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  1. 5mg, twice daily. One in the morning and one at night. My antidepressant is Wellbutrin XL.
  2. Hi bloominglotus, I was once prescribed Latuda and I gave it a fair run for two months. That entire two months of my life was extremely hard and just one big rollercoaster. So, personally speaking.. Latuda was not the right thing for me. I was originally on Abilify, so I went back to that and now I am all better. :) But I would give it a month and see how you feel unless symptoms get worse, then definitely contact your doctor. I hope all is well and you find relief from your symptoms.. I am bipolar as well.
  3. I take 450XL. I also have taken the Global Pharmacy generic. I have taken the Watson generic and the Mylan (current) generic as well. I noticed that the egg-yolk yellow colored pills are way bigger than any generic I have taken and they made me feel terrible unfortunately. It did not even look like it had a coating on the outside like it should because it is extended release. I decided to smell the bottle one day and it smelt like straight chemicals. It made me super agitated and gave some sort of weird vertigo feeling. So I got off and now I take Mylan generic at Walgreens and feel much much better. I hope you do not experience what I did. It was no fun.
  4. I am on 5mg of Abilify. Twice daily. One in the morning, one at night. This medication may not be perfect, but it has helped me so much. I have tried getting off and trying new things, I was a train wreck. Only symptoms is extreme hunger which causes weight gain for me.
  5. I hope you have an amazing day! ღ Lindsay

  6. Hi, I am in a committed relationship as well. I have been for over a year now. I am 19 years old and I have bi-polar I w/ rapid cycling, PMDD, social anxiety.. all that great stuff. I started being treated at 14 and was diagnosed with depression, a few months to a year a go I got diagnosed with bi-polar. I also feel he is the one, I am so blessed to have him. I am in the same position you are in for the most part.. I am in the process of bipolar depression, getting off meds, getting on new meds. I feel like a basket case. The crying spells are never ending. I am suicidal. I am anxious. You name it.. I have felt it. I am so glad I found your post. I feel like such a burden everyday. I tell him everyday how depressed I am, but I do refuse to tell him about the suicidal thoughts.. I figured that would only scare him. I feel like way more than a burden. I feel like I am scaring the heck out of him and he just wants me to stop telling him. He hasn't said that though. I am probably not handling it very well.. the whole feeling like a burden thing. I want to be honest with him because this isn't a game.. this is a REALITY for me. But I have to remind myself there is only so much he can do for me. He can only comfort me and tell me everything will be okay. But I also have to remember that when I do come to him.. if he decides one day that he can't handle it any longer then he isn't the man I need him to be. Basically, I have never gone through any of these feelings of depression with anyone else. So it is scary because he is my best friend and I don't want him to leave me. This is a really big test on our relationship right now. I am so sorry you are going through feeling like a burden, you are not alone.
  7. I do not think Sorry. I can't for the life of me do the quotes right. No, not at all. Of course, I did just find out I'm not eating enough with the Latuda, so I'm not sure how much I'm actually getting in my system. I am switching when and how I take it today, and see if that changes things any.I don't think I even know how to quote anything except with the button that says QUOTE. I am not sure if I am taking enough food with it either. But when I take it is anywhere around 9pm-1030pm, so I don't really have a desire to have 350 calories of food. I only have about 150-250...at the most. I am going to try taking it after my breakfast today, as I usually have a good sized breakfast. Scared it is going to make me tired, but oh well. Couldn't be any worse when I was on 10mg of Abilify twice a day. HAD TO take a nap because if I did not I would fall asleep wherever I was... and literally had to pep talk myself to get out of bed in the morning. Do you find the Latuda makes you sleepy? I hope I find relief from this pit of depression I have been in soon...
  8. Okay, so I am not alone! It has been 17 days since I started Latuda and I feel a little better than I did a couple days ago though. I don't feel anything profound regarding my bipolar depression. Today, I feel super irritable, not depressed, just straight anxious combined with irritation. Everything seems to trigger me more intensely since I stopped Abilify, even though I felt triggered when I was still on Abilify. I had been on Abilify for 4 years and it just was not cutting it anymore. I'm trying to be as patient as possible with Latuda to work and with myself. So, you do not feel that Latuda is as affective at treating your depression as Abilify was?
