Posted by merry-dove on September 26, 2009, at 13:21:31
In reply to Re: Please Help Me Complete My Combo » merry-dove, posted by bulldog2 on September 26, 2009, at 11:21:19
> > I have the same maladies. I not familiar with vyvanse. Here are my current meds and I'm finally feeling good again.
> > Pristiq - 100mg 1 x day - AM
> > Concerta - 72mg 1 X day - AM
> > Klonopin - .25 mg. 3 x day and .5mg at bedtime
> > Vicodin - 1/2 pill 3-4 X day (5mg/500mg tabs)
> > Abilify (the miracle drug) 2mg 1 x day - AM
> > I started Pristiq a couple months ago because Cymbalta "pooped out" Klonopin helped me TREMONDOUSLY with anxiety and social phobia. At the time, it literally changed my life. In the last year, however, the depression has become severe and I was suffering extreme fatigue. I started Abilify 1 1/2 weeks ago and it has given me the energy I need to LIVE. The extreme fatigue I had is gone and I am enjoying things. It has been a HUGE transformation
> > Good luck and God Bless,
> > Terry
> Thank you very much for your post. Looks like a very nice combo. Vyvanse to simplify it is in essense a time released amphetamine drug. That seems to help a lot. My dose is percocet is 10 mg 4-6 times a day for pain. Once my hip is replaced and healed the pain meds will be withdrawn.
> So I will need a replacement for the percocet as that adds to helping me feel better.
> So will be on neurontin and vyvanse. Klonopin low dose at night for sleeping.So I'm thinking of a good ad that might blend in with the neurontin and vyvanse. I guess low dose ssri or something like pristique might be good. After the addition of an ad something like abilify might be good. I tend to add one thing at a time.
> How did you feel after the addition of the pristique? Did you need abilify for the whole combo to kick in?
When Cymbalta stopped working I started Pristiq. Both are SNRI's which affect noripinephrine as well as seratonin. Pristiq helped some for my depression but I was still barely functioning. I decided to add Abilify as a last resort. I was out of ideas except for switching to an MAOI. Abilify turned out to be my lifesaver.
As far as klonopin, I started taking it about 3 years ago. I was taking Cymbalta at that time which was keeping depression somewhat under control. But I had such severe social phobia I very seldom went out in public, except to work. The klonopin completely changed my life. I started talking to neighbors I hadn't talked to in the 12 years we lived there! I could go to stores, parties, etc. I enjoyed life for a couple years. Then the Cymbalta pooped out, I had some stressful situatiions come up and I was on the verge of suicide. That's when I switched to Pristiq but it didn't quite do the job.
The Abilify has lifted the depression, given me energy and motivation. I'm fine in social situations which I still attribute to the klonopin. I take one 5 mg at bedtime (it makes me drowsy at that dose) But I also take 1/2 pill each morning, again about 11:30AM and again about 3:30PM. That dose doesn't make me drowsy. This regime keeps my anxiety at bay.
Hope this helps you. Feel free to ask me anything you would like to know.
Good luck and God Bless.