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weirdspace
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   Posted 4/10/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all, I'm back. We had a great time! And my son did too! We have been back for a week but I was waiting to post until today because my Dr's appt was today. I saw a different Dr and he was great. He was so confused why the other Dr wrote down so many diagnosis as I was when I found out 2 weeks ago. The meds were also all wrong. Which I thought was a good plan in the beginning but was dying to get back to see someone else today to figure all this out and talk about the meds. I will be starting Effexor Xr 37.5mgs for one week then on week two I'll go up to 75mgs. He also gave me something for anxiety to take as needed because I've taken antidepressants before and it made the anxiety come out or made me feel to up. He also told me that people can experience anxiety when starting them(SSRI's) After two weeks I'll go back and talk about possibly adding Abilify. Basically the other Dr I was seeing was a quack and didn't have a clue about what she was doing from what I gathered from him. It's ok that the road to getting better set me back, I went for help in Jan and all this time it's pretty much got me no where but I'm ok with it. I feel good about the new plan. And glad I found a good therapist in the midst of it all. We also discussed a dx of major depressive disorder with anxiety, I feel like we were on the same page and we will see what this brings for me. I've been doing good, I still have a high from being out of town lol and my son has been great since we have been home. I think he needed a little vacation too. Anyway cheers to starting over again and if anybody has any thoughts on Effexor let me know! I hope you all have been hanging in there!


Sought help Jan 2009
Taking 100mg Lamictal and 25mg Strattera.
 

Post Edited (wishdreamhope) : 4/10/2009 2:13:06 PM (GMT-6)


getting by
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   Posted 4/10/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hope,

I am so happy for you!!! I am glad that you are taking effexor. I do too, and abilify. I take xanax for anxiety. And I can tell you that it is a good combination for me. Things are going pretty good and have been for a while.

I hope that the effexor works for you too.

Hugs, Karen
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Raniah
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   Posted 4/10/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hope,

Great news about the new doc, and your trip away! You deserve to feel this happy.....good for you! It's great that you came and posted about it, too. Hearing all that good news gives us all hope. It's very inspiring. :-)

weirdspace
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 4/10/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks you two,

Karen I thought you were on effexor, I'm feeling pretty good about starting it. I think it sounds more like the right med for me and I'll see about adding abilify later. Has it helped with your depression? In a sense how has it helped you? How long have you been on it? And are you on effexor xr (time release)? What was the difference you felt with abilify that you didn't feel with effexor? I'm just curious what the difference is with taking effexor alone and adding abilify. Sorry for all the questions I'm just curious.
Sought help Jan 2009
 
 


getting by
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   Posted 4/11/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hope,

It is hard to describe how it has helped with depression, just that it isn't there anymore. I am not saying that life is perfect, but it is a lot better. When I added the abilify, it stopped all of my obsessive thinking. I quit dwelling on past events and quit worrying about the future so much. It slowed down my mind to normal thinking. I am in the present more. I take time release capsules. I was taking the pills, but if I would forget a dose, I would get woosy. So the capsules help. If you forget a dose of abilify, it isn't that bad. But effexor, yeah it can suck. But with the capsules, you don't have to worry. Basically take only one a day. But I have to take five of them, so I take two in the morning and three in the evening. I am taking 375mg each day. That is the highest dose that you can take at this time.

I really hope that it helps you. It has helped me so much.

Hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 4/11/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Hope,

Whooooooo Hoooooooo, your back and it sounds like you have a good plan in place.  You have my dx,  major depressive disorder with anxiety, and I know how much of a  roller coaster ride it can cause.  I also know that I will never let it take me completely and I too am doing good even with all that is going on in my life right now. :-)

So keep on believing and know that your new med plan and your Doctor are going to work for you.  Glad to hear you had a good time away.

Happy Easter to you,

Hugs
Kitt


 

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weirdspace
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 4/11/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Karen that helps me....I won't be able to start effexor until next week, it needs a prior auth.....I am also happy about this new plan for me it's a relief to be in better hands, thank you all for the kind words!


Sought help Jan 2009
 
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes."


 
 


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 4/12/2009 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
dear wishdreamhope, effexor and abilify are a good combo, i was on both, except i am now on the pristiq without the abilify, seeing how the pristiq goes, still relatively new, month, i think. all the best with it. jamiee.
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