I have PTDS, anxiety,nocturnal wake up anxiety and depression.They have tried Celexa, Lexapro, Zoloft, Effexor, Wellbutrin but no combo's. I had the worst side effects with all of them unable to function or eat. Do not want to take Paxil as I heard its very hard to come off of. Have not tried Cymbalta, but have no Rx insurance. Does anyone know the cost? Currently on xanax 0.05 mg1x a day & 0.50 of Lorazepam for sleep. It works to just make the anxiety tolerable but does nothing for the depression & I do not want to become dependent. Now What do I do? I need something for both.
I have the same problem as you do but have tried cymbalta too and it was the worst to get off of for side effects so research this one carefully before trying it.
My doctor has decided that it is time for me to see a Psychiatrist to try to deal with the anxiety, insomnia, and hyper vigilance from PTSD that I am experiencing as the SSRI have been making things worse not better.
Have you been to see a Psychiatrist or had any counseling for your problems?
Yup, ptsd, kinda sucks. This all sounds very familiar. To stabalize yourself a simple ssri or snri alone rarely will do the trick. The flash backs can be stopped or at least decreased with an alpha blocker called minipress. It did a ton of good for me when I needed to stop that non-stop fall. I never took xanax but klonopin so that I would have anxiety relief around the clock. For sleep I'd have to take something additional for when things flared up. I personally have been on a ton of different ssri's / snri's but although doctors really really want them to work for everything, the fact is is that they at least for me only took the edge off the rainbow of issues.
I was on anti-psychotics for a while, and they did help, however the side effects were a bit too much. The best long term medication for me really was the therapy as it addressed and treated the root problem vs. just covering up the root problem. For me it actually was meditation and an internal martial art similar to kung fu that did the trick however there really are many many ways of attacking this demon.
The medications that I listed helped me not kill myself, sorry, just being honest, and also helped me stop falling so that I was able to stand and fight back. I now no longer need to take any medications at all. No more panic attacks, anxiety, flashbacks, that hollow depression, disassosiation sp?, and etc. It even turned out that my chronic pain wasn't chronic pain but cancer. The meditation and moving meditation not only stopped all of the ptsd symtoms, but then shrank all of the lumps accordingly to how much time was spent doing these variety of activities. The lumps are now totally gone.
First things first, before therapy can do any good, before you can realy fight your personal demons, you have to first be able to stand. The medications allowed for me to heal. Everyone responds differently to different meds and treatments, but you can at least rest assure that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Oh, and as far as insurance, I also didn't have insurance during the roughest part as well as resolution. There are cost effective meds out there as well as programs that will cover the cost for certain expensive meds. Abilify can be purchased from overseas as a generic for dirt cheap vs. the hundreds of dollars that it normally cost. Best of luck to you and hope that this is of some help.
Im taking 5-http you can find it otc @ walmart,it seems to help my depression and anxiety,also take Cymbalta 60 mg helps with the 5-http.As far as sleep i have to take 2 pills a herb called melatonin 5 mg (walmart) and Ambien Rx only it helps me wind down and sleep,hope this helps.
I have been on paxil, 20 mgs, for the past 10 years and it hasn't been working as well as it did... I am down to 10 mgs now since 3/20... it has been a struggle. I just don't want to take any longer but don't want to relapse again either... I suffered from pts... and anxiety along w/ panic attacks... now back to your issues... I had a bad relapse 11 years ago and hospitalized myself... they had me on 100 mgs of Wellbutrin, 30 mgs of paxil, 10 mgs of remron, and 5 mgs of klonipin... I was crying a lot, insomnia, and severely depressed... after my discharge I weaned myself from all meds but the paxil within that year... it took a lot of hard work and positive surroundings to complete... had done well till this past year... then the anxiety issues seemed to start again... I also suffered with bouts of insomnia so medical dr. Prescribed Ativan when needed which helped... take only when needed too. There is help in mixing the meds but don't suggest long term use...
I am also under the care of a psychiatrist. You have to work w/ your dr. If I new what I do today, I would of taken a more holistic approach but easier said then done... insurance won't cover this approach... I do get acupuncture for anxiety and it does help... I hope this has been helpful... don't wish these conditions on anyone...
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