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Problems with my med change Dexedrine + Ativan,

Posted by AdamCanada on May 24, 2008, at 17:45:28

I suffer from strong treatment resistant depression, social anxiety... lack of interest, low drive, low motivation, etc.

I normally have taken 9.5mg of paxil, 0.5 clonazepam (klonopin i think) 2-3 times a day, Gabapentin 300mg-600mg a day (improves socialness, drive, motivation, but loses effect), and 2.5mg Ritalin 4-6 times daily.

What has changed? I now take Ativan (Lorazepam) 0.5 2-3 times daily instead of Clonazepam, and 1.25mg Dexedrine 4-6 times daily instead of Ritalin.

At first I switched the ritalin to Dexedrine. Almost emmediately I felt an improvement as Ritalin has a loss of effectiveness over time. By the 3rd day my mood was improved to a significant degree and I felt more drive, motivation, and even passion for photography and willingness to actually meet with friends. I felt more able to concentrate, felt more creative. By the 4th day it was similar but perhaps a bit less.

Then I made the switch from Clonazepam to Ativan. As the days went by... perhaps the 6th day of all this... 2 of which being on ativan and 6th of being on dexedrine I was feeling QUITE WORSE.

My heart would be beating very quickly. I would feel hot headed and other times have cold clammy hands. Creative able to concentrate? Not a chance. I felt like my mind was shut off and in the gutter. Plus my anxiety would increase.

Those first days of Dexedrine were so promising... then it all went downhill and today I have not taken Any Dexedrine at all. I'm trying to think of what my next move will be as I see how I feel without any amphetamine.

Can anyone offer me any possible insight over what happened? Any advice, ideas, insight, anything at all would help. I just need some idea of what on earth is going on here.

I assume it has to be the Dexedrine that caused me to feel worse over time since Ativan is suppossed to be so mild anyway.

Plus dexedrine causing me to lose a lot of wieght, even more than when i was taking ritalin.




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