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gardenlady
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   Posted 2/26/2008 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I did really well on celexa for about two and a half years, but then it started not being so effective. Switched over to Effexor and having some really strange side effects about three or four weeks into it (thank God I had samples and didn't spend money on the stuff if it isn't gonna work!). Paxil seemd sorta heavy handed for what I deal with most of the time, and it actually made the night terrors worse. I've also tried mirtazapine and it turned me catatonic. I would sit there and watch TV (cartoon network) and I'd know something was funny, but I couldn't find it in me to laugh.

I have Clonopin that does okay for keeping some of the sides in check, although fundamentally it's for when things get so ramped up the regular med isn't covering it.

Prior to switching meds, I spent the better part of a month worrying at EVERYTHING. I didn't want to go outside because I didn't want people to see me. Didn't matter that I had things I had to do, I couldn't leave the apartment. It literally took an act of congress. I don't know how I made it to Christmas dinner. Crowded areas still get to me, like the mall and things like that. I go to the grocery store at night usually to avoid the crowds.

I guess I'm just frustrated because my family doc seems to be getting to the further reaches of his bag of tricks and without insurance, a specialist is out of the question. I haven't ever had any good experiences with mental health specialists anyway -- no incentive to trust the whole lot of them. I know there are probably some good ones out there, but trust is something else that is affected by this whole anxiety thing. I've known too many people who claim to be professionals who don't have the scruples God gave a magpie. Again, no offense to anyone who has found one that they like.

Thoughts? Advice? Inspiration? A swift kick in the ass? I'll take what I can get.
"Let me light my lamp,"
Says the star,
"And never debate
If it will help to remove the darkness."
-- Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore


CassandraLee
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   Posted 2/26/2008 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Gardenlady:

I am so sorry that you haven't been able to find the right medication yet.  I know how tough it is to try new ones and I can surely see why you are so discouraged.

It is often mentioned throughout this board and by others that while general practioners are doing the best they can they may not know all the ins and outs of each of these medications and their side effects.  I know that you don't want to see a specialist (again I can relate as I don't have health insurance either) --but your individual visits to your g.p. seem to be adding up too.

What about a compromise?  I see an A.P.R.N. who is also a psychotherapist.  She charges slightly more than a G.P. but a lot less than a specialist.  --And she is also able to prescribe for me.

I have been extremly lucky..she is very professional and she is also very good. Perhaps this is something you could consider as well? 

Good luck and let us know what you decide!

Cass


stkitt
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   Posted 2/26/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Gardenlady
I am so sorry your on the merry-go-round of the medication issue. I tried many and my PCP was pretty much guessing too.
I see a Pdoc now and she deals only in the AD meds and with that part of my health care.
Great idea by Cass.  Our therapists cannot prescribe the meds. So you need a therapist and a Pdoc............double the bucks.
 
I am on cymbalta 90 mgs at bed time and Valium for anxiety.
I am not sold completely on the Cymbalta but I am to afraid to even think of jumping into another med.  I have tried many.
 
Take care and keep posting.
Kitt
 
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gardenlady
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   Posted 2/26/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
It's the therapist that I'm having issues with trusting, and the Pdoc seems to be much more of an East Coast thing than otherwise. The first person I'd ever really heard of one from was my friend in Boston.

My family doc has told me he's getting to the outer edges of his bag of tricks for this whole anxiety thing. Not sure what the next step is...doubling the bucks isn't an option at the moment.

Has anyone else has sides creep in while on Effexor after three/four weeks of use?
"Let me light my lamp,"
Says the star,
"And never debate
If it will help to remove the darkness."
-- Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore

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