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CoolCat7

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  1. I wish everyone the very best for 2018.
  2. Just posting so people know this is a possible side effect of this med. I lost about a third of my hair (luckily I had very thick hair), and my hairdresser remarked how much hair I was losing. My pdoc didn't want to believe it and said it was probably hormonal, from menopause. But a few weeks after I stopped taking it the hair loss slowed dramatically. I am now certain it was the prozac. I had taken many SSRIs before (including paxil, escitalopram, cymbalta, and pristiq) without a problem.
  3. Yeah it's weird because I was on several SSRI meds before and never had that issue. Oh well.
  4. It looks like it was indeed the prozac that caused my hair loss, because I've been off it for three weeks now and the hair loss is slowing down. It started approx six months ago when I started on Prozac. Luckily I had very thick hair to begin with so it's still not too noticeable. Am now on Pristiq, which I've been on in the past and know it doesn't make me lose hair.
  5. Just wondering if anyone finds this med gives them increased need for sleep. I seem to need 14 hours a night to feel rested, which is unlike me. I'm also on lamotrigine and prozac, though, so perhaps it's one of those. But Latuda definitely makes me sleepy about an hour after I take it, so I'm wondering if it's contributing to my need for more sleep. If so, I'd like to come off it because my life pretty much will allow 9-10 hours of sleep, maximum.
  6. My pdoc is putting me on this med for the first time. I've tried many other meds with little success including escitalopram, paroxetine, desvenlafaxine, Cymbalta. Currently I'm taking a "cocktail" including lamotrigine, desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), lithium, and Latuda. My pdoc is having me replace the Pristiq with fluoxetine. Fingers crossed that this combo works.
  7. I basically dealt with my religion by realizing that I don't believe in the kind of God portrayed in a literal reading of the Bible. Nor do I believe that God only gives you what you can handle. I think people tell themselves that so they feel better, but if that were true nobody would be living on the street or in mental institutions, or committing suicide. And my time on DF has shown me that just as many believers as nonbelievers suffer from depression and anxiety.
  8. Just wondering if anyone has tried both the reversible MAOI Moclobemide, and also Parnate or Nardil or other irreversible MAOIs. I tried Moclobemide and it didn't work for me, but was told Parnate or one of the irreversible ones still might. Any comment?
  9. If you're talking about a certain herb, my husband has a medical card for it (gets it legally) and finds it helpful. I haven't tried it because I don't want to mix it with my other medications.
  10. There have been various discussions of ketamine on the boards, but I've never heard of anyone actually getting it. Good for you! It sounds amazing. I would like to try it myself.
  11. Well I've been put on this one now (replacing my Abilify) so we'll see. My pdoc put me on this plus melatonin (instead of the buspiron + melatonin combo) since apparently buspirone and melatonin affect the same receptors
  12. I think I'm going to ask my pdoc for buspirone/Buspar
  13. I will definitely keep you posted. I may start a trial of it in a few weeks after my increased dose of Abilify has a chance to work. Just so I don't confuse the effects of each.
  14. Just wondering if anyone has tried this supplement? According to my psychiatrist there are solid scientific studies showing this as having good results treating bipolar depression. It may also treat unipolar depression but the studies haven't been done. The study dose was (I believe - can be googled) about 2,000 mg/day. It is also a powerful antioxidant so has other benefits. I would like to try it but it's quite expensive in the health-food stores I've found it in, and it isn't covered by my drug plan. If I do try it, I will post the results here.
  15. Just got an increased dose from 2mg to 4mg. Previously I took 2mg A with 60mg Cymbalta and it seemed like a good combo except the Cymbalta had too many side effects for me. Currently taking 100 mg Pristiq with 2mg Abilify but the combo just didn't have the same effect. So hopefully upping the Abilify to 4mg will get me back where I need to be. Here's hoping....
  16. This combo is getting a lot of press as a new antidepressant for MDD. Just google it if you're interested. Anyone taking it?
  17. Hi. Just wondering if anyone has tried this one for major depressive disorder/ unipolar depression. My pdoc believes it has potential for MDD even though most of the studies done on this med are for bipolar depression.
  18. I stopped the buproprion several days ago, and my eye twitch seems to be finally gone, after being worse than ever this morning. Phew
  19. Noticed a few days ago that I am having a mild eye twitch to my lower left eyelid (not visible from a distance of a few feet). I'm currently taking 2mg of aripiprazole and 100 mg of buproprion daily. A few years ago when I was on 300 mg/day of buproprion alone, I had the eyelid twitch. It stopped when I lowered the dose of buproprion, started when I increased it again, and so on - so I know it was the buproprion. I know there's a major interaction between buproprion and aripiprazole but didn't think it was too big a problem since I only take 100 mg of bupropion in the AM now. However, I discontinued the buproprion today to see what will happen. I was only taking it for a "boost" in the morning, but I doubt I actually need it since I find the aripiprazole quite energizing. We'll see....
  20. Thanks you two. I'm fully off the Cymbalta now and feel a bit better, although the jury is out on whether the depression will return. If it seems to be coming back I'll try Pristiq again, which was a better med re: side effects - although neither Pristiq nor Cymbalta helped much on their own. With Cymbalta and Abilify together I seemed better, but I hate the side effects of C. So hopefully Abilify would work just as well with Pristiq if needed.
  21. Just wondering. Cymbalta did nothing for me for six mod, but added Abilify which is great. Now I'm withdrawing from the Cymbalta and having a hard time. I'm hoping it wasn't just the *combination* that was effective for me. Cymbalta does have notorious discontinuation syndrome though. thanks, L
  22. Yeah but I don't really want to go on another SNRI unless I have to. Both Pristiq and Cymbalta did nothing for me on their own. So as long as this hell is just the discontinuation syndrome, rather than the return of true depression, I'd rather stick it out. My reading would indicate that discontinuation can last 2-3 weeks whereas the return of depression after stopping an SNRI would normally take 4+ weeks.
  23. Thanks flasquish. I might ask to go back on Pristiq, since it didn't have the side effects Cymbalta did. I'm just amazed the discontinuation is so bad considering how long I'd been weaning down.
  24. Brain zaps, dizziness, body aches, irritability, anxiety, fatigue. This, from weaning off only 10 mg per day? (I had been weaning down for some time). After a week I'm almost ready to give up and take this again, or some other SNRI.
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