I am currently taking Lamictal for slight bi-polar prob.; also zanaz for anxiety; sometimes Doxepin for sleep. My doc. prescribed Pristic in addition to the other meds I'm taking. Is there anyone who is basically on the same regimen and found that Pristiq truly calms negative and "over-thinking" - anxiety to the max?, And helps depression? I Really want to get off of the Zanax - I know it somewhat clouds my thinking, my memory, and my ability functions! And I want so much be Clear and Focused as I was years ago before taking Zanaz. Please, someone, HELP! Thank You!!!
I take Pristiq with excellent results. I had some headache and nausea when I first started talking it, but that went away with continued use. Many antidperessants not only help depression but also the obsessive thinking and anxiety. Unfortunately, it is a wait and see ordeal as to whether Pristiq is the correct antidepressant for you. If Pristiq doesn't help there are others to try so don't despair. It may take upwards of a month to get maximum relief from the Pristiq. Once you are stabilized on the correct antidpressant you may be able to slowly decrease your use of the Xanax. You can not just stop the Xanax though as it can cause seizures and withdrawal symptoms. Slowly tapering is necessary.
I take lamictal 400mgs 200 at night and 200 in the morning. It has a starter med that let's you build up slowly. For my anxiety I take Klonipin. I also use it for sleep. I've been on klonipin for about 15 years. You might want to talk to your psyc about it. I don't know the other meds you are taking. Try surfing the web for info. Or ask your pharmacist about them. I have taken klonipin and I have an addictive personality and never abused it. Good Luck
I have taken Pristiq a long time and found it only helped a little. I am trying to use Doxepin for sleep but now that I am getting off the Pristiq the doxepin doesn't work at all. And I am afraid of taking too much serotonin.
What I really want to say to you is try INOSITOL. It is a natural chemical in our bodies and is a powder sold in health food stores. I take 8 mg. around lunch (take it with food) and then one at dinner time. My mood has been great; I love it and no one should take benzos if this works for them.
Do some web research and try it. I got results very quickly. I don't know if it is for everyone but there is evidence that the brains of depressives (I am bi polar) lack inositol. Try it.
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