Doctor wants me to think about adding an SNRI to my regimen. Stress and anxiety getting to be too much and making me even more paranoid and OCD. He asked me to go home and do some research and let him know what ones seem good to me. Any suggestions?
Lamotrigine - Additional Anxiety medication?
- 10 Nov 2016 by pamelamikal
- 29 November 2016
- bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, paranoid disorder, lamotrigine, borderline personality disorder, doctor, medication, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, research, regimen
*The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved these SNRIs to treat depression:
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq, Khedezla)
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) ― also approved to treat anxiety and certain types of chronic pain.
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) ― also approved to treat anxiety and panic disorder.*
Personally, I took Effexor for over four years with very good results.
It;s good you're doing your research ahead of time, but remember every drug affects every individual differently. You may have to try one or more medications to find the one that works best for you.
Best wishes and good luck! Wildcat
pamela; I am with Wildcat, on this one I have been taking Effexor XR 150mg for 15 years now and it has been a life saver for me, That does not mean it well be the one that is going to work for you it's kind of like your body chemistry vs the medication. And know that the first few weeks can be kind of tough for people but the side effects do go away after a few weeks and you slowly get better but you need to start somewhere. And know to reach a full blood level of these SNRI'S it takes up to 6 to 8 weeks but normally after you do get past the first few weeks you do start to feel a little better during the 3rd or 4th week. I really think this would be a good add on with your Lamotrigine.And as wildcat has said Sometimes it can take up to 3 different medication for many people to finally find the one that works for them. But truly this is one of the more dispensed one. Have a great day and feel free to write back and let us know how you are doing.
Pamela: These are all very good suggestions. But, I would like to add this: Keep in mind that if you decide to try effexor xr, it is one of the hardest ones with the most adverse withdrawal effects to get off of. I wish someone had warned me ahead of time to help me make my decision about whether or not to take it. I had to get off of it because it had so many bad side effects for me while I was on it. As has been said, everyone is different, so these meds hit all of us differently. Many people have had to try for months to safely withdraw from it when they decide to wean off of it. Just some things to think about. Maybe you will be one of the ones who has good results from effexor xr.
- Lamotrigine Information for Consumers
- Lamotrigine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lamotrigine (detailed)
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