes me well enough to function day to day.

My daughter was killed on December 17, 1983; this time of year is very difficult for me. Her b'day was Oct. 5, and then the major holidays are in November, December, and January 1, so I have a hard time during that period, regardless. I don't expect that to ever stop, but I sure am tired of living this way. I had been retired for 5 years but went back to work 2 years ago so I could pay for my antidepressants; now the hours and not enough sleep are beginning to really take a toll, so I think I've decided to quit the job after the first of the year. But that will mean I can't try any new antidepressants, because they will always be more expensive. If I could afford it, I'd have the brain treatments (can't remember what they're called, but I do know they show real promise and have cured a lot of people from their depression.).

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Millerishealthy, lorazpam is an ingredient in wypax. It packs a strong dose of feeling like a sleepy zombie. Wypax is only used in Japan which why its been hard to find info on it.

Grandmama, i'm so sorry to hear about your losses. My family tends to die from congestive heart failure because of Melas a mitochondria .disease.

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GRANDMAMA, yes, cancer doesn't discriminate - it seems to hit people of all ages. I sure wish they could find a cure for it. It's so sad you lost a daughter to it.

Heart disease runs in my family, too.

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Thank you for encouragement and advice. Heart disease runs in the family. Grandfather, uncle and sister died of their first heart attacks. All too young 50's and 60's. I'm 70. My grandma, mom and dad lived into their 80's. My Bro died of cancer in his 50's, no smoking or drinking. The same with my daughter,strong, active, died at 41 after battling 4 years. She was a fighter. Cancer knows no boundaries.

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GRANDMAMA16, I'm sorry you're having troubles with your medications and with the CPAP. I really do think you should keep trying until you get the CPAP working right for you - and make sure you're getting enough oxygen - because sleep apnea can cause many problems including heart problems. I've read that people with sleep apnea complain of having memory problems, too.

Sorry you had so many troubles renewing your license, too. I have to renew my license this year.

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Hi Folks.....I never know if I'm answering the right person or not. I see that I've repeated some things and I'm sorry. I've not heard of wypax but have heard that Xanax is highly addictive and I've not experienced that. I take it once in awhile in the eve. I've been to my sleep Dr, my reg Dr. And have had my CPAP bumped up a notch. I've felt I just don't need it because it's such a pain to use but reg Dr said to keep on with it because I run the danger of developing pulmonary pressure problem which is not curable and causes extreme fatigue. Why? But forgot to ask. Our neighbor was told he has it now but he has heart problems and I don't. I didn't get any explanation since I was there Fri to clear up a xz$&? Drivers license snafu. At the sleep Dr before, I had asked about the small oxygen cylinders for night time but he wanted to set me up with a big oxygen converter thing which I don't want so nothing was resolved except getting CPAP setting changed and I will also be given an all night monitor to check oxygen one of these days, which I've done many times. I don't think I actually have lung problems, just the Apnea so I feel I'm going around in circles. Do you guys feel like that with Meds too. I have over the years. I never get to say what I want to say because my mind goes blank or if I make notes, I can't find them in my messy purse. I've been trying to adjust my meds to fix the sleepiness....like taking less Nuerontin for hand numbness etc, and also 2 Cymbalta in the AM instead of 1, then skipping the afternoon one. I take less now than I used to anyway because when I asked for an increase, the Insurance said no so she mistakenly reduced it. So instead of 120 mgs a day, I take only 90. Doesn't make sense and it's happened with other meds too over the years. All of a sudden my BP med said 2 a day instead of one. It's all so computerized that One slip makes a mess. When I renewed my license, my Dr faxed the medical to DMV ( she said last Fri that she had done so in Jan)and I also took the original with me. Got my license in March. Then I got letters that the Medical wasn't faxed from Dr, so I had to redo the whole thing...Drs appt, and being in line at the DMV., or my license would be no good. It'd better be done now. The girl that waited on me said it would be. So, that's my frustration for today. Bye all.

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JEFFJAPAN, I always thought Lorazepam was one of the benzodiazepines that was less addictive than some others because it has a shorter duration of action. Even if that's true, though, I guess your family members history of addiction might need to be considered.

Maybe you could ask your doctor about it? It could be that he (or she) thinks a benzodiazepine would help you and maybe he (or she) chose Lorazepam because it's not as addictive as Xanax or Valium? Of course, I don't know for certain about any of this so I would definitely talk to your doctor about your concerns.

