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  1. Hey, So about 5pm every day of late, my mood just turns black. I can't buy a neutral (forget positive) cognition or emotion, I start to feel and think very negatively no matter what I do. Of course, I'm feeling and thinking badly beforehand, but it just sinks to another level, or depth if you will. So I'm wondering if it's a med (or meds) that I'm taking that's losing effect around 5pm. I take the following meds - yes, it's a crazy-looking brew I know, but it allows me to function somewhat - at 6am (in milligrams): 200 Provigil, 2.5 Abilify, 40 Fetzima, 30 Lexapro, 15 BuSpar, 150 Lyrica, 10 Percocet and these at 2pm: 150 Lyrica, 15 BuSpar and these 4 times a day, where the last dose is typically 2pm: 15 Adderall 10 Percocet (for chronic pain) and these at 7pm for sleep: 150 Trazodone, 50 Benedryl It's impossible to confidently predict a "culprit" but if anyone has any hunches, I'd love to hear them. For example, today I'm splitting (some of) the 6am batch into two and taking the second half at 2pm as an experiment. I feel that empirical experimentation might be the way to go because the theory is too complex with this many psychotropic medications in play. Cheers , Pete
  2. Hello all, I'm looking for some med experience/anecdotes! I am bipolar and also have anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. Currently I'm taking Lamictal (400mg/day), Geodon (80mg/day), and Adderall (25mg/day). I'm looking to change it up because I am seriously struggling with the side effects. Since starting Geodon I am tired all the time (it doesn't help that I'm in the midst of a depressive episode) and I've gained 20+ pounds in two months. I think it's helping with the manic side (or maybe that's just because of the depressive episode I'm in?) but I can't deal with these side effects. The Adderall works great for my ADHD but I think it's making me too edgy/irritable for my liking. On top of it I have been having terrible anxiety lately. I'm meeting with a new PMHNP next week and I like to research my med options ahead of time so that I feel more informed and can advocate for myself. I'm interested in Wellbutrin because it doesn't have weight gain associated with it, it helps with binge eating and supposedly helps you quit smoking (both current concerns of mine), and can work for both depression and ADHD. I'm also interested in Buspar as a possible anxiety med? I like that it also isn't associated with weight gain and that it isn't supposed to be sedating. I've also taken Abilify in the past (before I took Geodon) and didn't experience any terrible side effects other than it making me sleepy but maybe combined with the right thing that wouldn't be as much of an issue? Anyone have experience with this combo or a similar one? Any and all feedback appreciated! The med game is so overwhelming.
  3. I just started Busar yesterday (2.5 mg twice a day) and am experiencing a terrible headache accompanied by blurred vision, dizziness, and thinking difficulties. It basically feels like the front of my brain is in a headachy fog. I wanted to know 1) Has any one else experienced this with Buspar and how long did it take to go away? 2) How do you continue taking medication when it feels like you're poisoning your body? - Is it worth it? Does it go away?
  4. Hello, all. I'm new to this site. I've been working with a pdoc for the past 3 to 4 years and, more recently, a therapist, due to what I personally classify as treatment resistant MDD. I'm in my mid-forties. Throughout this time, my pdoc has tried multiple "cocktail" combinations of medications. Some combinations work for a while, but it's difficult to become excited when I'm in a good period because I know the bottom can, and likely will, drop out from under my feet again. I'm curious whether anyone has had any success with a similar pharmaceutical lineup like mine. I'm also hoping someone might have tips on outrunning the black dog for longer than a few months at a time. I trust my pdoc, but I'm wondering if I should get a second opinion. Unfortunately, I live in an area where there are not many pdocs from which to choose. Some things to know: I have sleep apnea. For most of my adult life, I've fought drowsiness during the day no matter how much sleep I get. I've had multiple CPAP titrations, but they never seem to do much for the daytime sleepiness. About 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with ADD. Current medicinal lineup: Adderall (15 mg x 2 per day) Lamictal (75 mg x 2 per day) Xanax (0.5 mg x 3 per day) Buspar (15 mg x 4 per