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   Posted 2/10/2014 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if any lupus patients are taking any medication for depression and if so what kind and dosage? And has it helped you and side effect. I have my first episode today after not feeling like myself for days with dizzyness,eye pain, dry mouth, difficulty breathing, jerky, lost of appetite, tired, sleepy, gassy, weak feeling like passing out.not being interested doing things that I like to. Just lost in my little world tried to hide my the way I was feeling but my husband even noticed me really serious.i try to hide my feelings from husband because he tells me it's all in my head :/ I wish!. I was able to calm myself down but I am considering getting on meds for it. I believe I have anxiety/depression. Parts of my body have been twitching . I was on depression pills in the past but had a really bad experience. Only lasted about a month taking them. The reason was because it made my symptoms really worse. Couldn't eat, sleep,always nervouse/scared being by myself .

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   Posted 2/11/2014 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I take 20 mg of paxil a day. I don't feel any side effects and it has helped my anxiety a lot.
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   Posted 2/11/2014 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I like the supplement Sam-E. It is actually something that your body naturally produces but we are deficient in it. It helps with both inflammation/joint pain and depression. I buy it at any grocery or drug store or at Costco. It does the job for me. Vitamin B supplements and omega FA/fish oil help with brain function too. It is over the counter and worth a try! Definitely safer than prescription, and you don't have to worry about weaning off of it.
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   Posted 2/11/2014 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks beating lupus! I will so try that :)

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   Posted 2/11/2014 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Please remember that it is important to let your Drs know everything you are taking, including any big changes in dietary habits. Sometimes the supplements, etc, work opposite the meds the Dr may be trying to help you with. No matter who suggests it, not matter how educated/licensed/experienced/etc they may be, you don't want your meds counteracted, esp. not without the Drs knowledge.
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   Posted 3/29/2014 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I also use sam-e. I started at 400 mg and have used that for about 2 years now. I recently upped it to 600 mg, and they say that 800-1600 mg is the most effective for depression. I order mine on Amazon with subscribe and save and it saves me a bunch of money. I highly recommend it. I used Lexapro for around 2 years with terrible side effects. Sam-E has none of the side effects of Lexapro.

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   Posted 4/1/2014 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I take 120 mg of Cymbalta every morning. The first week, I felt crummy--flu-like, but my mood sure did improve.
(I started with 60 mg for a month, then 90 for a month, and then 120.)

There are side effects, mine are mainly related to less energy, but I'm very pleased with how it's controlled my extreme depression.

It's also pretty pricey, so having insurance is a definite plus!

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   Posted 4/1/2014 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I've just started using essential oils myself. I'm noticing an amazing difference with a lot of the symptoms and problems I have with the Lupus. I've only had Lupus for 5 years now but I've been diabetic for 45 years, disabled from an accident for 10 years. Depression is natural course of the list of problems with Lupus. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR before starting something. My Dr. is open to anything. Believe me I have had pain days where if someone told me to dance around a fire buck naked chanting some strange chant I would've tried it!

Personally I now use 2 drops Bergamont oil, 2 clary sage oil and 1 drop Frankincense oil. Carefully rub in your hands to mix the oils then breath in through the nose and then immediately rub it on the bottom of your feet. I got this from a site and I'm not feeling the anxiety I was having and the depression as well. I had tremors and this feeling of I'm not getting better and everything is getting worse. I was in bad shape. I checked the side affects of a few of the meds my primary care doctor wanted me to try. I started getting worse. I think I was getting tense over the sid affects. crazy, yes I seriously though I was going crazy. I've mellowed out a lot.

Frankincense has become my goto oil. It's great for all things Lupus. Anyway, I tried it out first, got some samples of the stuff and then tried the "recipe". Great stuff! It worked for me. I was really skeptical about this oil stuff but it works. :)

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   Posted 4/5/2014 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
First off I'm new to this board, this is my first post actually. So I don't know a lot about your history, but I do know how hard all of this is - and so to a degree, levels of depression and anxiety are normal. Highly unpleasant!- but to a degree, depending where you are on your journey with all of this, if this is still relatively new or you are still going through that first "oh my god this is happening" part of the process, these emotions are normal. Whats your doc think? What are your symptoms - relating to depression/anxiety part and then to the lupus part.

I'm, well, about half a year away from being a social worker but I've had a decent amount of experience working in psych and from what I can tell you effexor is really good for both depression AND anxiety, and the side-effects are going to be helpful to you as well because as some antidepressants can cause drowsiness/slight feelings of sedation etc, effexor creates the opposite so if anything it should help your energy levels too.

But since a lot of your depression/anxiety might very well be triggered by your situation what you are going through and maybe lack of support - your best bet is to add some sort of mindfulness medtiation practices and oh my god yoga I used to be so adamant and stubborn about not doing it and not really thinking it could do much for my mood but its been one of the biggest game changers for me. Now, the motivation doesn't come first, it comes AFTER. So don't wait, you need to make a commitment to promise to do it whether you feel like it or not (and the days you really can't not because you don't want to but because of the lupus symptoms etc, to not be hard on yourself) for at least the first month, but once you make that commitment you'll start to notice you'll begin to look forward to doing it. It helps a lot with my pain as well, keeps me stretched helps stiffness and the building of muscle mass seriously helps out your body. Make sure you are doing the kind of practice that you are able to do though, physically. I push myself too much and become my own worst enemy.

Jon Kabat Zin has a great mindfulness meditation practice for people with chronic pain and chronic serious illnesses. He has an awesome book too but I bet you can find some good guided meditations of his online.

In my experience, professionally and personally, if you are going to go for the anti-depressant a)be patient with yourself, you may not see results for 6-8 weeks and b) the best success rates are almost always paired up with some sort of complementary practice, mediation, yoga, and an ear to listen. Sometimes you NEED to cry in order to feel better later. Perhaps seeing a counselor would be wise? It's a lot you are dealing with, and not only the symptoms but we often have to deal with the ways in which people react to us being sick, you know?

What medication did you have a reaction to? This will help me to figure out which medication I can suggest that wouldn't have that type of adverse reaction.
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