By the way, I don't remember suffering from any withdrawal effects when I stopped taking Lorazepam. My family doesn't have a history of addiction, though, except for my father and cigarettes.



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I was on it, didn't feel that kind of feeling, but my doctor took me off it. I'm on Sertraline, a generic drug. I am doing ok.

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Millerishealthy,
In japan lorazpam is ca
alled wypax. ive read it's highly addictive which worries me. I have family history of addicts ranging from caffeine(myself)to alcohol(father, and grandmother on my fathers side, anf grandfathers Side), nicotine(grandfather onmy mothers Side)and morphine (grandmother onmy fathers side)im amazed what RNs got their hands on back. Back in the day im sure it's worse now.

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Meds are a pain in the neck trying to figure out what does what, I'm on Nuerontin for tingling and buzzing in hands...shooting pains too....but need to reduce it because of intense sleepiness in the morning thoI take it at night. .my Cymbalta says drowsiness, so do the pain pills for fibro but when I take my afternoon doses, I feel better......so, how should I change things. More in the am of Norco and Cymbalta..?. Take both blood pressure ones in the eve instead of one in AM.? They say drowsiness too,tho different. I'm going to check with the pharmacy, and ask about the vitamins I take too.....if they cause reactions. I'm really confused. The latest is having to take Lipitor even tho it can cause what I already have.....muscle pain and weakness. Guess it all means that I've got to get out and run....ok, toddle. I'm not my get up and go Mom. She was amazing and except for a little stroke, she'd still be going strong. She died at 89 from, I feel, wrong meds that she took wrong causing brain bleed.,I started earlier than her on meds,she was healthier. first blood pressure, then another, the thyroid which ended, then anti depressants, several.....sound familiar, then FM, pain meds.....then Cymbalta to help dep and FM....now more for diabetes and not doing too well....20000 Metformin., Taken all day. I'm not too good controlling BG. I'm never where they should be but I guess the general range is ok. Have'nt lost weight due to little exercise and it's because I'm tired. I have to try tho. Dinners are so hard to figure out and if I can't have the low & no carb fats, then I'm done. I have a protein drink that caused chest pain from GERD. Having another test soon to see how my eating tubes are doing. Dexilant works well for it. Haven't a clue as to which med I can give up to be alert in the AM. I have coffee and I noticed a new creamer at a truck stop that adds caffeine . Might try it. Wishing you the best with depression and med challenges.i could ask a friend who is bi- polar which she takes...she's active...also has a talk dr.

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I took Lorazepam for several years and online it says Lorazepam is the generic of Wypax. But Lorazepam is also Ativan, so it's kind of confusing. Maybe it has different names? I think I stopped taking it because of neck pain, but it doesn't cause that in most people. It might help you even if it didn't help your friend who's bipolar. Maybe you could give it a try?

I'm currently taking Neurontin, which is an anti-seizure medication, but is also used for nerve pain (that's why I'm taking it) and it's also sometimes prescribed by psychiatrists for anxiety - in fact, years ago my psychiatrist prescribed it for me, but I only took it a few days.

I was scared to start taking Neurontin (since it's for seizures) but I started it two days ago and it's been okay so far. I am a little more drowsy in the mornings and maybe a teensy bit dizzy, but it goes away in a few hours.

By the way, I went back on the new antidepressant, Brintellix. My therapist "shamed" me into going back on it. She said I could treat the side effects and I guess she's right.

Good luck,

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I'm off of paxil since idon't reactto
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i or SSNRIs THE. DOC wants me to try wypax then when i Googled it
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That's a hard row to hoe with your mom. I dealt with it years ago when my mom had a stroke or brain bleed at 87. My family and I tried to take care of things with her not remembering about her finances etc. we were 800 miles away so had to sell her place and move her here. I know it was so confusing for her. Eventually I found a 10 patient home for her which she seemed to like that was very close to us. Boy, the caretaker sure fed them well and others would come in to help with bathing. She died at 89 and I found out she had been hiding her meds so I don't know if taking them wrongly or not at all caused another brain bleed...total. I would fill her pill container and the caretaker would put the dosage beside her plate. I think I should've given them to her everyday but I also believe the Dr gave her wrong meds. Who knows? But I do know what you are going thru. Mom was mowing her own lawn the day before her stroke. To see her change like that was awful. My depression becomes worse when I think of the mistakes I made. Your med history sounds like mine. Sometimes side effects go away if given time. I just wish I wanted to do things...be active....like my mom did. Get the help you need in dealing with your mom, and helping yourself. I've been on pain meds for a long time and have only increased the hydro and reduced the Tylenol in them. I'm sure the Cymbalta helps too. I just need more something for depression. At 70, tho, I sometimes feel 'oh, what the heck' . Have you ever tried talk therapy? I haven't....too shy. Please take care.

