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Re: questioning meds in general Rachel2

Posted by Krissy P on March 12, 2003, at 8:56:20

In reply to Re: questioning meds in general, posted by Rachel2 on March 12, 2003, at 3:10:03

Hi, I was just thinking.....I have read so many posts here about the experiences others face when they withdrawl of Effexor, it seems way worse than the side effects that some experience ON it. Effexor has always helped my depression, and I've done so well on it. I did what you did too. I tried one medication, if it didn't work, then I tried combining it with various other meds, if they don't work, then I'd go off it and move on.
(all with the help of some pretty good docs)
PROZAC-helped my depression, but I gained a lot of weight
PAXIL-sent me to the hospital-manic as heck, chills, rash, and sweats
LUVOX-didn't work all that well: aches, pains, and bloating, gained a little weight
ZOLOFT-didn't give it a chance
ATIVAN-worked in conjunction with therapy and Effexor, Lorazepam doesn't really work anymore for me
EFFEXOR-my wonder med:) but makes me manic (that's why I added Lamictal this time around)
SEROQUEL-great for insomnia-gained a little, at higher doses, but at 100mg now, and losing (but remember I just added Lamictal)
ZYPREXA-weight gainer!!!didn't do squat for me(that's all I have to say about that)lol
REMERON-aches,pains,joints,couldn't walk-didn't help at all!
SERZONE-didn't give it a real chance

I think that's about it.
As far as the ECT, Effexor worked for me before I did the ECT, so I don't think that the med results worked any better or any less after doing ECT (for me)
Remember too, that everyone is different, they have different chemistrys, and different meds work for them, and ECT definately has different results for everyone. It took me several years (1995-1999 to be exact) to get my medications somewhat "right" in addition, I went through some pretty intense therapy, learned a lot about myself, and my reactions, did CBT, journaled, group therapy, and basically did a lot of "growing up" I am still trying to improve. I wish I could say I was "cured" but I am not. lol
Hope this helped??? Let me know k? :-)
All the best, Kristen
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I can't imagine how you'd ever come up with such a combination. The way I've been working is I try one medication, it doesn't work, then I try combining it with various other meds, they don't work, then I go off it and move on. Did some of these help some symptoms but not others? I'm just dealing with depression. I tried effexor and coming off it was such hell I think I'd try ECT before I'd try it again.
By the way, do you think the ECT could have helped the meds work? I've heard that sometimes meds that don't work before ECT work better after.


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