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Do any of you take one med for depression and a different med for anxiety?


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December 12th, 2010, 05:26 PM
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I have both and my Prozac 40 mg isn't cutting it anymore so the doc had me try Cymbalta. It had too many side effects so I weaned off it and went back to my Prozac. I'm still unhappy

The best thing I've ever found for me is Effexor XR. The only problem is after about 10 weeks of taking it it greatly increases my anxiety.

I'm thinking about asking my family doc for another trial of Effexor XR and then something else for the anxiety.

What would you do?
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December 15th, 2010, 09:14 AM
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I was on zoloft from the time nev was 2 weeks old till 16 mo old, and it drove me insane... i was off all meds for a couple mo , and went back on my celexa 3 weeks ago, and im feeling A LOT of improvement... celexa is used for depression, anxiety, and some obsessive type worrying as well. But it takes several weeks to work. I am also taking lorazapam for any really bad cases of panic/anxiety. It helps me to calm my mind down at night to sleep. I would give your med time, and use some meditation type therapy, and also try to join groups, and even positive affirmations to help with your anxiety. It seems to help mine a lot lately along WITH the meds.

This is a great site i joined... all to do with positive thinking, and affirmations... u can create your own as well, and repeat them as many times as u like... ill add another link to do with the LOA , and what positive affirmations can do for your mind. Its amazing... of course im not 100 % but when i get down again, or obsessive, or negative, and even anxiety, i say my affirmations in a quiet place by myself like the tub, bed, meditating, etc.

Here is about the LOA

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December 15th, 2010, 12:53 PM
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I'm supposed to be on Lorazepam, Lexapro, Ambien, and Trazadone. I am currently and have not for quite some time taken anything. I didn't care for the side effects of the Ambien or Lexapro. I find that the lorazepam is very helpful even without taking an anti-depressant. I suffer from a TBI, PTSD, and GAD.

I would give your meds some time to work and see if after a month or two they're truly not working. If that proves to be the case definitely ask for what you know did work or has worked for you. Try to be your own best advocate and insist on what you know to be true for you.
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December 15th, 2010, 04:01 PM
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I've been on the Prozac for a year now. I felt like it stopped working a couple of months ago. That's when my doc gave me the Cymbalta but I had sexual side effects with it and that's a side effect I'm not willing to deal with so I weaned off and back to the Prozac. I was afraid to go without anything at all.

I see my doc tomorrow morning so I'm hoping for something different that will help me.
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December 15th, 2010, 07:11 PM
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The celexa used to do that for me with the sexual side affects also, and prob will again... but im ok with not havin sex lol... i hope everything works out for you.
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December 16th, 2010, 12:17 PM
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Hmm so I saw my doc today and she said it would be best to keep me on the Prozac and ADD Wellbutrin to that. So I'm now on both. If that doesn't work than she wants me to try a mood stabilizer medication.

I thought this was odd but I Googled it and apparently it's pretty common to take Wellbutrin and Prozac together. I really, really hope it does the trick for me.
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December 23rd, 2010, 06:02 PM
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I am on Wellbutrin for depression, Klonopin for anxiety, and Pristiq for anxiety & depression. I also take Propranolol as needed for the physical symptoms of anxiety. Before I was on Pristiq, I was taking Paxil...

Wellbutrin is also known to cause anxiety, and I have been on it for 6 years, so I have always been on something else for the anxiety.

My doctor also lowered my Wellbutrin dosage last week, which I'm scared about, b/c I've been on it for so long and it has been working for me!!! But she thinks it is adding to my anxiety... soooo I'm hoping I don't get depressed again...
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December 25th, 2010, 04:39 PM
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Hi there!

I have had the MOST success managing my depression & anxiety with Effexor XR 150 and Abilify 10 mg.

I have actually stayed on the Effexor XR throughout this pregnancy. Our OB sent me to a level II ultrasound specialist for a fetal echocardio and baby's heart was great!!

I plan to look into what options, if any, are available if I want to breastfeeand continue the Effexor XR.
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