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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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10/22/14 11:23 P

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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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6/25/14 4:18 A

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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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6/23/14 11:37 P

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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,

Miller

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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
I got a different name that starts with an L it's a sedative for anxiety and also used as an anticonvultion med. Side effects are lack of balance dizziness and amnesia.?! Has anyone else taken iv'e got japanese friend who's bipolar and she took wypax but it did nothing forher

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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.

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Hmmmmm.......I could use a little bit of manic....so tired of being tired. Went to sleep Dr today and he only said he'd set up a CPAP evaluation. Yes the mask leaks and will make me feel smothered if I can't breathe well thru my nose, but I've tried many masks. It's not going to help with fatigue. Something has to tho and with the depression. I know that exercise would help but I can only do a little. What is your new antidepressant? Being down with depression is not something people are too willing to understand. Couple that with fibro and now diabetes with no weight loss is defeating me, tho counting carbs seems to have helped blood sugar numbers plus meds, of course. Was funny how embarrassed I felt when the nurse read off my list of medications. I didn't take any in my 20's, having babies except vitamins and OTC headache pills. It'd look awfully funny for a 70 yr old to be pregnant but I'd feel better I'll bet. Is there really anything that helps a person be ok with themselves, happy...not ha ha happy all the time ,but content. I have a good husband, beautiful grown kids tho a daughter died of cancer, grandkids...who have all made mistakes or have problems in their lives but ..I can deal with that... it's all within myself that I can't seem to deal with or admit to. I don't even go out with friends anymore. A group I'm in started out to be a spiritual help but now it's gotten too complicated but good people. Still, I've made a Promise so am KEEPIN on, KEEPIN on. It's a Religious Vocation, not a club.
Hope your new med levels out for you. Can you sleep ok? I just can't get to sleep so use 1/2 Ambien....then it's hard for me to wake up in the morning. I'm so sleepy. I usually don't get to sleep until after 2AM.....after reading or being on my IPAD. My alone time. My husband's is in the early morning so .i guess that's good. We still take care of the youngest grandsons and that starts early. Bye for now...M.A.

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Thanks, JEFFJAPAN - I was feeling much better there for a while when I was taking the new antidepressant plus Prednisone (for inflammation), but the Prednisone has run out and the antidepressant I'm on isn't making me feel good at all today - too nervous and hyper inside plus I have a headache.

I wish there was an antidepressant that could relieve the depression and OCD, but not make me feel so nervous and edgy. I'm also very irritable when driving the car on this med. Still gonna keep trying, though, cause I'm tired of failing.

I remember taking Paxil (or it's generic) sometime in the past, but I can't remember how it made me feel. I know I didn't take it long, but some people have really good results with it.

Good luck and hang in there!

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Here we go again. Lets try generic Paxil cos i'm not as messed up as i ought to be.

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Here we go again. Lets try generic Paxil cos i'm not as messed up as i ought to be.

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Millershealthy, that feeling you're not used is what my shrink referred to as dancing with the devil you don't know. Its great that you're feeling better. But Keep tabs on how you're feeling throughout the day.

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Wow, I feel so manic today and I'm not even bipolar. My new antidepressant is making me feel like my insides are rev-ed up into overdrive. I know there's danger that certain antidepressants can push a person into being bipolar in some cases (was told this by my daughter's psychiatrist) but I just don't want to give up on this antidepressant yet. I've "failed" with so many and I really want this to work. As long as I'm able to sleep, I think it'll be okay to continue, so that's why I intend to do. Maybe after a few more weeks, it'll level off. I hope so, as it is very strange to to feel so super-charged, nervous, edgy, and hyper inside. I'm just not used to it.
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I took Wellbutrin years ago and it didn't sit well with me, dizziness. I've tried many other antidepressants. Celexa worked well but as someone else said it made me feel as if I had no feelings about anything even when my mother died so I went off of it and on to something else. I've done best on Cymbalta that I'm on now but still have periods of depression where nothing matters. Thru some misunderstandings the amount has been reduced and I'm on the generic too so I'm not sure what has caused what. It still helps with fibro tho.
Years ago my sis in law was put on Paxil after a stress heart attack and it absolutely took her out of being part of life at all. She went off, cold turkey and that was bad. She hasn't been on anything since. Her retirement from work solved the stress problems. She's now in her 70's, is overweight but very active. She's amazing. If I can conquer my sleepiness and fatigue I have to take 1/2 Nuvigil which my Ins allowed over Provigil.. It works well but the next day I'm crabby. I won't take it daily tho. I already take too many meds already....and vitamins. Never used to. It started with a simple BP med, then another added to it, then depression and fibro etc etc to diabetes med now. Sometimes I wonder what it'd be like to go off them all. M.A.

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Wellbutrine isn't sold in japan so my doc is putting me on paxil.

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I've been on wellbutrin for over a year. I've had no side effects. In fact, I lost weight when I started it. Maybe you should give it a try.

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I have been doing the whole 100mg Zoloft thing for several years now, and I quit in December. After all the fun withdrawal symptoms, I found out that Zoloft did shave off the highest highs and lowest lows, so I feel more now than when on the meds. I'm in a depressive funk right now, but since life is dealing me a lot of crap right now, I am not going back on the pill before I'm sure I need it. If it's not going better this year, I might go back.

My Zoloft experience was that I didn't feel much, up or down. My libido was non-existent. And I was fine with a lot of crap that I shouldn't be fine with, like my slightly crazy boss. I am also a bit more confident, and have started to stand up for myself in a completely different way.

It did what it should, though, and got me through a period of horrible depression and tonnes of anxiety, so I don't regret using it.

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Hi. I'm Jeff in Japan.
My doctor prescribed トレドミン25 or 25mg of toledomin which i've read isn't used approved as an antidepressant in the US but because it's a ssnri my doctor gave it to me after quitting cymbalta due to side effects. About 15years ago i tried prozac and zolft but they jus
t made me angry at everything. My mother is suggesting i give welbutrine a shot. Has anyone here tried welbutrine? What are the.side effects?

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Hi. I'm Jeff in Japan.
My doctor prescribed トレドミン25 or 25mg of toledomin which i've read isn't used approved as an antidepressant in the US but because it's a ssnri my doctor gave it to me after quitting cymbalta due to side effects. About 15years ago i tried prozac and zolft but they jus
t made me angry at everything. My mother is suggesting i give welbutrine a shot. Has anyone here tried welbutrine? What are the.side effects?

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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.
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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.

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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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