Ive always had underlying depression issues... years fine on Prozac. Then year or so ago I aware not sleeping, anxiety, anger, loss interest in everything. MD said Prozac maxed out for me so then effector (hated it almost suicidal!), cymbalta, lexipro, Zoloft and now supposed to start paxil. I can't keep doing this... I've lost my job, my friends can't listen anymore, I cry all the time and hide in bed 18 hours a day. What do I do? This is no way to live.
Trialing so many meds, just scared and tired?
- 29 Apr 2016 by LabluesMom
- 11 May 2016
- prozac, anxiety, major depressive disorder, anger, sleeping
Added 29 Apr 2016:
Is it possible to go back to a med and have it "work" again? Prozac only thing ever helped me feel balanced... not a happy pill, just normal. All these other medications haven't worked plus I feel so fatigued.
Hi, Mom! So sorry to hear how distraught you are. It's a terrible way to live, ain't it?
Have you given each of these meds a fair trial (i.e. at very least 8 weeks)? How about an add-on like Abilify or Rexulti to booster the effects of your antidepressant or a mood stabilizer like lithium?
This is crazy (no pun... ) and you might also want to consider getting a second opinion from a psychiatrist.
Best wishes to you. Wildcat
WCV is right many of us have been where you are at. WCV knows what she is talking about. I tried all the meds you mentioned. It took 3 months of staying on one med for me to stabilize. Have you asked your Psych doc for something to help with the anxiety until you can get past the side effects of the antidepressant. It must be hard for you being a single mom but hang in there we are here to listen and support. You are not alone.
I lie in bed & watch TV from depression. If a med worked before it may work again. My doc suggested Paxil but I only gave it 2 wks bc of SEs. I may start it again. I know that one should not quit a med before 4 wks unless there's an allergic reaction (or it causes suicidal thoughts). Zoloft worked for me when I started it a 2nd time, but not the third. This trial & error is hard. Also, the older I get the more I react to SEs. You are definitely not alone. Also, it's tough bc ppl want to be around other happy ppl. Are you going to start Paxil? If so, work up the dose. I started on 10 mg & was supposed to go to 20 mg in a wk.
Welcome to the club! WildcatVet, Janiebme, Mademychoice and all my other buddies here (can't leave out Chuck57 or Masso or Howie; they'll be along soon, I'm sure!) Bottom line, we have all been where you are now, and I promise, it will get better. DON'T give up! Many times, we can't count on family members for support, because they haven't got a clue of what it's like to live with anxiety/depression. We have to go through a lot of trial and error, it's just the nature of the beast. But, there is help out there. Nowadays we have so many great medications at our disposal. But since we all have different chemical makeups, sometimes it takes time to find the right combination for us personally. Part of the anxiety/depression is thinking that we won't get better and thinking that nothing will work for us. But you are here, talking to all of us who have all walked in your shoes, having that helpless and hopeless feeling, and worrying that we will always feel this bad. Just take comfort in the fact that we are all here to testify to you that you will get relief, so, stay strong, don't give up. There also are a lot of prayers offered up here for help in feeling better, and we've seen those prayers answered! Just read all the posts by folks here who didn't give up and are feeling good again and looking forward to things again that we used to love to do before we were crippled by this unfortunate affliction that affects every aspect of our lives. You will be fine, I promise! And, stick around, you couldn't ask for more supportive friends than you can find here! Feel free to PM me anytime. "G"
I have had the same feelings still do was on a few meds you named and my Dr found a good mix... bupropion, viibryd and he added a small dose of rexulti! The 3 work great together and most of my days now I can get up and face people and my day not saying I still don't have bad days and lost of interest in things I use to love. I would talk to ur Dr about these 3.. good luck keeping u in my prays
I suffer from severe depression and have for at least 10 years. After trying several meds, I am on Cymbalta. I had the same symptoms, especially the mood changes; sad, angry, depressed, along with anxiety and insomnia. I was finally diagnosed as Bi-polar type 2. It's manic depression. I don't get the mania or highs, just major depression and bad mood swings. Lamictal has changed my life. It doesn't hurt to discuss with your doctor, it really made a world of difference once I was medicated. I was bad; on the verge of losing all my relationships with friends and family. They were fed up! It's amazing; if I don't take meds for a couple days the mood swings come right back.
