Prozac made me a Zombie and all my family members and freinds had said that my personality changed and I went really quiet..Cipramil flattened me out so I had absolutley no Emotion..high or low! This was the worst feeling. Lexapro didnt really do much and Effexor really was like a stimulant for me..It helped heaps with depression and it lif ted my mood..but OMG it brang out the OCD in me soooooo much! Zyprexa made me feel like I was dying so I stopped that after 1 day.
When my new psychatrist recently put me on to Anafranil (an older tricyclic AD) I was a little worried as he explained to me that these types of drugs are more effective, however alot worse side effects!! But I decided to go ahead with it as I could no longer take the intrusive thoughts and compulsions ie: Not being able to leave a room without counting to the number 28 ect and many bizzare thoughts that I repeated in my head that nobody else would be able to understand. I cant even explain how much these affected my life socially and mentally...
Anyway.....all I can say is that Anafranil is the only drug that has EVER worked for OCD and I can say that I am 99% cured!!!!!
I never knew I could feel like this...for the first time in my life I am able to wake up and WANT to get out of bed and look forward to the day ahead. Ive started to LOVE life and also LOVE myself. It is as if I have been reborn, honestly.
When an OCD thought comes into my head every now and then, I am able to control it and switch it off! Im getting better and better at that. Im currently on 75mg so I take 25mg in the morning and 50mg at night (as they are 25mg tablets): I just cant explain how happy I am because of Anafranil..sometimes it makes me cry almost.
As for the side effects...I do notice that I have a slightly dry mouth sometimes and eyes (however its not a big deal...like considering how im feeling) and sex-drive has gone down (but almost all AD's do that) and from my past experiences with medications after a while on the drug and your body has ajusted to it, the sex drive returns somewhat. So im hoping that will start happening in a few months. Also they say this drug increases appetite..but it has not done that for me as im eating the same as before. No sleeping issues ect...so afterall this drug is wonderfull for me and the side effects are really nothing.....
The only thing is..my Social Anxiety has started coming out a bit again so ive just started taking 50mg of Zoloft in the morning aswell as this is a medication used to treat Social Anxiety and Phobias... So I hope that works..
I know this drug is not for everyone and many people will have worse side effects, but if theres anyone out there suffering from OCD and have not been able to find a suitable SSRI...dont be scared by tricyclics...look at what it has done for me...my life has completley turned around...
Im not gonna keep going on and on because you get the idea..but is there anyone else out there who is on Anafranil and/or has tried it in the past with success? Ive heard heaps of negative things about this drug so I consider myself lucky that it has worked for me...I havent heard much about other peoples success with it.
Please share your comments & stories!
Edited by Lizzy, 25 July 2008 - 06:25 AM.