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  1. Hello all, I have OCD/Anxiety/Depression I was on: - lexapro: 4 years Started late 2010. 10 increased up to 60 (there was single day 3 pills cant remember 20mg or 10mg high up dose) short time. decreases down to 5. and stop points with rejected change in meds. luvox: 3.5 years started early 2014. 150 ended in 100 decreased down to 50 after that 1.5 weeks attack of continuous eye pains. And stop points with rejected change in meds. and last full stop. What im feeling after approx. 7 months after stopping: 1.5 weeks atack of continuous eye pains. after the attack, right eye pulsating sharp/heating sensation (mostly for now), pains along with easily eye straining and drying, constant red spot/subconjunctival hemorrhage near tear canals reaches to cornea that persists most the day and decreases after sleep for short time.. Did any one experience this type of eye pains before? (what do you advice me/ what should i do?) - return to lowest possible dose and if so, in what size 13.5 or 17.0 or 5 mg or what med, and should I get digital scale? - Waiting while taking coffee and pain killers. - I still get light (with rarely heavy) ocd thoughts/ anxiety/ panic attacks/ depressive mood (current moment they are all mild to me); should I cut all that crap of evaluating with no meds and return to my original dose in sudden. - I don't know if ill ever go to psychological doctors I think the previous docs have a part in the problem. please excuse language and memory errors... Thanks in detail:
  2. I have been on and off the spectrum of SSRIs for the past 20 years for depression, anxiety, OCD, and binge eating disorder. Most recently, I was on Lexapro/Wellbutrin for quite some time, tried Effexor resulting in extreme anxiety and panic and an upswing in trichotillomania that I hadn't experienced in years, re-tried Prozac with one brief episode of deep depression and suicidal ideation while titrating up the dose and then was very tired/sleepy, and then recently started Luvox in mid November and am now at 150mg/day in divided doses. A few weeks ago I just stopped wanting to do everything, everyday things were overwhelming, I left work and came home and crawled into bed. I felt worthless last weekend and dwelled on thoughts of suicide as a kind way to remove myself as a burden to my family. I faked a stomach bug to stay in bed and hide from life, even making myself throw up to make it more convincing. Today, I couldn't get out of bed after feeling just so completely worthless. This is not me! This is just not me! I have struggled with mental illness in the past, but this is just not me. I have a husband (who I don't think is the biggest fan of me lately) and also a young son who I absolutely adore. I'm afraid that if it weren't for my son I would have followed through with the suicidal ideas, and that scares me. Being the week after the holidays, I called my psychiatrist's office and they are closed until Tuesday 1/2. My family doctor was also closed today. I really want to try to go to work tomorrow but just don't know how, but I feel like I need to preserve my life and my job for when I get myself back again. I think this Luvox has me totally messed up, just totally. My husband was going to take me to the ER, he had me call a 24/7 county help line and all the said was to go to the ER. I don't think that will help. If anything, it would leave me more humiliated than I already feel. I am clinging to the idea that this is the medicine and not me. Does anyone have any shared experiences with Luvox? Hope that this will go away once I can safely come off of it? Any advice or heads-up on what to expect coming off it? I haven't been on it long. I decided to cut down to the last dose of 100mg/day in divided doses until I can hopefully see my psychiatrist next week to get more help and guidance. Luvox isn't commonly used, so I don't think my family doctor will have much insight into it or want to add anything else to the mix since she hasn't been involved in my psych meds, so my thought is that there wouldn't be much use in seeing a doctor unfamiliar with what I've tried and such. Any help is appreciated.
  3. Hello, After some really unsettling stuff and suicidal ideation, I came off of Luvox and Wellbutrin XL under care of my psychiatrist. I hadn’t been on the Luvox very long and my last dose was Jan 3rd. I had been on Wellbutrin XL 300mg for 4+ years and tapered off with my last dose on Jan 12th. Again, I am under a doctor’s care and have regular appointments to check-in, but she wasn’t able to give much information about some weird possible side effects or any time time other than “it should hopefully get better soon.” After the luvox, I had nausea and other intense GI symptoms, but they kind of reared their ugly head and then faded. Possibly because I was on it for so long, but I’m really struggling coming off the Wellbutrin which I though was supposed to have less withdrawal. Last week at the peak of feeling bad, I couldn’t even go into work. I had intense migraines, vertigo, and nausea, spent two days pretty much in bed just trying not to move with a sleep mask on. I also had acute joint pain, not 100% sure that it was caused by discontinuing the meds but the timeline fits, felt like I had aged 20 years overnight with pain in my hands (couldn’t open jars), feet, and knees. Now I’m more than a week out and still with near continuous nausea and dizziness, headaches better than the raging migraines but still there on and off. I also feel like I am just uncomfortable all the time, just feel disconnected like my body is in the way of itself if that makes sense, trouble falling asleep no matter how tired I am because nothing is comfortable. I also felt really weak over the weekend, just couldn’t do normal activities like I had no strength and then was fatigued. My doctor said that since some antidepressants are used to treat fibromyalgia (something I’ve never had before), people can get rebound fibromyalgia symptoms when they discontinue them? Please share your experiences. How long will this last? I feel better mentally, no more intrusive thoughts and so much less foggy, but feel too crappy physically to do much - so frustrating! The headaches, nausea, and dizziness I’m not too surprised about, just really hoping they go away. The weakness and ashiness and just constant discomfort, that was not expected. I keep thinking it’s not the meds, but not sure what else could have changed to bring on such a seemingly drastic change in how I feel physically. What the heck is going on with that? Has anyone else had that happen? When did it finally go away and was there anything you found that helped in the meantime? Again, I am seeing my psychiatrist but I'm concerned about all this because I'm struggling with these symptoms at work (missed days and trouble getting through long shifts) and especially as a mother to a young son. Please help - thanks!!!
