I have severe anxiety/ OCD, I need to get on a medication that will actually do something for me !
Hello, talk to your medical provider first for any direction or directions for effective interventions. One medication that I have seen to be very effective in alleviating the disabling symptoms of OCD is Luvox, an SSRI. I have seen it help many people be able to stabilize enough to work around their OCD symptoms and go on with their lives. Also, it is avaliable in generic form which usually costs less to purchase. There is a new form of this medication called Luvox CR, which I havn't seen do anything stellar, as far as symptom relief and costing the consumer more. Best wishes, hope this helps.
Luvox is approved for OCD, but it works the same way the other SSRIs and SSNRIs do... so your doc might prescribe Luvox first, but don't lose heart if that doesn't work, because you can try the others in the same class as well, and there are a lot of them.
Anti anxiety meds include meds in the benzodiazepine class, like Klonopin or Xanax. They aren't usually meant for long-term use, though (this isn't always followed by doctors).
I was on Luvox and It might just be me but I experienced just being totally numb. You could have told me my house burnt down and I would have just said Okay. I did not like not having any feelings good or bad. It is just as bad as the OCD itself. Of course talk with you Doctor this was just my personal experience. Goos Luck
I have no idea what could help with stopping the OCD. But anxiety the only thing that has helped me for years is Xanax. I have tried medications that has the depression and anxiety medicine in one pill. Yeah I can't take those I end up in the ER for having a bad reaction. Now I developed OCD when I found out by doing the 3 hour testing by my Psych doctor that I have ADHD. Out of that test I have now finally been tested and diagnosed with ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. Its in my medical records. But Adderall has made me have OCD bad. My husband's only complaint is that I am always reorganizing cabinets, draws and cleaning everything. LOL He will go get something he needs knowing where it is. He gets there and its not there. LOL
I was officially diagnosed with OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and ADHD approximately 12 years ago, although I can look back on my childhood and teen years and see manifestations of all 3. I am a 36 yr old female and mother of 2 girls (13 & 6). I am currently taking 15 mg of Adderall (for ADHD), 10mg Lexapro daily (for OCD), 1-2 mg of Xanax (Alprazolam) and 1mg of Klonopin (Clonazepam) prior to going to bed (for anxiety).
Originally started with Luvox (no noticeable improvement in 4-6 weeks; then switched to Prozac without any improvement; and finally ended up taking Zoloft (max dose 200mg daily) along with trazodone (a Serotonin enhancer). I took this for about about 5 years, until I got pregnant with 2nd daughter and had to discontinue all meds. Was medication free for almost 3 years, and tried to just fight my OCD tendencies each day. However, my anxiety would manifest itself in my dreams/nightmares... and I decided I had to go back onto medication. Tried Zoloft and trazodone again but had a severe reaction ("serotonin syndrome").
There are so many SSRI and SSNRI (antidepressants) available now. The older medications (Zoloft, Prozac and Celexa) now have generic alternatives, which are equally effective and much cheaper. I would strongly suggest you begin with an antidepressant (SSRI or SSNRI) that has been around for several years, has the least known/common side effects, least known/reported amount of withdrawal symptoms and has a generic equivalent. I have experienced withdrawal symptoms from Zoloft and Lexapro... and they are extremely unpleasant. If your Dr suggests trying Lexapro or Effexor first... "JUST SAY NO". Although Lexapro has been fairly effective for me (but not 100%) I would not suggest starting out with this medication (try generic of Celexa before Lexapro) simply because of the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. Drs are quick to refuse anti-anxiety meds, such as Xanax or Klonopin, because of their potential for "abuse" and "addiction". However, no Dr has ever warned me of the "withdrawal syndrome" I would experience if I stopped taking an SSRI or SSNRI antidepressants... I had to learn that one the hard way and then research it on the internet. I can go months without Xanax or Klonopin and have no "withdrawal" symptoms... but 3-4 days without my Lexapro and I feel like I have the worst flu ever, electrical sensations ("buzzing" in my brain or "zaps" in other body parts) dizziness, migraines and total inability to function until back on it for 2+ days.
