History I have been on Effexor (caused spider veins on my legs and feet) so I went on Cymbalta. I was in a bad marriage and self medicated with alcohol and Klonopin, small dosages but enough to cause PROBLEMS 2.5 yrs ago. I left my husband 2 years ago and my divorce was final Sept 2010. I started taking SSRI's which caused sleeping problems so that is why Effexor. Switched to Cymbalta with Klonopin but I self medicated so I don't think it worked. So I just went off both. I am currently on Prestiq and have been for 2 yrs, my doctor gave me Ativan which I took to help sleep occasionally. Then in January I tried to drink socially again, just not convinced I am an alcoholic(I'll save that for another day) anyhow my anxiety went through the roof so I stopped and have been depressed ever since. Talk about doom and gloom feeling!! My Dr added Wellbutrin and gave me Ativan. I have been taking .5 mg up to 2 times a day for about 6 weeks now. I want to get off all these meds and get my life back. I was pretty normal before I got married but my Narcissistic ex constantly badgered me and I believed I was crazy and I needed help so I got it. My problem is I am so depressed but I really want to clean out my system and figure out WTH is wrong if anything with me :(. Any advise would help. I will give more information if you need it. Oh and I started on meds in 2000. Off and on. Current meds :Prestiq 50 mgs, Wellbutrin 150mg and .5 Ativan up to 2 times a day.
Look what u have been through.u need time to heal.having a therapist just might help.getting on a good med.have u tried estrogin?but a low dosage.sometimes this is what we need.i know when i didnt have my estrogen my body went hay wire.but im 45 so.i dont know your age.i know women that have had historectomys might need estrogen.& this time of the yr with the weather being wishy washy can make u depressed as well.also dont feel rained on ive been crying too.feeling over whelmed & on the pitty pot.Its just something dealing with all theese meds.i just gave up.im anxious to find out what the dr is going to put me on come june.I wish u all the best.dont b so hard on yourself give yourself more time u will heal..god bless.
I also take Pristiq and Wellbutrin for depression. I have been on this combo for several months now and have been on some kind of antidepressant for years and years. Only you and your doctor can decide if you need to be on the meds. You have been through alot in the past few years and it will take time to heal and get your stress levels back under control. While you work on getting your life back on an even keel, don't be afraid to continue the meds.
How long have you been taking the Wellbutrin? You mentioned that you have been on the Pristiq several months and the Wellbutrin was just added. You may need to give the combination more time. If you are still depressed after being on this combo for a month or so then please get the doctor to evaluate.
Are you getting any counseling along with the drug therapy? You may well benefit from some talk therapy to help you sort out the past and get on with your life in the present. Talk therapy will help you reduce the stress levels and get your life on track quicker, after which you can decide if you need to continue on the meds.
Just my thoughts, you are more than welcome to write me anytime. Keep in touch,
It is understandable why you would want to try come off the anti d's,what with your ex husband convincing you that you have a prob in the first place,speak with your doc about it first then if he/she ok's it then give it a try but dont rule out going back on something if you feel you cant cope.You have been through an awful lot and i feel for you but you know whats right for you and if you feel ready to quit all the meds well then best of luck to you with it.Just dont be so hard on yourself and if it does'nt work out and you feel you need to go back on something,there are so many different anti d's out there and sometimes we all need a little help to get through our lives.
Anyways best of luck,let us know how you're getting on
Reading your posts are like reading my own diary from years back. My heart goes out to you. I was horrifically depressed, going through my first divorce, and self-medicating wasn't working - but I didn't know what else to do! I can share with you what helped me, and maybe it may be of some help to you.
First off, anti-depressants are less likely to work if we're using other substances. So if you're still drinking and/or using benzodiazepenes (like ativan or klonopin, in the past) - you aren't likely to find relief from the anti-depressant.
Second, the benzo drugs, like ativan, are really a double-edged sword. They are not intended for long-term use, but doctors routinely do so. In fact, their own literature states that it should not be used for more than 4 months. Benzos are, in my opinion (as a professional in addiction recovery) nothing short of poison. I've witnessed far too many clients go through hell while on it - and go through another kind of hell, going off it.
Although ativan is given to relieve anxiety - it often backfires, and actually produces MORE anxiety, the longer (or more often) you use it.
Ativan also intensifies the effects of alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant in itself. (We feel good for a short time while drinking - but plunge into deeper depression down the road - so we drink again, to ease that depression, and fuel more future depression, into a never-ending cycle.) So, if you add the sedative effect of ativan with the sedative effect of alcohol - you're almost guaranteed to feel down.
Therapy is a tremendous help. But, for me, as long as I was relying on drugs or alcohol, the help of therapy was very limited. My emotions were not "real" - they were magnified or minimized by the chemicals in my body. I was using a chemical of one sort or another to cope with life. So how could I learn new ways of coping, when I still relied on that "quick fix" of a drink or drug? I couldn't. I learned a lot during that time, but nothing really changed within.
My marriage had been very abusive and volitile, with a terribly controlling husband. Divorce was a roller coaster of emotions, as he tormented me again and again. I was pretty lost in feeling victimized, and could not see my way out of the misery.
For what, what turned my life around was getting some SERIOUS professional help - by going in-patient in a treatment center for addiction. Even if we're self-medicating, it's still drug abuse - it's still addiction. Those labels don't even faze me any longer! Once I was there, I was able to SAFELY detox off all the drugs and the drinking - with temporary medication to ease the symptoms - and allow my body and mind to heal. There is no healing when drugs are in the mix. Our normal brain chemistry is out of whack - seratonin, dopamine, all of it. All the while, I was gaining daily counseling and group therapy. I was becoming rebuilt, in essence. It was hard to stick it out (I did 6 months!) - but it was the BEST gift I ever gave myself. My life changed completely from that point on.
AFTER the drugs were out of my system, only then could I - or the professionals - see what part of my depression, anxiety or other symptoms were "real" - were mine - or were responses to the drugs.
Long post - sorry - and grateful if you're still reading! But this is what turned my life around. I had to get so completely fed up with the misery that I became willing to do ANYTHING I had to do to gain relief. The depression and anxiety are behind me now. The drug and alcohol use is history; I've been clean and sober for years. After years of counseling, I'm able to love and respect myself today - and able to having a supportive, loving marriage for the first time in my life.
ALL of this is possible for you, too. Please don't sell yourself short. Don't settle for less than you can have. I hope you'll consider taking some steps to change your life. If you want different results, you're going to have to do something differently.
Hunny... Pray everyday! I havent been through a divorce but Alot of sh*t too and have tried tons of SSRI's and was on effexor before along with 1 mg ativan as needed. I think the best solution is to seek counseling (in any way you can) and let go of the baggage and free your soul. I have yet to do this, haha, but do believe that you can heal from within and be at peace SOMEDAY with out any help from meds. My heart goes out to you,godbless.
P.S. as far as the alcohol, well iv'e been asking myself the same questions... and if you have to "save that for another day" there's something there babe! **side note: is it dangerous because I am on 4 mg klon a day and want to kno if drinking is dangerous; or just add to the labeled "may increase drowsiness
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