Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 400807

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Re: Lonely no one to talk to alesta

Posted by iris2 on October 9, 2004, at 17:21:45

In reply to Re: Lonely no one to talk to iris2, posted by alesta on October 9, 2004, at 14:49:38

Amy,
You are so sweet. I have read your posts to others and you are always trying to help.

You read a lot into that post of mine. My dog is going to be fine and he is much better even today. Thanks. I hope your animal issues have a good outcome.

I did not take that pet sitting job. I started freaking about it all and just called and quit before I ever started.

I need to change meds very much. I am looking at Strattera, Mirapex and contemplating Cymabalta and even Adderal.

I am always seeking help with deciding what meds to take as my pdoc gives me no direction at all anymore but he will write the scripts. I am not one to understand a lot of the chemical and cell stuff about the meds. I have looked at links you have posted for others and have not always understood them. I cannot concentrate or focus well even to read something very long.

I have been asking Scott (SLS) and AndrewB a little and anyone who will answer my queries about meds.

My diagnosis is atypical depression bulimia and sometimes borderline. I think I should have an ADD dx too.

I have no motivation, concentration, focus and extreme adhedonia.

Meds I remember I have tried:

Parnate: Worked very well for years pooped out

Moclobimide- worked okay pooped out

Tianeptine-as I remember did not work

Provigil- way too nervous

Adafranil-nothing

Effexor-thought would work could not take because of I.C.*

All SSRI's-do not work

Reboxetine-worked a little in combination with Parnate

Milnacipran-could not take I.C.*

Nardil-did not work

Most Stimulants-cannot take I.C.*

Tricyclics-Either did not try long enough because they were the first I tried and I knew not better also had allergic reaction to one

Valium, Xanax-work for certain things

Buspar-did nothing

Wellbutrin-did nothing

Remeron-gave me migraines

Selegiline-did nothing


Current Regimen if you could call it that:

Oxycontin:20-30mg/day for mood now or pain helps a little with mood

Ritalin sr:10-20mg/day helps a lot to get going and out of bed but makes me talk incessantly and body tension. Does not help that I can tell with concentration or focus or motivation, well motivation a little as I do get out of bed.

Klonopin: .5mg-whatever as needed. It helps a lot when I get anxious. I think I should take this on a regular basis but my memory is so shot like my Mother who had three strokes I am afraid to take too many bezo's. I did recently read that Klonopin does not have much affect on memory though.

Valium:5-10mg I use this almost exclusively now for my neck/back muscle spasm and sometimes for my I.C.muscle spasming.

Perphenazine:2-4mg as needed this helps tremendously with severe agitation or anxiety. Sometimes I forget I have it. I would not touch it for years because I went to a clinic and saw a quack that put me on large amounts of it and just dumbed me down. I lost three years of my life because of her.

Amisulpride: 50mg I thought when I started this about three months ago that it really helped with my mood and my family kept telling me that they heard a difference. I increased it to 75-100mg and really liked what I was feeling. Not having a big effect on anhedenia but I was "happier". Unfortunately I cannot take above 50mg of it or my bladder acts up. I also am having increased prolactin with the Amisulpride. I stopped having my period and gained weight especially in my mid section

I started to take some vitamins again, iron, magnesium, zinc, b-12 subliminal and fish oil but I have not stuck to it. I cannot take a lot of the supplements (I need to try some of them again individually) because of the I.C.*

*Interstitial Cystitis

I am not functioning much. I have not been able to work in two years.

Okay so now you know everything you ever wanted and did not want to know about me.

The reason I wanted to tell you about my medicines and past meds and dx is that I would appreciate any help or advice.

I do NEED to change or ad meds. I just am not sure now which ones to try first or if I should try to stay on the Amisulpride?

Besides being "treatment resistant" I also have Interstitial Cystitis. A bladder disease that makes it very difficult for me to take most medications.

Thanks for reading this post if you got through it:)

I'd be glad for any advise you or anyone could provide.


Irene

 

Re: Lonely no one to talk to

Posted by alesta on October 9, 2004, at 18:00:36

In reply to Re: Lonely no one to talk to alesta, posted by iris2 on October 9, 2004, at 17:21:45


hi, irene,:)

thanks! you're sweet, too! i'm glad you and i got the opportunity to talk! it's been a pleasure. and i'm very glad you asked me to help with the med situation!

that's great news that your dog is doing well. i'm so happy for you! :)

> I did not take that pet sitting job. I started freaking about it all and just called and quit before I ever started.

i read that in your post. hey, you ain't the only one that's ever backed out of jobs, trust me. :-)

my suggestion for you for depression, hands down, would be lamictal. it is one of the best antidepressants on the market, and you haven't tried it yet. i know some people get the lamictal rash, but there are ways to reduce its likelihood, such as increasing the dosage slowly, i think. i'll have to look into that. and sometimes ppl who get a rash at the beginning find that it later goes away.

i would try this first by itself before considering an ADD augmentor. you may find that your concentration problems, etc. are taken care of. if not, we can look into a good med for that later. or, if you wish to stay on the ritalin, that's fine, too.