  4. Hey guys, so my Luvox (100mg) is giving me anorgasmia and also lost my libido, and I'm seeing pdoc in two days, need suggestions for a replacement to ask pdoc about, what meds have helped you and what were your experiences with them
  5. So I just started Luvox (fluvoxamine) 50mg, what's your experiences with it and any advice as to what to expect would be great, Asho
  6. Sup guys, I"ve been taking luvox, klnopin, and lamictal for Chronic Depersonalization and Derealization since 2009. This year I decided to try some stimulants to help with my dissociation. Adderal and Ritalin helped but caused pain. So...I recently went down on my luvox by 50mg for 7 days (I take 150 daily so I dropped to 100, skipped the afternoon dose), then the plan was to try straterra if no withdrawal type symptoms persist. I tried the straterra - and ever since I've had nothing but racing thoughts, mania, songs playing in my head, etc. So I stopped the straterra (obviously) after 2 days, and went back up on my luvox (I didn't think that the luvox was the problem - but i wanted to get back to where I was which was VERY VERY manageable) and I'm far from that right now. Despite re-starting my luvox, I'm still having mania and anhedonia like symptoms. No pleasure, etc.... I'm hoping that this will just take some time to pass. I'ts been a week since I've gone back to my regular Luvox dosage and I still don't feel the same. When I can focus and stay on point I'm okay...but otherwise the thoughts wreak havoc and I'm really not excited or looking forward to anything! I think the combination of going down, trying something new, etc. has just wreaked havoc with my brain and I have to get my chemistry right. I know Luvox is also a very hard drug to come off due to its short half life, so perhaps its the decrease in my Luvox symptoms that caused this? Or Straterra? IDK. Any thoughts?
  7. Sup guys, I've had a diagnosis of Chronic Depersonalization and Derealizaiton Disorder since 2008. Since that time I've been on a steady regimen of Luvox, Klonopin, and Lamictal (which is recommended by the University of London for Chronic DP) - since that time I've been pretty stable. But in the best interest of trying to improve some things I've lowered my klonpin and lamictal successfully. I recently tried Adderal - which helped dramatically with my motivation, apathy, and keeping me away and not so sedated. But it exacerbated a facial pain syndrome I have. Next up was Ritalin - I felt great - not euphoric - but I just generally felt good- not depressed, motivated, and up all day for the first time in years. It also kept my ruminations and Depersonalization at bay. But again, anything that stimulates your central nervous system will exacerbate nerve pain - so I had to stop. My pdoc and I came up with a plan to - a) Lower my luvox (I currently take 150mg) so lower 50mg for 7 days - if I have no symptoms (which I didn't) begin using Straterra (to try) and see if it provides a similar benefit to the ritalin. I tried the Straterra - lasted 2 days. I experienced exacerbation of what I think is mania - I've never been compulsive - only a lot of ruminations. But now I"m having songs playing constantly in my head, conversations going over and over in my head, drifting off into space, and so on. A few days after stopping the straterra I went back up on my Luvox to the 150mg dosage (I had been down to 100mg for 9 days) even though I don't think Luvox was the culprit, I figured I need to have a reference point to get back to - I have been on this regimen for years - since 2012 at least - so I know how I felt and have a reference point. Since going back to 150 mg of Luvox I feel slightly better but I'm not where I was. Its been a week. Since I've never stopped the Luvox the 50mg should have gone straight into my system? Why isn't it working? And if (and I"m assuming given what i've been thru with psychiatry) that straterra and luvox can have these affects - how long will it last to get back to normal. Anyone have simliar experiences?
