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#101 Evey


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Posted 16 August 2014 - 02:31 PM

Worst for me was the akathisia I got from Abilify and Latuda. The other, I don't remember which med, but was getting a burning and sharp tingling all over my head (not face).
DX: Panic Disorder, MDD, PTSD, Nightmares, Social Anxiety. Possibly Bipolar II

RX: Lamictal 75 mg, Paxil 20 mg, Klonopin 1 mg TID, Prazosin 2 mg, Propranolol 20 mg as needed

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#102 melissaw72


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:23 AM

I was just on Clonidine, and one of the side effects that I hated was that it gave me chest pain and pain radiating down my arm.  Had to stop taking it because of that.

Current Psychiatric Dxs ... Schizoaffective, Schizophrenia-type; Anxiety disorder, PTSD, agoraphobia

Also recovered Anorexic/Bulimic finally after 20 years.

Current meds: Provigil, Klonopin, Xanax, Naltrexone, Wellbutrin, Abilify, Lamictal, Prozac, Lansoprazole, Linzess, QVAR inhaler, Xopenex inhaler, Flonase, Flexeril, Zofran.

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#103 SoaringRaven



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 10:29 AM

The worst for me isn't a psych med, but birth control. Depo provera gives me a high level of anxiety, to the point were I can barely function, and also made me gain a ton of weight(20lbs/9kg in about a month and a half.) Nuvaring just threw me into really hardcore mixed episodes. I mean, that was an awesome strategy for birth control, seeing as I was so effing crazy that no one would want to be anywhere near me. But on a more serious note, it was a wretched experience.

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Rx: Lamictil 200mg; Welbutrin XL 450mg; Abilify 5mg
Misc: Ativan .5mg as needed
Previous: Celexa 10mg

#104 HellenaHandbasket



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 07:41 PM

Permanent tinnitus from wellbutrin

Slight motor twitch from either Depakote or abilify, not sure about the timing

Didn't poop for the first two weeks of taking Strattera :(

I've been taking fetzima for six weeks and I'm fairly sure it's what's giving me chest pains and breast tenderness. Not to mention all out complete bitchiness (possible hypomania, not sure yet)
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." -- Maya Angelou

#105 iaawal



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 08:09 PM

While I adjusted to the Saphris I'd wake up in the middle of the night, walk around and go back to bed. 

Which was odd because I rarely wake up in the middle of the night. 


  • Bipolar I with Psychosis (if you say so, pdoc)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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  • Ativan 1mg PRN, Bupropion XL 450mg, Venlafaxine ER 150mg, Lamictal 100mg, Zyprexa 15mg PRN


Past Diagnoses:

  • Double Depression, Mood Disorder NOS, Bipolar Disorder NOS, Bipolar Disorder II, Bipolar Disorder I
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder, Psychosis NOS


Past Treatments:

  • Viibryd 20mg, Xanax .5mg, Abilify 2mg, Zyprexa 7.5mg, Lamictal 200mg, Celexa 40mg, Risperdal 3mg, Lithium 300mg, Prozac 80mg, Buproprion SR 400mg and Saphris 20mg
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#106 cady



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 08:53 PM

On Sertraline, i had muscle spasms, they were literally the weirdest thing, and my docter didn't believe me.

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#107 mythweaver



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Posted 17 September 2014 - 07:35 AM

Neurontin, instead of acting as a mood stabilizer, made me incredibly angry. I do not handle anger well (I usually SI because it's so uncomfortable). I lasted maybe a week on that before I told my doctor I needed to switch to something else.


I also had issues with birth control. I forget which pill it was, but a few weeks/maybe a month after starting it I started getting seriously nauseous almost all the time. I subsisted on fruit and veggies that were easy on my stomach, tums, pepto bismol, and phenergan for 6 months until someone thought to question the birth control. The nausea went away as soon as I switched to another version of the pill.

Edited by mythweaver, 17 September 2014 - 09:58 AM.

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DX: recurrent MDD, Anxiety Disorder NOS, Bulimia, Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania

Meds: Prozac 80 mg, Risperdal 3 mg, Wellbutrin XL 450 mg, Buspar 60 mg, Ativan 1 mg PRN, Vistaril 25 mg PRN


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#108 cara23



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Posted 17 September 2014 - 08:55 AM

I can't help but feel like Remeron may have permanently damaged my vision. One day I could see the board as well as ever, the next day it was blurry from the same row of seats.  I took it just two nights in a row, and thought the blurry vision was a temporary side effect, but it never got better.


One morning after I'd taken trazodone (a few hours before--I didn't sleep) I had some bad low blood pressure sorts of symptoms--muffled hearing, bad dizziness and loss of vision (which seemed to last at least a minute after I got back down on the ground) every time I tried to stand up.  Also had unusually loud tinnitus, and my period happened to be coming with particularly bad dysmenorrhea such that at the same time I had nausea, super painful bowel spasms, and indescribable awful twisty discomfort.  I collapsed on the floor for a while, making what my roommate described as "whale sounds."  I was afraid something terrible was happening to me and didn't want him to leave.  I still take trazodone and had been taking it for a while at the time.  Nothing that bad has ever happened again.

Edited by cara23, 17 September 2014 - 09:04 AM.

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