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Re: Low-No Energy on Meds

Posted by Barbara on June 23, 1999, at 18:36:10

In reply to Re: Low-No Energy on Meds, posted by JohnL on June 19, 1999, at 3:53:47

> > It seems that no matter what drug I've been on---prozac, zoloft, wellbutrin, litium, tegretal, clorazapate and klonopin---have all made me feel like I am on a constant dose of Nyquil. And they all make me gain my docs want me to exercize, but who has the energy. It takes everything just to stay awake at work. I told him between the sleepiness and the weight gain what I am currently on is totally unacceptable. He wants to put me on Lamictal and Neurontin. Anyone have any luck with that combination?
> >
> > Otherwise I feel like going off of everything, because the last time I did I lost 10 lbs. in 10 days! Went on the litium, klonopin and the clorazepate and gained it back in a couple of is so discouraging. My doc is researching the drugs out there though to try to find a combo that doesn't--if he finds one I'll let ya'll know.
> >
> > Help!!
> Strange, even Wellbutrin? Oh well. For what it's worth, Lamactil is supposed to be the more stimulating of the two, while some describe neurontin as being very sedating. But there is also debate, because some people get stimulated on one but not the other. And some get sedated with either. Considering your quirkiness to side effects (me too, you're not alone) you should try one at a time to avoid confusing the issue. It's funny, in the medicine of herbs, they treat "like with like". That would mean, theoretically, if you have sedation problems try something rather sedating to become stimulated and vica-versa. Doesn't make sense to me, but that's the way they treat, and it's fuel for thought. Anyway, I don't see mention of stimulants in your post. You know, some heavy-hitter doctors out there use these a lot because they not only relieve depression quickly (days, not weeks), but they might be just what you need to counteract sedation and weight gain. They are given along with antidepressants frequently. Ask your doc about it. There are several with different characteristics to choose from. The most common seems to be Ritalin, but there are others. Worth a try. Best wishes. JohnL

Have you any experience with successfully defeating the lethargy monster?
I was on Prozac for three or so years and it seems
the sleepiness got worse as time went on.
(sexual side effects were defeated within the first six months naturally).
My Psy suggested a change to Effexor which I have
been on for a month or so (150mg daily).
I am not falling asleep at my desk anymore but still
combat fatigue and the desire to sleep as well as
a lack of energy and some weight gain.
I had an opportunity to try dexedrine which seemed
a dream come true initially but later it seemed
the sleep monster had been hibernating and attacked
immediately after the dexedrine wore off.

Your input would be appreciated.
suggested a stimulant




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