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  1. Trouble at pharmacy

    I only go to Costco, even though it's a 30 minute drive. I have been going to them for about 7 years. The head Pharmacist is a really good person, she knows my diagnosis and never gives me a hard time. Even when I change meds a lot. All of the staff know be by name and vice versa. Sometimes they run out of a medication, but always get it the next day. My Dr. can send my scripts via internet during my appointment so I don't have to worry about paper scripts anymore. The only time I had to fill something at another pharmacy was when I was on Clozapine and Costco didn't participate in the program. I forgot to mention that at least at the Costco I go to, the Pharmacist will stockpile medications, knowing that certain patients need them at a certain time every month. So, I never have to worry about running out. Also, I needed prior authorization for Viibryd and it was sent immediately to my Dr. 2 days later it was approved and I was able to pick it up. Of course I had the titration pack from my Dr. so I could have waited, but that is proof to me they pride themselves in customer service. Costco does have a discount program if you don't have insurance. I had to use it for a couple of years before I was put on disability, and at least I could afford to eat. But yeah, Walmart might as well change their name to Satan. That's what they are, and their behavior and policies back up the claim. They don't give a flying fuck about the customer or their "associates," all they care about is money and power and how they can acquire more of both.
  2. I take a high dose of zinc, magnesium and b6 in one pill post workout to relax my muscles, but I have never felt any psych benefits from it. Also tried a high dose of magnesium by itself in the past for sleep. It wasn't effective, but some people swear by it.
  3. So did I, but I was a heavy drinker as well. Lost the only people that ever treated me like a human being instead of a sick person. Didn't realize what I lost for ten years. I don't regret much, I think everything happens for a reason. But I wish those guys were still around.
  4. Latuda was great for me until it started causing uncontrollable leg movements about 4 months in and I had to give it up. Cogentin helped a little but stopped after a couple weeks. Wish I had known about Propranolol, just to try, but I never heard anything about it until I came across this board. I hope Latuda works for you. It improved my depression quite a bit as well. Even if your insurance company does not cover it, you can file an appeal with your Dr. I had to do that with Latuda as well and after a couple weeks they approved it for me. Don't give up even if they deny it at first. What's best for you isn't what is best for them. Sometimes I don't understand the reason why "health" is included in insurance, because they sure seem to care about $$ more than health.
  5. Steer clear of heavy drinkers, even if they are family. Trust me, you will thank yourself in the end. Smart move ending the relationship.
  6. Mod's can delete this if they want, I don't think anyone's that interested in my social life.
  7. Book Group

