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  1. All sorts of stomach/digestive problems can be a side-effect of Prozac. If it's bothersome, talk it over with your doc. I don't hear of too many people being bothered by jaw clenching with Prozac, but everyone responds differently. Sometimes there are simple solutions to these side-effects, many of which ease up as your body adjusts to the AD. Sometimes a change is needed. Again, I think it's always a good idea to let your doc know what's going on.
  2. Welcome, nbbwnoo! I'm shy about opening up to others also, but I feel safe here at DF. Everyone understands. As for the different appearance of your meds: first check it out with your pharmacist, but my guess is you may have gone from the name-brand to the generic form, or vice-versa. Even though the main medication is the same, some people notice a different response. In any case, let your doc know - s/he may want to specify the brand-name if you seem to respond to it better. Let us know how it works out; and I hope you're feeling better soon...
  3. Welcome, Swimmergirl! I gained just a little on Celexa at first, but nowhere near what I gained on Paxil. Eating healthy, watching the carbs/junk food, and exercise helps keep the gain to a minimum. Lexapro and Cymbalta also seem to be weight-neutral for some people. I've heard of some members who've added on BuSpar or Topamax to help fight weight gain. For me, fighting the depression has always been my number one priority. Let us know how you do on the Celexa! I wish you well!
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    Woke up depressed. Pain's not too bad, but my stomach is still a little "off", and the fatigue is unbearable, as it always is in the morning. Took Provigil, or I wouldn't make it to my T appointment, but it only suppresses the fatigue and lets me move through it - it's still there. Does that make sense? I may need Valium, I can feel the panic creeping back in. I wonder if my body's waging war inside with all these meds! I hate having to put in so much effort to just feel less bad. I can't believe how much it bothers me to be unable to go to the zoo. My life is so small. I tell myself this setback will pass. I just can't believe it. The curse of depression!
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    9PM, the depression suddenly hit hard. Panicky, suicidal thoughts were intense (be reassured: I will NOT act on them). I took a Valium to help calm myself, and called a good friend. She kept me talking for almost an hour, and I could finally feel the dark curtain lifting. Episodes like this are frightening, especially the speed at which they come on. I'm exhausted now.
  6. Please see a doctor - playing around with medication changes on your own is way too dangerous. There must be an agency or clinic where you can get free or sliding-scale urgent care. Call a local social work agency, hospital or hotline and see if you can get a referral to a professional resource for medical care. Good luck - let us know how you're doing!
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    stressed out

    The holiday dinner went well. And it was a good weekend visit with daughter and her boyfriend. I'm feeling the "crash" from the hectic weekend now, but there's no let-up in sight. Another big weekend on the way, and I'm feeling overwhelmed. I'm still cleaning up from the dinner party - moving very slowly because the extra activity brought on the expected pain flare. Unfortunately, I'm also having some stomach upset today, and it's knocked me out. I had expected to get some work done today, but all I could do was rest. And now it's being aggravated by anxiety over coming events. I'm feeling depressed today, low and lethargic. I have a doctor appointment Friday AM. I direct the first kids' choir service of this school year Friday evening, when my daughter and her boyfriend are coming into town. Saturday AM I meet bf's mother and fiance and family - we're meeting for brunch. Everyone's going to spend the day at the zoo, but I know that would be too much for me, so I'll have to skip it. Then we meet for dinner out, and back to my home for dessert and coffee. Daughter and bf (and a friend of their's) will stay here 'til Sunday. Still no break: Sunday evening starts the closing of the Jewish New Year holiday, so Sunday and Monday will be spent at services. The guy doing my new concrete work just called - he wants to start work Thursday. I begged off, and he'll start later next week. I can't have my driveway torn up with all this company coming over. My daughter is expressing concerns about her relationship with her dad again. He and his wife aren't showing any interest in meeting her bf's family (I even extended an invitation for them to come to my home for dessert and coffee Saturday evening, to make it easy on them, but they declined). And ex wants to meet daughter for dinner, just the two of them, in a week or two - the last few twosomes have turned into unpleasant lectures, and she's concerned. She says she knows under the right circumstances he would cut her out of his life (it almost happened last year). I can hear the hurt in her voice, but I'm glad she feels safe with me to talk about it. I feel SOOOOO stressed out!!!
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    a big oops!!!

    Thanks everyone for caring No, or they'd have OD calls constantly from all the lonely females <lol>
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    a big oops!!!

