Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 133458

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Re: Dog Breath BekkaH

Posted by not exactly on January 27, 2003, at 19:30:36

In reply to Dog Breath, posted by BekkaH on January 27, 2003, at 18:38:17

> A few months ago, someone posted with the screen name "Freudian Garter Belt."
> That was surely the strangest name I've seen.
> I asked him/her what it meant, but I got no reply.

I assume a Freudian Garter Belt is what would be worn underneath a Freudian Slip. :-)

- Bob

 

Re: You nailed that and I don't mean not exactly. (nm)

Posted by Phil on January 27, 2003, at 19:33:43

In reply to Re: Dog Breath BekkaH, posted by not exactly on January 27, 2003, at 19:30:36

 

Re: Dog Breath - not exactly

Posted by BekkaH on January 27, 2003, at 20:00:19

In reply to Re: Dog Breath BekkaH, posted by not exactly on January 27, 2003, at 19:30:36

> I assume a Freudian Garter Belt is what would be worn underneath a Freudian Slip. :-) - Bob

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Good thinking, Bob! Thank you!
>

 

Strattera, Jim Boardman, nmk, jrbecker

Posted by BekkaH on January 27, 2003, at 22:17:26

In reply to Straterra approval., posted by scoper on December 28, 2002, at 2:19:34

I'm wondering how Jim Boardman, nmk, jrbecker and some of the other "early" Strattera PB members are doing. If you have time to post updates, we'd like to hear from you!! Thanks.

 

Re: Strattera

Posted by mshyper on January 27, 2003, at 22:33:05

In reply to Strattera, Jim Boardman, nmk, jrbecker, posted by BekkaH on January 27, 2003, at 22:17:26

Hi, I just found your board. I am diagnosed ADHD and was on ritalin from age 5 to 13. I refused to take the stimulants any more because of the rebound. My docs never gave me anything else to take the place of it. I am now an adult and still have all the same problems, focus, organization, you know the trip...I make a list and can't remember where I put the damned thing...find it 2 weeks later after I've made a new list.

Anyway, I know I need to go back on meds again for my sanity. But, I also want to have a baby. Anyone know anything about Strattera and pregnancy?

 

Re: Straterra Updates? not exactly

Posted by Ritch on January 27, 2003, at 22:54:26

In reply to Re: Straterra Updates? Peter S., posted by not exactly on January 27, 2003, at 14:35:04

> > The warnings to not split up capsules sound silly to me.
>
> I agree, and you certainly stated it more succinctly than I did in my long-winded treatise on the subject [http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20030125/msgs/137561.html]. :-)
>
> Considering the number of bad reactions, plus the fact that many seem to be doing OK on significantly reduced dosages, Lilly's official recommendation that _all_ adults should start at 40mg/day seems unrealistic and almost irresponsible.
>
> - Bob
>

I wonder if the idea of making a variety of doses that are all only available in capsule form (rather than tablet) could be a strategy to maximize profits. Many pharmacy coverage plans may only cover the higher dosage tablets (because they can be split). Higher doses are usually always much cheaper/mg than the lower doses. If you can't divide the capsule-you have to buy the more "expensive" smaller dosages instead of large tablet split in half (i.e.).

 

Re: Straterra Updates? Ritch

Posted by not exactly on January 28, 2003, at 0:58:01

In reply to Re: Straterra Updates? not exactly, posted by Ritch on January 27, 2003, at 22:54:26

> could be a strategy to maximize profits

How could you say such a thing? The drug companies are our friends! They don't care about profits. They just want to improve our health.

yeah, right...

Notice that there's no 80 mg size, even though that's the recommended adult dosage.

- Bob

 

Re: Straterra Updates?-I am on 60mg

Posted by tia on January 28, 2003, at 6:35:20

In reply to Re: Straterra Updates? Ritch, posted by not exactly on January 28, 2003, at 0:58:01

Hello to all,

I just want everyone to know that i have been taking 60mg of straterra for about 5 days and everything has been wonderful. The only thing i have is energy and maybe a little dry mouth. I will be moving to 80mg in a few days. Will let you all know how that is. I am also on anafranil but will be slowly going off that. I really dont have any unusual side effects.

