... effects, I asked for Wellbutrin but I don't feel much of a change. The Dr had also prescribed Citalopram but I read where it interacts with Gleevek. I cry a lot even at work- it's very embarrassing. Aside from being a little lonely and having non-symptomatic chronic leukemia, I don't have any major problems but my thoughts always run to the negative no matter how I try to think positively. What do other people take for anxiety?
4 Aug 2011
Hello betterdays, im sorry to hear what you are going through, but as you can tell you are not alone. I have tried many antidepressants and unfortunatley it takes a while before you find the one that works for you. I am currently on 150 mg of Zoloft and i am starting to feel the effects after 7 weeks. Hang in there, i also have to work on my negative thinking, i do it daily. Try reading a book. I recently purchased one called "You cant afford the luxury of a negative thought" its very good and not expensive at all. Check it out.
5 Aug 2011
It looks like there are some really good responses. For my anxiety I take 75mg of Zoloft and for depresson 300 mg. I am happy with them both. I havent' gained weight and that's a huge deal to me. I also go to yoga at least 4x a week and get out for some fresh air. Hang in there and see how you are after a month.
4 Aug 2011
Several weeks may pass before your symptoms improve. Do not stop taking Wellbutrin without checking with your doctor. However, I would NOT stop taking it for the depression until you at least get to 300 mg. a day for a month.
I don't know how long you have been on this, but it works well for some people, but takes a bit longer to take full effect that the SSRIs. If, after that, if it still doesn't work, Zoloft is a good SSRI for depression/crying.
By the way, Wellbutrin is not a treatment for anxiety, or a benzodiazepine.
I take the old fashioned generic valium for that, but after a while the effect is very little or nil. However, the newer anti-anxiety meds are more addictive because of their shorter 1/2 lives.
Good luck. I know how it is to cry so much you embarras yourself. Been there. Done that.
4 Aug 2011
Hello betterdays. I took some time to think things out before I started to write down my thoughts in as much as answering your question. Well, betterdays, I know we've all had them, and look forward to seeing them come around once again. I am not trying to be sarcastic here, by no means, no. Its easy for me to say, yes better days will arrive for I'm not standing in your shoes and there, you are right. It my father passed away many years ago, from leukemia, and just by seeing how he went on in his daily routine of living, I can in some ways identify, not that I need to, but its just that in this case I do. You finished by asking about what others take for anxiety. But you were talking about wellbutrin and citalopram, which as you know are anti-depressants. There are three or four drug families when it comes to pyschiatric medication. I'm going to just post this thread, and allow others to answer your question.
Better yet, could you just confirm wether you are asking about another anti-depressant or as you asked previously, what to take for anxiety. I'll be in and away from my cmpter. but will post here again. Ok? :-0)
4 Aug 2011
Hmmmm. After reading your question a couple of times, & then reading Pledges answer, I wonder if you need a pill at all. Sometimes talk therapy does more good than any pill in the world. Mentioning that you cry alot at work does indeed sound like depression. Do you have friends at work? Do you enjoy what you do? Maybe answering these 2 questions could help you. Antidepressants have their place is no doubt, but I don't read anxiety into this from where I sit. Xanax or some other benzo may calm you down, but I don't believe that is the root of your problem. Why don't you set up an appointment to talk to a therapist or physcologist. He/ she could better decide if this is really chrontic depression & steer you to a physciatrist for medication. It could be just talking about your problems may help you. Good luck to you, I wish you the best...
1 Sep 2011
I think Mary632009 hit on something that is often overlooked. Talk therapy, combined with drugs, is often the best treatment for depression. For some reason it seems to work better than drugs alone, the thinking that therapy helps change patterns of thing while drugs alleviate the symptoms. It's hard to find the right drug and almost harder to find the right therapist... it seems everything's about finding the right 'chemistry' :). But I can say that therapy has helped (along with drugs) a great deal.
Hang in there as best you can.
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