A few years ago I was doing well on cymbalta/wellbutrin combo. Worst mistake I ever made was to do a sleep study, because I had to come off AD to get accurate reading. After that I went into a tailspin, of the worst anxiety and depression I ever had. My doctor put me on remeron for sleep/anxiety and depression. I feel better, but still have good and bad days. He said with my sleep issues, I should give remeron a chance, and back to back studies resulted in remeron being more effective in both anxiety and depression. He feels that even though I did well back then, the remeron is a much faster and more effective AD. Has anyone been on both to compare? I have an appointment in three weeks, and although I am not 100% I am so scared to switch for fear of that tailspin again. Thoughts???
25 May 2012
Hello haley4540. I have answered one of your previous questions and I do understand your worries and concerns. Depression is draining. Remeron would be the antidepressant. Cymbalta would be my choice for anxiety. I know I have said this earlier, previously but Mirtazapine/Remeron is not perscribed for anxiety. Be it GAD, panic attacks it wasn't manufactured for that purpose. If you find it helps,and it works for you continue taking it as perscribed by your doctor. I'm afraid I don't have any other suggestion aside from a different combination of drugs but that was not your question. Regards, pledge
25 May 2012
I am bipolar type 2 with major depressive episodes and have been in a whole bunch of this country's looney bins. When I started Cymbalta I turned into a functional human again. But I will say I took other psych meds along with Cymbalta. The most important one being Klonopin. Klonopin or clonazepam is a long acting tranquilizer used mainly in psychiatry for the treatment of GAD, panic attacks and it has some mood stabilizing effects, probably cuz you're not so freaked out all the time. I also was taking Depakote for the mood stabilizing properties until I just recently had a gawd awful allergic reacgion that nearly killed me. FYI, I got sick at the age of 13 and now at 56, in the whole life adventure, I must have been on every psych med ever thought of at one time or another. Different drugs worked at different times in my life. It, my life, has been a trip, but now I am very settled a happy most of the time.
Cymbalta saved my life until it no longer could control my "crash and burn" episodes. Still taking Klonopin or else I certainly would have lost my mind.
So, after reading your post, then sweet pledge's responses, I felt I needed to tell you a bit of my experiences.
So, to make a long story shorter, after a round of ECT zaps in January, I was started on Lamictal, slowly raising the dosage until I maxed out at 200 mgs. The only other psych med I'm on is my trusted friend Klonopin and I am free from depression and anxiety. Go figure, two miracle treatments in one lifetime. I am a fortunate crazy woman.
I suppose that's enough for one missive, I will friend you so that if you want, we can discuss things amongst ourselves with pledge available for any med questions I can't answer.
Just sayin' Haley...
Peace and Happiness,
26 May 2012
Hello. I have a friend who was on remeron since mid teens. It controlled anxiety and depression during that period. As she got older, she was switched to cymbalta. Anxiety is not always as well controlled, but depression remains under control. Then again she is in her twenties and since she cant go out and take the medication she skips it sometimes. Then she gets really anxious. The key to both of these meds is to take it on time and never skip a pill or take off schedule. Since anxiety can be helped with behavioral therapy, it is a great idea to pursue a qualified anxiety therapist.
The weight gain on remeron was small. But that is due to wisdom in eating. Good eating habits are important. I find it odd how many people will blame something rather than take responsibility for what they put in their mouths. If you are responsible, you need not worry about that part. Maybe ten pounds. Since it sheds easily it seems to be mostly water weight.
Take your meds and listen to the docs rather than your fears. When we have anxiety we blow things out of,proportion. The agitation fills our mind with all kinds of fear. Once the medication has full effect you will start to experience the benefits. Hang in there.
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