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Re: Why an SNRI for anxiety? SLS

Posted by Tony P on August 2, 2017, at 14:16:07

In reply to Re: Why an SNRI for anxiety? Tony P, posted by SLS on August 2, 2017, at 6:00:08

> > I've had the exact same experience with Effexor vs Cymbalta -- Effexor drove me wild with anxiety, Cymbalta was effective and almost side-effect free. Unfortunately my govt. drug plan does not support Cymbalta, and I can't afford it, so I'm now on a combo of Escitalopram 20 mg/day (Lexapro, Cipralex) and a fairly low dose of bupropion (Welbutrin), 75 mg/day.
> How well do you feel with your current treatment?
> - Scott

So-so. I've been discharged as a psychiatric patient (triage) and have a new, young GP. She is very insistent on only changing one med at a time, & due to pressure from the CMA right now that med is the diazepine. I agree with her in principle, but meanwhile, I suspect my escitalopram is pooping out -- I've had one major depr. episode recently, although masked with Kava-kava (great stuff) there was no mistaking that psychic pain that furrows my eyebrows and makes me feel weepy & hopeless.

I am angry that the BC Government Pharmacare committee apparently base their financial support for particular meds on gross percentages in the meta-literature and not on individual needs and doctors' expertise (my pdoc's request for an exception for Cymbalta was turned down twice).

Day-to-day, though, I am doing pretty well. I suspect a lot of the behaviours I am having trouble changing (& the feelings that go with them) are due to the HABIT of depression.

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