Tia

 

Re: Strattera, Jim Boardman, nmk, jrbecker

Posted by nmk on January 28, 2003, at 9:08:53

In reply to Strattera, Jim Boardman, nmk, jrbecker, posted by BekkaH on January 27, 2003, at 22:17:26

> I'm wondering how Jim Boardman, nmk, jrbecker and some of the other "early" Strattera PB members are doing. If you have time to post updates, we'd like to hear from you!! Thanks.

Hi,

It is my 4th week on 18 mg of Strattera and I am still doing well. No depression, a little-hyped up at times and lately, I am finding that it is difficult to fall asleep. My usual 15 mg of remeron and 25 mg of seroquel is not doing the trick so I have added 1 mg of ativan at night. This works but I do not want to be 3 meds to put me to sleep. I meet with my pdoc this thurs. and I will see what he says.

My initial s/e's were early morning awakening but that subsided after a few weeks. I haven't experienced the dryness and urination problems that some have but do have constipation. The positves by far outweigh these minor drawbacks.

I will keep you posted.

Nicole

 

Strattera--just for depression????

Posted by Jack Smith on January 28, 2003, at 12:17:57

In reply to Re: Strattera, Jim Boardman, nmk, jrbecker, posted by nmk on January 28, 2003, at 9:08:53

Anyone on this stuff for just plain old unipolar depression? If so, how is it working?

 

Re: Strattera--just for depression????-Jack Smith

Posted by nmk on January 28, 2003, at 15:32:06

In reply to Strattera--just for depression????, posted by Jack Smith on January 28, 2003, at 12:17:57

> Anyone on this stuff for just plain old unipolar depression? If so, how is it working?


That would be me. I have been on 18 mg for 4 weeks now and it has done more for my depression than any other med I have tried (zoloft, effexor, lexapro). I noticed a significant improvement in my mood after only 2 days of treatment. The only s/e I am dealing with now is difficulty falling asleep. I will address this with my pdoc on thurs and see about possibly lowering to 10mg. When I dove into postpartum depression 9 months ago and all of the antidepressants failed, my doctor tried 10 mg of adderall. This lifted the depression but it had a tendency to aggravate my anxiety. Please keep me posted if you are taking it for depression (and the dose)....I will be curious to see how it works for others who are not diagnosed as ADD or ADHD.

 

Re: Strattera--in comparison to Wellbutrin? nmk

Posted by disney4 on January 28, 2003, at 15:45:11

In reply to Re: Strattera--just for depression????-Jack Smith, posted by nmk on January 28, 2003, at 15:32:06

How does the feeling of taking Straterra differ from taking Wellbutrin? Also is any one experiencing sexual side effects or an increased appetite, and/or weight gain? Does it increase, lower, or have no effect on anxiety?

 

Re: hypersensitivity, depression not exactly

Posted by disney4 on January 28, 2003, at 16:18:54

In reply to hypersensitivity, depression golfergman, posted by not exactly on January 24, 2003, at 6:57:13

I am back to square one, because I couldn't tolerate the Provigil. Rather than try the Wellbutrin again, I am thinking the Straterra might be less agitating for me. What is your opinion? My other two choices are Buspar, or the natural substance Inositol. I need something for depression more than anxiety at this point, and have tried almost all of the current AD meds.

 

Re: Strattera, Jim Boardman, nmk, jrbecker

Posted by bennett on January 28, 2003, at 16:24:16

In reply to Re: Strattera, Jim Boardman, nmk, jrbecker, posted by nmk on January 28, 2003, at 9:08:53

Hi all,
Ive been watching this list for a week or so, and started 18mgs/day yesterday. Assuming no horrible side effects, how do you know when to increase the dosage. Is there a noticeable clinical effect before a few weeks? With the stims in the past, of course, the effect was immediate.
I was dx ADD about 10 yrs ago and have been on stimulants pretty much since then, but had to stop about a year ago. Very happy to find a non-stimulant Rx.
Not sure how to proceed with it though - neither is my doc. He is all ears on this and open to my suggestions (within the bounds of good medical prctice of course...)
Actually I gave him this address last week, so maybe he's reading this...
Thanks for being here
bennett

 

Re:Strattera on sex ,weight,anxiety and depression

Posted by tia on January 28, 2003, at 18:31:02

In reply to Re: Strattera, Jim Boardman, nmk, jrbecker, posted by bennett on January 28, 2003, at 16:24:16

My sexual functions seem to be just fine. My appetite has been ok. I actually am not hungry. I am on 60mg right now and am taking it for anxiety/depression. I am also on 50mg of anafranil going slowly off from 100mg. I notice that my depression is ok even though this is pms week. I do notice some anxiety attacks during the evening but soon i will be on 80mg. Hopefully i will notice some difference. Not sure though. Not sure if anyone needs any more info. Just write here and i will be sure to answer.

