Posted by Chris O on March 4, 2005, at 15:53:21
In reply to Re: Here's what I noticed » Chris O, posted by gadman on March 4, 2005, at 14:35:11
Thanks also for sharing. I definitely know that "nervous breakdown" feeling. For me, it's "panic attack" and I've been there several times, once really badly in the last year where I ran into the emergency room screaming and yelling.
It sounds like the Effexor really works/is working for you. I never gave it that long a trial because the initial side effects scared me so much. Looking back, it was probably just my "adjusting" to the drug, as my psychiatrist said, but I am very "drug phobic," so I didn't want my body to "adjust." Anyway...
I took Lexapro for the last 8 months, but it was just like, so-so in its impact on my anxiety, panic, depression. I decided to stop 2 months ago and gave fish oil and "energy tapping," a try, with mixed results. Now, I'm starting to feel very very bad again so I just went back to my psychiatrist yesterday to get something different, was going to try Klonopin because I have read so many good things about it even though its a benzo, but my psych is very wary of prescribing benzos long-term. He asked me to try Cymbalta instead. After reading all the negative experiences about Cymbalta here and on remedyfind.com, I am not really itching to try this stuff. I know it's an SSNRI like Effexor, but it seems like it's not working for a lot of people--the blood pressure increase you mentioned seems to have happened with several people here and on remedyfind.com. So, like you, I'm kind of not sure what my next step is.
I know Luvox is an SSRI sometimes recommended for panic, anxiety, OCD that came out in the mid-1990s. I was thinking of trying that again long-term. My psych also recommended one of the TCAs, imipramine (Tofranil), which he says is good for anxiety-oriented depression. I didn't want to try that for fear of side effects. Anyway, keep me updated on what happens. I check back and post periodically, mostly when I'm in crisis, like many here, but I'd be curious to hear what you do/learn.