ARE YOUR MEDS HELPING OR HINDERING YOUR DEPRESSION?

Posted by grandmaR @grandmar, Apr 23, 2019

Good Morning All!

I was cleaning out my saved messages this morning when I came across an article I was saving to share with my doc.
I might have shared it with you before, can't remember.
Even if I did, I think it is worth another share.
Many of us are on multiple meds for multiple conditions.
Although they might be helping for that specific ailment, can we be sure that it is not having an impact on our mental health?????
As I re-read this, I realized WHY I kept this article; I am taking many of the meds on this list (for other ailments).
Can these meds not only make my anxiety worse, but impact my ability to wean down from my Effexor?
Food for thought.

Have a happy mental health day………..
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)
https://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-2019/depression-side-effects-prescription-drugs.html?cmp=EMC-DSO-NLC-WBLTR—NMCTRL-031519-F1-3638047&ET_CID=3638047&ET_RID=8426170&mi_u=8426170&mi_ecmp=20190315_Webletter_NM_CTRL_Winner_685000_1009402&encparam=JhroBFvDhdqKSRvuiZYWnFU93kHt%2fyyxTjsBbtXPqkE%3d

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@lioness– I know Linda. Wasn't blaming you at all.

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@merpreb I didn't take it that way Merry The system and drug companies need an overhaul

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@lioness

@grandmar I was watching T.V. when lawyers came on and said if your taking Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella or gabapentin and experience bad reactions call this number It's 800 617 77?? If I hear it again I,ll get all the numbers I know I took myself off as the side effects where bad .Have a good day

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@lioness
Hi!
I agree that those lawyers who do these ads are richer "ambulance chasers" because they can afford TV commercials and billboards.
The purpose I posted the article is for us to have conversations with our docs IF we are taking any of these drugs and having adverse affects.
I was NOT passing along the information for the purpose of a lawsuit.
I just wanted to share something I thought was informative.

Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@grandmar

@lioness
Hi!
I agree that those lawyers who do these ads are richer "ambulance chasers" because they can afford TV commercials and billboards.
The purpose I posted the article is for us to have conversations with our docs IF we are taking any of these drugs and having adverse affects.
I was NOT passing along the information for the purpose of a lawsuit.
I just wanted to share something I thought was informative.

Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@grandmar– Thank you for posting this again. It is extremely informative. Everyone needs to have a sit down with their drs if they are being prescribed a medicine!

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@merpreb

@grandmar– Thank you for posting this again. It is extremely informative. Everyone needs to have a sit down with their drs if they are being prescribed a medicine!

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You are welcome and thank you!
Ronnie

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@grandmar

@lioness
Hi!
I agree that those lawyers who do these ads are richer "ambulance chasers" because they can afford TV commercials and billboards.
The purpose I posted the article is for us to have conversations with our docs IF we are taking any of these drugs and having adverse affects.
I was NOT passing along the information for the purpose of a lawsuit.
I just wanted to share something I thought was informative.

Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@grandmar That's all I was doing giving information OF course you talk to your Dr that's a given

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It is my humble opinion that medications may help or hinder depression. There are so many different medications these days for the same diagnosis and my belief is that because each body can react differently to the same medication you have to have a variety. Sometimes it's a matter of trial and error to find the right combination. I do agree there are pharmaceutical companies that will give a bonus to doctors or clinics or hospitals if they promote a specific drug. I've seen it happen and it's shameful.
Ginger

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@gingerw
Valuable insights, Ginger!

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This discipline in the practice of medicine is truly a “practice”, and the fact that any drug therapy or psychotherapy works is an exercise in the unknown. I’ve been dealing with depression/anxiety for over 30 years, a genetic gift from a parent. I have tried too many medications than I wish to enumerate, some worked, others recently put me on the brink of Suicide. I have had psychotherapy with pastoral counselors, psychologists , social workers and psychiatrists. The benefits are all over the board. We have humans, dealing with humans, and the human brain is neither predictable or understood. I’m doing the best I can, and it is not bad as I write this. I am 71 years old. I will do what I can. I am convinced that only the end of my normal cycle of life will afford me the peace which has been so elusive in my life. Heaven help those who are stifled by the societal stigma, the money to get help, or a condition which doesn’t let them know there is an issue to begin with.

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I appreciate TMZ's coverage of Britney Spears' struggles. They have called attention to the fact that some meds work to start with but may, after a period of time, no longer be effective. They've also talked about that finding the right medication or combination can take time. They have been talking about mental health but I've noticed that people with RA have the same issue.
For some it's new meds that provide relief. For me it was going back to an old med that very few prescribe any more (MAOI). Finding a doctor who even mentioned this med took several years. Please do not give up finding an ethical doctor who will do what's best for you. They are out there.

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