Need advice on anti d's

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golitho
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   Posted 4/7/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I just started on anti depressants 3 weeks ago. I was feeling depressed because of the pain I'm in from rheumatoid arthritis and from a particularly stressful child (my youngest, he's 9 and violent, angry and hard to handle!) Now in one way I feel good. The pain is still there but has moved into background pain, but I feel wired, my brain is running at 110 miles an hour. I wake up at night fully awake and end up getting up and reading for about 2 hours before I'm tired again. Is this normal? Will I settle into these drugs or what? I don't feel depressed anymore but I do feel stressed, my jaw hurts frm clenching it so often!

Raniah
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   Posted 4/7/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Golitho,

I recognize your name from the naturopathic thread in Arthritis. (I popped in there to post about my ND experience). I can't give you much advice on the meds issue, but I do know that people can have various side effects from AD meds. Can you be more specific about what meds you are taking? It might help the members here to give advice and share their experiences.

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   Posted 4/7/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I know when I was taking a lower dose of Zoloft, I felt very energetic and it was creeping me out, because it was very new and I couldnt work out what to do with my new found energy that didn't put me in pain. Unfortunately I don't know what to suggest though, as I eventually had a reaction to the med for other reasons and had to be taken off it once dose had been increased.

All AD meds can have a lot of different side effects to them, I think Raniah is right, you need to be a bit more specific if you can about what you're on if possible, so people can offer you better solutions and experiances.

Hope this is just a temperary thing and just a case of getting used to the meds.

All the best
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   Posted 4/8/2009 12:24 AM (GMT -7)   
hi, jamiee here, meds can take awhile to work, 4 me around 4 weeks into new meds myself, pristiq, was on effexor xr for 4 years. hopefully as others have said it may just be some teething probs. also your body is adjusting to the new meds, sometimes at the beginning the mind is willing but the body isn't.  sounds like you are in the early adjustment phase, i wish you well, and thank you for your post. i hope the new meds help. all the best, jamie,37, male.

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   Posted 4/8/2009 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Golitho,
 
I am so glad you joined us and perhaps if you provide a bit more information I could advice you better. :)
 
What medication are you on or perhaps I missed that somewhere?  Also each person will respond differently to the meds.
 
I have tried meds others swear by and for me they were a disaster. 
 
I am glad you are starting to feel better but  feeling so wired at night is not a good thing.
 
I will await your next post.
 
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golitho
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   Posted 4/13/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies, I've been doing the family thing over Easter and had no computer access. I am on eleva active ingredient sertraline same as zoloft I think. I went back to my doctor and she is going to have my blood genetically mapped to find the right anti d for me. I'm a bit blown away by the possibilities of science now!!! Meantime I've decided to hang on the eleva despite not being able to sleep on it. Thanks everyone.

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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
all the best golitho, your doc sounds great!! as is mine, i see him thurs, should be interesting!! take care. jamie. smilewinkgrin
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