Help - need to change meds ...again!!

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HSE
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   Posted 7/5/2007 1:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I've just joined this website and have found comfort in the messages everybody sends to each other.
 
My meds are not working ...again! I have been on depression medication for 6 years - undiagnosed for depression before that. I have had citalopram, diclofenax, reboxetin and at least 5 others i can't remember the names of.........gosh that sounds awful - how can I not know what meds I have been taking???
 
Anyway - am on reboxetin at the moment and need to change. My doctor is very supportive, but I am so reluctant to come off one and back on another - again!! Each time I go through withdrawl I feel awful - I took an overdose last February and cannot go through another episode like that.
 
What should I say to my doctor? I don't even know what drugs would work for me now - I know i've had all the different types. What should I do?
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   Posted 7/5/2007 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
HSE

It took my doctor 5 tries to get the right combo of meds.
That might be an option,they might need to think about giving you 2 different meds to support your symptoms.

I would just tell them that what they are doing is not working and can they prescribe something that is stronger that will help you.

Also,sit down and write a list of all of your symptoms. Take a couple of days to do this or longer just so you do not miss anything.
That way you can make sure that they are well informed.

Good Luck and keep us posted.

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   Posted 7/5/2007 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Welcome HSE~
You have found a wonderful place for support.  Your meds will undergo a tolerance level in your system in which your doctor will want to adjust.  I know this is very frustrating and you lose faith that there will ever be a right combination.  I have been there so I know what you mean.
 
There are new techniques for depression that are more invasive such as ECT or like I have VNS.  Depending on how severe your depression is this may be something you want to talk to your doc about.
 
The best advice I can give you is to never stop educating yourself with your depression.  Although you have docs that care for you, noone will completely understand your depression as you will.
 
Good luck and keep your faith!!
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HSE
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   Posted 7/5/2007 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank-you. My friend has just had ECT but what is VNS?
 
My friend lost a lot of her short term memories with ECT - it scares me a little. I know changing my meds is the best way to go but I feel so scared and quite angry too that i need to go down this path - again! Surely once you have found the correct medication you can stay on it - why does my body get used to the meds and then they no longer work?
 
I appreciate your support xx
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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 7/5/2007 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
 
Have you considered asking your doctor for counselling? There is something called CBT (Cognitive behavioural Therapy) which is used in the treatment of depression. This may be an option for you. ECT (ElectroConvulsive Therapy) is basically a method of treating depression which was popular in the 1960's. It involved passing an electrical current through the brain in order to achieve a "normal" electrical pattern in the brain. (This is in the times before depression was found to be chemically based). It is seldom carried out these days because of the major memory issues it caused.
 
I hope this information is of some use to you.
 
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HSE
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   Posted 7/6/2007 3:30 AM (GMT -7)   
confused  I have been through CBt - it really helped for a while. I have had 'Family counselling' with my husband and I sitting in sessions together. these helped him understand me a little better but now i find these sessions too stressful and i fell 'got at'. Does that make sense?
 
i have asked my therapist to refer me to individual psychotherapy - I live in the UK by the way - and the waiting lists can be up to 6 months!!
 
Saw my doctor today and she recommended sticking with my meds for a few more weeks - I am a teacher and term finishes in 2 weeks.
 
I hope the holidays - looking after my two little ones (aged 6 and 3) will be less stressful - but I very much doubt it.
 
Here's hoping she's right about the meds!!!
HSE - Hope Springs Eternal xx


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   Posted 7/6/2007 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
HSE

I really hope things work out for you.. Good luck with the little ones,I know they can probably try your patience.

Keep us updated



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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 7/6/2007 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi HSE
 
Im from the UK too. I assume the 6 month waiting list is NHS? Can you afford to go private? Do you have a healthplan like BUPA or HSA? Im glad that the CBT worked for you but it shouldnt have made you feel like the victim. Perhaps individual psychotherapy is needed. I hope you get on well with the meds as well. As for swapping school for kids, I doubt it will be less stressful! lol. Its just a different type of stress. Let us know how you are doing over the next couple of weeks
 
Take Care
 
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HSE
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   Posted 7/6/2007 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue  You are so right about less stressful - kiddies or work --um!!
 
CBT didn't leave me feeling like the victim - I know the theory it's just realising my negative thoughts and acting on them.
 
NHS - 6 months. Yes! Don't have private health and can't afford it.
 
Hope the meds will work - thanks for your kind thoughts xx 
HSE - Hope Springs Eternal xx


slappy7
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   Posted 7/7/2007 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
HSE,

I find that I have to switch meds periodically as they lose their effectiveness. Currently am taking Cymbalta and Risperdal and it seems to work for now. Effexor worked for some time, but then it no longer did (as was the case with Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, and a few others).

I hope you find the right combination for you.

replystreet
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   Posted 7/7/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Try a new medication intil you find one that works good enough. none of them are perfect

***These Meds are NOT free and you have to sign up and register with monies **

Please remove the number from your sig asap

Much appreciated

 

LYN

Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 7/8/2007 9:34:16 AM (GMT-6)


HSE
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   Posted 7/8/2007 4:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks slappy7 and replystreet.

I have changed meds quite a lot as they seem to stop working - I didn't realise this was 'normal'. I so want to find one that works and stick with it. The ones that have been the best for me have had awful side effects - Venlofaxin was amazing - really helped but after 3 months i had such bad headaches.

Maybe i won't need to change meds - here's hoping!


HSE - Hope Springs Eternal xx

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