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I have been taking ultracet for the pass one year - am I addicted, how can I stop?

Question asked 26 Jun 2011 3 answers

Support groups: ultracet, pain, sleep disorders, sleep, medication

LaurieShay's comment: no antidote. it will gradually get better.

Tsh levels?

Question asked 1 day 21 hours ago 2 answers

Support groups: thyroid, endocrinology, blood test

LaurieShay's response: Stress could certainly be the cause. Are you taking your thyroid med on empty stomach first thing in morning? no iron supplements within 6 hours of taking it. Just trying to think of some simple possibilities. Given the stress of divorce if you ...

Nuvigil Cost is too high. Any suggestions?

Question asked 2 days 8 hours ago 2 answers

Support groups: nuvigil, pharmacy, discount card, narcolepsy

LaurieShay's answer: You can contact the manufacturer and see if you qualify for assistance. Just google Nuvigil. I have worked with them, very nice. I take Nuvigil's sister drug, Provigil, due to insurance demanding. Provogil generic, modafinil, is still very expensive ...

Depression - I've been hitting really low as MD adjusts my meds. Lexapro 10 mg to effexor er 37.5.?

Question asked 3 days ago 3 answers

Support groups: effexor, lexapro, depression, muscular dystrophy, serotonin syndrome

LaurieShay's comment: You are welcome and be sure to advocate for yourself at work. Don't let them discriminate because you have a mental illness that's presently not under control.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of paxil cr, and how long do they last?

Question asked 3 days ago 1 answer

Support groups: paxil cr, withdrawal, symptom

LaurieShay's answer: When stopping most antidepressants you can expect headache, diarrhea and general malaise. Also, there is something called "brain zap" sensations. Nothing to be concerned about just a strange zapping sensation in your head. It is always best to ...

Depression - I've been hitting really low as MD adjusts my meds. Lexapro 10 mg to effexor er 37.5.?

Question asked 3 days ago 3 answers

Support groups: effexor, lexapro, depression, muscular dystrophy, serotonin syndrome

LaurieShay's response: You are on a very low dose of Effexor. Maybe necessary to contact the doctor and let him know so that if he/she thinks appropriate, it can be increased earlier. Changing medications is a difficult time. Hang in there and know it will get better. If ...

No Motivation, Poor Decision Power, I Can't do?

Question asked 2 days 23 hours ago 2 answers

Support groups: anxiety, treatment, depression

LaurieShay's response: I too am taking desvenlafaxine and I also take bupropion. I must say the right medications are critical to treating our disorder, but sometimes they are not enough. I participate in talk therapy several times a month. I have found extremely helpful ...

I'm new to lamictal & clonopin and a low dose!?

Question asked 7 days ago 2 answers

Support groups: lamictal, anxiety, pain, panic disorder, baby, chest pain, klonopin, dosage, depression, chest, bipolar disorder, ...

LaurieShay's response: Lamictal is a good mood stabilizer and Klonopin a good anti anxiety medication for some people. I have taken both with excellent results. I'm not entirely clear on your symptoms, but wondering if you have tried antidepressants such as Zoloft which ...

High Blood Sugar?

Question asked 8 days ago 5 answers

Support groups: pre-diabetes, blood, thalassemia, smoking, anxiety, exhaustion

LaurieShay's response: That is your blood glucose level, not A1c. 121 is high for a fasting glucose which i ndicates diabetes. Changing diet and losing weight is best aside from taking a med such as metformin.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder how do I join this group?

Question asked 9 days ago 2 answers

Support groups: anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, disorder

LaurieShay's answer: you have joined. when someone asks a question or you ask a question in this group you will receive notification. welcome and happy trails.

I have Bipolar and. I am on Abilify, Prozac and Trileptal. I have gained 104 lbs. My Psychiatrist?

Question asked 13 days ago 4 answers

Support groups: abilify, prozac, trileptal, bipolar disorder, psychiatry, 5-htp

LaurieShay's comment: Dearest Kittens, I do understand as I have been dealing with the disorder since I was a child. I am now 53. It was a long hard road to reach stability, but worth the effort. I maintain my stability through meds and therapy, reducing stress, and ...

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