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Re: I almost failed out of college from psych meds 3 Beer Effect

Posted by Jen2 on January 27, 2005, at 21:57:15

In reply to I almost failed out of college from psych meds, posted by 3 Beer Effect on January 27, 2005, at 21:37:47

> In my opinion, people do not pay enough attention to the dumb drug effects of psych meds. Being dumb is in itself debilitating.

I completely agree. When I first started the Effexor ... well, when I was first in the throes of my anxiety/depression/paranoid freakout and couldn't think properly for weeks I thought I would never be able to get my head straight again. Then I started the Effexor and the side effects (that dissociated feeling) made me think that there was no hope at all and that I would have to drop out of school. But now I can think again! What a relief! I just need that extra push to get me out of bed and make me care!

> I started taking generic Prozac 20 mg a few months ago & it is the only AD i've ever tried that does not cause dumbness. It actually motivates you to get out of bed, especially if you drink 2 cups of coffee with your 20 mg morning dose.

I have been avoiding caffeine for months because of the inevitable anxiety-provoking problems - but two days ago I had a soy latte and not only was it delicious, I did a phenomenal amount of work that evening. So I agree -- coffee has returned to a prominent place in my life. Caffeine is once again my friend.

> There are perhaps some slight short term memory issues but they seem to be less significant that with any other med & your pace of thought seems to quicken with Prozac.

Yeah, well, I've always had short term memory issues, so that's OK.

Thanks for the advice re: the med combos. I'm off to my doc tomorrow so will raise these ideas then.





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