Antipsychotic for depression/panic?

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phixgrrrl
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   Posted 2/17/2008 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
My psychiatrist suggested a very very small dose of this in place of my Prozac. Has anyone been on these for depression/anxiety? I read that it can be prescribed b/c the patient has "thought disorders" or something. I have physical symptoms that she connects to the depression when I just think no one is taking me seriously, which really pisses me off. I don't' think I'll go on it but I wondered if anyone has.

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   Posted 2/18/2008 2:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there,

I have not been on Prozac / Fluoxetine myself but members of my family have. It is a drug that has more than one use and depression is the primary one (As far as I am aware). It was quite a popular drug here in the UK a couple of years ago, but newer AD's that have come 'onto the market' are quickly taking its place. It is still a good drug and is very effective if it suits you.

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   Posted 2/18/2008 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi
I was on prozac,and it did work for me.

I would take your doctor's advice and if you feel that after 4-6 weeks is not the right med for you then call your doctor.


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   Posted 2/18/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   

I take meds for bipolar and I am not bipolar, so sometimes other types of AD's work for different things.  So if I were you I would give this new med a chance.  Like somebody already said, if down the road it isn't helping you, then let your doctor know.  Just give it a try, you would be suprised what helps.

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   Posted 2/18/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
i know what you mean sometimes doctors over medicate

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   Posted 2/18/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Phyx~
I know that will prescribe antipsychotics for anxiety disorders.  Prozac is a wonderful drug for many, I have taken it off and on for over 15 years.  I take this in combination with ritalin as I have narcolepsy as well.  This combination helps with attention, motivation and depression but alot of times we are prescribed antipsychotics for anxiety disorders.
 
They get a bad rap because people assume that if you are taking that type of med, they automatically assume that you are "psychotic" once again misinformation in todays society.
 
I also found out that alot of my anxiety attacks were actually a process of grieving for recent events.  I guess grief can be confused sometimes with anxiety, may be something you want to look into.
 
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   Posted 2/18/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

It is a new thing that most pdocs are trying out. They have discovered that APs have been helping with more than psychotic episodes, but with depression and anxiety as well. If you are really concerned, you should discuss this with your dr.
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   Posted 2/19/2008 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
VIEW IMAGEI'm on zyprexa which is an anti -psychotic. With my depression I sometimes get really bad thoughts that play on endlessly and the med works on stopping these. Quite a few anti-psychotics are used as mood stabilisers.

phixgrrrl
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   Posted 2/20/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I am kind of scared to start a new med. I get thoughts where I keep thinking about my breathing and that can lead to hyperventilation, which is basically a loss of control of breathing. And I say that even if I can talk myself down, it can come back right away.
I see "visual noise" in everything, where it looks like things are made up of tiny dots, like TV noise but much tinier and less noticeable. I've read elsewhere that this is really "something" as opposed to "in your head", and there are even forums on visual noise or snow. I think my psych. thinks it will stop the thoughts of awareness of my body. But sometimes I think she thinks it's in my head and not a real physical feeling, which pisses me off.
I've also read anti-psychotics can cause weight gain. And I cannot imagine the hike in insurance costs when they see you're taking an anti-psychotics. I cannot get insurance as it is with Prozac. Gotta love ****ing America.

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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like you are very frustrated with this situation, I think you really should let the doctor know your concerns about the weight gain. Maybe there is a different medication you could take. I take abilify and it doesn't cause weight gain. You might be able to take that. It helps with obsessive thinking. If I get really bad I take risperdol, which really helps a lot but I only take it as needed because of the weight issue. 

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Post Edited (getting by) : 2/20/2008 9:31:16 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 2/21/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
The newest anti-psychotics have a lower weight-gain ratio. They also have less side effects. This is not to say none of this will happen to you. But the bottom line is talk to your doctor and clarify everything before getting a prescription or taking any new medication.

Taking medication can be tough, even is it is over the counter. You just have to conquer it at your own pace.
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