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  1. Hi, I've been on multiple ssris, snris and anti-anxiety drugs for about 15 years now. I haven't noticed any difference between generic and name brand. Some people say they do though. It might be that your dosage is not high enough. 300mg is the "target" therapeutic dosage for depression and 400mg the highest recommended, so you have room to increase. (Note: I am a librarian, not a doctor). Good luck.
  2. Not sure if this is the right place to post, I thought there was a SAD forum but I can't find it. If so, please move this to the right place with my apologies. Just curious, since it is that time of year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, who is feeling the effects of less daylight already? How do you cope? It's been creeping up on me for the past few weeks and I usually adjust one of my meds accordingly, and use my sun lamp. I'm thinking 250mg more of depakote are in order to head this off too though. I also have MDD and Generalized/social Anxiety Disorders so this exacerbates both. Ugh. I actually enjoy the idea of Fall and Halloween but my brain says "go hibernate because it's dark and the world's a mess anyway", while my mind says, "fall colours and Apple cider and Halloween are good."
  3. That does sound nerve wracking to say the least. I hate that feeling of not having control of yourself. I think you are brave for trying ECT though. I've learned to keep a running diary and a calendar on my cell phone so I know what I did when, in case I forget. Cause I always forget, especially when I'm in a medication fog. Driving might go okay for you, it's such an automatic skill, like an instinct almost. Anyway, good luck with everything.
  4. I completely know what you're talking about with moods being all over the place in quick succession, however I'm not sure if I can help. In my case the freaky-fast mood swings and depression relapse are due (at least partly) to emotional baggage coming to a head in therapy, and also female hormonal issues. I've been on meds for a long time (15+yrs), but even when I was off them periodically I don't think relapse felt much different. Depression= falling into a dark pit of despair. Not rapidly feeling lots of things. It is frightening though, and I hate the unpredictability of it. I wish I had a definite answer for you. Just wanted to post that I've had the rapid mood swings too.
  5. Mirtazapine (aka remeron) has been a good adjunct to my Effexor Xr. I was on just those two for a few years, then added (or subtracted) various others. Right now I'm on 7.5mg mirtazapine and 262.5mg Effexor along with 750 depakote er. I have anxiety and depression and that all usually keeps them both under control. Abilify is so messed up I can't believe it's still on the market. I haven't heard one good thing about it.
  6. Hi, Does anyone here take generic Depakote ER for depression? I'm currently taking 500mg. I tried taking it in the morning but around 3pm I'd feel extremely fatigued. I'm taking it around 3pm now hoping that I'll feel tired around bed time. Any advice or comments about this drug in general are welcome, I haven't seem much about it here. Thanks
  7. Shmmooey- I recently started taking 10mg propranolol 3x daily to help with the physical symptoms of anxiety and it's done a great job. No more shaking hands, excessive sweating or clenching in my stomach. Don't know if that would help in your situation...... I also just added Depakote ER to my 'California rocket fuel" combo" (Effexor XR + Remeron). So far, so good.
  8. I had just increased to 75mg of Lamictal when I got really nervous about the acne and nightsweats so I called my doctor about it. I started on 25mg and increased to 50mg the next week and then to 75mg at the end of week 2. I very well might have increased too quickly but I've been feeling so wretched that I was desperate for something to make me feel better. I will discuss all this with my doctor next week. It's good you spoke with your bf about your feelings and are keeping your options open. Who knows how each of you will feel after some time apart? Xanax is fine to use in an acute situation when you need relief *now*. It can become habit-forming but in the short term I think it's ok to use it. Didn't realize you were in Dubai; is there anything else you doctor could prescribe off-label? Are they allowed to do that? I'm not sure what the drug regulations are like there but I hope you get some relief soon.
  9. Sorry about you and your bf lidlekiwi. It's hard enough starting a new med, like being on an emotional roller coaster, and adding in relationship issues is a lot to handle. It might be messy but you will get through it. I told my doctor about the acne breakout and they told me to stop taking lamictal immediately and never take it again. That's kind of a letdown since it might've been helping, but I'd rather not have acne or some extreme allergic reaction to lamictal later on. Hopefully my doc will add some other drug to my cocktail. I hope everything works out for you, good luck!
