I am feeling a little lost. On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, I saw my psychiatrist for a meds check. I had been feeling bad and anxious and much more but I don't know how much you want to hear about that. My body is constantly anxious according to my Internist. I will tell you the meds I take and I will tell you my medical conditions I take. Vyvanse (70mg), Synthroid (.05mg X2), Adderall (10mg-one when I wake up and one four hours later), Klonopin (.5mg one when I get up and one when I go to bed), Xanax (2mg at night but am prescribed to take up to three a day as needed), Trazodone (150mg), Latuda (40mg). I have Bipolar Disorder I, Fybromyalgia, Agoraphobia, ADHD, Hypothyroidism. I started the new meds (Klonopin and Adderall) on Thursday, September 13, 2012. It has all gone down hill from there. I am majorly depressed, I feel lonely, hopeless, empty and scared. I was not having those feelings before the added meds. I am use to the chronic pain, the high anxiety, the major migraines, the brain fogs but the depression has not been this bad in over a year. It has to have something to do with the Klonopin. Has anyone ever heard of Klonopin causing this? My doctor chose to put me on this medicine because I am still constantly anxious and he wanted something in my system that had a lasting affect. I take the Xanax when I am in a really bad anxious situation, like outside in crowds, in stores or at ball games for my children and other situations. I also take Xanax every night to help with racing thoughts so I can sleep. I just don't understand why it has thrown me into such a deep depression. I can't hardly function. I am crying constantly and I don't want to answer my phone or go out for anything although I have two very active children I must do these things for. I have put in a phone call to my doctor but I don't know when he will call me back. Should I stop taking the Klonopin? Have I been taking it long enough to cause a bad reaction to stop taking it cold turkey? Also, the Latuda is supposed to help me as a mood stabilizer but I don't feel like it is. That is why I am worried I am over medicated and maybe some of the meds are keeping other meds from working correctly. Please, any advise or a suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
Do not stop taking anything without the Drs consent or knowledge as this can cause you to feel even worse. Yes, it is possible it's the Klonopin, but it could be many other things as you are dealing with a delicate balance between your meds and your feelings. Not sure if you've reached out to any oval resources as based on what you say here you could benefit from a support group, especially being a parent and all. Even though it may seem counter intuitive, often times one of the best things for us is community. Anyway, I would have you report all this to your Dr and let him/er assess what actions to take, if any. Hang in there, things are much better than than they seem. Hope this helps.
For one do not ever stop taking such medications with the consent and knowledge of your doctor. Next you cannot even plan to stop taking the type medications you are on "cold turkey" there is no way. You would need to have a taper off plan, a slow taper off plan. You are probably very correct by the way you describe yourself, I would guess you are over medicated, but I am not a doctor.I can only speak from experience of being over medicated, it's scary and I felt lost and in a world all of my own, not a safe thing to feel, my doctor gave me a taper off plan and I followed it and am now feeling much better medication wise. I still have the same diagnosis it is just managed differently. Hope this helps. Lot's of good health to you.
Welcome, and i will try and help as much as I can. I am no doctor though. I will tell you that right off the bat. And You need to talk to you're doctor ASAP about this situation. But I have walked down the same path as you have, and just recently, like in the past couple of weeks, I have had some issues. Where to start here? This is my own personal opinion. Not everyone shares the same opinions, but I'm entitled to mine. I don't think it's the Klonopin that's causing you the problem. I think you might be a little over medicated, and you're not quite sure what's causing what. I'm not saying this is you're fault. I have had psychiatrist's try and put me on a ton of stuff. But Klonopin is excellent for anxiety. I take 1mg 3x a day. Have for years. Was on 2 mg 3 x a day for a while, and decided I would go down, because 2 mg 3x a day is a lot. It's been a miracle drug for my anxiety/panick attack's.