day) Trintellix (20 mg x 1 per day) Made me nauseated when I took it during the day, so my pdoc had me start taking it at bedtime, which made all the difference. Starting today, replacing Latuda with Vraylar (1.5 mg x 1 per day) Previously tried the following: Paxil (40 mg x 1 per day) I started this for social anxiety nearly 20 years ago and was taken off of it around 6 months ago. Going off of this after so long was a terrible experience, but those effects have subsided. Prozac Wellbutrin (150 mg x 1 per day) Latuda (20 mg x 1 per day) Seroquel (25 mg x 1 per day) Slept like a baby on this, but it made the daytime drowsiness worse. Rexulti Experienced akathisia with this one. Abilify Also experienced akathisia on this. Viibryd Had stomach cramps I'm also using the following supplements: Omega-3 Vitamin D Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Zinc capsule Ashwaganda/Rhodiola
  5. I was diagnosed bipolar about 7 years ago around the same time as my first suicide attempt. Long story short - I rejected the diagnosis and eventually went off all meds because I thought my issues stemmed from the stress of nursing school. School over - no meds needed. About 3 years later, started seeing a new psychiatrist and taking antidepressants. I actually felt like I had my life back... Then, at some point recently, my son died. I had an affair. My husband and I had another child. And then affair was discovered by my husband. The intense guilt and depression led me to try to kill myself, and I recently endured my first psychiatric hospitalization. Wellbutrin and buspar were once my miracle cocktail. I'm still on those, plus lamictal, plus latuda. Latuda is not helping me. It may have cleared my suicidal thinking, but over all... I feel lost, stuck, hopeless, and let down. I've reached out to my psychiatrist for help so many times, and I'm screwed over by the incompetent office staff each time. Can someone just tell me it gets better? Do I even deserve better after what I've done? I'm paranoid and delusional. My intrusive thoughts seem worse each day. I want to believe it gets better. Ive dropped down to working part time and I'm seriously considering quitting. It used to be that I only felt competent at being a mother. But now I don't even feel I can do that right. I'm a mess. Is there any hope? If a med didn't work for you, did you find a med that did help? I want to feel like myself again... I feel so let down that latuda isn't helping me. Thanks for listening...
  6. What are people's experience with Buspar for Anxiety? I cannot take SSRI's and this is the option I have left potentially. Does it cause excessive fatigue? Does it work for anyone? Klonopin is the one med that seems to work on my GAD, Social Phobia and general Panic Disorder.....Is this a good option to switch to?
  7. Hi, names Hibiki. Ive been struggling for 7+ years with Trichotillomania, Depression, ADD, Anxiety (agoraphobia , panic disorder, disassociation, etc), OCD (obsessive thoughts). im currently on so many meds due to my age (17) (no narcotics due to me being underage.) and my insurance being the shittiest ever. Im currently taking regularly: •Zoloft •Buspar •Effexor •Seroquel ive ran out of all options for medications so they threw me on effexor and although my anxiety has been absolutely crucial this past year and a half (3 attacks lasting 1 month +) ive noticed a strange effect pop up these last few days. So currently I feel like im here but not here. Like everything looks weird, almost like im watching life go by through a screen. Im unable to fully concentrate on anything and i just feel exhausted. I feel like im not here but i know i am. Semi like a zombie,? Its kinda like disassociating but with my eyes. Everyone i know just looks different and everything is just strange,.. i was holding my baby brother and didnt feel like i actually was? I was talking and walking and id just suddenly stop and space out. Everything just feels distant. It also comes in waves, i will feel normal for a bit and then WHAM it attacks me from around the corner just like my panic attacks. I literally cannot explain what i feel but what is this?? Anyone else kinda feel the same?? the thing is a month ago my doctor prescribed me Effexor and she told me it would take a month to get in my system, and i feel like this is a negitive effect from it. Including my memory loss . And all ive heard is negitive reviews. So im starting to panic, like horribly. Im scared im going to feel like this forever and idk what to do? Im an artist and i can no longer draw due to this and its making me worry.