  10. Sorry the lamictal isn't helping you yet. I *think* it's helping me but that could be the propanalol. I tried increasing lamictal to 75mg, but I'm having night sweats and my skin is really oily and I'm breaking out a little. Pimples do not help my self-esteem, hardly what you want if you're depressed! I'm not sure how I feel about all this. Are a few side effects worth the potential help?
  11. Hi again, I am taking only 25mg a day this week, and I'll increase by 25mg each week until I take 75mg as my optimal prescribed dose. Like I said, I'm also on other drugs (Effexor, remeron, propranolol and deplin) so maybe it's all mixing together faster for me. I don't know what exactly could happen to your brain at 100mg but 75 does seem to the "recommended" dose. If that doesn't work well enough then adding other stuff into the mix is an option for you. I'll keep posting as I increase my dose. Cheers!
  12. Hi, I've just started taking Lamictal this week myself and I take it in combo with several other drugs including 2 I was already on and a few new ones, so I don't know how objective my experience is...still Lamictal seems fast-acting and my mood is better, I feel more than just anxiety and hopelessness. I'm also light-headed sometimes but that's the only negative so far. Good luck!
  13. Hi Sugartart, I have SAD, along with Major Depression and anxiety. Depression can definitely make you fatigued physically and mentally. For me, SAD just makes my depression worse, so I can't say for sure the extreme fatigue would be the same for SAD alone, but I think so. Maybe you are having a relapse of depression? Perhaps the stress you are feeling triggered something? High cortisol levels increase the chance of depression and generally wear your body down. Maybe the fatigue is a symptom of something else.....if you're looking for a psychiatrist who specializes in chronic fatigue try looking for ones in your insurance network and look in their professional profiles, it will list specialties and areas of interest for them. Wish I could be more helpful.
  14. I was nine weeks premature with some physical complications and weighed less than 3 lbs. I also spent many weeks in an incubator. I'm certain the whole experience was traumatic and effected me emotionally and physiologically. I believe it's the cause of my sensory integration issues.....as to depression though, I know 100% it runs in the family, but perhaps it would not have been triggered if I'd had a normal birth. I think it's a mix of nature and nurture. I've wondered if it contributed to my depression but I haven't seen any research into this regarding preemies. Where did you find this research? I'd be interested in checking it out.
  15. Hello and Welcome to the forum- I'm on 262.5mg of XR and notice a difference in how I feel during my period. I feel like I get stronger menstrual symptoms, such as light headedness, fatigue, backache, cramping and my mood takes a nosedive- I feel irritable, angry, anxious and hopeless. Like an extra strength period. Low blood sugar and anemia are partly to blame for that too. I don't feel the same kind of symptoms you do, which sound almost like Effexor withdrawal-I'm just trying to say that I know firsthand that your cycle can definitely wreak havoc with your mind and body. Is there something you could take just before and during your period to help alleviate your symptoms? I've considered actually increasing my Effexor during my period b/c my mood was that dangerously low. That might not be what you need but I'd tell your doctor about how you're feeling.
  16. I have had a light box for 14 years now and use it sporadically depending on how I'm feeling. It has gathered dust some years, but I've used it more this very long winter. It is very bright and I wouldn't recommend keeping it on too long, maybe 30 minutes a day in the afternoon (when it's supposed to be sunny). I'm not sure if it's just psychosomatic, but I do think it's mildly helpful. I think there's another thread somewhere around here on the forum about light boxes and SAD but they aren't as popular as I would've thought.
  17. Ketamine is in the news again today as a potential treatment for depression. A small trial was done in the UK using a low dose administered intravenously. The article is titled "Ketamine 'exciting' depression therapy" on the BBC website in the news/health section. http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26647738
  18. I've been on 300mg and it's a very different feeling than being at 225mg, and it can definitely make you more anxious. It ended up being too much for me, for other reasons, so I went down to 262.5mg. If your anxiety doesn't decrease soon maybe try that. It's a weird dose (150+75+37.5mg) but it works for me.