But you are on two Benzodiazapines (Klonopin and Xanax). You are on two ADHD medicine's ( Vyvance and Adderall). Then you add the Synthroid, Trazadone, and Latuda. No wonder you're having a hard time functioning. Hon, like I said, I'm no doctor, but I've been through this very same thing over and over through the years. This is sad. To have to go that long to find the right combination. And, having other family member's who have no clue... whatsoever... tellling you that you can control and handle this on you're own. Do This, and that. Yoga, meditation, ect... I'm not knocking those things at all, because they are very affective. But I'm talking about someone, like you and myself, who have a true mental disease that we cannot control on our own without medication. That's why the good Lord has certain doctors for certain disease's and certain medications for those disease's. And mental illness is a disease. I'll halt right there on that, or I'll get really riled up. lol. If you're going through this deep of depression and having this much trouble, then you are not on the right medication's. Talk to you're doctor as soon as you can. I was on Vyvance 70 mg and switched to Adderall. but have never taken two different ADD meds at the same time. I don't usually share everything I am on, but I really don't care to. If it will help you in any way... then so be it. My psychiatrist right now has me on Pristiq 100mg, Wellbutrin SR 100mg twice daily, both for depression/Bipolar. Lamictal 200 mg for mood swings, Adderall 30mg twice daily for ADHD, Klonopin 1mg three times a day for anxiety/panick attacks, and Trazadone 300mg at night for insomnia. That's 6 medication's. My depression, sleep, and ADHD is pretty much good right now, but I'm having major problems with the anxiety and mood swings. This just started a couple of weeks ago. I have an appointment with my first psychiatrist I had when we first moved here next Wed. I only stopped going to him because it's downtown Atlanta, but my hubby doesn't mind the drive now. I definately think 6 medications from one doctor is too much. That's not including the pain medicine, muscle relaxer, ect..from my pain dr. and prevenative migraine medicine. And medicine for high cholesterol and high tryglicerides. I'm definately overmedicated, and at least I see it. And will do something about it. I need help, and so do you, with my mental and physical problems, but I would like for them to be treated with a little less medication if possible. Right now I hear everyday from my husband and my teenager... You need to chill out... Just calm down... Your getting way too worked up, ect. So I don't know whats up with that, but I'm going to find out. So you are definately not alone in this situation. I know how you feel, and for the most part, until you get on the right meds, it's horrible. But don't you give up hope, and you keep that chin held up. Things do get better, and they will. You need to find a really good doctor. You may allready have one and just need to lay it on the line how you are feeling. That's what I'm going to do. Having to take medication isn't something to be ashamed of. I used to be, until a counselor convinced me that some people flat out need it. I am one of those people. And I'm ok with that today. At least now I can take care of my chhildren and not be crying all day everyday. I will say a prayer for you. Please talk to your doctor, and let me know what happens if you could. I would love to hear back from you, and know how you are doing. You can just click on my Avatar... my little picture that say's babyr0525 and send me a PQ. That's a private message. I'll be thinking about you, and hoping you find some kind of peace and comfort in your life. Your Friend, Ruthie
Oh fleda, you are correct. You ARE on too many medications! For every medication you take, you have at least 10 side effects. For the next medication added, the side effects increase exponentially, so therefore if you take one med, you get 10 side effects, two meds, 100 side effects, three meds, 1,000 side effects, four meds, 10,000 side effects!! Do you see where I am going? Big pharma has all these doctor who believe that everything can be solved with one of their pills. They take doctors on vacations, and give them kickbacks for how many meds they can prescribe from that company. Medication is not supposed to work that way. You are supposed to be on it until you get better, and now people are on 5-10-15 meds for life!! Notice how they give you brand name meds, instead of generics.
The drug manufacturers don't make any money off of the generics, so they give the doctors plenty of samples to give away, and even give them script pads already filled with the name of the drug!! All the doctor has to do is sign. Think about how many meds you are on for anxiety, for ADHD, sleep, depression, etc. More than one each! I am in no way saying that you do not have problems that need addressed, you do, but there are other ways to control these things besides prescriptions. Ruthie was right about yoga and meditation. You might want to find a class for meditation, and you will see how relaxed you are after that, but you have to keep it up daily, or it will never work! also, I suggest that you find a doctor near you that specializes in holistic medication. In other words, an MD who also believes in nutritional deficiency and supplements along with prescriptions.
I really think that you need to find a new doctor ASAP who can safely take you off of many of the meds. This is just overkill, and as you know, it is NOT helping you one bit. Best wishes to you!!
You are doing the right thing to keep in touch with your doctor. Always keep a log of the meds you start, side effects, and stop. Bring to your doctor to tell him how it is going with each one you take. I wish doctors only gave you one med to try at once so you can tell what side effects you get form it alone. When they give you two at the same time it is hard to figure out which one is causing the side effects. Call him Thursday, sounds like he is sincere in keeping an eye on you. Communitcation is the best thing to keeping you well. Let him know you feel overly medicated. He doesn't know if you don't tell him. We are all different and react differently to each med.