  8. Psych Dx: treatment resistant depression (major + persistent), generalized anxiety, adhd Psych Rx: bupropion 450 qd, buspirone 15 bid, adderall 20 am 10pm, clonazepam .5 prn Other Dx: celiac, gerd, vulvodynia/vulvar vestibulitis, oab, seasonal allergies, idiopathic chronic nausea, neuropathy, myalgia, & arthralgia Other Rx: myrbetriq 50 qd, pantoprozole 20 bid, topical estrogen qd, topical clobetasol prn, topical lidocaine prn OTC: mucinex 12-hour bid, vitamin D3 qd, fish oil qd, probiotic qd, zyrtec qd, nasacort qd, saline spray bid, melatonin prn Previous Psych Rx: seroquel, depakote, lamictal, remeron, trazadone, lithium, ambien, sonata, zyprexa, lexapro, prozac, temazepan, xanax, rozerem So I've clearly been on a lot of meds over the years (since first being put on seroquel in early 2013) partially because I was initially misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. I've been on my current cocktail for quite awhile, and I had been doing pretty well with my depression but it's gotten significantly worse lately due to some life events + unyielding chronic pain that has been getting worse for the last two years. For the neuropathy I tried gabapentin for several months and it did absolutely nothing. I've been suggested Lyrica (which even with my good insurance is still $100 a month or $200 for 3 months with a mail order pharmacy which is a lot more than I can reasonably afford) and Cymbalta. Does anyone with depression and/or neuropathy have any experience with taking Cymbalta and Wellbutrin together? The two SSRIs I've taken (lexapro & prozac) in the past both gave me severe gastrointestinal side effects and I wasn't able to stay on them long enough to see if they even helped. It would be great to have a cheap, generic drug improve my nerve pain and depression, but I'm nervous about trying another SSRI. I'm also fairly uncomfortable with the idea of going off bupropion, bc it's been pretty damn effective if not adequately so. Because when I wasn't on bupropion I was a MESS and I'm afraid of going back to that level of depressed. Also curious if anyone has any success with using any med, Cymbalta or otherwise, as an adjunct treatment for depression? I have recently gotten back to therapy so I'm hoping that will help some but it's hard to follow through on anything from my therapist (or from my physical therapists, doing anything besides going to work & sleeping) bc of executive dysfunction, constant fatigue, pretty severe anhedonia, general feeling of emptiness.
  9. Hi everyone, I think I'm in the right place to ask this question. So, here goes. I recently started taking BuSpar 10mg twice daily. By "recently" I actually mean today was the first dose EVER. My question is this: What times during the day are best to take each dose? One in the morning and night? Or should I not take it before going to sleep? I should add that my physician did not specify this information to me. Thank you in advance for the advice.
  10. So have heard good things about pregablin for gabapentin for social anxiety I have also heard buspar is useful. I don't like to go the antispychotic route but I have heard some new meds are helpful as an add-on to an antidepressant. Like rexulti. This is just an idea as I don't want to pop a benzo everytime things get a little rough and I am just looking for an alternative where I can very little to no benzos. What are your experiences.
  11. Apparently Buspar no longer comes in brand name, which generic(s) is best for trying out to see if the medication is useful/worth taking? I'm in the USA; any help is much appreciated! These appear to be the current manufacturers: Ethex Par Zydus Major Pharmaceuticals Inc. Strides Arcolab Limited Accord Healthcare Inc. Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. Watson Teva Mylan
  12. Was finally doing well on Brintellix for about 2mths then had random panic attack out of no where. Anxiety/depression never left afterwards. Doctor is considering that I have bipolar but is not yet ready to give that DX and wants to treat the recent anxiety relapse as just that Anxiety. So she has recommended Buspar. Anyone take this combo? Also looking for just side effects of Buspar. I have read that it can cause rage... That scares me. Almost to the point of not wanting to try it since I am home for nearly 50 hours a week with my 2 little ones ages 2-4. If I did anything to hurt them..... then well. Yea. That would be my undoing. Nearest family member is over an hour away, and while I have one trusted friend that is 15 mins away, she does work alternating days thats over an hour away as well. Support, suggestions, advice? I do also have .25 Xanax rx and 5mg Valium rx Xanax makes me so sluggish I have a hard time sometimes with the kids even with the low dose, and really dont trust driving with the kids with me. Valium is hit and miss. works perfect, when it works
  13. I'd love to hear from folks who are currently on or who once were on buspar. Do these side effects fade? I've been on venlafaxine 375 mg for about 12 years, but it's not working for me like it should anymore. (I'm an ultra-rapid metabolizer, in case you were wondering why my dose is so high.) My psychopharmacologist has been using an augmentation strategy, and the latest add-on is buspar. I started buspar at 15 mgs about 3 weeks ago. I bumped up to 30 mgs about two weeks ago. (I take 10 mgs every 8 hours.) No other meds, other than the occasional 0.5 mg lorazepam. The buspar is definitely curbing my anxiety, which is wonderful. I can also feel it starting to work on my depression. The problem is that I need to bump up to 45 mgs to (hopefully) bring it within antidepressant range, but the side effects are still kicking my butt. Dizziness, spaceyness, bad headaches/earaches, gastrointestinal cramping. These side effects aren't as bad as they were the first week after I bumped up to 30 mgs, i.e. I have been able to make it work. However, they are still a big problem, and I know they are going to increase when I move to 45 mgs. I really, really want this to work. Can anyone give me some hope that the side effects will become more manageable or even go away within a month or so? I'm going to be brave and bump up regardless, because I want to be able to say I did everything I could before discontinuing venlafaxine and getting on another med. My former psychiatric nurse practitioner HORRIBLY screwed up a titration attempt in April 2014, so I am familiar with the hell that is venlafaxine withdrawal. Thank you so much for any insights you can give!
