I am a alcoholic in recovery for the past 10 years. I've tried to quit smoking several different times. I was prescribed Wellbutrin and the patches. Wellbutrin made me aggressive with suicidal/homicidal thoughts. Needless to say, I stopped taking that. Just recently I started the Chantix starter pack. Was worried about the side affects, but I feel great. Even when I feel I'm going to be angry or stressed, my mind/thoughts seem to calm down. I was smoking almost 2 packs a day, now about a half a pack. I know that Chantix is for smoking cessation. But I am free of stress. This came up in a conversation at work. A friend suggested Lexapro. I am going to see my primary next month. Keep in mind I have never been diagnosed with anxiety. Any thoughts?
Congratulations on 10 years of recovery! Glad to hear the Chantix is working for your smoking. Meanwhile, I don't believe that Chantix has been approved as an anti-depressant, though it exhibits anti-depressant effects, due to concerns over side effects.
Personally, having first hand knowledge in the area of alcoholism, many of us alcoholics use and become addicted to alcohol because we use it to medicate other disorders such as depression and anxiety. The alcohol works as a medicine but ultimately at a very high cost (death, imprisonment, institutionalization, skid row) if we continue drinking in great excess. Of course, drinking excessively makes the depression and anxiety worse so we turn to alcohol more and more frequently - thus the chain of addiction.
I think it would be wise for you talk to your Doctor about Lexapro, Zoloft, Viibryd or some other SSRI anti-depressant. Fill your Doctor in on your alcoholism and recovery from it, your experience with Chantix and your anger issues. But I would advise against letting your Doctor prescribe the standard anti-depressant dose. Shoot lower, like 5 mg (instead of 10 mg) of Lexapro to start and give it a full 2 months to work at that dosage. It could be that may be all the more you need. The reason I advise that is because some of these anti-depressants can be difficult to withdrawal from when the time comes and some have health implications longer term at higher doses. Also, in order to be able to accurately assess the impact of the anti-depressant medication you may want to get off the Chantix before initiating your AD therapy.
All the best to you and take care for now
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