Tia

 

Re: Straterra Updates?-I am on 60mg tia

Posted by zenclear on January 28, 2003, at 19:15:43

In reply to Re: Straterra Updates?-I am on 60mg, posted by tia on January 28, 2003, at 6:35:20

> Hello to all,
>
> I just want everyone to know that i have been taking 60mg of straterra for about 5 days and everything has been wonderful. The only thing i have is energy and maybe a little dry mouth. I will be moving to 80mg in a few days. Will let you all know how that is. I am also on anafranil but will be slowly going off that. I really dont have any unusual side effects.
>
> Tia

And no dry skin like some of the other posters reported? Any joint pain? Many thanks.

Zen.

 

Re: hypersensitivity, depression disney4

Posted by not exactly on January 28, 2003, at 20:13:16

In reply to Re: hypersensitivity, depression not exactly, posted by disney4 on January 28, 2003, at 16:18:54

> I am back to square one, because I couldn't tolerate the Provigil.

Anxiety, I presume? What dosage did you try? I'm finding that 75-100 mg / day (divided into 2 or 3 doses) is plenty for me.

> Straterra might be less agitating for me. What is your opinion?

Hard to say. It has caused or increased anxiety for some folks. I haven't tried it yet.

> choices are Buspar

Could be a good option. It's supposed to help with GAD, and can act as a very subtle AD. There have been some interesting posts about it on PsychoBabble. I'm thinking of trying it myself.

> or the natural substance Inositol

That's a nutrient present in many foods. While a dietary deficiency of inositol could conceivably cause depression, I doubt that inositol supplements would have a significant AD effect for people with adequate nutrition. I tried it long ago and didn't notice a thing.

> I need something for depression more than anxiety at this point, and have tried almost all of the current AD meds.

I assume you've tried SSRIs & TCAs. Have you tried Effexor or MAOIs? Have the problems with ADs been ineffectiveness, or intolerable side effects?

- Bob

 

Starting Strattera tomorrow

Posted by mshyper on January 28, 2003, at 22:41:27

In reply to Re: Strattera, posted by mshyper on January 27, 2003, at 22:33:05

Hubby and I both went to doc today. He put us BOTH on Strattera beginning tomorrow morning, 18mg each to start. Reading your posts, I have great hopes for the medication and our ADHD. I haven't been treated in years for mine. Hubby has been on Effexor for his. Will try to post our progress on Strattera.

 

Re: Strattera and Dry skin and Anxiety Attacks

Posted by tia on January 29, 2003, at 7:33:21

In reply to Starting Strattera tomorrow, posted by mshyper on January 28, 2003, at 22:41:27

The only dry skin that i have expierenced is this horrible dry weather we are having. I havent had any different dry skin. I have been doing good on the strattera except for the the anxiety attacks. I have been getting them on and off here and there. I am not sure if it is the strattera or not. Will give it some more time until i go on the 80mg and see if the higher dose will be better.

Tia

 

Re: Strattera--in comparison to Wellbutrin?-Disney

Posted by nmk on January 29, 2003, at 9:24:22

In reply to Re: Strattera--in comparison to Wellbutrin? nmk, posted by disney4 on January 28, 2003, at 15:45:11

> How does the feeling of taking Straterra differ from taking Wellbutrin? Also is any one experiencing sexual side effects or an increased appetite, and/or weight gain? Does it increase, lower, or have no effect on anxiety?

I have never tried Wellbutrin so I can't respond to that one. As far as sexual side effects, I have not experienced any but this could be due to the low dose I am on. Initially, I noticed a decrease in my appetite but after about three weeks, my appetite has returned to normal....no weight gain though. The anxiety question is difficult to answer. The Strattera seems to energize and hype me up so I don't know if it is masking the anxiety or what. There are times where I have felt a tad on edge and needed to take 1 mg of ativan to calm me down, but the anxiety pales in comparison to when I was not on Strattera. Lately, I have been having difficulty falling asleep and will talk to my pdoc tomorrow about tweeking my meds.