  14. I've been on Brintellix since October. We did a trial of 30mg of brintellix this last month. Started Buspar in March and she also increased the dosage of that to 20mg 2x day this past month. I have seen slight improvement but doctor doesn't seem to think it was enough. SOOO she wanted to drop me back down to 20mg of brintellix and start Lamictal starting at 25mg. my current DX is Depression and Anxiety. Though she has said she was monitoring me for signs of possible slight bipolar tendencies. She didn't mention anything today about the bipolar... Just said she thinks the lamictal might be a better fit for me. Anyone take this combo? Some of the side effects of lamictal scare me... The rash, the possibility for increased suicidal thoughts, thankfully I haven't gotten to the point this time. I have to little ones to care for... I need to be here. Also the possibility for memory loss... I dont want to loose precious memories of my kids childhood.
  15. From what I read it's not very helpful for most people. Did anyone try it alone or together with a SSRI?
  16. Hi, Has anyone taken buspar (generic) for social phobia and social anxiety? I've only been taking it for 1.5 weeks. I take 5 mg, three times/day (the lowest dose). Some of the side effects are bothersome, but I don't respond well to a lot of psychiatric meds, so that's nothing new for me. Do the side effects pass after a month or so? The side effects can be brutal at times. I was told by my doc I can go on a lower dose or go off it, but I want to give it the full 1-2 month trial at a therapeutic dose. Thank You, Shana
  17. Sorry this ended up kindof long, and ended up kindof more like a ramble... Not quite sure what Im trying to get across and how to word it, and to be honest not sure what exactly Im looking for with this. Just your thoughts on a possible Bipolar Dx i suppose. I'll start with some back history. When I was around 11 my mother started taking me to dr's and would dr shop to find one to give me meds for whatever she seemed to think was wrong. I wasnt really a bad kid(2 experiments with alcohol and a few bong hits). Just opinionated and passionate with my beliefs which didnt mix well with my father. There has been some speculation that my mother has munchausen syndrome by proxy but has never been seen herself. Anyway. I was put on multiple cocktails between the ages of 12-16 to "control me" was DX ranging from ADD, MDD, and possible bipolar I moved in with my grandparents at 16 and went off my meds and was med free til 19 and moved in with my boyfriend and had panic attacks, and reckless behavior (what 18yr old doesnt though?) Was put inpatient by a shitty doctor cause I brought up an argument me and Bf had had a week prior to my appt where I had told my bf that i would kill any girl I found him cheating on me with. I wasnt serious, my bf knew I wasnt serious and when I told the doctor that I would only agree to go to the hospital to be evaluated AFTER my bf got off work and could go with me he called the cops. anyways after 3 horrid days in there I was released on wellbutrin and I only stayed on that for about 5weeks. I spent the next couple years just trying to get my life straight. I've been pretty stable, happy, and content with life from around age 21- til last spring(Im now 28). I got married 5 yrs ago to said boyfriend above and have had 2 beautiful kids. Last year my 2 best friends moved away, we had a fallout with my Inlaws over me breastfeeding, got horribly stressed out from taking care of my one bestfriends kid while she was in boot camp for the army, and was stupid and decided to try a blunt the end of may(was small and only smoked half before I felt like my world was crashing down). even though i thought it came from a trusted person, there is NO WAY that was just pot. Vomiting, feeling like i would die, HORRID paranoia, feeling like I couldnt breath. I suffered from horrible guilt for a couple weeks after that. From the fall out with my inlaws there was some fighting between me and husband and I did obsess over the ordeal, and had some insomnia. Mostly my aggitation follows my cycles. But I admit the bitter feelings from the fallout with the inlaws left me a demon toward my husband during aggitation flare ups. They have since gotten better. Things eased up and were flowing more normally til the end of june. It was like a fucking light switch just clicked off in my brain. Was watching tv, about to go to bed, then BAM panic attack, vomiting, shaking, feeling like I was going crazy, wanted to admit myself, Had to run away from my family. this was my life for weeks. Xanax helped some. With the crazy anxiety, i had crying episodes, tons of guilt, feeling like I couldnt do this, wanted to leave(not divorce just not live with) my husband even though he is a wonderful man (he has a little trouble being an empathic supporter during this but this is his normal nature and he does try his hardest, just unsure with himself as to what to do to help me), obsessive thoughts about leaving my family, thinking I dont love him because I dont feel in love (<--- This was a horrible cycle for me. I still feel guilty for this) Its possible to love and not feel in love but I have a hard time with that as I've always felt "in love" Felt inadequate as a mother and wife. And even though I wasnt exactly suicidal I found myself kindof hoping I would just not wake up when I went to sleep. I was prescribed a couple different antidepressants which I was to scared to try since I had been on most as a child with horrible side effects. Id have a week or so where the anxiety was manageable, then have a panic attack again. Finally tried wellbutrin in Aug. Could only stay on it for about 4weeks. The only good thing that came from that was the wonderful orgasms. (sorry for the TMI) LOL. From june to aug I lost a total of 16lbs. Things seemed to cool down to a barely manageable level mid Aug, still had obsessive thoughts and anxiety. and stayed that way til about October when I had panic issues again. Finally decided to try Brintellix. 