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I have been on generic Prozac for over 20 years. Never once did it make me tired.

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Hello Warrior4, I have not taken that particular combination - but I am now taking buproprion and sertraline.

I've tried to be anti-depressant free many times lately - but every time I start to taper down, I have terrible fits of rage and rumination. It's no good - for me, or for my relationships.

I am so sorry you lost your mother :-( Prayers and hugs to you.

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I finally received my antidepressants and antianxiety meds today and took them. I have severe clinical depression and panic disorder. I started buproprion SR 150mg extended release, Fluoxetine 20mg, and clonazepam .05 up to three times a day. I haven't been able to get out of the bed hardly, and have constant anxiety. I lost my mom almost 6 months ago. I know it is part of the grief process, but I had lost my Dad 6 years before that and had just began to talk about that in a griefshare group when I lost my mom, so everything feels extremely overwhelming and intense. Back to the medication, has anyone else had this combination work for them? I know it is not a fix all, but I need something to help my brain start clicking on some spark of joy or hope and I have also been through the different antidepressant and right now I don't even know what to do, fingers crossed and praying that the medicine along with God heals my brain! I have also put on 60lbs as the side effects of different meds gabapentin, lexapro, citalopram added pounds, so my self esteem is in the gutter. I did invest in a bike last week and want to force myself to ride it, so far 3 times I have rode with my daughter. Keep me in your prayer or encouraging light! Good luck to all of you that are dealing with depression or anxiety, it really is someing you don't understand unless you go through it.

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I am taking visceral for anxiety and wish it didn't cause me to be so tired, so I could actually take as I need it and not just before I am ready for bed. My psychiatrist said that almost any meds for anxiety will make me feel tired and would only switch it if I insisted but I am not sure what else is available or what is covered by my insurance.

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Does anyone find that Prozac makes you less tired than Zoloft? Zoloft is helping me SO MUCH with my anxiety. But ... it also makes me so tired :-( I am wondering if I would have better luck with Prozac? Thanks for any advice. ~VespaGirl

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Has anyone found that Zoloft helps you with stress eating? I understand that SSRIs often cause weight gain - but it's nice that Zoloft helps with binge eating disorder - and seems to curb my urge to plop things in my mouth when I'm stressed. Anyone have experience with Zoloft and how it has affected stress eating?

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Hi Miller!!! Well, I just started back up again on Zoloft. So far ... so good. Honestly, whenever I start up again on prescription meds I remember ... OH this is what it's like to feel normal! I hope I can tolerate Zoloft. I had some side-effect trouble with Wellbutrin and Lexapro. I will let you know how it goes!!!

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Thank you for your good wishes for everyone. I'm sorry you've struggled with depression recently. It's good to know the medications helped. My daughter (she's 28) and I have struggled with depression for almost our whole lives (I'm 65) and we've both tried every medication out there without impressive results. Our depression is treatment-resistant. My DD even tried Ketamine infusions and had 30 transcranial magnetic stimulation treatments. She and I have both been helped most by anti-psychotic medications (in addition to depression, we have severe OCD). We also take antidepressants. We both take L-Methylfolate (recommended by our doctor) and I take SAMEe, which was recommended by my doctor.

I didn't think my state sold CBD in any form, but I saw a pharmacy today that had signs saying they sell Hemp CBD oil. I don't know if that's the same as what is in CBD capsules.

I don't think I will ever be able to stop taking prescription medications and I doubt very seriously that my daughter will be able to either. It's remarkable that with depression that gets so bad, you only had to take Lexapro and Wellbutrin for 3 or 4 months. That is something to be very grateful for.

Thanks again for sharing. and for the healing thoughts and prayers for those deeply depressed and fighting right now.

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Hello :-) I have struggled with depression for many years of my life. Recently went through a VERY VERY low period, got on medication (Lexapro and Wellbutrin) for the first time in probably 6 or 7 years! I only needed to be on it for a short time (3 or 4 months) - and I have recently begun taking CBD in capsule form. The CBD is helping immensely. I have also tried different natural remedies such as St. Johns Wort and Ashwagandha.

What have been your healing modalities? What has worked best for you?

When I am in the worst part of depression I literally can't get out of bed, or off the bathroom floor. I cry randomly and my energy is so so low :-( It's the worst. I am so grateful to be on the other side of my depression (for now). It gives me compassion and empathy for those who are going through a low spot. Sometimes it takes so long to just pull yourself out of it! And for me, I believe so much of it is just purely chemical. I can throw on a happy face and try to have a good attitude, but when I feel low, low, low - there just isn't much anyone can do.

Wishing you all a beautiful day - and sending healing thoughts and prayers to those of you who are in the worst of the fight right now!!!

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Ann, I'm so glad you finally got some good help. That must be such a relief!!! I've struggled to find the right medications for many, many years and I know how hard it can be. It's great to know you're on the right track with your meds!

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I know that this thread has been going for a while but I wanted to thank everyone who has participated for being open about such a difficult topic.

I took a generic of Zoloft for a while around 2011. For me, it just really didn't do anything, plus I started to eat everything in sight and gained about 30 lbs in a couple of months. Another factor was that I was seeing a counselor who wasn't a good fit.

