My doctor is driving me crazy, or I'm the one who takes everything wrong?
- 8 Feb 2011 by eleng
- 10 February 2011
- celexa, depression, post traumatic stress disorder
As you might have read my story, I have been trying diff meds since June 2010. I tried celexa for a month, after zoloft for two weeks, after weelbutrin for a week, after notrepyline for a week... FUNNY!! YES, they kept switching me every 2-4 weeks. I was put on Paxil 30 mg plus Seroquel 25mg fpr three months (but I didn't take Seroquel for so long). After my doctor stopped me from Paxil (hhaahhah cold turkey, but fortunately I didn't have withdr effects) he put me on desipramine 25mg for two weeks... uhhhhh what a terrible story. Okay, so here it is... I told him you know what... I don't think SSRI are for me... either do I want to try the older ones. So, I was put on the generic Effexor Xr Dec 1. I was doing so well, until I found out I was taking the generic version and switched to the brand name (my doctor told me to continue with brand name 225mg as I was on the generic). I started with the brand name three weeks ago and I was feeling terrible at the first week. I called and he told me it's the same drug so you shouldn't feel like this. Okay, I said let's wait. Yesterday, I had an appoin with him and He asked me if I was back to my old self. I told him I'm counting since I switched to the brand name --- three weeks--so how can I be back to myself. The conclusion--- according to him--- I have treatment-resistant depression and he might need to add tryptophan, or thyroid hormone (I don't suffer from tyroid), or wellbutrin or hopefully we are not going to need ECT... I'm terrified and I told him that I'm feeling a little better so why he is not encouraging me--- So is he "crazy" or am I that misunderstands things... How come a doctor does not encourage you---
Relax and take a deep breath. I feel your frustration. We can figure this out, promise. The brand effexor XR that you are taking is better than the generic according to what I read. You have tried many antidepressants but according to what you wrote never gave them enough time to work. Why did you switch from one to the other so quickly? Was it the side effects? Please let's try the antidepressants before you even consider ECT.
I think the idea of adding the wellbutrin to the effexor is a good option. Wellbutrin acts differently then the effexor and you would be covering your bases better. What do you think?
You doctor sounds like he is a little quick to change the meds and not giving you enough time to adjust. That being said, you may still need to augment with another antidepressant. I take Abilify to boost my antidepressant effectiveness.
Try to be patient but do communicate with your doctor. When do you see him next?
Keep in touch with me,
Don't despair! Your not alone. I was hospilized 6 months after a psychoatic episode after beeing prescribed Seroquel for a major depression. It took that long to find me a med that worked. I am finally on an old med called Manerix and Lithium. The psychiatric thinks I might be bipolar because it took so long to find an anti-depressant that worked. Now I am happy. My whole life was on hold and I had a family at home waiting for me but we finally figured it out. Take a deep breath and take one day at a time. Take care and keep us posted. Smiley happy:)
Hi Eleng - You have tried many meds in what is a very short period of time. It may seem like a long time to you, as I know you are feeling bad, but you are only in the 9th month of trying meds and you've tried seven or more different medications. That is a very lot of meds. My suggestion to you that you, with your doctor's permission, go back to no meds for a time - nothing - to get back to your baseline. By now with all the side effects of the meds, you may not know what emotions, feelings you are dealing with anymore. By taking some time to get to your baseline again, and then sticking with a medication for at least six weeks, you'll have a good shot at getting some relief! Best wishes to you -
Hi, Well you sound alot like me and what I went through. You will get through this just as I did, I promise. I am now on effexor xr @ 112g a day and just 2 weeks ago my doc added Abilify and I love it. I could not believe after the first week how I felt. It did take an entire week to feel the differencs, I was very tired at first but my pharmasists said keep taking it that will pass. WOW I am glad I did and I shall be able to finally go back to work in another month. Lots trial and error with me for months 6 to be exact, thats about how long I've been out of work and messing with meds and doseage. 'This site has helped me sooooo much I can't even begin to describe how welcoming everyone is. So hang in there and keep coming back it will get better let it work. I will tell you my 30 day supply of Abilify at safeway is $587.68. Thank God I only have to pay $25.00. This stuff is like gold to me I love it. Peace to you and God bless
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