May switch from Proac to something else...really scared

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   Posted 9/3/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Prozac for 17 years; now I'm on 40 mg and doc was wanting to move it to 60, which I'm also scared of, as well as maybe adding Abilify (instead of the Seroquel I'm on). Then my neurologist suggested taking something else completely.
I'm scared of both these. Has anyone gone through this? Anyone been on Abilify?
The reason they want to do this is b/c I'm having a lot of physical symptoms and they think changing around my meds will help due to me not being happy. I'm not "depressed", but I'm worried...about the physical symptoms I have now! (shakiness [I even wake up shaky], dizziness, sometimes light-headedness, ticklish feelings up and down my head to my back, seeing after-images longer than nomral).
Please share your changing meds experience or even better--if you've changed from Prozac to something else or upped Prozac to 60--what happened? And have you experienced the stuff I'm feeling?


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   Posted 9/3/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Phixgrrrl, I think that is going to be kind of hard for anyone to really reply too. We all react differently to our medications. You may take one kind of med and be okay with it, and another may take it and have problems. I think its best if you follow your doctors orders and try the med(s) and see how YOU do with them. Good luck!
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   Posted 9/3/2009 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
True. But ppl post experiences w/meds all the time. I want to know how they got over their fear. Could they trust their doctors? They seem to know less and less and I have to do all this darn homework FOR them; it's ridiculous. I found a more natural equivilent to Gabapentin which my dr. was ok w/me switching to. He had never HEARD of it. It's like, do your JOB!!!!!!!!!! So anyone, feel free.

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   Posted 9/4/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning.  Posting our personal experiences with fear of changing meds is talking about a phobia we may have developed  over time re change.
This is a type of anxiety and it is often best treated with therapy. 
I have a fear of changing meds as I have not had very good luck but I have learned through therapy that overcoming my fears is the best way to advocate for myself.
I truly like the CBT therapy and the online version is very helpful. Here is the link to the free online version:
I wish you peace,

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   Posted 9/5/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   

I am not familiar with any of these drugs personally, so all I can do is wish you the best of luck and advise you to get a second opinion if it is making you that nervous with your meds.

Take care :)
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   Posted 9/5/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it's normal to feel hesitant w/switching to a med whose main purpose is to change your BRAIN chemistry. I know non-anxiety people who refuse to go on meds just b/c of that, and they have no mental diagnosis. Why, when I'm nervous about something completely understandable, do I need therapy? I'm just asking for opinions on those who have migrated to other meds or gone on ridiculously high doses of a med have coped and if it has helped them. I've seen threads on here and other forums w/similar questions and have gotten responses like 'sorry to hear that; well, i changed from x to y and was nervous at first but....blah blah". I don't understand why that is so hard.
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