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kellyinCali
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   Posted 8/20/2017 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello HW family. I have found that I spend countless hours trying to learn about the drugs I am being prescribed / taking. Reviews are always mixed. I am definitely "med sensitive." I was taking the starting dose of Lamotrogine (Brand: Lamictal) and thought I got the Lamictal rash but it turned out to be SHINGLES. More research and the FDA has added Shingles. Female in my age range (53) to be most affected.

My question is, when you are in a deep depression and your doctor wants to help you but throws "many" different meds at you at the same time, how do you determine what is working? What is not working? And, what med is causing you the side effects?

For example, I started to get better but I had only been on Latuda 20mg. for a week and a half. I had also upped Prozac from 40 to 60 a month before that. Which do I attribute the success too? I tell the P-doc that I'm doing better and he tells me to go "DOWN" on the Prozac and "UP" on the Latuda. I was also given a med for underactive thyroid. I started the increased dosage of Latuda from 20mg to 40mg and the new med for thyroid (Levothyroxine) 0.025 and reduced the Prozac from 60 to 20. On day TWO, I experienced severe neck rigidity and severe headache (cluster or migraine or occipital nerve) and VERTIGO when turning head on pillow and getting out of bed. I stopped "both" the Latuda first and then a couple of days later, still having the vertigo and headaches, I stopped the Thyroxine. I searched for "spinning, vertigo with Levothyroxine" and enough people commented using the most catastrophic word "vertigo" so I figured, it's probably that med.

I have gone DOWN again. I'm crying again and isolating again and the whole vicious cycle of being mad at myself for not accomplishing more. I read your posts here but they make me sad. I'm not even sure it's good for me to expose myself to everyone's sadness. I care and empathize "too much."

I know that so many here and on the Bi-polar and on the Anxiety forums have been through the "Med roulette." Do you have advice about how to handle this and how to talk to the P-doc who is giving me all of the meds that leave me questioning ALL of them only to be stuck in "analysis paralysis." confused

alohaknown
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   Posted 8/20/2017 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
While I cant offer any advice on the medications I can say that im suffering with you Kelly. Im going through a very tough time at the moment and feeling very hopeless that my meds will do anything. I hope that you start to feel better and nail down whats working for you.

-AK

kellyinCali
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   Posted 8/20/2017 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, AK. Please know that I am praying for you when I read about your struggles. I feel sad that those of us with mental illness have to struggle so much. I hope that you start to feel better too and that your meds will work for you.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/20/2017 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
KC,

Ooh...that is a tough situation...determining what Rx is beneficial vs. possibly impeding your progress.

There seem to be different schools of thought on combining meds...

...and you may need to request that your P-doc allows you to take the 'one at a time' approach with your Rx's

Finding your best main med, then augmenting as needed will let you see how each drug affects you in its own...and will give you the most control of your Rx regimen.

I wish you the best in finding your perfect management plan.

Keep posting and update with us only when it is comfortable and beneficail to you...that's the point of our community.😚

Hugs and high fives friend,

S.C.
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Hibee
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   Posted 8/21/2017 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

Sorry to hear you are having a tough time at the moment finding the right medication can be difficult.

Dropping from 60mg of Prozac to 20mg sounds like a to big a drop I would of though that dropping to 40mg before the 20mg would of been a good option but remember I am not a doctor.

I hope you find the right combo soon keep us posted.

Hibee
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kellyinCali
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   Posted 8/23/2017 2:31 AM (GMT -6)   
S.C. You wrote: //...and you may need to request that your P-doc allows you to take the 'one at a time' approach with your Rx's

Finding your best main med, then augmenting as needed will let you see how each drug affects you in its own...and will give you the most control of your Rx regimen. //

I think I have learned that this is going to be a "necessity." While I realize P-doc is worried about me, I think it would be better for me have a "plan" in mind one med at a time, working closely with him. I'm bummed that I am sooooooooo MED SENSITIVE. Sheesh, I get the 1 in 10,000 SE's. My brain is just sensitive. I also suffer with migraine and their is research that suggests "Migraine brains are different." sigh.

BTW, I decided to up my Prozac back to 60mg. The devil I know is better than the devil I don't know. Anyway, and go from there. Thank you for your support.

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Hibee, thank you for your support. Do you also take Prozac? I know a couple of people do and at the 60 mg. dosage. I have decided to go back up to 60mg as I suspect the increase was helping and the "plunge" along with the other changes fried my poor brain.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/23/2017 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
KC,

All the best in your increase...and finding the regimen that works best for you.

Keep us updated so we can keep you encouraged!

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Hibee
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   Posted 8/24/2017 2:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

Yes I currently take Prozac at 60mg and have found it to be a good medication it has helped my OCD the most.

When lowering medication I have found it's always best to do so slowly but saying that Prozac is probably the essayists to discontinue due to it's long shelf life.

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

ANXIETY & PANIC FORUM MODERATOR

Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, Olanzapine 10mg, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day
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