 

Re:Strattera for anxiety/depression-TIA

Posted by nmk on January 29, 2003, at 9:34:19

In reply to Re:Strattera on sex ,weight,anxiety and depression, posted by tia on January 28, 2003, at 18:31:02

Tia,

I am also taking Strattera for anxiety/depression and although it has done wonders for the depression, it has not calmed me down by any means. I have much more energy and focus now, but at times, feel a little edgey. How did you do on 18mg? Do you know what the therapeutic dose is for depression/anxiety without ADD? I do not have ADD and from reading your posts, it looks like you do not either. Are you taking anything with it? Has it affected your sleep? Sorry for all of the questions but I want to pick someone's brain who is on it solely for depression.

Thanks,

Nicole

 

Re:Strattera for anxiety/depression-TIA nmk

Posted by Dog Breath on January 29, 2003, at 10:08:50

In reply to Re:Strattera for anxiety/depression-TIA, posted by nmk on January 29, 2003, at 9:34:19

I would have to say I am taking this for depression. I have been crashing lately on Lexapro and felt I needed to do something different. I had an ADHD eval last summer and the psycologist said I didn't have classical ADHD(but had a lot of the symptoms). I think what I thought was ADHD was really just variations of the overall problem: Depression. Anyway, I'm on day 7 of Straterra and haven't felt anything except maybe a slight reduction in appetite. I'm on 50mg. Maybe I just need more time or a higher dose? I tried Wellbutrin a few years back and it put me into major anxiety after taking it about 2 weeks. It took a full week of hell to clear it out of my body.

D

 

Re: Strattera--in comparison to Wellbutrin?

Posted by bennett on January 29, 2003, at 10:33:10

In reply to Re: Strattera--in comparison to Wellbutrin? nmk, posted by disney4 on January 28, 2003, at 15:45:11

I just started low dose of Strattera and discontinued Welbutrin 3 days ago. As soon as the strattera kicks in, I'll let you know what difference I feel. I hate to give up the Welbutrin though.
I was taking Welbutrin for a year for ADD. While it didn't do much for ADD sx. it was a great little happy pill ( a little purple happy-face). In addition, two months after start, one day I just forgot to smoke (I used to smoke maybe 1/2 pack/day). I wasn't trying to stop at all - I just forgot! Other cravings (obsessions, perhaps)also just disappeared. I could continue them if I wanted, but the obsessive quality did not seem to be driving it.
But ADD sx were not affected at all: tangents and disatractions, inability to focus... etc. all continued.
BTW-I don't know how I was able to complete the registration process for this board...

 

Re:Strattera for anxiety/depression-DB

Posted by nmk on January 29, 2003, at 14:04:48

In reply to Re:Strattera for anxiety/depression-TIA nmk, posted by Dog Breath on January 29, 2003, at 10:08:50

> I would have to say I am taking this for depression. I have been crashing lately on Lexapro and felt I needed to do something different. I had an ADHD eval last summer and the psycologist said I didn't have classical ADHD(but had a lot of the symptoms). I think what I thought was ADHD was really just variations of the overall problem: Depression. Anyway, I'm on day 7 of Straterra and haven't felt anything except maybe a slight reduction in appetite. I'm on 50mg. Maybe I just need more time or a higher dose? I tried Wellbutrin a few years back and it put me into major anxiety after taking it about 2 weeks. It took a full week of hell to clear it out of my body.
>
> D

Thanks DB. I hope a higher dose will work for you... I know some folks on the board have had success with 80 mg. Has the Strattera made your anxiety worse? I love the antidepressant properties of it but would like to feel more calm throughout the day. It almost gives me too much energy and I find it difficult to relax and turn my mind off, especially at night. I will see what my doctor says tomorrow.

 

Re: Strattera

Posted by wowy on January 29, 2003, at 14:19:01

In reply to Re: Strattera--in comparison to Wellbutrin?, posted by bennett on January 29, 2003, at 10:33:10

Hi-
I have been lurking about but never posted before. I have been on 80 mg of strattera plus
40 mg of paxil for over a month now. The strattera has brightened my mood considerably.
Initially, I felt a sort of tingle and an exhileration that was just lovely. Now I just feel grounded and well. I was diagnosed with ADD a few months ago. Depression/anxiety has been a long term problem - which is why I was taking the paxil. I tried stimulants but really didn't like the rebound...The strattera is much more subtle in my opinion and I have experienced dry mouth and skin, but it is very tolerable. I hope this helps anyone interested in trying strattera. Best wishes to all


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