I tried again in 2014, and the doctor I started seeing then started me on Bupropion (Wellbutrin generic). I think we started at 75 mg twice a day and over time we worked up to 150 mg twice a day. I felt a lot better, but I was still kind of out of it. In 2014 my thyroid level was off a bit and my doctor decided not the put me on medication. This year (first time I've had health insurance for a few years) my thyroid level was a bit further off and she put me on a pretty low dose of thyroxine (50 mcg). By day 2 of taking the thyroxine the brain fog I'd been laboring under for years, which I thought was the depression, was lifting.

We all know that there's no magic, and I'm still struggling, but things are much better. Last week I bought a used car, first car in almost 20 years, and next March I will be moving out of the basement apartment I moved in to in 2013 that I thought I'd be in for a year or two.(yes, major depression in a basement apartment! And arthritis is both knees with 10 steps between me and the world.) I'm still working on specifics on what will happen next, but I'm really looking forward to it... which tells you that my meds are working, finally!

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Thank you that's good to know. Glad you had success with it!

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My old psychiatrist didn't think DNA testing was useful, but my newer psychiatrist does. I think it was worth it, at least for me, as it provided some insight into the problems I've had with medications over the last 45 years and what medications to try for the present and future.

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DNA Testing for medications? Anyone tried it. Does it work? Just curious because it is a discussion on my Facebook group Group Beyond Blue and I was curious about it. My medications are working fine and I have been on them for many years. I was just curious about the hype I guess. I seemed to be offending someone too she kept saying my statements were untrue when I was just trying to be helpful. Anyway, I will definitely ask my doctor at my next appointment.

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I'm sorry you're struggling with depression and I hope the SAM-e will help. I'm sure all the prayers you prayed will help, too. That is good news about a lower interest rate on your house. Take care and hang in there - you can do it - minute by minute and hour by hour.
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My depression so bad it's like walking in quick sand my dr apt sept so I will try and wait will try Sam off counter did use that years ago
My husband hates my moods,being in a car the worst.i am stressed over refinance. After 8 years we will get an interest rate from 7% to 4 %
Thus pay off the house 5-7 years at least before we are dead.
A big party today oh how hard this will be.pretend to be happy,I pray daily I summoned all my dead friends,relatives and of course God please help me.
I can do this that's what I keep telling myself with drugs in hand

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Thats great it gives me hope for it :) I am glad its helping you too!

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I think it is helping. My psy doc also added SAM-e and L-Methylfolate to the Imipramine I was already taking, plus the Rexulti. I'm not sure which is helping more, but the depression is better than it was.

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Does the Rexulti seem to help? I think its starting to help me the past week.

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I'm on 1 mg of Rexulti, along with my other medications.

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Hi, i am on remeron 45mg, Klonopin 1mg dissolving up to twice a day (its stronger than 1mg pill form but not as strong as 2mg pill form) and prazosin 5mg and then we are still trying to find the right dose of rexulti. Does anyone else take rexulti? I am at 1.5mg as of Thursday i went up to that. We are going up .25mg every 2 weeks for now until the right dose, hoping to stop at 2mg other wise 3mg.

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I take generic Pristiq and I noticed others saying they take it too. It works for me so far. I tried to quit it once and ended up a crying mess. I sometimes have had Zoloft added but right now I have nothing added. I also take generic Abilify and Klonopin for sleep at night. My psychiatrist recently lowered the generic Abilify to 15 mg from 30 mg. I only need 1 Klonopin for sleep a night but sometimes I would take 2 if I needed it. The dosage on that is 0.5. mg a pill. I think I have become addicted to it over the years though and that is not good. I feel like I could not live without it and freak out when it gets low. Last time I literally only had 1 pill left when I got a refill.



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The purpose of this page is to describe how I have managed to control my pain problems for years thanks to Tramadol Ultram 50 mg. I have overcome chronic pain and wish to restore hope to all who suffer pain. Tramadol was prescribed for an arthrodesis in the ankle and an old tenotomy with hemiplejia left. I took Tramadol 50 mg every day for 2 years and I feel great. I got the pills here from this online pharmacy: pharmacy-4u.net very serious and without headaches. It has some unpleasant effects but relieves me well, no dependence on my part.

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On the advice of my doctor, I recently began taking L-Methylfolate (15 mg) and also SAM-e (200-400 mg). I think both are helping me more than the prescription drugs I've been taking. I have to order the L-Methylfolate online and pay for it out-of-pocket. It's worth it, though.

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I just saw this discussion, and wanted to put in my 2 cents worth. I take Pristiq, 50mg. To supplement this, I also take a prescription called deplin, which is l-methylfolate. It has to be prescribed, it is not covered by most insurance, but I have found it to be a huge boost to the effectiveness of the Pristiq. Google it, and read about it. Good nutrition, exercise, positive affirmations, all are part of the plan!

