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  1. I'm sorry if this question is redundant.... @notloki I know you're knowledgeable here. I've been getting very inconsistent effects from Ritalin. I recently increased my dosage, because I was experiencing more fatigue afternoons and having to nap. I take 20mg (extended in morning, before I get up), then I take 10mg (extended) after lunch. Pdoc said I could take 10mgIR no later than 3pm if needed. I'm compliant with this routine. Dose 40 minutes before getting up, same exact breakfast every morning: oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, nuts, coffee. Yesterday, I felt pretty good and energetic in the morning (both mentally and physically). Then today, I feel focused..yet, (sort of zombie-dazed staring at screen), incredibly drowsy/tired and apathetic, like I really need to nap. I get plenty of sleep every night. Is there a reason this is happening? Seems doses effect me differently all the time. I prefer extended because the IR (while it hits more noticeably) I feel more intense energy crash and can become moody...Note: Pdoc will not let me change until I hit the max (60mg), and other stimulants (even Adderall) are either extremely hard or impossible to get prescribed here.
  2. Hey everyone. Since my pdoc increased my Vraylar to 4.5 mg, I've been feeling a lot stabler, but I still believe I am rapid cycling, experiencing depression on a regular basis that lasts about 2-3 weeks at a time with either euthymia or mixed episodes/hypomania in between for anywhere from 4 to 7 days at a time. My pdoc said I was rapid cycling when she increased my Vraylar from 3 mg to 4.5 mg, which is why she did that. She said the increased dose would not only help the cycling but also help my depression too. Has anyone had experience with maxing out Vraylar to 6 mg? Any mood benefits to speak of (more than that when on 4.5 mg)—mainly with depression? Did you experience any EPS like akathisia or anything? Weight gain? In case you can't see my signature, my cocktail is as follows: dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 10 mg 2 PO tid (60 mg) pindolol (Visken) 5 mg 1 PO q AM protriptyline (Vivactil) 10 mg 1 PO tid (30 mg) Viibryd (vilazodone) 40 mg 1 PO q AM Vraylar (cariprazine) 4.5 mg 1 PO q AM oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 600 mg 1 PO bid (1,200 mg) alprazolam (Xanax) 1 mg 1 PO tid prn quetiapine (Seroquel) 100 mg 1 PO qhs prn trazodone (Desyrel) 100 mg 1-2 PO qhs prn (100-200 mg) L-methylfolate 15 mg 1 PO q AM vitamin D3 50,000 IU 1 PO q wk Are there any other med changes/increases/additions that might help? I would rather not take Lamictal because it causes severe truncal and facial acne and it doesn't really help that much, but I wouldn't be opposed to trying it again. I ran out of protriptyline so I haven't been taking it (might be responsible for my recent onset of depression), but I hope my pdoc will continue to prescribe it because I think it might be helping (although I still am cycling while on it). Thanks for reading!
  3. I have been on Wellbutrin SR twice a day for at least 6 months. The other day, I forgot to take my morning dose until about 5pm. I think I then took my evening dose at 9pm that night. The next day, I forgot to take it again until about noon. Although my anxiety was warranted, to some extent, it was WAY higher than it normally is even when I fear a conflict is going to happen. Could my Missed doses have anything to do with this increased anxiety?
  4. I'm interested in Latuda, having discovered it is now available in my country, although not covered by universal healthcare for BP. I swore off AAPs years ago because I suffer from cholinergic urticaria aka heat hives. It is a life long condition but often stays dormant for long periods and can be mild. I didn't experience severe symptoms until my Seroquel was raised to 400mg and my body temp would swing from hot to cold, cold to hot etc. after that I broke out in horrible itchy prickly hives and was honestly restricted to air conditioned places all summer. Couldn't go outside or do anything that made me warm up or sweat. So I'm frightened of that happening again. I'm also frightened of permanent TD as my schizophrenic grandmother had that and a bunch of tics and tremors which scared me as a kid. I'd like to know how much you take, have you noticed any body temperature dysregulation, are low doses pretty effective or do most people take a higher dose? What was your dosing titration to begin with? Was 20mg tried for a while or did you go straight to a higher dose?
  5. Don't know if I made title clear. So I am going up to 1000mg tonight. When should I get blood level checked to see if I am within therapeutic range?? A day, a few days, a week?? Also when I reach therapeutic level does it take long for symptoms to settle: hypomania?? Thanks ☺
  6. Hello, everybody. I just wanted to post this thread out of curiosity for those of you who have taken Zoloft or Sertraline HCl before. I've been on it for about 5 years now, started at 100mg after titrating up to it for a month or two, and stuck to that for 2 years. After 2 years, I had an episode of anorexia that landed me IP where I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive personality disorder, and was titrated to 250mg daily at the end of my stay. After leaving, I kept it at 250 with my pdoc, but we decided to go down on it since neither of us thought the dose was having a clinically significant benefit and was just adding more negative side effects. For the past 2 years or so, I've been on 150mg daily, but upped it to 200mg about 2 months ago. It felt like the 150mg wasn't cutting it anymore, and I've found that my anxiety levels have gone down since I went up to 200. I was just curious how many of you guys have been on doses above 100mg, since from what I've read, it seems like most people on Zoloft / Sertraline take about 100mg daily. I've met a couple people on 150mg who have more severe anxiety problems, but few others who have been at 200 or above. Knowing that there are a great deal of affected individuals on this forum, I thought it'd be a fitting context in which to ask what your highest dose was if you've ever been on it, and whether or not you think it was beneficial. Thanks in advance!