1st at 10mg but still have considerable anxiety. went up to 20mg in Jan and had finally gotten off all benzos. Finally in Feb had a slight sex drive back since Sept (its been none existent) Friday I had another panic attack. I think it was set off from watching the following (which I will not be watching anymore. I hate seeing grief and death like that) Followed by reading a blog post about a lady that tried to commit suicide while pregnant. I could relate to her feelings of hopelessness so much. I wasnt and still am not suicidal. but the anxiety is still here. Im not obsessing about leaving my husband this time but the naggy feeling of "should I stay here" pops up occasionally. I have noticed I been drinking more then i should. Like almost every single night. I dont crave it exactly, its just become my nightly routine I suppose. And possibly buying a bit more then I should.. But nothing like a new bedroom suite or a new tv. Its been like new shoes I been wanting for years and found them on sale and bought them even though we are tight on money, and one of the stores by us is closing and went to bought a cart of stuff and charged it on the card cause we are getting tax money back soon. All of it but a welcome mat was for the kids though. So after an appt with my pdoc today, she said she is wondering if I could possibly indeed have bipolar or if the current "flare up" is just my extreme anxiety so she wanted to add Buspar to my brintellix and reevaluate me in a month unless things start spiraling out of control before hand. SO if you are still with me. Thanks and sorry... What are your thoughts? After reading everything put out like that... It does sound like I may indeed have some form of Bipolar huh?
  18. Hi thanks for reading I have struggled with anxiety and depression for years. I am now 27 (today is my birthday lol) I have been in IP once before for an anxiety attack that began a major depressive episode (lasted about a month). I was put on Pristiq 50mg at that time and it worked well for a few years, but the withdrawal symptoms if I took a dose late were getting out of control, so I was weaned off of it. Currently I take zoloft 100mg daily and Ativan .5 twice as needed daily. I take Provigil twice daily for fatigue (nap at least twice per day without it) for a total of 300mg. Also, I was on birth control for 9 years and since i stopped it last June - I realized I also most likely have Premenstrual Exacerbation of my anxiety/depression symptoms. My life is currently at the mercy of my symptoms and I feel like I am drowning. My Pdoc and Tdoc had a little chat this week... and decided they would like to put me on BuSpar. My libido has been very low and I am afraid that the Zoloft and BuSpar could make it worse and or cause weight gain. Thoughts? Experiences? Advice? Thank you for your time
  19. The last week or so, I've been sleeping 16+ hours a day and am extremely lethargic and weak when I am awake. I've also noticed that drinking alcohol just makes me feel completely crappy and tired physically but appears to have no intoxicating effect. My morning coffee also does zero for me now. Don't worry - I'm not planning on quitting my meds anytime soon because of any of these things, in fact the alcohol effect might be helpful, but I've taken all of these meds in combinations or in different dosages before and don't remember the alcohol/caffeine thing, so I'm very curious as to what it may be. Right now, I'm on Lamictal 100 mg, Cymbalta 30 mg, Buspar 20 mg 2x/day. I've been on the Lamictal for about a month, but went from 50 mg to 100 mg about a week ago - the same time I started the Cymbalta and Buspar. My diagnoses are Bipolar II, GAD, PTSD, and ADD. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated!
  20. After getting off xanax several months ago, my panic episodes seem to have subsided. Now I feel like I live with a constant elevated state of anxiety and worry but I want to avoid benzos at all costs (I started to get really dependent on xanax and stopped that before it got out of hand). I am also taking Wellbutrin, Adderall and Prozac, the anxiety is considerably lower when my adderall is in effect but I would like something not as habit forming to add for my around the clock edginess and anxiety. Is this a med I could ask for by name? I've read it's not scheduled but I don't want to come across as anything shady, but after researching this med it seems like it would be worth a try. Any experiences with this med, added to others to help with anxiety?
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