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I feel ya, Miller. Chronic depression, GAD, and PTSD here too. One "self-test" for PTSD is to watch yourself for events that bring back memories of a traumatic event in your past, or anything that makes you react the same way you did to that event. I jump at sudden loud noises (I was sleeping in the next room when my first husband shot himself), cringe when someone yells at me (verbal abuse as a child), and it was years before I could let my current husband touch me in certain ways (sexual abuse as a child). PTSD isn't just for soldiers.

As for my weight, I realize a lot of you would love to be 155 lbs, but for me, it's the heaviest I've ever been. Before a round of corticosteroids, I was never more than 125. But all through my teenage years, my mother told me I was fat. (I've been 5'4 since I was 14.) If I told her someone called me skinny, she'd say "Well look at her," or "She doesn't know what she's talking about." It's a miracle I didn't develop an eating disorder. And I want you to know, after I lost 30 pounds on the Medi plan -- putting me back at 125 -- she called me skinny! Of course, after a second round of corticosteroids for a different problem, all 30 pounds came right back, which is why I'm here. The Medi clinic closed a year or so ago, but it was out of the question anyway; it's not exactly free.

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Your post is very well said. Chronic depression is definitely like being in that hole with everyone going by and saying you should get help and not helping. Or worse, saying "You should be able to get out of there yourself. I could get out of there by myself!"

I think you're doing very well to be 155 lbs. I have chronic depression, severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, GAD, social anxiety and have even been told I have PTSD, but am not sure I believe that last diagnosis. I've gotten as high as 234 lbs., have lost 60 lbs. twice, and have been around 200 for years now. I've been to many psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists, have tried every medication in the book (almost) and still struggle.

It's plain hard, but we're strong - we're survivors. It's not the life I choose, but it's the life I've got. And in the dark times, I try to remember it will always get light again.

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I've suffered from depression literally all my life, but no one knew what it was. Everyone just thought I was an oversensitive crybaby. After enduring incessant bullying -- from both classmates and even some family members -- I was finally diagnosed at age 19. I'm now almost 52.

After scrolling through, I noticed that I have been on nearly every medication mentioned in this thread. Prozac worked great -- until it didn't. Same with Viibryd. Effexor? I call it "No-effect-or." Cymbalta made me worse. I don't remember what happened with Wellbutrin. I am currently on Trintellix (formerly called Brintellix) in the morning and Trazodone at night. The only negative "side effect" of the Trintellix is the price; since it's still considered experimental (after 2-3 years???), there is no generic. Fortunately, our insurance plan reimburses us for most of the cost.

I recently told my husband, "Living with mental illness is a bit like being stuck in a hole, screaming for help, and having everyone who walks by say 'You know, you really oughta call someone to get you out of there.'" Everyone tells you to get help, but no one wants to actually help.

Energy? What's that? I've never had any, even as a child. It's a wonder I'm only 155 pounds and not twice that.

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I want the same. Thanks.

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My doctor just put me on Wellbutrin 75mg. Took first 2 pills today. My pharmacist told me it would take 3 to 4 weeks before I could really tell much difference and to expect to feel tired for at least 3 weeks, told him I already had that problem! I just want to have more energy and not feel so sluggish everyday. Please keep in touch with us so we can help you through this. emoticon Good Luck

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Thank you. I reckon I need to give it more time. Right now, I can't tell that anything has improved yet.

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Hi, I don't have much experience with Wellbutrin, but the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says this about Wellbutrin:

"While depressed mood and lack of interest in activities may need up to 4-6 weeks to improve, disturbances in sleep, energy, or appetite may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working."

I hope this helps. Maybe other team members will come along and give you personal accounts of their experience with Wellbutrin XL.

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Just started Wellbutrin XL 150 mg. How long until I can tell if it's helping? It's only been about a week and a half so far.

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I'm currently on Citalopram and Pristiq. I don't have any side affects, but when my moods swing really bad even these don't work. I've actually had co-workers say they were scared of me at these times. I guess they think I'll go postal or something.

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The one I take for anxiety I can actually tolerate. The antidepressants all seem to have problematic side effects. I know I need some sort of solution, because "fake it 'til you make it" doesn't seem to be working out too well. I've lost interest in everything I used to enjoy. I even cut off my lights and hide in my room to keep people away. I try to stay positive or everyone, but the past year has been a struggle.

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I tried Viibryd, but only took it for a very short time - probably less than a week. I can't remember what the side effects were - I just remember I didn't like them.

I keep on trying different meds (even though I'd love not to have to) because I get so severely depressed that I just can't do without them. I also have OCD and GAD, so I take anxiety meds, too.



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Has anyone ever taken Viibryd? I got the starter pack, and I took my first dose. That went all kinds of bad. Not just the gastro olympics either. Extreme anxiety! I'm going to try for natural ways. I've tried so many meds. I think I'm done.

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I am on a couple of different medications. I have been on these for awhile. With my new job, I have decreased my medicine. I went off of one pill completely and cut in half the other. I would love to completely taking some. Slowly, because I don't want to stir anything.

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My current medication is Prozac. I have learned that as long as I take it each and everyday and stay in prayer, my feelings of depression and doubt have gone down tremendously.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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