<Klonopin: .5mg-whatever as needed. It helps a lot when I get anxious. I think I should take this on a regular basis but my memory is so shot like my Mother who had three strokes I am afraid to take too many bezo's. I did recently read that Klonopin does not have much affect on memory though.

when taken on a daily basis, you should have minimal, if any, memory problems. i wouldn't worry about this with klonopin.

i would drop the amulsipride, as you aren't doing well on it and are having side effects.

hope this helps! please let me know what you decide and keep me posted!! take good care of yourself, irene, you are very nice, and i'm in your corner!

take care! :-)
amy


 

Re: Lonely no one to talk to

Posted by newwife on October 9, 2004, at 19:12:08

In reply to Re: Lonely no one to talk to, posted by alesta on October 9, 2004, at 18:00:36

if you ever get lonely you can add me to you buddy list and IM me. i am blondy0828. i am always there to talk it is my favorite thing to do. if you want to IM let me have you screen name too. hey and if you get really bored, you can check out my profile on aol and see my wedding picture. i love to show it off. ---jessica

 

Re: Lonely no one to talk to alesta

Posted by iris2 on October 9, 2004, at 22:32:33

In reply to Re: Lonely no one to talk to, posted by alesta on October 9, 2004, at 18:00:36

>my suggestion for you for depression, hands down, would be lamictal. it is one of the best antidepressants on the market, and you haven't tried it yet>

Okay I'll bite kind of. This complicates things. It meens I need to look up Lamactal and read about it too. I have not had this suggested before.

I will look it up but is there any particular reason for suggesting it but for the fact it is a great antidepressnt for some?

irene

 

Re: Lonely no one to talk to iris2

Posted by alesta on October 10, 2004, at 10:06:27

In reply to Re: Lonely no one to talk to alesta, posted by iris2 on October 9, 2004, at 22:32:33


hi irene,

well, let me help with the research part. here are some unbiased reviews of this drug by people who've taken it.

http://remedyfind.com/rem.asp?id=99

it gets a higher rating than the SSRIs or effexor. i also suggested it because it raises all the neurotransmitters well..why take a med that only hits one or two when you can take one that raises them all?? this is important. and lamictal is one of the only meds that does this, and i feel should be a first-line treatment over all these popular SSRIs and SNRIs. (just hope you don't get the rash. remember, it goes away for many people who take it, although you need to be careful if you get the severe form of it) and if the lamictal doesn't work out, perhaps you could retry parnate, since it worked for you (i'm not surprised-it hits all the neurotransmitters as well) if your hiatus from it has been long enough. or provigil..i'm surprised it caused you anxiety..it is supposed to be stimulating without causing anxiety. i'm just giving suggestions here so you can take a look at the full arsenal of meds at your disposal..it's fully up to you, though, of course!..btw, if you would like more reviews of lamictal, there is another site i need to look up that i can recommend.

take care,:)
amy

 

Re: Lonely no one to talk to

Posted by linkadge on October 10, 2004, at 20:47:37

In reply to Re: Lonely no one to talk to iris2, posted by alesta on October 10, 2004, at 10:06:27

Do you have any research that shows it affects the three main neurotransmitters. I have found no research that says this.


Linkadge

 

Re: Lonely no one to talk to linkadge

Posted by alesta on October 10, 2004, at 22:55:21

In reply to Re: Lonely no one to talk to, posted by linkadge on October 10, 2004, at 20:47:37

hi link, :)

hmm, well all i can find now is this:

"Lamotrigine is thought to act at voltage-sensitive sodium channels to stabilize neuronal membranes and inhibit the release of excitatory amino acid neurotransmitters (like glutamate and aspartate). "

i've heard it mentioned before that it affects all the neurotransmitters. i assumed this to be true because lamictal performs so well as an antidepressant. i shouldn't have assumed this, though. perhaps, for instance, it only affects dopamine and gaba. sorry, i can't find any evidence..what's important, though, is that it *works well*...much better than many antidepressants out there..at the very least, it doesn't cause a dopamine deficiency as a part of its action as the SSRIs and SNRIs do (which i have consistently said i think is not an ideal mechanism of action). however it works, it works very effectively. i would try this before zoloft or effexor anyday.

amy :)

 

Re: Lonely no one to talk to

Posted by linkadge on October 11, 2004, at 10:01:07

In reply to Re: Lonely no one to talk to linkadge, posted by alesta on October 10, 2004, at 22:55:21

You're probably right. I am finding coffee a good augmentation to zoloft.


Linkadge


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