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Millerishealthy,

I'm sorry to hear about your mother....i'm sure it must be difficult for you your mother and the whole family.

Yes, i'm sick of side effects and withdraw from meds to...but considering your situation wouldn't it be better for you to stay on your meds?

I've confessed to woman that i liked her and asked her to be my girlfriend but was rejected, i continued to text her and told her that o loved her now she won't see me Anymore so i spend my free time nursing my broken heart...i don't suppose there are any meds to help with that problem?

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GRANDMAMA16, sorry it took me so long to reply Im going through a really hard time with my mother right now (shes 90 yrs. old with dementia) and I wont be as active on Spark as usual. But to answer your questions about my meds Brintellix has helped me feel less depressed, and so did Prozac, but I had to stop taking Prozac because of side effects & I think Im going to have to stop taking Brintellix because of side effects, too. I think I tried Wellbutrin years ago, but I cant remember how it affected me (Ive tried almost everything over the last 40 years). I think I tried Cymbalta, too, but, but I cant remember how that affected me, either. Most of the time, I have to stop taking meds because of side effect sensitivity. My doctor prescribed a pain med for me some weeks ago, along with a course of Prednisone, but I only took a few of the pains meds as they didnt really help. The Prednisone (steroids) worked wonders and it felt so good not to hurt all the time, but theyve run out and I cant take them forever because they would damage my body, I think. Anyway, Im not hurting as badly since I completed two courses of Prednisone and I hope I wont start hurting badly again.

Im sorry your doctor wont help you get set up with the canisters so you could use canisters during the day and a converter at night like your friend does. I hope you can get the CPAP issues worked out. I wish you well with everything and hope things get better for you soon.



JEFFJAPAN, Im sorry to hear about your friend passing away and the situation with your fiance. Those are very hard things and could definitely bring on depression or make depression worse. Your experiences with medications sound like mine so many side effects. I wish they could make an antidepressant with no side effects or withdrawal symptoms, too.



CYN5200, I can definitely relate to gaining weight from meds and then struggling to take it off ever since its frustrating. Hang in there!




I wont be able to be as active on Spark for the next few weeks, but I hope we all feel better soon. Heres hoping to good days for us all!

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What i wouldn't give to have good day? I know the feeling i haven't smiled in months. Ever since i've started these meds i've not been feeling like myself. Of course when my depression hit i wasn't feeling my best either.

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I know what you mean about the meds. I am taking Prozac, Depakote, Seroquel and Ambien. I have been on meds for 24 years. When I first went on meds it triggered wild binge eating and I packed on 55 pounds. I have been struggling to take it off ever since. I am unbelievably tired all the time. Is it the bipolar, the meds, the weight, or a combination of everything? What I wouldn't give to have a good day! emoticon

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Millerishealthy,
Perhaps your antidepressants are the problem.
And the inflammation drug keeps you up? I wish someone could develop an anti depressant with no side effects nor withdraw symptoms. I first took paxilwhen i was college 15years ago, when i decided to dance with thedevil i don't know, so i tried Paxil, prozac and zoloft. They.all made-up me angry and aggressive which was very unjeff‐like. So i went back dancing wiht the devil i do know and have lived a chroically depressed
life until last fall when a good friend ive known since kindergarten Panssed away. Then my fiancee left me a week later. I had insomnia and severe depression enough to to make me seek help. Which lead taking anti depressants and the discovery of my diabetes. So far ive switched meds at least 4 times they all gave me nasty side effects. This time paxil has onlyw made me feel jittery.

