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Autoimmune diseases, Digestive disorders, Mental health disorders

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Mon, Jan 28 1:26pm · Anyone try Abilify? in Mental Health

I take a low dosage of Abilify (5mg) along with my Lexapro for depression, primarily. I have weaned off of Gabapentin that was helping with anxiety but giving me side-effects of brain fog and sleepiness. I don't know how my the Abilify contributes to my anxiety being under control, but it made a big difference with how effective the Lexapro is for my depression.

Fri, Jan 25 11:56pm · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

@bruce0712 , regarding Lexapro, I take it for depression primarily, but it's sometimes used for anxiety, too. My own issues with anxiety and worrying I am now coping with after stopping Gabapentin (used off-label for anxiety). If you are concerned about the side-effects of Lexapro like libido and weight gain, I would definitely speak to your doctor about those. There are other anxiety anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs that don't have so much impact in those areas.

Fri, Jan 25 11:50pm · Inability to live a normal life. in Epilepsy & Seizures

@davidinvegas, I was just looking at my notifications from Mayo Connect and saw that you posted. Just wanted to add my continued support to you as you work through all the issues that you are having. I've been struggling with some of my own things over the past couple of weeks, and it's nice to hear of others who are making their ways through challenges. 🙂

Tue, Jan 22 1:44pm · Mesenteric Panniculitis or Sclerosing Mesenteritis in Digestive Health

Regarding Purinethol (6MP), I did take it for a period of time for my Crohn's disease, and it was effective for me in getting me off Prednisone. I think that I did have some nausea at the beginning when I took it, but that went away. I had monthly blood tests, and when it was shown that my white blood cell count had dropped to a very low level I was told to discontinue the drug. It's too bad that it didn't work for me as a maintenance medication, as it wasn't until many years later when I was put on Humira that my Crohn's disease was really brought into remission.

Thu, Jan 10 1:34pm · depression/anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

I guess that I am one of the fortunate ones that it didn't take all that long (about 6 months) to find a combination of medications that work for me. I also very actively use CBT techniques to deal with negative thinking, and I think I wouldn't be able to be as functional as I am without it. I am tapering the medication I use for anxiety, as it was giving me brain fog and making me very tired in the afternoons. Today I'm taking 20mg of Lexapro and 5mg of Abilify, and that doesn't affect my energy detrimentally. When things were very bad for me I wasn't engaged in much activity, either. After being able to engage in work, which I was off for two years, with managing my sleep better, I have improved my verve quite a bit: I think it's important to be doing something meaningful for me within the limitations that I face today.

Thu, Jan 3 7:32am · STOPPING ANTIDEPRESSANTS MADE ME WORSE THAN EVER!! in Depression & Anxiety

@aliali, I would agree that since the antidepressants were working for you, that is your first area to consider as treatment, I would not jump ahead but rather seek alternatives that may have fewer side effects for you. My medication for depression and anxiety have caused me issues with memory and concentration, too, so I understand how frustrating it can be, and it can take a long time to sort it out; there are no quick fixes that I know about. Are you able to travel out of Kingdom on a medical Visa for a period of time that would allow you to seek more thorough mental health care? I know that sounds like a long shot, but it's worth considering.

Wed, Jan 2 6:56am · STOPPING ANTIDEPRESSANTS MADE ME WORSE THAN EVER!! in Depression & Anxiety

@aliali , I completely agree that you should consult with your prescribing doctor about what you did and how to follow up. Anti-depressants don't work by just making us feel happy or energetic (or just feeling less symptomatic), they work on the brain's chemistry in fundamental ways that require medical supervision for their use and for their discontinuation. Treating depression is not like taking antibiotics for an infection, and I think that doctors and pharmacists could do better to warn patients about this, even if it is described in the medical pamphlets that come with the pills.

Tue, Jan 1 12:21pm · Inability to live a normal life. in Epilepsy & Seizures

@davidinvegas , I'm glad that you are getting some financial support for things now, it helped me a lot when I was getting on my feet. Congratulations, too, on the job interview: after a long absence from the workplace I know that it may worry you a bit, but it's just an interview and nothing more. Just so you know, it took me a while to find a job, and I found that keeping up the search and applications was a good way to relieve any anxiety I had over one particular possibility. I have to agree that our physical health and mental health are very closely connected, it takes care for both to try to see improvements when you are ill.