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Any Success with Herbs over Meds

Posted by TommyIsland on October 7, 2004, at 1:52:27

I've been taking Effexor XR at 150 MG a day and Depakote 1000 MG a day for about 5 years. At first the combo was a lifesaver but I must admit that over the last 2 years or so it has seemed to lose it's juice. What I mean by this is that the side effects that at first I just lived with, have now stock piled up to a point where I can't take it anymore. The low libido, anorgasm, severe somnolence (wanting to sleep ridiculously long hours), carb cravings so severe I eat triple what other people can eat in one sitting, memory problems so bad I can't recall anything short term and memories from a year ago are so faint I can barely recall, low energy levels.............and I can go on and on and on. The bottom line is that I'm fed up living life like this........I'm 28 and want to experience life in a whole new way. I've since quit the Depakote as of a month ago with no side effects (actually I feel absolutely no difference that it has lead me to believe I never should have taken it in the first place because I've always suffered from Unipolar Depression and not classic Bipolar with Mania.) The bottom line for taking a mood stabilizer is to keep somebody from bouncing into a manic state of which I've never entered.

Anyways, I started taking a daily Multivitamin with Minerals, A Multi Oil Softgel pill - 3 pills at once in the morning - containing Omega 3,6,and 9 Fatty acids, one pill of Biotin 1000 MG, and I just picked up some Green Tea Extract today - each pill contains 325 MG. I am hoping the Green Tea will give me a boost in energy. I'm starting to go to the gym again (I've had a gym membership all along and got lazy a few months back) --------------

Question: Has anybody had success or know of any great Herbal Supplements out there that give much needed energy boosts to make me wanna get my ass moving in the morning ---- excuse my French. Also, has anybody had success with taking only Herbs in lieu of Meds and actually had success? I would love to be med drug free!

I want to get off of Effexor XR all together because it really seems to lack. If I can get some herbal supplements to do the trick I would be much happier.

All responses would be greatly appreciated by me!






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