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  1. I have long suffered from ADHD with autism/autistic tendencies. I have had a difficult time with focus and remembering what was said. It often appears as though I was listening, when my mind was really elsewhere. I also am prone to have difficulties with social skills in various ways. I also tend to be very agitated and hot headed. Unfortunately, I have also had a few manic-like episodes and hallucinations which makes it so that I cannot take stimulants. Even some non-simulant meds like Strattera can cause effects like agitation/mania. The one thing that doesn't is clonidine. However, for anyone who has taken this med, how effective is it with ADHD/agitation?
  2. please forgive me for putting all these in one post. i am afraid that if i make separate posts for each of these i won't remember them. i'm about 3/4ths of the way through a course of bilateral ECT treatments, and my memory is HORRID. it wasn't great to begin with. but now i forget really simple things. usually i learn all i can about a med (and other's experiences with it) before taking it. almost two months ago (i think) i gave in and decided to go IP and change just about everything as well as have ECT again (it didn't really work last time but it was unilateral). i still can't believe i said "fine fuckit i'll take whatever just don't make me live like this anymore". i'm bossy about my meds. this was pure desperation (and a belief at the time that nothing's gonna work anyway so why would it matter). i ended up on three meds i know little about, have no experience with, and haven't asked a lot of other people how they felt taking it. i'm finally ready to examine things a little more closely. how am i supposed to know if they are working like they're supposed to (of course i trust my pdoc but i still need to know what to look for!). the ones i would love to hear anecdotes about are clonidine, atomoxetine, and prometrium. my questions are: 1)for anyone taking clonidine - does your blood pressure stay low, and it's okay? do you have to live with less energy/more weakness as a result of being on this drug? is it worth it to you? so far i'm willing to put up with it, as it does seem to lower my baseline anxiety. 2)for anyone taking atomoxetine - how long did it take for you to notice a difference (i'm actually not taking it for ADD, but for mood)? were you nauseous/sick? did it ever go away? i'm feeling very impatient with this one. i'm really nauseous every freakin day and i'm not exactly happy so it feels like "wtf am i doing this to myself" (except to lose weight hah). but i'm told this drug is slow as molasses and i should give it more time. did you? were you glad? also, does anyone else have to take this drug at night? i'm only on 20mg but 30 minutes after taking it i am out like a light, so i have to take it before bed (i even chucked my sleep meds, don't need them anymore!). pdoc says i'm the only patient she has that takes stims to sleep. i can't be that unique... 3)for anyone taking prometrium - how long did it take for you to see a difference? this is another slow as molasses drug i'm told (i guess all hormones are). this is supposed to help me with mood as well. honestly i can't tell i'm taking it. i've been well enough to have the remainder of my treatments as an outpatient for about three weeks now i think. so i do feel improvements in my mental state, but credit is given to the ECT, when i'm not sure what's doing what. what i do know for sure is different is that most of the time i am calmer. i no longer cry (or it takes a LOT). the obsession i've had with seeing death everywhere for the last few years is GONE. i don't have OCD so i don't like to use the term obsession loosely but that really is exactly how it was happening in my head - i could not control the presence of the thought and it was constantly interrupting my ability to think of other things. however i have lost almost all motivation (and even while super depressed i had that, thanks wellbutrin). i have no sex drive (actually sex kinda grosses me out right now). my auditory hallucinations are about fifty times worse and almost constant (they're always the same and they aren't scary so nobody's really worrying about them, i just thought i'd mention it in case any of these drugs/treatments affected anyone else the same way). oh wow if you made it through all that thank you, and if you have anything to share thank you some more! sorry that took forever to write out, i've always been verbose but i can't ever be concise about anything anymore it seems - i say nothing or i say ten pages. i just feel like i'm being foolish, letting pdoc make all these decisions for me, like i've given up the control. i need to take it back but i don't know enough about what i'm putting in my body to do that, and when i read about these meds elsewhere it doesn't give me a good picture of what i really should expect. the rest of the meds in my organizer i'm mostly old hat with now.
  3. Help! I was prescribed Clonidine for insomnia. It did nothing to put me to sleep and I woke up repeatedly that night and slept maybe 2-4 hours. The next morning in the shower I was struck with a wave of nausea and dry mouth. Later in the day, I developed a hangover-like headache. 36 hours later and it has not abated. I have not taken more of the Clonidine since that first and only dose. My skin was crawling the following night and I've had to take a sick day from work. My blood pressure is usually on the low end of the normal spectrum. I do not drink alcohol. I rarely get headaches. My self-treatment thus far has been to stop taking the Clonidine, drink a lot of water and take Exedrin. Is there any advice anyone can give me? Please help!
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