    I had to call the poison control center tonight. I keep of log of my pain med use, but I messed up this evening. I realized about an hour after the fact that I had taken three doses (2 vicodin and 1 Percocet) too close together, and went over the limit on the amount of acetaminophen (Tylenol) one can safely take during a four-hour time frame. That's the biggest danger of these meds for me - the amount of Tylenol in them, and the potential for liver problems from it. First time this has happened in 7 years! I'll be OK, but it was a scare. Reinforced the fact that I should switch to the longer-acting Oxycontin. I'd have much less Tylenol in my system.
  10. Welcome, Jmack! I hope you do well on the WB - please let us know how it's going...
  11. Welcome, Felix! I have a friend who does well on Prozac, but it poops out on her after a while. She takes occasional 'vacations' from taking it, and has had no problems when she goes back on it. This has been going on for years, and her body has adjusted over time - she has almost no side-effects from it now. And welcome to you also, Babe! Weight loss is actually reported more often than weight gain on Prozac, although no one can tell how any given individual will respond. When I started Prozac I lost weight, which is rare for me. (btw: I think your doc's response was insensitive!)
  12. Sorry you're having to deal with the sleep problems, Lizzy. Has your doc made any suggestions that could help with this? Like adding a low dose of Remeron for sleep quality?
  13. I'm sorry, SHM. Have you ever considered adding a low dose of Wellbutrin? Just a thought, as it's helped some people with their sex drive and response. I know of some who also skip an occasional dose of their AD in "anticipation". Of course, only with your doc's OK.
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    PT is helping ease the pain in my shoulder, although it leaves me worn out and spacey - that must be from the release of toxins. My therapist is going through some personal crises, and I can "feel" his stress as he works on me; very strange! As for the small group I was planning on having over for a holiday meal Saturday: it's grown to 16. It's a good thing the PT has helped my shoulder, or I wouldn't be able to lift all the brisket I need to cook for them :tongue: I had an official visit with my brother the doctor, as my physiatrist/pain specialist. I expected what he advised, but it still was difficult to hear. He thinks (and I agree) that it's time for me to go up a step on my pain meds, and begin a routine daily dosing with a long-acting med (Oxycontin). I would also stop using Vicodin (I've built up tolerance), and instead take the more effective Percocet as needed for break-through pain. Unfortunately, as a relative, he can't prescribe these meds for me; I have to take his report to my other docs and see if one of them will agree to handle this, with my brother consulting. Else I'll have to start with a new doc (someone my brother works with) <sigh> I know it's foolish, but this necessary increase in meds feels like a defeat.
  15. XL and SR are both longer-acting versions of WB. It's mostly a matter of individual response as to which you find more effective.
  16. Welcome, Margo! There's really no "normal" with this - response to ADs is very individual. I know it's difficult, but try to be patient. Wellbutrin can take a bit more time to kick in than some of the other ADs - sometimes up to 12 weeks to know how it will affect you. I would look at the lack of side-effects as encouraging. If you're concerned, talk to your doc - s/he may want you to increase your dosage sooner.
  17. Welcome, Moonbeams77! It's still early in your treatment, so this side-effect may well ease. I often find it takes 8 to 12 weeks for my body to adjust fully to a med. Good luck!
  18. I wish you well with your new med combo!
  19. Sorry you're dealing with this all-too-common side-effect. Some members have managed well by adding on a low dose of Wellbutrin - it's worth discussing your options with your doc.
  20. (((((MissLew))))) I'm sorry you hit a rough spot. I understand how discouraging that can be. Hopefully your doctor will be able to offer you some help and quick relief. We're here for you while you get through this - please keep posting for support!
  21. Response to ADs is very individual. If one doesn't work well for you or the side-effects are intolerable, it's worth trying another option. But it's a good idea to not switch too quickly or not try a high enough dosage, but to give each med a fair trial - sometimes up to 12 weeks.
  22. Teapot, it's still early enough that the fatigue may ease. I hope so! If not, and you're finding it too hard to cope, talk to your doc - there may be things you can do to help (I take an occasional dose of Provigil when the fatigue affects me too much). Izzy85, it sounds like you're adjusting well - good to hear!
  23. Welcome, SHM! I'm sorry you're dealing with this difficult side-effect. For myself, I've always put controlling the depression as my top priority. lynndyloo, You're certainly not alone in feeling this way. But we're here to offer our support and understanding.
  24. Always make sure your doc knows every med you're taking, including over-the-counter supplements - that's the best way to make sure you're in a safe range. As for the Remeron, it takes time for your body to fully adjust to a change in dosage; but for many, a peculiar effect is that a higher dose results in fewer side-effects.
  25. I'm glad the WB seems to be helping. I hope you see many more good days!
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