Depression: What medication can I try after so many years?

Posted by miray67 @miray67, Apr 22, 2020

I have fought depression and anxiety since I was about seven years old when I had panic attacks. Without revealing my age what can you take when you have tried all the older medicines? It’s been with me for MANY years. Not the panic attacks but long spells of depression and anxiety to the point I am ver shaky most of the time. I’m sure there newer medications than the ones doctors want me to try again. I am now on Paxil again after trying it back in 1995. Seems it does everything except what it’s supposed to do. My present doctor refuses to change it but has reduced the dosage again to 25mg from 37.5. I hate to keep changing doctors and trying over and over. Being confined for so long hasn’t helped, of course. I am in good health for my age, still drive a little and do most everything for my self with weak need and chronic pain.

Anyone who needs these meds and/or pain meds could benefit from GeneSite testing.

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@summertime4

@lilypaws I think I belong to this group. I am summertime4. I am over board with frustration stemming from neuropathy, lymphedema, back issues. I do belong to the neuropathy group which is very helpful. My anxiety and depression are wearing me down as much as the pain is. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety long time ago. I have been on sooo many medications. One I remember being helpful was Zyprexia. I took it for several years and the entire time my head was feeling normal my body was getting heavier and heavier. The weight gain was too unhealthy so I weaned off. It was the worst time I ever had with medication withdrawal. I know it was at least a year of sheer hell. Oh I lost weight 208 down to 145 within 6 months along with the depression. Moving fast forward. I continued with depression and anxiety and was on several medications. I think I stayed on Zoloft for years. Ok-2 years ago my husband died. I bean seeing another provider as I really wasn't seeing a psychiatric nurse and just getting meds from my PCP. I was prescribed Effexor. Didn't do anything but stayed on it, @ months ago I was referred to a psychiatric nurse for medication check. She did Genesight test. Effexor wasn't a good med for me/ Of course I knew that. Very difficult withdrawal from 37.5 Effexor and while withdrawing was prescribed Trintellix. Stopped 2 days ago under doctor's ok. So 3 days no psychiatric meds. Nurse recommended Pristiq. Has anyone taken that? Sounds alot like Effexor. I also looked up

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I'm so sorry for all you've been through with all the meds and the grief of losing your husband. I went through so many meds and was sensitive to in one way or another to all of them. I know that we are all different in what works for us but Lithium is what finally cured me with NO side effects probably because it is a salt, a natural element, not a drug. I have been taking it for 33 years! Check with your Doc on this one and by the way, you probably learned, it is dangerous to stop taking a med without getting the OK from your Doctor first. God Bless You.

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I am amazed that you did so well with lithium. Not surprised by the success but the lack of side effects. I've known several people, artists who kept going off lithium because it killed their creativity and sex drive, both of which are of tantamount importance to artists. I'm glad to hear that news. For years, manic depression was considered the most dreaded form of depression because lithium was what worked and that it had those side effects. Live and learn.

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@buyearly

I'm so sorry for all you've been through with all the meds and the grief of losing your husband. I went through so many meds and was sensitive to in one way or another to all of them. I know that we are all different in what works for us but Lithium is what finally cured me with NO side effects probably because it is a salt, a natural element, not a drug. I have been taking it for 33 years! Check with your Doc on this one and by the way, you probably learned, it is dangerous to stop taking a med without getting the OK from your Doctor first. God Bless You.

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@summertime4 Sounds like things have been really tough for you. I lost my first husband (who I loved so much) on after being married for 11 days. I was only 18. It was hard, but I'm married again. It's hard losing a husband, how long were you married?
I have been through all kinds of antidepressants (mental illness runs in our family) my mom took her own life. My son is Bipolar 1 and we have no contact with him or his family and both my sisters and others down through my family fight mental illness.
One med does not help another. For me the med that works is Lexapro and Lamictal, which is a mood stablelizer.(sp) and Klonopin, which I don't have to use more than 2 a day. I can take 3 1mg a day. My love and thoughts are with you and may God put his arms around you and give you peace.

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I am 75 y/o as of May 21. I have been on antidepressants for over 20 years. Some meds worked. Some did not. As of yesterday May 27, I am taking Vraylar. This is an anti psychotic med also used for bipolar and psychotic behavior. No, I have not been diagnosed as bipolar or psychotic. Many years ago a doctor did prescribe Zyprexia and it worked well. I went off because of weight gain. Ok so now after Effexor and several others I asked the doctor to put on Zyprexia. Well she doesn't prescribe that. She did prescribe Vraylar. This is an antipsycholi. The typical dose is one time a day. She wants me to go slow so I am to take 1.5 mg 2 times a week. I took the first one yesterday. I am feeling pretty awful right now and of course feel awful Has anyone taken Vraylar?