Drug companies are always finding ways to slightly modify an existing antidepressant, thereby creating a new "patent" and no generics can be produced until patent has expired. (example: Lexapro is one or two molecules bonded differently than Celexa, thereby creating a new SSRI to patent and instead of $12 month supply of generic Celexa I now pay $90 for month supply of Lexapro (some pharmacies were charging almost double this amount). Then the Drug companies' marketing reps promote and "tout" the newest and greatest medications, providing huge quantities to Dr's, who in turn recommend them to their patients and give out samples.
As others have posted, you may have to try several meds before finding the one that works for you, as everyone's body and brain chemistry are different. Once you've found one that works for you, and you've been on it for 3+ months, NEVER discontinue taking it "cold turkey"... you must gradually taper your dose over 6-8 weeks (and sometimes even longer).
Hope this helps and best of luck to you!
I have had ocd symptoms along with anxiety ,sleep etc.I'm on paxil now for sleep and it has helped with my ocd symptoms such as checking the stove doorlocks etc. Paxil is a great medication and has treated more than one of my mental health problems.I am able to sleep at night and feel relaxed on it.It takes a week or more to start working on patients.
I also have severe anxiety and OCD. While I do not believe there is a "best" medication in general to treat these disorders, because everybody reacts differently to different medications, I do believe there is a right medication for you. I have been on several antidepressants and benzodiazapines to treat my symptoms, and after much trial and error, I am now on Prozac and Xanax, and I finally feel like my normal self.
i have OCD, and i have all my life, my mom said when i was little, i had to have my toy's just in the right place. So goes the life of a person with this problem. I have tryed alot of Rx. and i felt the same way one of the other answer's. You couldn't care less about what is going on around you, it's terrible. You feel like a zombie! My life is so stressed because of ocd, it is a totally comsuming problem. my life revolves around me cleaning all the time, and yet, it's never all done, not to me, alway's see something else that is "needing to be cleaned" I put my family and husband through hell, so many thing's that drive me crazy, don't wear shoe's in the house, take off your clothes at the door, if you have dirt on them , the list is never ending., I don't enjoy family coming to my house, because, then i feel like everything need's to be cleaned, vacuumed, dusted, ETC.
the doctor needs to be the one who makes the decision and or psychiatrist and he needs your help, the following drugs are either for or used in combination for what you describe, they are celexa, pristiq, Wellbutrin, Prozac these alone or in combination with others work well for this problem, there are also drugs know as benzodiazepines also work well /in combination with these they are better known as xanax, ativan, klonopin, valium, every person is different, what works for me might not work for you at all, therefore it's important that a qualified physician help you decide according to your symptoms, if you need further information please feel free to write us and we will be glad to help you, take good care,
Honestly, first- I have OCPD / Anxiety/Panic W/Agoraphobia;therefore, I've been on SSOOOO many meds over the last ten yrs N' the most important thing I have learn is to accept who I am N' what I need for me, how I need things and surround myself w/only people who love me for that. N' if I plan an outing that might be a lil' unpleasurable, I only go w/my spouse or Bestie (both can read me like a book N' know the signs when I am starting to not b as comfortable). I also don't over plan, this is NEVER good. Do I still have attacks, YES, but their tolerable. Do I get annoyed w/my routines (rituals)? Of course... but I accept them, N' the moments pass. You have to remember, you have Anxiety/OCD, it doesn't have u, your stronger then u may believe!!! I haven't taken meds for 7 yrs except Kava liquid if I know I can't calm myself. To many people r so medicated they don't know who they r, I've been there AND now I am in control!!! Good luck N' God Bless You!!
I have treatment refractory OCD.
Took so many drugs (proper dosages and time periods) and cocktails and none of it works.
Common side effects: Tiredness, Dry Mouth, Messed up Sexual problems.
SSRIs, SNRIs, Tryclclics and Antipyschotics do nothing good for me.
Benzos I take only every few days sometimes (and they work). But when you take them for a long time, you need to increase and increase... not good to do.
Such a shame nothing out there works for me (and probably some have this problem too). I have tried several alternatives, the only one that helped somewhat was NAC (no prescription needed). Im thinking of trying brain stimulation.
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