I am struggling with my depression so bad and I'm on so many meds already. Saphris is the newest one and it was working for awhile, but now I'm sinking down and I don't know what's new out there. Anybody on anything new that maybe I have not tried?
Hi tracieJ7, you said you were on many meds already. Has your doctor recommended "abilify."? It's actually an anti-depressant augmentor. So basically what it does is amplify the effects of the anti-depressant you are already taking. Please discuss this with him/her and see if this is an option for you. Good luck.
Hi tracieJ7.The drug Oleptro was approved this year for depression, which is a new reformed trazadone. Because it makes us so sleepy it's not clear if the new Oleptro will offer any benefit for patients than the original. Hmmm.
If you’re depressed because of bipolar disorder, Lamictal (lamotrigine) can work within two-four days of your first 25mg. The average dosage that works for depression is 100mg, and it typically takes 2–4 weeks to reach that dosage. I take 400 mg. per day of Lamictal. It's a wonder med for me. I'm bipolar 1. Lamictal actually has one of the lowest side affects around.
The antidepressant effect of Viibryd is not fully understood.” Go figure. Yes. Will it work for some? Yes. Will it aggravate others? Yes. Does it make us jump up and down in excitement? I guess we'll have to wait to hear what the patients say. Ya think? I'm simply offering an opinion, not making a recommendation. Using Viibryd is a personal decision. Now it’s time to chat with your physician, psychiatrist, and therapist. It's probably on the shelves right now. It was suppose to be released on May 31 of this year. We'll see, huh?
Abilfy is claimed to be used as an add-on to anti-depressants in difficult cases of major depressive disorder. I also take Klonopin and Gabapentin.
OK, blah, blah blah! God bless you tracieJ7. I pray you find the best med for you. Take care. Anna
I'm so sorry you're struggling so bad with depression right now. I was having quite a bad time with it a few months back. I was just taking one antidepressant, and didn't want to take anything else. But I realized it just wasn't cutting it, so my psychiatrist, who was very aware of this, prescribed Wellbutrin SR, and I felt a little better. But to be honest... that too was just not quite keeping my depression and mood swings in control like they needed to be. He, then put me on Lamictal. Started out at 25 mg, and have titrated up to 200mg so far. Wow.That did the trick. I realize everyone is different, and this isn't for everyone. But I sure have heard alot of people say great things about it, and that they have had great results. I know I have. Just something to think about, and twist around and talk to you're doctor about. I truly hope you get this under control soon, and get you're med's on the right track. Your friend, Ruthie
Hello tracie and welcome to DC. I have to ask and something my psychiatrist has drilled into my being... do you have structure and routine in your life? Without that... dealing with depression is really hard because meds alone will not work. When you got to feeling well on any one of them... what did you find yourself doing that you weren't doing previously??? And, how would you like to get back to doing those things again? If you want to... start doing. Some of the best psych meds out there are the old, tried and true ones. But without knowing your diagnosis, it is hard to just guess what might be good for you. Your doctor knows you best and perhaps some talk therapy if you are not doing that already. One of the best meds I was on was an MAOInhibitor, Parnate... I was on that for 7 or so years... then Cymbalta after that... now I take NO psych meds and have been doing just fine. I am in control of me and I keep as active as I physically can be...
and that can be quite challenging but as long as I continue to challenge myself... I am still in the game of life.
Be well and take good care of you.
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