  19. It's been a full 2 weeks and I've definitely seen an improvement. I'm eating normally and actually enjoying it sometimes. Self care is easier to do, and (most days) I want to do it. I have short bursts of energy and am able to do things more normally (automatically w/o overthinking and feeling lethargic or unmotivated). Social interaction is not as painful or anxiety provoking as it was getting to be. Still sleeping more than I'd like and weird, vivid dreams happen most nights. Possible night sweats (may be the weather changing here though) and a constant low-level anxiety that I'd been doing my best to ignore previously. I was hoping for more of a big sense of relief but that could be unrealistic. Sticking with this dose another week.
  20. My doctor also did blood work to check this, it was one of the 1st things she asked about. In my case it's a given that I have depression, but it's always good to check the thyroid anyway, b/c it could be making things worse. Mine is fine, but it's good to have confirmation. You are not being a hypochondriac, any decent doctor should check into this.
  21. Now that you mention it I realize I've had a little bit of this, a few seconds of dizziness or vertigo here and there, since I increased my dose from 15mg to 30mg. It doesn't sound as bad as yours though. It's been about 2 weeks since I increased and it hasn't happened in a few days. I agree that it sounds like too much, maybe only increase by half a pill to 37.5mg instead? Tell you doctor about it. I can't imagine how uncomfortable that must be.
  22. Hi Tami- I have 2 nephews around the same age that I'm close to and they ask me the very same things : "how come you're not married or don't have a boyfriend?" "Don't you want to?, everyone else your age does". Lol, it's like reverse peer pressure or more correctly, it's societal pressure. Anyway... I'm just honest and say I haven't met anyone I'm interested in (lately), plus there's not a lot of places to meet people where I live. I'm not going to just latch on to some random guy and date him cause he's there. I'd rather do my own thing and if I meet someone special, then great, if not, I have more self-respect (in this at least) then to just date anyone so I can "fit in" with others.
  23. I've had great success with Effexor XR and remeron together. The dosages may vary but these 2 together have been effective for about 10 yrs. Lately, not so much but I'm including them here because 10yrs is by far the longest that any AD's have worked for me. Paxil and Celexa were helpful but only for about 1 or 2 years at a time (taken separately, not together).
  24. Hi flasquish- I'm doing ok so far, nothing that out of the ordinary has happened side effects wise. I've had to adjust meds myself before so I'm pretty aware of what to look out for. If things goes sideways I'd go back down to 15mg and let my dr. know asap. I'm still spaced out and lethargic but once I force myself I am able to do stuff, I even gardened a bit today. My concentration isn't very good but that could be the depression and not the meds. My appetite is not great, but remeron does make me want to eat so in this case the munchies are ok, not overwhelming. The strangest thing is that I think I'm loosing a little bit more hair than usual- I have long thin hair to begin with though so maybe not. Lots of vivid dreams at night but again, not overwhelming or disturbing. No dry mouth or stomach upset or anything else. I definitely don't feel worse, but I'm not sure I'm any better (yet). I feel better in my head at least knowing that I'm doing something and being proactive instead of just wasting away til the psych appointment. I'll keep at this a bit longer to see if it's effective.
  25. I'm not quite sure why I feel the need to announce when I'm adjusting my meds. Partially to keep a record for myself and also to vent in a way. I'm tempted to just blurt it out to friends and coworkers but I always manage to restrain myself there. So, I previously tried to increase my Effexor XR to 300mg but there were too many physical side effects and no great improvement in my mood. I have an appointment with a new psych but the soonest available is in 7 weeks so I'm taking matters into my own hands. My gp refuses to do anything and I know when I need an adjustment. I increased 2 days ago from 15mg to 30mg. So far I'm a bit sleepy and spaced out, I also have a mild case of the munchies. Probably more like what a normal appetite is like anyway. No guarantee this will work but I need to try something in the meantime; I have a bad feeling that after 10 years Effexor has stopped working so this may do nothing but make me tired and fat, lol.
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