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Going of meds...again

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I've gone back and forth with anti depressants and abilify and I think it's that time again to step back. The effects are minuscule yet the weight gain is astronomical. So if I weigh the benefits, I have to conclude that it's time to let them go. I'm on three different happy pills yet spent the better part of the day curled up in bed, crying and fighting pill induced food cravings.

So I need an alternative. I'll try upping my cardio from just relaxed walks and dust of my zumba dvds. For the first week I'm just going to try those ten minute spark videos and yoga. Weight is a huge part of the depression. The "cure" makes me fat. Vicious cycle anyone?
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  • ALEXTHEHUN
    Good luck.

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    1520 days ago
  • SNOWJESTER
    Thanks for your thoughtful comments Coleen! I actually need to buy that lamp. My blood work last week showed I'm vitamin D deficient. I'll look into sam-e and st. johns wort.
    1521 days ago
  • TOTALYTENACIOUS
    oh yea, been there, done that .. i can't do most anti-depressants (and they just never work for me either) because i am mixed state ~ rapid cycling bi-polar .. and the meds made gain weight like crazy .. i have cut way down on them and i refuse to take anti-psychotics (Abilify and all of those) due to the horrid side effects on top of weight gain .. i started getting the movement disorders with them and they don't go away .. fortunately, i read up extensively on all my medications and knew the side effects and recognized the symptoms before they got horrid, but they are hard enough to live with anyway .. wow, okay, this became a me story and that is not what it is about .. LOL ya, just be careful, go off them slowly, and there are some meds over the counter that work as well as any script that i have seen ... my dr. had me taking Sam-E because it doesn't cause mania .. and there is no weight gain .. .. but it can be expensive since it is not covered by insurance since OTC .but may be worth trying.and have you heard about St. Johns Wort? .. i am getting ready to add that one again myself .. and make sure to get sunlight, it is proven to work pretty much as well as prescriptions also .. i have a lamp i use on blah days and in the winter that my dr. suggested too .. and some insurances will cover the cost of them if you get a script from a dr. .. anyway, i have run off at the mouth to long .. but i hope some of what i said made sense and helps .. hugs ..
    1521 days ago
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