i have been taking anti depresants every day for about 20 years. i'm wondering if there's something to take for just bad days.
25 Jun 2012
How are you? You have received several different answers. Some of them differ a little than the others. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Benzodiazapine's, such as Valium, Xanax, Ativan, ect... are medication's for anxiety disorder, and as already mentioned... you could, and need to talk to you're dr. about that. I have Anxiety disorder and take a long acting one called Klonopin. Unfortunately due to some severe trauma in my life a couple of years back, I was put back on it, and still have problems with anxiety and I and my dr. feel I still need to take it for the time being. However, I do have to take them every day, not on an as needed basis. As everyone has mentioned, they can be/are addictive. Very true. But there are certain conditions that require certain medications that can be addictive. You need to be very careful. However, you mentioned mood and anxiety. Benzo's might not be the way you need to go at all. The best thing to do is have a heart to heart with you're dr. There are alot of other drugs that help with mood and anxiety both. It took me a long time to find the right medicines that would work for me, but with alot of patience, I have finally found the right ones. I do feel for you. Mood and anxiety disorder's are no walk in the park. I have suffered for years and years with this. I still have my bad times, but for the most part it is under control. I wish you all the luck finding what you need. Best wishes to you and take care. Ruthie
24 Jun 2012
Unfortunately, most meds require keeping the blood level steady thus taking daily in order to work effectively. Otherwise, you aren't keeping what is called a theraputic level in your blood and hence the medication doesn't work as well if at all. Anxiety can be treated prn (as needed) with benzodiazepines which incidently are addictive, but accompanied by a mood disorder really requires a daily medication regimen.
25 Jun 2012
Hello. Has therapy helped you? Often changes in ones life can cause a real benefit when plagued with depression or anxiety. Support groups also help.
Don't know if you have thought about this, but treating with a med for twenty years is no different than treating diabetes. Daily medications and daily testing goes with that so at least your fingers aren't full of holes. Taking a long term med as you have is really a lot easier. A disease takes what it takes. The alternate can be pretty difficult or even dangerous. I am diabetic thanks to the meds I take. Depressed thanks to the meds I take. Anxious, same reason. I am alive and I keep going as do my meds. I owe that to family, friends, husband, daughter and myself. Hang in there. There are so many in your shoes, karen
24 Jun 2012
The only thing i could think of are benzo's (such as Diazepam) for bad days of anxiety, but they are addictive. And very hard to withdraw from. You may be having bad days every so often now, but if you discontinue the use of the anti-depressants, you may find you have these bad days much more often, and that you actually do need to take a daily medication? Have you discussed this with your doctor?
25 Jun 2012
There are meds that you can take for "seasonal" type mood disorders... therefore don't take every day of the year. Just for a few months at a time.
Before sending you further down the med path, have you talked with a therapist or a psychiatrist to get a better handle on why this is occurring rather than just taking a pill and hoping it works? A lot of us do other things to also help the meds along. Working out, water aerobics, walking... keeping busy, hobbies.
But you mentioned taking anti depressants for about 20 years. Has something changed? Are they no longer working or you just don't want to take them every day???
Sometimes it is better to just take them... sort of like a supplement and not with an attitude that there is nothing that bad wrong with you any more or are you concerned about people knowing you take them? If they are working... frankly I would just take them... sometimes when we come off meds things are okay for a while but I can tell you from experience that the backsliding I always did wasn't worth it for me. I was either going to take them for life or not at all.
I hope that has helped you some and let us know how you are doing.
What kind of things are you interested in doing???
24 Jun 2012
Hello medinfoplz. As previously mentioned the Benzodiazepine family (quick acting only) can be taken on a need to basis. The longer twenty four hour benzodiazepines would not really help you. Long term therapy drugs that need to be taken daily, as was/is intended by the maunfacturers. I might suggest a MAOI, people do well on them. The drawback being a fairly strict diet, needs to be adhered to. But more often than not, if a person responds well to a MAOI, they give up the dietery restrictions to beable to fuction at a level that only a MAOI can offer a person. Best of wishes to you, pledge
25 Jun 2012
The only meds I can think of is, Xanax XR (alprazolam), which is taken once a day everyday or as needed. The way my doctor explained to me alprazoelam the medication is like a rollercoaster that is why you have to take the meds 2-3 times a day or even 4 times a day, but with extended released operates is a straight no waves. Your moods are narrowed. Xanax It is fast-acting, taking effect in as little as 15 minutes. The more GABAs you have, the more effectively the Xanax will work.
Xanax works well to relax and calm the body, but it also has side effects which include drowsiness, impaired coordination, speech difficulties and *weight gain*. I take Lamictal it is a mood stabilizer it helps with the mood swings accompanied with the bipolar disorder. Another drug I have in mind Wellbrutin, an antidepressant SSRIs.
Be your own advocate when it comes to medication look at the current meds you are on, including the dosages. Work with your doctor(s), tell them your concerns.
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