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    Living in the South under Baptist Sharia law.

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  1. I find my 200 mg Lamictal to be sedating so take it at night. My pdoc said about 20% of his patients have the same issue.
  2. I just saw my pdoc and he okayed Trazadone plus Ambien, since I'm still only getting 4 -. 6 hours a night and basically never feel rested. He also suggested I try going back on Lunesta for a few weeks first (have some on hand) in case the Ambien has pooped out. I couldn't tell any difference when I tried Lunesta after being on Ambien for a few years, except the Lunesta leaves a bad taste (literally) the next morning. Fingers crossed some of this will work, I'm tired of being tired!
  3. I just finished week 3 of the starter pack, and my mood does seem to be finally picking up. Also, the food cravings I noted earlier have for the most part gone away, which is a great thing as I also have binge eating disorder. Over the last several months I've been doing much better controlling my bingeing, so the initial hunger on Viibryd was alarming, and I'm glad it's settled back down to normal again.
  4. Plain Ambien puts me out okay, but I wake up after four or five hours. Ambien CR didn't seem to do any better for me, although I was taking a generic, and based on the varying quality of different Ambien generics, maybe I had a crappy generic version and a different one or name brand Ambien CR would work. While trying various sleep meds, the pdoc prescribed Trazadone, which didn't seem to help much, either. Is anyone on a combo of Trazadone and Ambien (or some other combo) that works? I would like to have some new ideas to ask my pdoc about as I think my current depressive episode would be just about gone if I could get a good night's rest.
  5. It didn't work for me after several weeks, just gave me insomnia and made me constipated. I then tried Fetzima, also did nothing, followed by Effexor, which turned me into a zombie, and now I'm on the starter pack of Viibryd, which finally seems to be helping. I hope you find something that works for you.
  6. Lots of times I brush without toothpaste, since it's the mechanical action that cleans your teeth, not the toothpaste, although the toothpaste helps. But sometimes I can't face that fresh minty feeling and the plain brushing keeps my teeth relatively healthy, I go to the dentist every six months so if it wasn't working I would know by now.
  7. Have you been diagnosed with a vitamin B12 deficiency? I'm in the middle of (or hopefully near the end of) a depressive episode and my GP just dx'ed a B12 deficiency, and told me to start taking supplements. I went to see him this time because I've been feeling lightheaded sometimes and my blood pressure has been on the low side. The GP told me to start taking B12 supplements. Have you been dx'ed with this, and if so, what was your experience? How long before you noticed some effects after starting supplements, if that's what you did?
  8. The lead apron really helps me, too. I also do deep breathing through my nose, and keep my eyes closed. I hope you have a good appointment and don't beat yourself up too bad about it, I'm sure your dentist has seen worse.
  9. After looking at xrays of my painful knee today showing lots of missing cartilage, the doctor prescribed this for swelling and pain. Are you taking it, and what do you think about it? My xrays showed bone to bone contact on one side of both knees, no wonder they hurt on stairs!
  10. After one week I notice that I'm hungrier than I've been in a while, which is not a good thing for me. I keep thinking of things to distract myself from eating, but those thoughts keep showing up as things like, "Gee, let's drive to the bakery and get some cupcakes!" But my mood seems to be improving, which is the main thing at this point.
  11. My dx is BP II, heavy on the depressive end of the spectrum. I've been in a depressive episode for about a year and a half, with a base of Wellbutrin plus Lamactil, which kept me in complete remission for several years. Once this depressive episode started, Abilify was added, which helped some, but not enough, or as I told my doctor, "I'm better, but not well". The depression continued to get worse so we've run through some of the newer ADs (while keeping the Wellbutrin, Lamictal, and Abilify). They just turned me into a zombie, as other early SSRIs and SNRIs did for me years ago. But on the latest try, Viibryd is making me not need any sleep, like two hours a night, even after taking my prescribed 20 mg of Ambien. I try to lay down in the daytime (currently unemployed, not helping anything) to get a nap, but I barely doze off. I'm only a few days into the starter pack, so how do I tell if I'm heading back up too fast to a not good place, or if it's just early days side effects? How long before you would call your pdoc in similar circumstances? I think all these med changes have me hypervigilant for side effects, anyway, but on the other hand, as much as I need to get some thiings done, I 'm not interested in what comes after a good hypomania. Thanks for reading all this.
  12. Just to close this topic, and give me something to do at 3 am after 4, count them! 4 hours of sleep, Effexor never did kick in for me and turned me into a zombie at 150 mg. Luckily, and probably because I was on it for a short time, I've not been having any discontinuation symptoms. My last dose is today and then I start Viibryd tomorrow.
  13. I begin the starter pack of Viibryd the day after tomorrow, I'm currently coming down off 6 weeks or so of Effexor (with no withdrawal symptoms, by the way). I was on Brintellix for about two months but all it did was make me constipated and give me insomnia worse than usual, didn't do anything for my mood, so it was a no-go for me. My pdoc and I hope Viibryd will hit the sweet spot for me, I've been on the med merry-go-round for several months now, I hate it! I've also just started Deplin so it will be hard to tell if it's Viibryd or Deplin that does what, but at this point I don't care, I just want to crawl back out of the hole I've been in for so long. I'll update this thread as I see how I do, wish me luck! I'm very interested to hear others' Viibryd experiences. P.S. I started a thread about Deplin a couple of days ago under the alternative medicine forum, since Deplin is technically a prescription-only "medical food". Actually it's l-methylfolate and is supposed to augment depressive treatments if you're one of the people that doesn't properly metabolize folate. Sorry for the thread hijack....
  14. I would, but I'm down so far I'm desperate. This is the fourth new med try in a row (Brintellix, Fetzima, Effexor, and now Viibryd, all with about two month trials) so I'm dying for some relief. I will ask for the blood test to see if I really need the Deplin, though. I think it tests for an enzyme? you either do or don't have. In all my reading I haven't figured out if you test after starting Deplin, if that skews the test or not. Oh well, anything to feel better at this point....
  15. Thanks for the replies, I'll keep this thread updated once I've been on it for a little while. But I'm also tapering off Effexor and getting ready to start on Viibryd, so it will be hard to tell what's exactly doing what.
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