    Goliath must fall https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0718088867/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527220806&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=goliath+must+fall The holographic universe https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0062014102/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527220878&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=the+holographic+universe The God's of eden https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0380718073/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527220935&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=the+gods+of+eden The obesity code https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01C6D0LCK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527221223&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=The+weight+loss+code&dpPl=1&dpID=41d7cBwU1pL&ref=plSrch
  8. Sorry you are feeling like this, I feel your pain. Winter is hell for me, exactly as you are feeling now. I am taking Viibryd now after about 6 years on Lexapro. I am still titrating on the Viibryd and completely off Lexapro, but it feels like the Viibryd has started to kick in. It seems to be energizing and has lowered my anxiety. I am getting out and doing something pretty much every day. I also take Ritalin, it always gives me a boost, sorry it isn't working for you. Someone in another post mentioned the extended release version of Ritalin might be something to try. Wish I could help out more. Do try to do something everyday, even if it is something quick, at least it will give you a sense of accomplishment. Don't worry about showering. As the late George Carlin said, "you don't always need a shower, all you need to do is concentrate on the 4 major areas, armpits, asshole, crotch and teeth." I hope you get well soon..
  9. Interesting, I've never tried ER Ritalin before. Generally my AM dose of 40mg Ritalin lasts about 8 hours then I take another 20mg. I haven't really noticed a crash but I can definitely tell when it's worn off. Do you like the ER version better, or have you become tolerant to that as well? Does the ER version take longer to kick in.?
  10. @cgarcia134, You're welcome... I hope things get better for all of us. I wonder if I would have found this board last winter I might still have the same job. I actually liked the last one, not looking forward to going back to retail.
  11. What about Viibryd didn't you like or what about it was intolerable? If I may ask..
  12. I switched from 20mg Lexapro to 20mg Viibryd, mainly based on a genetic test. You can read more here: I thought I would share a brief daily blog on my Viibryd experience. It's my first new AD in about six years. If you don't want to read It, either block me or the thread. I'm doing this for a few people who expressed interest and my self. Plus, I am broke and bored and the coffee is free here. At least that's what I've been told. --- Tue - 05/22/18 - Day 9: 2nd day completely off of Lexapro and my 2nd day of 20mg Viibryd. No real side effects I can pinpoint to Viibryd alone. Have been having very vivid dreams since titration onto Viibryd. Dreams may also be from the jump to 10mg of Zyprexa from 7.5mg as well, or the elimination of Lexapro. Idk, but I like dreaming, so this is kind of a plus for me. Overall I feel well, been doing a lot of productive work in and out of the house. Had my second interview in a week yesterday and another scheduled for Thursday this week. Anxiety is down and energy is improved. --- Wed - 05/23/18 - Woke up in a fog today. Didn't lift till I took some Ritalin. Had a crazy dream last night, woke up in the middle of the night and was still in the dream. Fell into my dresser and smacked my head on the wood. I think the vivid dreams are coming from the Zyprexa, since I take Viibryd in the AM. Seems like the longer I'm on Zyprexa the more I want to sleep. Thought about canceling my interview for tomorrow, but I need to get out of the house and do something productive that earns me some money. Tired of cottage cheese and veggies all day. Thinking about taking a break from keto for a couple weeks, just to see if my energy level improves. Any suggestions appreciated, I don't have another appointment until the 1st week of August. TFL... --- Thu - 05/24/18 - Feeling pretty good this morning. I have an interview at 1pm, praying that I get this job. If you believe in prayer, maybe say one for me. No, I'm not religious and I would never preach to anyone. But I do believe in God, I've seen too much in my life to deny his/her existence. Anyway, I slept much better last night, no fog this morning. I did wake up choking in the middle of the night. I think I need to be tested for sleep apnea. I will post an update if I get a job today. But even if I don't, at least I showed up. Which is an accomplishment for someone like me, lol. I haven't heard from the place I interviewed with on Monday yet. Should I give them a call or just wait? What do you think? Interview was really uncomfortable. The head manager just sat there and stared at me while the assistant asked me questions. I felt like the manager was completely uninterested in what I had to say. Maybe he was just tired or stressed out. Either way I don't think I will be hired. Hopefully I will here back from the place I interviewed with on Monday. 🤞 I think the Viibryd is starting to kick in, although I was disappointed after the interview, I wasn't upset. I went home and did a lot of work around the house. I know if I had been on Lexapro I would have gone straight to bed. See you tomorrow. --- Fri - 05/25/18 - 2 more days of titration on Viibryd after today. Fully off Lexapro for 5 days now and I really can't complain. I didn't feel like I needed as much Ritalin when I woke up, so I only took 20mg in the AM and 10mg in the afternoon. I try to follow my Dr's recommendations and not take Ritalin after 3pm unless I really feel bad. Still drank coffee, can't live without it. *Just wanted to add that the reports of diarrhea could be accurate. I forgot to add that since I started talking 20mg, I've had it pretty much once a day. It could also be the Deplin or increase of Zyprexa, so I really can't pinpoint the cause. Could also be due to dehydration, since I have been doing a lot more work outside the house. I'm also riding my bike pretty much every night. I'm going to try and drink extra water for a few days and start drinking the electrolyte mix I'm supposed to drink while on keto... Still hoping to hear back from one of the employers I interviewed with. If not, well then I guess it's a loss for both of us. Hope you all have a good weekend. Try to do something you like even if you don't feel like it. --- Sat - 05/26/18 - Felt great today when I woke up, really energetic. Didn't take as much Ritalin again, just didn't need it. Also took 0.5mg of Klonopin instead of the full 1mg just to see how I feel with it. Still having the stomach issues others had reported while on Viibryd. Trying to remedy this with an increase in fluids and electrolytes. Can't believe it's almost in the 90's a month before Summer officially starts. Not looking forward to a really hot and humid next few months. ---
  13. I second Ritalin, best quick acting anti depressant I've found for prn. I've been on Viibryd for a little over a week, now completely off Lexapro and feeling pretty good. Had the genetic test as well. Added Deplin for the folic acid mutation. Works very well so far. Sorry you feel like this, I only get like that in the winter..
  14. Pre authorization nightmare

    I have an HMO. I had a gallbladder attack last year, went to the er and was referred to a surgeon. After seeing the surgeon, I had to wait a month for pre authorization on the surgery . But I was approved and it was covered. I never saw my pcp over the issue, nor was my pcp involved at all. If you receive a bill, just submit it to your insurance. I have done this many times in the past and received approval. As long as it's medically necessary, the insurance will usually cover it. Of course this is my experience, ymmv. I recommend calling your insurer. At least this way you will know, and you can get it off your mind.