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Switching medications

After a lot of discussion with my psychiatrist, we decided to switch my main antidepressant. I’m on day 2 of the new drug and tapered from my old one slowly prior to starting the new drug. This isn’t my first time switching antidepressants so I had a reasonable idea what to expect - basically feeling awful and dizzy, headachy, and nauseated as the old drug leaves my system, and then bracing for however the side effects of the new drugs decide to hit me as that ramps up. But even though i know what to expect, today has been really tough - the headachy/dizzyness is really bad. I logged off work early because of the dizzyness (luckily I have a really supportive supervisor, so I thankfully did not stress about leaving early - small merices) and then napped for a bit. When i got up and had lunch, i thought i felt okay enough to go to the grocery store (I typically grocery shop on Fridays, so i did not have a lot of food in the house) and i went. It quickly became obvious at the store that it had been a bad idea to go - i kept clutching the cart really tightly worried that i would lose my balance and i was having trouble moving around other people and their carts. They also were out of a few things i typically buy and that made me really emotional. Near the end of the trip, i teared up because they did not have any frozen bananas. When i got home, i burst into tears and sobbed for about 20 minutes. I had the presence of mind to tell myself that my reaction was so intense partly because my brain is trying to get used to the abscense of the old drug and the presence of the new drug. I took a cold bath (it’s pretty warm where i am) and then went back to bed, which is where i’ve now been for several hours. I only got up about two hours ago to feed my cats.

I hate feeling like this and even though i know it won’t last forever, I don’t know how long it will last. And of course, to top it off, i feel weak and like a loser. I know this is not true of course - i am actually pretty strong, and trying a new med is a brave thing to do - but the feeling is there nonetheless. Depression really knows how to get you wheb you’re down.

#Depression #MajorDepressiveDisorder #Anxiety #Medication #CheckInWithMe #Selfcare

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Was wondering if anyone who takes Prazosin for #PTSD nightmares also experiences bouts of lightheadedness. I am also on Lamictal for #BipolarDisorder as a mood stabilizer but have been experiencing more manic episodes. I am also on Remeron for insomnia and Abilify as an antipsychotic. I also have #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder and none of those medications seem to help with the emotional outburst. Is anyone else on any of these medications? What was your experience?

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When does medication turn into 'too many pills? #Bipolar2Disorder #Medication

I am on a mix of five different medications for my bipolar disorder and none of them are covered by my medical aid. I'm spending a decent chunk of my salary on medication and I still feel like I shut down whenever I'm not in a situation I'm forced to be 'on'. Is this normal? You'd think at this point I would be in a better place mentally, especially given the full on pharmacy (I feel like) I'm carrying around.

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Imagine What Would Happen If We Stopped Taking Our Pills? 💊 #Medication

<p>Imagine What Would Happen If We Stopped Taking Our Pills? 💊 <a class="tm-topic-link ugc-topic" title="medication" href="/topic/medication/" data-id="5b23ce9a00553f33fe99758f" data-name="medication" aria-label="hashtag medication">#Medication</a> </p>
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Gabapentin 2700mg is just NOT Enough #Gabapentin # #Nerve and joint pain #Medication

I can’t understand why my gabapentin just feels like nothing for my chronic pain and nerve damage.

I am suffering so immensely in my body and right now in this moment I just want to scream.

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I seriously need a new doctor

I was waiting all morning for my 11 am phone call appointment with my doctor. Couldn't do anything while waiting. As soon as I heard his voice on the call, I started tearing up, sweating, and hyperventilating.

Any tips for what to do while waiting for a new doctor in my area to start accepting new patients? Or dealing with a male doctor when you feel unsafe with male authority figures?

#Doctor #Medication #Waiting #AnxietyAttack #Anxiety #Depression #Trauma #CPTSD

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How to deal with lame psychiatrist who is accusing me of drug addiction?

Does anyone have advice on how to handle their psychaitrist miss-reading their un-medicated ADHD as (incorrect) signs of a drug addiction?

This message started out as a reply to another thread about medication questions (RE: Vyvanse), and in true ADHD-chatty-style, is a little long and wandering...


I also found Vyvanse too strong for me (20 mg), though I was so much less distracted with it than Adderal before it that it took me a few months to realize I eternally had tunnel-vision... and it took me 3 months to reach out to my doctor for help!

Once I finally got through to him (and navigated a drug test, as he couldn't believe that my un-medicated ADHD chatter and fidgeting was me SOBER) he prescribed Concerta - which was EVEN WORSE! I stopped it after 4 days of seeing dawn and not having eaten (or fed my cat, poor kitty...).

Now I'm back in limbo trying to get a timely response from my doctor, and in the 10 days it took for him to message me back, I've wrecked my car (bc distracted, shocker).

Once my doctor FINALLY responded - by frickin' email, after 9 (NINE) requests for help - he again thinks I have an addiction issue, and he won't help other than to give me the phone number to the Addiction Department for my insurance.

It's been a week since his last message and I've been trying to deal with all of the adulting the car accident (and financial issues, and aweful landlord issues, and having to move out because of them, and more).

My friend advised me to just go into Urgent Care to try and get around my doctor, but the stress and racing throughts have given me an epic face break-out (made worse by my anxious picking) and I fear any doctor will miss-read my state just as my psychiatrist has.

What a mess.