My heart goes out to you big time. Sending you a hug from here, I know it's not enough but I do care.
I'm concerned that you mentioned pain all over and your profound fatigue. Yes, those can definitely go with a depression disorder but have you discussed your physical symptoms with a good doc?
I say "good doc", meaning one who will listen and consider all your symptoms. It's important to be sure they have checked you for medical conditions that can cause those symptoms and can also cause severe depression.
The depression can be an actual symptom of an underlying medical condition or can occur as a side effect from not feeling well for so long. If you haven't done so, I hope you will follow through on that just in case. Sometimes it can be a hormonal or neurology condition, just as examples. Not trying to scare you or add to anxiety but I know from experience it has helped me to understand my depression better by having those answers.
Sadly, still in our culture today, often a doctor will see a woman with your symptoms and just label it and medicate it without looking further. If it works, great, but if not it can be a frustrating and exhausting path to get answers.
If your doctor isn't listening to you about which meds work for you that's a big problem. You are your own advocate so make the doc hear you or go to a new one. I know it's not that easy though, especially as a single parent.
I had docs prescribing all the newfangled meds over and over and finally a nurse practitioner who specialized in hormones caught things my docs didn't.
She asked a simple question,
"When do you remember that you felt better and what were you taking then?". A simple concept often missed and hard for a depressed, foggy, tired mind to come up with on my own. She was the first one willing to put me on a much older med that most docs won't use, it just works better for me. Of course, she also treated some serious hormone issues that were missed or severely undertreated.
My point is, if you think prozac worked for you then by all means make your doctor hear that. And if you haven't been checked for possible underlying causes for your pain and fatigue, I hope you will.
Thanks for reading, will be thinking of you.
Hi Again, LaBluesMom,
Reading through your comments, responses to posts, your words are so familiar to me, it's why I came on here tonight. Just seeing someone else feeling that bad makes me ferl less alone. I hope you will feel less alone now, too, with everything all these nice folks are saying.
I'm in the same boat as you are, honestly, although my kids are grown now. That makes me feel like my purpose is done and not needed now, not a good mindset, I know. But I'm glad you have your little one still, I hope that keeps you going.
I have illnesses that made me quit working, constant pain, in bed, feeling lost, friends & family scattered-gone... so trust me when I say I get it. I'm glad I came on here. I recognized something different in myself enough to know I need help, might be time to shake things up with my meds again, sometimes people need to do that after being om same one for awhile.
You and I both made a good decision by showing up here to talk! You did a good thing, your posts are already helping others! That's an amazing thing ;).
For me, helping others is the key and always gives me a little boost, a tiny bit of hope in having a purpose to exist. I hope that knowing you helped me and others by just showing up will give you a boost to keep going forward, too.
In case I didn't already answer your question... You asked if it's possible to back on a med and have it work again...
Yes, it is :). It happened for me and others I know. It seems like for me I need to change something every couple of years but I end up back on the one that helped me most. I've read anout others doing that, almost like they stop working as well then after a break they work again.
I'm at a place of reevaluating mine since the depression is flaring, I know it's not easy when feeling awful. I hope I can find the strength to go thru it again and you, too.
I think you should take a break from the drugs for a couple of weeks if not a month. And as soon as you can get a second and possibly a third opinion. If you can get a full neurological workup with a neurologist not a psychiatrist. As someone of the behavioral science field it pains me to hear your story and I have much sympathy for you. Sometimes when the drugs plateau also the course of treatment plateaus meaning the physician. Just don't give up there is always a solution. If your hindered by any economic situation there's always ways around that as well. I was misdiagnosed seven times over 10 years I found out it was untreated chronic pain and reemerging symptoms from a from Tramatic brain injury. Remember doctors are humans as well and they do make mistakes from time to time and it's always good to get another opinion. Keep your head up look forward to interacting more with you very soon.
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