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  1. If you're going to be on a benzo long term I'd consider something with a much longer half life like clonazepam or valium. Xanax has too short a half life IMO to be a daily driver. It's too much of a roller coaster ride and this can have negative implications in the long term. Xanax is heavily abused and a lot of it is unintentional due to it's fast acting/short half life pharmacology.
  2. I tried it when it first came out and it pretty much acted like a straight SSRI to me.....in that after about a month all hell broke loose. Crazy anxiety, ruminating thoughts, just terrible. I had the same reaction when I tried lexapro way back in the day. I just don't do well with SSRI's. A genetic test years later with a big red flag to stay away from SSRI's confirmed this. I've generally done okay with SNRI's(cymbalta, nortriptyline) and Remeron. It's classified as a "Serotonin Modulator" but I find this to be just marketing bullshit. It's an SSRI that does some extra agonism/antagonism on certain serotonin receptors.
  3. A little more info would be helpful. What's your sleep schedule? How much sleep have you gotten when you wake up early? Do you feel rested when you wake up?
  4. As already stated Mirtazapine has a half life of 20-40 hours(I believe it's on the shorter end in females for some reason..Edit: I had this backwards, its generally on the longer end for females) which put's it at about a medium half-life AD. Doubtful you would get withdrawals from missing one dose. Don't underestimate the power of knowing you haven't taken your mirtazapine and having anxiety(realized or subconsciously) that you won't sleep without it. OMG, I didn't take my Mirt, I'm never gonna sleep tonight!!! Especially if it's happened before. And while everyone is different, Mirtazapine does not have a rep for being difficult to withdraw from. If you're getting terrible withdrawals from Mirtazapine God help you if you ever tried to get off Effexor, Paxil, Cymbalta.......AD's with a well known rep for having difficult withdrawals for many.
  5. 2nd dose is usually around noon. Bedtime is usually around 10.
  6. So I’ve been on 15mg IR twice a day for about the last month and a half or so. I’ve done really well on this dosage except for one thing. Sleep has been pretty tough. I’ve held out hoping I could get used to it and the insomnia would go away but if it’s still hanging around this long I have my doubts. I basically find myself having to take a break a couple of days a week and pop an ambien to get a good nights rest. Before this I might’ve taken a total of 3-4 ambien in the last year. And it’s not something I really don’t want to get in the habit of taking every night. My second dose is usually around noon so not taking it late in the day. So idk what to do at this point. Would Ritalin be any different? Would try something like vyvanse which is to my understanding just time released pure dextroamphetamine perhaps be better in the insomnia dept? I’m guessing probably no to both but wanted to ask.
  7. I find it really irritating when people literally give an AD a shot for one day. Good luck. Remeron is obviously not for you. Not for me. *shrug* I believe you gained 20 pounds in 2 months. I don't believe for a second your diet didn't change.
  8. AFAIK, it's one of the most potent H1 antagonists ever created. Hence the reason alot of people use it at low dosages for sleep(looking for sleep inducing effects and not AD effects). It will definitely kick your ass when you first start it. But it's my steady ready.
  9. My first thought would be cymbalta. An SNRI like effexor but more balanced working on serotonin and norepinephrine across all dosage ranges compared to effexor which only really turns into an SNRI once you hit a certain dosage(that dosage escapes me).
  10. Ive been on and off it a few times over the last 8 years. Looking back I might've gained some weight on it the first couple of cycles. I started back on it again last summer and have not gained any weight. I've actually lost weight since then but with that said I have rekindled my love of running the last couple of years and am pretty active. I try to run about 35-42 miles a week. I am curious to see if I could drop a few pounds by keeping everything basically the same and coming off of it. I suspect I wouldn't. But I have no desire to stop it right now. My experience is it definitely gives the munchies, especially in the beginning of starting and tends to level off the longer you are on it. Another thing that could be related to that is the hardcore sedation that comes with first starting. It's easy to sit around and eat too much when you're sleepy all the time. Sedation is something that usually also levels off over time. There might be a dose dependent relationship as well as remeron is a med that tends to be more activating as you go up in dosage. I don't have a lot of experience with the higher standard dosages(30 and 45mg) as I do best with the lowest therapeutic dosage of 15mg. I think it is an awesome AD. I cant do SSRI's. They turn me into a mess after about a month. Genetic test last year confirmed I need to stay very far away from them. I've done OK on SNRI's but with more pain in the ass side effects. If you cared to take a deep dive into all the clinical studies you will find that it is shown to be very high on the efficacy scale but middle of the road or on the lower end of the tolerability scale. No doubt due to the weight gain and sedation its known for. I would say give it shot being mindful of the potential munchies and weight gain it could cause. And it will absolutely hit you hard with sedation in the beginning. This is a med to be started on a long weekend if you have a full time job. But if you stick with it you might just find it what you've been looking for. As with all these meds, YMMV.
  11. So I took my first 5mg dose this morning at 7 on an empty stomach. Effects came on slowly for the next couple of hours and by 9 I was alert, focused, and mildy euphoric. By 11 the effects started winding down. I took another 5mg at 130PM and almost an hour later I feel rather sleepy to tell you the truth. I feel like I could lay down and take a nap. I don't know if I actually could but that's how I feel. Feel a little strange. Body feels rather relaxed. A bit dizzy. I work in a hospital on medical equipment and just took my blood pressure and heart rate. Both normal. Thoughts?
  12. Thanks just asking because I was just reading up on Adderall experiences and see a lot of complaining about differences in Adderall generics. But I've been around long enough to know this is common for a lot of crazy meds. My prior auth came thru and the adderall I picked up is made by Sun Pharma. I also wanted to ask because the pharmacy I go to seems bad about switching generic manufacturers a lot. I've probably had 5 different brands of clonazepam over the last few years. But with that said I've never personally noticed a difference between them, although you will find lots of complaints about this online as well.
  13. Did anybody find variations in effectiveness between generic brands?
  14. Man, prior auth is a pain in the ass. Still waiting on approval. I’m guessing if I go up in dosage I will probably need another one as well. Ugghhh
  15. I really liked lamictal and Trileptal. Unfortunately both made me itch and had to discontinue.
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