Ok, going to bed now, happy to have found this site and this community###, and feel so *heard* by every word of Mel Hebert's article on this site that brought me here:

8 'Quirks' I Realized Were Symptoms of ADHD

8 'Quirks' I Realized Were Symptoms of ADHD

Also thinking I should post this as a new message, instead of a reply, so it has a better chance of getting seen/responded to.

xo Plaid #ADHD #Medication

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High Blood Pressure, Medication Changes #BloodPressure #Medication

I’m wondering how long do you give a new bp med before you call the doctor because you realize it may be causing increased physical pain and symptoms?

I’ve only had a high blood pressure for a couple of years, extremely high. 180-200/104. Before that, I consistently had a bp of about 112/75-80, my whole adult life. Until the pain got unbearable again and mobility was affected so much, still is.

I’ve been on bp meds for about a year now. I take 2 different meds. It took months and months for me to get through to my doctor and make him hear me. Something has not been right in my body and I kept telling him, he’d blow it off.

My neurologist (a hundred miles away) continues to do bloodwork and every single time my potassium is too low, my sodium way to low, etc. The e.r. (heart attack scare), had to pump me full of saline and every blood test is showing the too lows, too highs, etc. She kept telling me to call my doc and tell him bp meds need adjusted, he’d blow it off.

Last week-
Finally, after a heated online message to him, he heard me. I was given an immediate next morning appointment (wow!, first time ever). He changed 1 of the 2 meds. I feel like it too, is making more pain in my legs, more full pressure feeling and more tingling. How long do I need to give this new med a try?

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I had my telephone appointment with the psychiatrist today. I didn't realize how much I just didn't expect any health professional to actually listen to me or understand me until I heard this doctor respond with "Yes, that must be really difficult" and other similar things. It threw me off!
So I am moving on to round 6 with a new antidepressant medication. I'm nervous about new potential side effects, but I'm ok with trying something new. I'm most nervous about my GP doctor being the one who will manage this new medication, but I can't do anything about that.
Here's to everyone out there who keeps trying even when it feels pointless. Reading your stories every day really does help me. #MightyTogether

#MentalHealth #Depression #TreatmentresistantDepression #Anxiety #Trauma #Psychiatrist

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REM Rebound: When Antidepressant Withdrawal Causes Vivid Dreams

My dreamscape is vivid, almost lucid — a tapestry of places I’ve been and seen and only imagined, but somehow recognizable even in the depths of my dream. I’m in a strange house, but I know it belongs to a close friend. I shouldn’t be there, I think. I try to leave when I see the window open; was it me? Had I come in this way? But I know it isn’t, because I look through the house only to find her, lifeless. She’s been murdered. The killer is out there. I jump through the window and run over the hills and fields that overlook my town, broken over the death of my friend. That’s when I hear the police sirens behind me; they think I did it. They’re coming for me. This is only a snippet of a recent nightmare that continued for what felt like hours. I don’t often dream these days, a common side effect of antidepressants; most antidepressants suppress REM sleep — REM meaning rapid eye movement, the stage of sleep in which we dream — by increasing the latency between the beginning of sleep and the first REM cycle, shortening the REM cycle, and decreasing REM density. In other words, it takes longer for us to dream, we have shorter dreams, and they’re less vivid. It stands to reason, then, that when our brains are lacking in our antidepressants, the opposite might happen. I’m currently reducing my SNRI (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) medication with the help of a psychiatrist, so I’ve been experiencing a few horrible side effects related to withdrawal. Firstly, while my body adjusts, I’m experiencing a depression rebound that feels a little like a shadow has been cast over everything. I have no real reason to be feeling so depressed; I’m just feeling so low. Secondly, I’m experiencing “REM rebound.” According to dream scientist Deirdre Barret, Ph.D., REM rebound can be caused by deprivation of REM sleep in a lab-based setting by interrupting sleepers once they begin to exhibit the signs of REM sleep, then allowing them to return to sleep. During REM rebound, REM latency is shortened, and both REM time and density are increased. In other words, we begin to dream quicker, we dream for longer, and our dreams become more vivid. This REM rebound is also caused by — you guessed it — antidepressant withdrawal. This is why, for the past two weekends as I taper down doses of my medication, I’ve been experiencing intense and vivid dreams that feel like they last all night; the texture of these dreams exceeds anything I experience while taking my regular dose of antidepressants, even when I’ve experienced trauma nightmares and I have acted out in my sleep. These dreams feel real, and that’s what has made my nightmares — like the one described above — feel all the more terrifying. I’ve experienced this before, too, when I’ve accidentally missed a dose of my antidepressant. In fact, it’s sometimes been the first sign that I missed the dose — my dreams are intense, and then my depression returns like a punch, unbidden and unexplained aside from the rebound effect. It doesn’t take much to cause this side effect. In fact, in tapering from 300mg to 225 mg, I’ve been reducing my dosage by 37.5mg with each step taking a week to acclimatize. But even this little step was enough to cause everything I described above. The night where I lost my friend left me shaken, and while it’s the worst I’ve had due to this medication reduction, it’s not the only intense dream I’ve had over the past few weeks. Each has been vivid, somewhat lucid tapestries, richly varied. Part of me misses the vivid dreams once my antidepressant’s REM suppressant qualities kick in again — how could I not when I’m a writer and they have a chance at offering such fresh inspiration? But they suppress all but the worst of my nightmares, and that’s a gift I’ll take right now. So, if you’re tapering off your antidepressants (or if you forget to take them) and you find your dreams take on an intense, cinema-like quality, know that it’s your brain’s way of trying to adjust to your new dosage. If you’re concerned, be sure to speak to a medical professional familiar with your medication. It always passes, though. It’ll be OK. Wishing you a restful, restorative sleep and the sweetest of dreams.