Hope you feel better soon!
I am also bp with GAD,ADD agoraphobic. I'm on Seroquel, Neurontin, Adderall, nortriptyline and trazodone for sleep and often feel over medicated. But I've dicovered that many people with problems like ours are on more than one med. I do wonder however why your on 2 stimulants when just one can cause anxiety. Also I believe klonopin, xanax and trazodone are all depressants and sleep meds. Its really hard to medicate depression and anxiety at the same time. One brings you up and the other down. I've experienced the very thing you describe. But keep trying and researching your symptoms and different meds. It took me 7 yrs. to find what works for me. I really hope you find relief soon. Best of luck.
I too am felling over medicated.i also have a chronic pain disorder,and it took me over 14 years of hell to find out what it was. And now that i know what i have i get to live in pain the rest of my life,unless they find a cure. it is a central nervous system disorder that affects all of my body. Mostly my limbs and hands,feet and my organs. my bladder,and well p and p... and i had to have a bag too go # 2 . i did get a implant in my spine to make my organs work better.i did get my bag reversed and i am so blessed to have gotten rid of that. so i should not be complaining . well.its like this i live in pain 24 hours a day and its really hard to stay positive all the time, a lot of the time i just feel like you do ,I'm in pain and i feel over medicated in one way or another.
because i also suffer from anxiety,depression,and menopause,plus i take all kinds of meds for pain and it does not help enough because its all neurological pain and i take narcotics because they can't find any thing so far that has worked for the nervous system.so i keep trying new ones months after months with new side effects after new side effects,along with all the other drugs that i take to treat my other things i talked about.and then there is the ones for sleeping and the trying to wake upend adhd. and so on and on it goes.
not to mention the constant ringing in my ears and involuntary movement in my feet that just started.and all the other crap i don't want to bore you with.
Not to mention how your friends just slowly drop off the face of the face of the earth along with most of my family because most of them don't know what to say or do. then there are the ones that are totally sure you have become a drug addict and your not the same person you use to be. (you think) wow! i am so grateful for my faith in God that he will never leave me and he loves me no matter what along with my husband who is a devoted man to a life long problem this my be,as the Dr put it when i asked if i was going to die from this? She said "No your not going to die from it.its just a mater of are you going to be able to live though it" and ill leave you with that thought because I'm to tired to go on, so no your not alone and yes i think your over medicated along with me, i wish i could help you find the answer because my 6 Drs say ask the other one what they think and so i keep asking with out any answers. i feel your pain and I'm sorry for you from the bottom of my heart. i will keep you in my prayer along with the Drs to find some answers. they are just people like you and i they just are smarter then me and know how to spell and type. LOL P.S. Try to keep you sense of humor. and yoga and meditate as often as possible. God bless you, Missy20
Maybe you can ask the Dr.for celexa instead of the latuda. I take trazodone and celexa at night and it helped me out a lot. I noticed a change within six months. I don't get panic attacks or anxiety attacks the way I use to. But if I go without my medications I start to feel anxious and I get bad mood swings. But I don't have any side effects from that combination of medications. I was given Cymbalta and I couldn't stand up the next morning so I was changed back to my original prescription right away. I try to take any new medications at night that way I am not out and about i it if I happen to get a side effect. Also Clonazepam isn't as strong as the klonopen I take it twice a day and I don't feel bad at all. You have beautiful children that love you if you start to feel anxious or depressed just think of them and their smiling faces it will make you smile too.
Things could be worse, you just need to try hard to pull yourself out of this depression, I did it it took years of therapy to look at the small picture cause if you look at the whole thing you get overwhelmed and that's when the anxiety comes on. I was taught to take baby steps and till this day I still look at the little picture one step at a time. And take a deep breath and smile before you step out into the world. Don't let people bring you down, don't take things that others say personal cause you bring that stuff home with you and sometimes take it out on your family. I always say hang your personal problems outside of your work place and the same for when you return home. Hang you work problems outside your door don't bring the stress of work home to the kids. And thank God every morning for your children and for everything you have, there are people out there that have anything. We are very fortunate we just have to be strong and keep pushing to make life easier. Good luck and stay strong for the children they need you to guide them.
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