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Middle aged woman who is bipolar and suffers mostly from depression. Have dealt with chronic pain for years. I have been on many medications for pain, depression, mood swings and anxiety. I use... read more

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How do I stop taking Venlafaxine XR 75mg?

Question asked 4 days ago 2 answers

Support groups: venlafaxine, medication, pill, generalized anxiety disorder

LaurieShay's answer: You can expect some pretty aweful withdrawal effects if you stop abruptly from 75mgs such as headache, nausea, diarrhea and "brain zaps" which are strange electrical like sensations in your head. Best to reduce dosage slowly. If you can obtain 37.5 ...

Anxiety or menopause?

Question asked 8 days ago 1 answer

Support groups: cymbalta, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, menopausal disorders, vertigo

LaurieShay's comment: once you are on the wellbutrin for several weeks when you up the dose the side effects will be less than when you first started. Don't split the wellbutrin pill in half if it is XL or SR after the name.

Anxiety or menopause?

Question asked 8 days ago 1 answer

Support groups: cymbalta, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, menopausal disorders, vertigo

LaurieShay's response: If you recently stopped the Cymbalta, you could be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. If you recently started the Wellbutrin then you could be having some side effects. They are trnsient and should stop within the first 2 weeks. 300mgs is the ...

Medication - Hi there, I have really bad anxiety and panic attacks. I have always taken Xanax as?

Question asked 8 days ago 2 answers

Support groups: klonopin, xanax, anxiety, panic disorder, doctor, medication, dosage

LaurieShay's comment: One dose of klonopin is not going to hurt you if you stop. You can take the Xanax when you need it.

Medication - want to taper of 1.mg of clonzepam but nervous to?

Question asked 8 days ago 2 answers

Support groups: anxiety, side effect, nervous, medication, clonazepam, benzodiazepine withdrawal

LaurieShay's response: I would not just stop at 1 mg, but taper down to .25mgs or one fourth of a 1mg pill. Cut your 1mg pills into four pieces and reduce to 3/4's of a pill for 2 weeks, then drop to 1/2 a pill for 2 weeks, then to 1/4 for two weeks then 1/4 every other ...

Bupropion - Is there a light at the end of the tunnel when increasing dosage of 150mg to 300mg?

Question asked 9 days ago 3 answers

Support groups: bupropion, dosage, doctor, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder

LaurieShay's response: The usual therapuetic dose is 300mgs. the side effects you describe are pretty normal when increasing and will subside. If not better in another week or if they become worse, let your doctor know asap.

Moving from Lexapro to Cymbalta for anxiety (GAD) and depression?

Question asked 9 days ago 2 answers

Support groups: cymbalta, lexapro, depression, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder

LaurieShay's response: I had great success for many years with Cymbalta. It helped me manage both my depression and anxiety. I eventually switched to Pristiq because I was sleeping too much. Doctor thought the Cymbalta may have been too sedating. Now I take a medication ...

Generic - Can 2MG equal 25MG?

Question asked 10 days ago 3 answers

Support groups: risperidone, generic, prescription, pharmacist, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression

LaurieShay's response: These are not the same drugs nor the same dosage. Please contact the pharmacy. A mistake has been made.

Generic - Can 2MG equal 25MG?

Question asked 10 days ago 3 answers

Support groups: risperidone, generic, prescription, pharmacist, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression

LaurieShay's response: no

Depression - Abilify...any thoughts?

Question asked 12 days ago 3 answers

Support groups: abilify, depression

LaurieShay's response: I have found Abilify to be a great addition to my antidepressant as well as a good mood stabilizer. I have not had any of the side effects possible fortunately.?

Clonazepam - dose of clonazepam?

Question asked 16 days ago 1 answer

Support groups: clonazepam, dosage, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder

LaurieShay's response: Klonopin (clonazepam) is generally taken at higher doses when used for sleep. while is is a long acting benzodiazepine compared to say Xanax, it takes longer to be affective and therefore is taken in higher doses for sleep. do not increase on your ...

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