I feel that I am overmedicated but my doctor keeps adding medicine because she feels I am not stableyet. I am on effexor, ambien, inderal, klonopin, and neurontin. All these meds are to treat the anxiety and depression. My doctor says she needs to stablize me first before we see about reducing my meds, but what I am on now is NOT helping! Now she added Limectal! I need help and need it now. I am not getting any better, if anything I feel worse. My anxiety and depression are out of control!! I want to check myself into a hospital but they will not take me unless I am a threat to myself or others... I can barely drive, have a hard time getting out of bed, but have no thoughts of hurting myself. What can I do?
I hear your distress and very sorry for the situation you are in.How long are you on the medication?Has your doc tried you on different ones or just these?I know you dont want to be swapping and chaging meds but sometimes thats what it takes for you to find the right ones that will suit you.
Has your doc suggested CBT or councelling for the anxiety?I know if you dont want to get out of bed,the thoughts if therapy probably does'nt sound great but maybe its what you need.Its not for everyone but alongside the meds it could do you some good and make some difference in your life.I understand what you're going through and i know it seems unless you're not a danger to yourself or others that your situation is not as bad,but everyones feelings and thoughts are as bad to them as to those who want to harm themselves.If you're not happy with your doc,get a second opnion Because you are on alot of meds and theres no point increasing the lot if you feel there not helping.Think about the councelling and also changing doctors-it can do no harm and wont make you feel worse than you already feel.
Here for you if you want to talk or need an ear to listen.Take care
I can only encourage you to talk to the doctor about your concerns. You are taking several drugs that are for depression, anxiety and mood swings, the others are for high blood pressure and insomnia. The addition of the lamictal might be the piece that solves the puzzle. Unfortunately, choosing the right drugs is not an exact science and must be done by trial and error. I know it is no fun, and very frustrating, but once you find the correct combination for you it will make all the difference in the world.
Please hang in there and try keeping a journal of your feelings and behaviors. It really helped me when I was trying to find the right medications for my depression and anxiety. You can then share this journal with the doctor so she can have something concrete to go by.
Hospitals aren't all they are cracked up to be. I would much prefer to solve my problems while at home. I have been in many hospitals and it was not a fun place to be. You would still have to go through the medication trial and error that you are having to experience there at home. Having your own space and bed is much more comforting then a strange environment especially when it comes to anxiety.
Try to trust the doctor. If you feel you can't for some reason, you could investigate another, but I encourage you to stick with this one until you have given it a few months try on the new combination of meds.
Only my opinion, I wish you the very best, and keep in touch,
I suffered from severe depression following a serious medical condition and life changes (divorce). I took over 10 different ones over the course of 8 years. I think they are dangerous and I never felt relief. My doctors kept telling me "just wait, it takes some time for them to work" or the dosage would be adjusted up and down - then I would "wait" some more. It's been nearly a full year since I completely stopped them and I feel like a person again. There have been some studies showing that the best and safest treatment for depression is exercise. I'm working with my neurologist now to treat migraines and we're about to try a beta blocker - Propranolol. From what I've read it's very effective for headaches but also anxiety and hypertension (which has become a recent concern for me). I'm excited to try it.
I hope you were able to find the help you needed. In summary, I would absolutely stay away from anti depressants, I will NEVER take them again.
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
Posted 1 Jun 2010 • 6 answers
Posted 3 Oct 2010 • 1 answer
Posted 13 Jun 2011 • 3 answers
Posted 28 Sep 2011 • 13 answers
Posted 23 Feb 2012 • 2 answers