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Thank you so much for such a nice response. I will ask about the CPAP mask that goes in the nose. I've tried the actual pillow styles that rest against the nostrils but they always end up irritating the nose. The mask I have now is a soft material but it needs to fit tighter against my cheeks. I also end up gasping thru my mouth even if I use a chin strap which doesn't stay in place. I have a plastic mask that covers my mouth which is good but I have trouble with it too. One thing that helps with the soft one is the adhesive strips that keep the nostrils open so I don't breathe thru my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea several years ago but not long enough to qualify for the new kind of machine that's self adjusting.
I haven't heard of the new dep med that you're on. How does it work compared to Prozac or Wellbutrin? What does it do? Have you tried Cymbalta for fibro and Dep? I still have ups and downs. Do you take a pain med? I have for years. I'd like to increase it but don't dare since I take Nuerontin for diabetic/carpal tunnel pain too but only at night. It's supposed to help with sleep but doesn't. I've wondered about lack of oxygen. The sleep Dr mention my slightly lower level and wanted to set me up with one of those heavy machines...a converter? I didn't want to because the tube would have to go across our bedroom. I asked about the canisters and he said maintenance is difficult which I don't understand at all. A friend of mine uses canisters all day, maybe a converter at night. Dr wasn't interested in helping me with that. I'll ask my reg Dr. He didn't say anything about my weight either (maybe not important) which frustratingly is up when It went down a little when I started counting carbs. Today I just went ahead and ate chips and dip while playing cribbage with hubby and his sis, after she and I had a stressful council meeting of 5 ladies, for a group we belong to. I didn't think I ate much and did have pea pods too, a veggie...right? :) I probably had too many carbs for my blood sugar. Made tacos for dinner but only had 3. Had toast and coffee for breakfast. I'm just not going to lose weight. I didn't exercise at all. Pretty tired right now. Maybe it's lack of oxygen. I can really believe that can cause those symptoms told of in the magazine. Maybe that's part of my husband's Parkinson's problems too. I also have tinnitus which can drive me nuts and that's probably caused by any one of the meds I take. Oh, and I read that Ambien can add to depression. I took 1/2 last night but didn't get to sleep until 4am. Gosh...we can't win. I took Valium for vertigo years ago and didn't work but another did.
Part of my social problems is from just not being able to remember words in the middle of a sentence. At least with e-mail I can take awhile to remember.
Hope the Brintellix works for you. God's blessings, M.A.

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Hi M.A., I sorry to hear about your struggles and the loss of your daughter, in particular. I'm glad you have a good husband and children and grandchildren in your life. I know depression makes it hard for me to be social, too, plus I have a lot of social anxiety when I'm around others.

My husband uses a CPAP and he tried several masks before he found the one he likes best. He likes something called a "nose pillow." I don't know why they call it that, but it has a strap that goes around the back of your head and the "air" part actually goes into your nostrils. My husband is a "nose breather" but he has great difficulty breathing out of his nose. This type of mask helps him more than any other and he says it feels so good to be able to actually breathe.

I should say it's not always perfect - for instance, last night he got up and switched to a fuller-type face mask because the nose one was bothering him for some reason. But usually, he does very well with the "nose pillow" and he wouldn't be able to live without it now. He said it took him at least a month to get used to using the CPAP, but it has improved his health a lot. He said when he uses a fuller face mask, it does leak a little, but he thinks that's normal. So maybe even if your mask leaks a little, you're still getting some benefit? Although, you should definitely talk to the CPAP people about that.

I was reading my AARP magazine last night and read a letter from a woman who's husband was having memory problems, incontinence, and some other significant problems. He eventually ended up in the hospital for tests and the tests weren't showing a problem. Fortunately, one of his nurses noticed that he had sleep apnea and it turned out that all his problems were caused by lack of oxygen to the brain. So, I guess I'm saying all this to tell you to hang in there and keep trying with the CPAP because sleep apnea can cause of host of problems.

My new antidepressant is called Brintellix. From what I understand, it's new and very expensive. Right now, I'm using samples my psychiatrist gave me (5 mg. to start for older folks - I'll be 60 in July) and then I'm supposed to go up to 10mg. My psychiatrist said she'll probably have to contact my insurance company to try and get approval for me to have it since it's so new and expensive - she's just waiting to see if it works for me and if I can tolerate it. I hope they'll pay something on it because there's no way I could pay all of it by myself.

I can sleep okay with the help of 5 mg. of Diazepam (Valium). I know some doctors don't like Valium, but it also helps with my muscle pain. I have fibromyalgia, too, and some arthritis. It's hard getting older and having these aches and pains, but we press on and hope for the best.

I hope you soon feel better and that things get brighter for you.

Hugs and blessings,

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