  9. I eventually took an Ativan after I just couldn't take it anymore... I was okay this weekend but I was with my boyfriend Saturday-Sunday so that was a distraction. But something sad popped up in conversation that happened between us in the past and I started crying pretty bad. I had to leave the room and left him all alone for awhile. I felt bad that I got so upset. I've been getting a lot crying spells. They really make me p***** off...lol. But other than that I was happy part of Saturday-Sunday. Today is my last day on Abilify. I'm on 60mg of Latuda at night. I'm wondering if it would help more if i took it in the morning? Or took 30mg at night and 30mg in the morning? I just need a freaking miracle, I am so impatient... I know it can take a month to feel the full affect of the Latuda. And to top of my ice cream sundae... I have PMDD and I am about to start my period again for the 3rd time this month... thanks to my useless birth control. But the good things is I start a new birth control this Sunday so I'm not getting what feels like a million periods all the time. I'm just tired of feeling like my whole world is crumbling down on me all the time... when in reality everything is actually okay.
  10. Thank you Penny for your reply. I have Ativan but I kinda just fight through it so I don't have to take it. My mom told me I should call but I'm just stubborn and believe I can ride it out.
  11. Penny, By any chance did you have severe depression while weaning off Abilify? I am suffering pretty bad right now on the depression front. I've been having these strange depressive episodes where for an hour I am crying and shut up in my room. I'm scared I am going to hurt someone's feelings or make someone upset or even upset myself even more by being around other human beings. And then I come out of it and I am okay. Like nothing really happened. I have a depression hangover after it is over though. I am exhausted. I have no idea what is going on. Scared because the last time I felt this depressed was when I tried to go cold turkey on my meds which eventually lead to planning suicide, or it feels like before I ever got on medication. I saw the word BASKET CASE. And I identify with that in every way. I just want to know if this is normal? I am on 60mg of Latuda shouldn't it be helping counteract any depression associated with coming off Abilify? Frustrated. Need some input/advice.
  12. Hi, I recently started Latuda about 2 weeks ago, maybe a little less. I am weaning of Abilify because it isn't helping with my bipolar depression anymore and has made me gain 20lbs. I am really impatient and want it to start giving me relief, but I also thinking weaning off the Abilify is causing random crying spells. I am looking forward to the relief and the weight loss. I started Latuda at 30mg and I am now up to 60mg. If anyone has a positive story with Latuda I would like to hear it. Or if anyone has gone from Abilify to Latuda, I'd like to hear that as well. If anyone can give me an approximate time that their Latuda kicked that would be nice too. I think I need some reassurement. Haha. But I have not had any side effects like akathisia or any stomach aches because I take it with 350 calories of food.
  13. Hi happyback, I realized your post is almost a month old and you received no responses. Are you still taking Ativan .5mg? And are you still worried about the dependency issue? I am on Ativan 1mg and take up to 2mg as needed but I am having one of those days where I feel like I need it, sometimes I can snap out of it.. other times I cannot. I draw the line on my misery level pretty much. I try to ask myself on a scale of 1-10 how distressed/anxious I am feeling. I do not count panic attacks though, that is undeniable misery. I really would not worry about a dependency issue. You can always switch your benzodiazepine if it loses its effectiveness. And that is normal to do that. I guess my point is... assess how you are truly feeling before you take it.. you should NOT have to be in misery just because you are worried about dependance, but you also should not take it just for the heck of it. -Carissa
  14. Dear Carissa... You truly felt "absolutely amazing" on Vyvanse? At what dose? (I can't even imagine feeling 'Just OK' ever!) May I ask why you stopped taking it? Were you taking it w/ any other meds are alone? It's rumored as a possibility for treatment of non attentive ADD. After takng it for 2 years what do you think? Do you agree? BTW...Did it increase your anxiety? Sorry for all the questions. I hope you are feeling AMAZING on your new meds too. Thank's...gravity How does it compare w/ the other ADD meds? Your post was so POSITIVE RE/Vyvanse I'm envious of your results! I've had major depression, (treatment resistant) for many, many years. No mania, No Up's...Just down's. Gravity, I was on the highest dose of Vyvanse which is 70mg. I stopped taking it because I became addicted to it. The stimulant affect eventually took me down and I started taking way more than prescribed. I was taking it with Zoloft and Abilify as well.. from what I remember.. this was 2.5 years ago, and it worked for all my symptoms of ADD/ADHD. I could actually accomplish things I did or did not want to do. I do not recall it increasing my anxiety. But everyone is different. I was on Dexedrine for a little while, but nothing else. It was better than Dexedrine because it had a much stronger effect and it lasts longer. Basically... it totally sucks that I had to get off Vyvanse. Oh well. Consequences for my poor decision making.
  15. I have been on Wellbutrin for a year now.. I feel like crap lately on it. I think it is time for the big switch a roo... :(
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