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@summertime4

I am 75 y/o as of May 21. I have been on antidepressants for over 20 years. Some meds worked. Some did not. As of yesterday May 27, I am taking Vraylar. This is an anti psychotic med also used for bipolar and psychotic behavior. No, I have not been diagnosed as bipolar or psychotic. Many years ago a doctor did prescribe Zyprexia and it worked well. I went off because of weight gain. Ok so now after Effexor and several others I asked the doctor to put on Zyprexia. Well she doesn't prescribe that. She did prescribe Vraylar. This is an antipsycholi. The typical dose is one time a day. She wants me to go slow so I am to take 1.5 mg 2 times a week. I took the first one yesterday. I am feeling pretty awful right now and of course feel awful Has anyone taken Vraylar?

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@summertime4, I moved your message to this discussion where you've connected with other members like @gailb @lilypaws @wsh66 @miray67 and more who are talking about the search for a medication that will help with depression and anxiety. I'd also like to bring in @sandij @lla2019 and @roochie who have taken Vraylar for depression.

Summertime, I suggest keeping a journal about your symptoms and feelings. Can you describe the awful feeling you're having?

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@colleenyoung Thank you Coleen. The awful feelings I have are nauseousness, depression, dizziness, body temp out of wack. I will get sweating and then cold. I have only taken 1 1.5 tablet of Vraylar yesterday and thes feelings are why we changed medications. I general I feel all over awful. Pain from neuropathy. Acid reflux. Stomach pain. Of course depression. What is going on. Can't remain like this.

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@summertime4

@colleenyoung Thank you Coleen. The awful feelings I have are nauseousness, depression, dizziness, body temp out of wack. I will get sweating and then cold. I have only taken 1 1.5 tablet of Vraylar yesterday and thes feelings are why we changed medications. I general I feel all over awful. Pain from neuropathy. Acid reflux. Stomach pain. Of course depression. What is going on. Can't remain like this.

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@summertime4 I am so sorry you are having all those problems. I'm not familiar with Vraylar so can't help you much. I just feel sad for you. I know I have been on medicines that drove me crazy. Luckily, I'm on one that works for me. I hope you get answers so you can feel better. Have you let your doctor know of all the bad symtoms you are having?

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@colleenyoung

@summertime4, I moved your message to this discussion where you've connected with other members like @gailb @lilypaws @wsh66 @miray67 and more who are talking about the search for a medication that will help with depression and anxiety. I'd also like to bring in @sandij @lla2019 and @roochie who have taken Vraylar for depression.

Summertime, I suggest keeping a journal about your symptoms and feelings. Can you describe the awful feeling you're having?

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@summertime4 I am on Lexapro and Lamictal and do very well. I was on Rexalta and it made me feel wonderful and alive, but I got the bad side effect of shaky lips. Lamicatal is used for seizures, but is also a mood elevator. Lexapro is the only anti-depressant that has worked for me and I have been on almost all of them. I know bipolar drugs do not help me, since I'm not bipolar, except for Rexalta it was wonderful drug and I wish I didn't have to go off of it. I have gained 11 pounds from being on Tymlos to strengthen my bones. I have other side effects, but my surgeon told me that if I went off of it they would have to reschedule my surgery on June 9th. I'm going to continue it, because I have been waiting for this surgery for a long time. I hope you get feeling better.

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Vraylar didn't work for me due to the side effects of severe muscle pain. I am now trying lamictal in addition to effexor

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@colleenyoung

@summertime4, I moved your message to this discussion where you've connected with other members like @gailb @lilypaws @wsh66 @miray67 and more who are talking about the search for a medication that will help with depression and anxiety. I'd also like to bring in @sandij @lla2019 and @roochie who have taken Vraylar for depression.

Summertime, I suggest keeping a journal about your symptoms and feelings. Can you describe the awful feeling you're having?

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I know I've replied to some before but it bears repeating that after 45 years of depression, 2 nervous breakdowns, numerous, many meds, many meds, always keep notes of side effects, advise your doctor, and quit a med before talking to him and NEVER give up. 33 years ago I changed doctors to a Neuropsychiatrist who finally correctly diagnosed Bipolor/OCD primarily based in genetics, prescribed Lithium and mild seisure med which I have been on for 33 years. Prayer, Faith, Hope.. Every body is different and everybody may require a different solution before reaching optimum success!

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@wsh66

The or no the? What do you take?

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@wsh66

Usually CBD has a tiny bit of THC in it, but not enough to cause regulation of it as a drug. It is part of Cannabis, but doesn't cause the feeling of being "high," which is why most people can use it. To learn more about marijuana and its use and components, I recommend Dr. Sulak's information at Healer.com. You can also contact NORML.org, which is an organization supporting legalizing marijuana at the federal level. They are both informative sites. Just enter their names on Google and you'll see them. I hope this will be helpful.

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