Posted by Maisey on March 4, 2012, at 16:48:25
In reply to Re: Also....., posted by ed_uk2010 on March 2, 2012, at 1:29:12
Thanks for the info. I don't think now that I want to go with SSRIs at all. I tried Cipralex for a couple of days again, and just not happy with it how it made me feel. I did seem to do better on Lexapro than not, in the past, but it's hard to compare now to then. When I went off it and when I went downhill, I was taking meds on and off for PCOS so the shifts in hormones I think probably accounted more for feeling badly than the absence of Lexapro. Even when I was on 5mg of Lexapro (I took 5mg for several months prior to going off totally.), I had headaches and sexual side effects. I just don't like how I feel on SSRIs. I'd like to be on something simpler like Valerian or Buspar. My doctor brought up Buspar awhile ago, but I didn't want it, and he dropped it.
I've been taking Valerian the past couple of days. It seems to help with anxiety, and not affect my sleep if I take it early in the day. I'm trying to find out if it is a dopamine agonist as herbal "anti-depressants" like vitex tend to be. Progesterone affects dopamine, too. It definitely makes my picking behaviors increase - there is a link b/w dopamine and dermo/trich. I don't think valerian is, but I've read conflicting info. My big thing with SSRIs is sleep. I used to take Lexapro sometimes in the evening or early afternoon, and it never affected my sleep at all. With both Cipralex and Citalopram, unless I take it early in the day, I have palpitations and jerkiness when I'm trying to sleep. So maybe that is something I've developed with SSRIs. Most of the time, I took Lexapro in the morning but I'm sure there were times I took it at night and didn't have probs. But, like you said, one can have a different reaction when going on a drug again.
I just wish there was an anti-d that works temporarialy. I keep going back to that idea. I feel OK when I'm not in the moodswings, though I do have some anxiety almost all the time. That is why I thought Buspar or Valerian may be good, though for depression, they have to be taken long-term, and Buspar isn't approved for depression. I'd like to up my raspberry leaf tea which helps with hormones. Some women even say it helps regulate their cycles. I'm still not sure that what I have is depression/bipolar at all. Though, I never knew that with bipolar, there is a spectrum. I don't really feel that I'm full blown bipolar at any rate.