  7. Hi. I'm sorry this is long. My question is at the end... I just switched from Strattera (non-stimulant ADHD medication) & 175 mg Effexor XR to 100 mg Pristiq. (Why? My new psychiatrist thought that Pristiq would reduce the Effexor side-effects (reduced libido, weight gain) and improve my mood. Effexor had initially improved my mood. After 5 months, I didn't think that the Strattera was doing anything for me; psychiatrist plans to add new ADHD medication in April after the transition from Effexor to Pristine.) I'd experienced Effexor withdrawal effects in the past, after 1-2 missed doses, but the doctor didn't think that the Effexor withdrawal would be a big deal now because Pristiq is so similar. As prescribed, the first week I went down to 75 mg Effexor XR and started 50 mg Pristiq. The first few days were ok (no brain zaps). Mild headache. Relief that I didn't feel worse. Day 4 I noticed that I was extremely anxious, scatter-brained, impulsive, and emotional. I don't know how much was a horrible PTA meeting i attended, and how much my symptoms made the meeting worse (I mean, SOMEONE had to tell the school principal that she was way out of line, or at least, I did...). I also had PMS; and I'm 45. That's a bad combo. Day 5 I was terribly down. Day 6 I had a unprecedented severe headache. Shut the curtains and stayed under the covers with ice. The headache became milder that evening. I've continued to have headaches ever since, ranging from mild to painful. Day 8 I stopped taking any Effexor and increased the Pristiq to 100 mg as prescribed. This is day 11. I spent half the day in bed due to bad headache. Mood very low -- tearful. I took 2 Sudafed in case the headache was sinus-related. Did nothing. (Same amount of acetaminophen as 2 extra-strength tylenol.) This afternoon I ate breakfast and then had a coffee -- my headache suddenly settled with the coffee, but now my heart is pounding. Tired of my own negativity and symptoms. Tired of accomplishing nothing and feeling bad about it. The headache has been very sensitive to light. Mostly stronger on one side than the other. Typically strongest behind one eye and running behind one ear. Sometimes in back at the base of my skull. My questions are: Is ongoing headache likely related to stopping Effexor (and Strattera), in which case it will hopefully eventually stop? Or is this a side-effect of the Pristiq? (Or maybe coincidence, but I don't know that I've ever had a headache for at least 6 days before. Maybe.) Would one have Effexor withdrawal symptoms despite replacing it with Pristiq? For those with Pristiq headache side-effect, has it gone away? Do people experience Straterra withdrawal symptoms? Thanks. (PS I take 7 mg zopiclone for sleep each night.)
  8. Hi, Was wondering if anyone takes 10 mg of Latuda. 20 mg is the lowest mg it comes in tablet so in order to take 10 mg, it would have to be split. I have Akathisia from taking 20 mg and my physiatrist suggested splitting it to 10 mg. Wanted to see if others found this to be an effective dose. Thanks!
  9. I have been on Wellbutrin 150 mg on 3 weeks and 5 days, just 4 days ago i started to feel the positive effect. My depression has definitely lifted, i enjoy life again and i've got more energy and motivation. But the depression is still there, i'm still not where i used to be. So i want to try increasing the dosage of Wellbutrin to 300mg to make the positive effect even stronger. But my doctor has told me she's seen patients get emotionally flat/lose their creativity on 300 mg, so i am here to ask any of you who are currently taking Wellbutrin 300 mg or have been on it before. Did you feel any sign of emotional flatness or lost creativity? Or did it make you feel even better than on 150 mg? No negative stories about the medication in general please, i'm only interested in hearing how you felt when you were on 300 mg of Wellbutrin.
  10. Latuda makes me too darn restless and hypomanic. I told my pdoc how I felt yesterday and he decided to up my Latuda into split doses. He thinks my Paxil is contributing to the hypomania/restlessness. I feel even worse. So extremely restlessness, feel like I have to keep moving around, etc. It's a shame because it's been great for depression and clearing my mind. I just wrote him an email telling him I'm feeling worse. I wish he would add something else with it but he won't load me up on meds. Feeling frustrated and unsure what's going to come next. I hate med changes.
  11. What's the exact time you take Latuda daily? Did you have to try different times? Thanks
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