I have lupus and mild depression for many years. I was origionally put on antidepressants for depression while going through a divorce almost 20 yrs. ago. I was off for years, but sick with lupus and also depressed. I was put on prozac to help prevent migraines....it helped some but mostly I just felt so much better emotionally. 3 yrs. ago I was tired of the prozac and thought it was causing some slowing of sex drive etc. so I went off it for several months. Didn't feel very good emotinally and I was sicker with my lupus so I then went on Effexor. I felt better emotionally right away. Well now my lupus is under better control but I am so lethargic and lack motivation for the things I used to love, can only get up the initiative to get the things done that I absolutely have to do OR for fun things like being with my family and grandchildren. Many days I don't do much of anything although my hobbies that I used to love and would like to get started or finished just wait. Now part of this is due to the lupus as I have pain and fatigue daily but I know on certain days I can muster up at least 4 hours of energy to do something. On the lupus forum someone mentioned that their lethergy was due to the effexor.....now I'm afraid I've been 'drugged' into calm, contentment to do nothing. I'll be seeing my rheumalogist next week and want to address this. Does anyone have any thoughts on this for me????? thanks so much....Lonna
DX: lupus, headaches, hairloss, lipoatrophy, high blood pressure, allergies, chemical sensitivities, foot pain.
Meds: placquenil 400mg, prednisone 7mg, cozaar 100mg for high blood pressure, effexor 75mg antidepressant, voltaren for arthritis pain, trazodone 100mg + 2 tylenol PM for sleep, imitrex nasal for migraines, nasonex and astelin for allergies.