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Posted By : Precious Gem - 6/18/2009 6:30 AM
Has anyone had good/better results with changing the time of day they take their med(s)? 
Just curious.........

Posted By : stkitt - 6/18/2009 7:50 AM


I tried taking my antidepressant in the AM but found it worked better for me in the PM at bedtime.  However it would depend on what your meds are.  :)


Posted By : Precious Gem - 6/18/2009 8:41 AM


I am on 10 mg Celexa and after talking to my Dr's office yesterday (bad day), I realized that now that I have been on meds 7 weeks and full effects are kicking in that taking them at bedtime was keeping me from sleeping well.  So today I took after breakfast and already feel much better.  I am also on .5 Xanax 2 - 3 times a day.  Hopefully I will find the right balance for me and have come to realize that these meds affect everyone differently and you just have to play around a bit to find your correct balance.

Thanks for the imput.


Posted By : Raniah - 6/18/2009 10:10 AM
Hi Gem,

I saw your nice comments on your other thread, and I wanted to address your post here about the time of day for meds. I haven't taken prescription meds in a long time now, but I do remember that time of day made a difference to me....and it still does with the supplements I take. I really believe that our bodies have natural rhythms, and meds, supplements, and even certain types of foods can affect those rhythms. I'm so glad you are feeling better today, and I hope that things continue to improve for you every day. I think you're doing a great job of keeping on top of things!

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Posted By : Precious Gem - 6/18/2009 12:19 PM


I am starting to think you are my guardian angel, I always love your feed-back.  May I be so bold as to ask what type of supplements you are on?  I eat very healthy, walk, exercise and I really think once I get stable I would prefer natural herbs, etc over pharmecueticals.  I have tried Solaray Nerve SP14 Blend, Valerian Root, Passion Flower, St. Johns Wort made me break out in a rash, 5-htp made me have a terrible headache and stomach problems but I know there are others out there.  I do take Super B Complex supplements as well as magnesium.  I have also tried Ayurvedic herbs, ashwanganda and Bacopa(Brami).  I got some relief but felt like I probably needed to go to a herbalist to get the right combinations because I think they are more helpful than single herbs.

Just curious and if I am being too nosy just tell me, it is OK, I still love you!



Posted By : getting by - 6/18/2009 2:56 PM
Another feel good supplement is vitamen D3. It gives you what we don't always get from the sun. I can't be in the sun a lot and I notice I feel a lot better when I take it.

I take part of my medications in the morning and some in the evening. I take two 75mg of effexor in the morning and three of them in the evening. I accidently took three in the morning the other day and seemed to feel better throughout the day so I am going to ask the doctor about going that route. I also take .5 mg of xanax two to three times a day. I take 30 mg of adderall in the morning and 15 in the afternoon. I also take abilify in the morning. That medication has helped me a lot.

There are more, but they aren't antidepressants. I take a lot of medications. Way more than I want to. But I don't think that herbal supplements would work for the depression that I have.

I hope that you have a wonderful day today. Best wishes to you.

Hugs, Karen

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Posted By : Hibee - 6/18/2009 3:01 PM

I take 225mg of Effexor in the morning and 20mg Temazepam in the pm.

Posted By : Raniah - 6/18/2009 5:10 PM
Hi Gem,

No problem....I'm happy to share! I take a few supplements for different things. I just started taking St. John's Wort for the second time, about two months ago, because I started having a rough time with my depression again, and it worked well for me before (and has again, thank goodness). Sorry to know it gave you a rash.....that's awful!!

I also take red yeast rice (hong qu) for my cholesterol (it's been amazing), chromium to keep my blood sugar stable, D3 (mentioned by Karen above), and glucosamine & chondroitin for joint pain. I used to take a formula called Trancor by Metagenics for anxiety, but haven't taken that for a while as the anxiety has been under control (knock on wood!). When I need an anti-inflammatory, I take a homeopathic called rhus toxicodendron (poison ivy), and it helps me a lot with my back problems. It also seems to help me with skin rashes/irritations too.

I have regular appointments with a naturopathic doc, with the support of my GP, and I get a good panel of bloodwork done every 4-6 mos to make sure everything is where it is supposed to be. Like you, I've used Ayurvedic meds before, and I had pretty good success with them, as well.

If you have any questions or want to chat about this stuff, you're welcome to email me anytime- my email is in my profile. Love ya' back! :-)

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Posted By : Grizzly pooh - 6/19/2009 1:53 AM
I'm on Prozac and have been told its better in the morning as in the evening it could stop me sleeping well. What I notice is that I'm waking up reliably around 7am with a churning stomach which tells me it's time to take the meds again. And this is only day 30. Good luck with it

Posted By : Mazfire - 6/19/2009 4:10 AM

I take 150mgs Zoloft in the morning and 4mgs Xanax at nightime.  When i was on Prozac i basically didnt sleep for 4 years. Zoloft works for me, and combined with Xanax at night, it really helps me get by.

Maz XX

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Posted By : stkitt - 6/19/2009 6:17 AM


I am glad you have switched up your meds and taking your AD in the morning is working better for you.

At the moment I am not on any AD as I chose to wean off and see how I do on my own.  I always keep the option open should I feel I need to use the medication again.  This is the first time in twenty some years that I have been off of AD's.  :-)

I don't have great input as far as supplements are concerned.  I do use a mutilvitamin daily, Vitamin C, and Calcium and Mg ++ I know Raniah, Karen and others have better info to share re supplements. This is good.

Know I am here for you my new friend and may all your hopes and dreams come true.

Gentle Hugs



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Posted By : theHTreturns... - 6/21/2009 4:30 AM
gem, morning meds are upon crawling of the sofa, or crawling out of bed. night meds, since it is the one that helps with sleep, half hour or so b4 bed, well soon. excellent topic. esp for people with other medical dx that require medications. cheers, jamie. good to be regular as if you chop n' change then your body and mind can and does get grumpy. thx

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