  8. I've been on a course of Luvox, Klonopin, and Lamictal since 2009 for the treatment of a very rare Dissociative Condition (Chronic Depersonalization and Derealization) I "inherited" in 2008 (due to Zyprexa withdrawals and medication mismanagement by my Psychiatrist at that time). Since that time I've been very lucky to get the proper diagnosis and receive treatment that is in tune with the University of London Depersonalization Research Institute and have had some very good Psychiatrists and Neurologists work with me. However, now in 2016 I've tried to improve my quality of life and productivity by adding "stimulants" to my regimen to help me be more productive and less sedentary all of the time. This is also in line with some Dr.'s thought on Chronic Depersonalization (Such as Dr. Alan Torch in the book "Feeling Unreal" - as he finds it helps "lift" people who suffer from Dissociation out of that state and closer to reality - along with the SSRI and Klonopin - which is a staple in treating Depersonalization). I tried Adderal - which was great - but exacerbated my facial pain syndrome (another condition I have) - so I had to discontinue. I tried Ritalin - which was GREAT - it helped with my depression, ruminations, and my productivity - however it too exacerbated my facial pain - so I had to discontinue. I met with my Pdoc following this and was very distraught - as these medications were helping me reach my full potential. So I asked if i should lower my Luvox. I currently take 150mg (50mg 3x daily) - to see if that would help with the sedation and apathy I experience (after being on Ritalin it was easy to see how sedentary and apathetic I really am) - we also discussed the addition of Strattera - given it is a stimulant but won't stimulate the central nervous system so it likely won't exacerbate my existing facial pain. The plan we came up with was to lower my Luvox by 50mg - skip the afternoon dose - so I would continue with my 50mg in the morning and 50mg at night. I was to do this for a week and THEN (if no problems were present from missing this dose) begin the Straterra. I skipped the Luvox afternoon dose as planned - and for the week I was "okay" other than a few days I didn't have any excessive ruminations or songs playing in my head or depersonalization like symptoms. Then I introduced Strattera at 18mg. After 2 days I stopped - It caused me to depersonalize more and additionally it caused EXCESSIVE ruminations - songs playing in my head, words repeating themselves when I'm watching TV, before I say something in person I'd say it in my head, and so on. It also made me feel "weird". It has now been 2 days since stopping the Strattera and I am still experiecing these symptoms and more - although I can focus and I do have similar symptoms like this from time to time (when my depersonalization is really bad) I've never had it be this consistent (although I'm not full blown depersonalized which I know all too well - its a horrible horrible thing to lose your sense of self - this is something different - although since I'm stuck in my head partially there is an extent of depersonalization and derealization involved). I'm also experiencing dizziness, anxiety, and I can't stop these ruminations. My questions are - 1) Could this be the Luvox withdrawal? Despite feeling "okay" during the first week - is it possible that it took a week or so for the withdrawal affects to kick in? From what I've read Luvox should be titrated very very slowly - not at a drop of 50mg but from 10% of what your dose is - over a longer period. My Psychiatrist is quite good so I'm quite alarmed at this advice. 2) Since I introduced Strattera which seems to have exacerbated and/or caused this - could it be the Strattera? And if so, why is it still continuing when Strattera has such a short half life? It should be out of my system by now! I only have 2 options - wait this out and see what happens - perhaps the Strattera is still playing havoc in my head - whether its in the system or not - but perhaps its exacerbated my existing ruminations that were well..."at bay". Otherwise, my 2nd option is to reintroduce the Luvox 2nd dose and see what happens. I would have been down to 100mg for 9 days. Had I not introduced the Strattera after only a week of lowering my Luvox dose it wold have been easy to see that the lowering of my Luvox is causing this and I would have just gone back to my regular dose. However Strattera was what really exacerbated or caused this - so I'm not sure what to do - Any advice would be appreciated! Thru my research I’ve found that Strattera can cause “mania” in some patients which it seems what I am experiencing – along with the other symptoms I’ve mentioned above. So I’m not sure what to do. Its almost afternoon and I'm REALLY considering just taking the Luvox afternoon dose (going back to my regular dose 9 days ago) just to see if it helps. I figure worst case is I'm going to be dependent on the medication for this kind of thing but if it helps and gets me back to where I was PRIOR to this - then I can live with that. But I can't continue like this! And then, if it does work - in the future I can plan a LONG LONG titration of Luvox (I'd like to go down by 50mg, but I sure as hell won't be going down 50mg like I did) I'd go down very slowly on my afternoon dose. So is it the Strattera or the Luvox? And if I introduce the Luvox (even though I was okay during that first week and before introducing the Strattera) how much harm would I be doing? I've been on that dose for over 3 years so I figure It could at least provide me some relief. I feel like the affects the Strattera brought on aren't getting better but getting worse - so perhaps its a combination of withdrawals from both drugs? Not sure. Please help. Really suffering right now guys.
  9. I've been on a course of Luvox, Klonopin, and Lamictal since 2009 for the treatment of a very rare Dissociative Condition (Chronic Depersonalization and Derealization) I "inherited" in 2008 (due to Zyprexa withdrawals and medication mismanagement by my Psychiatrist at that time). Since that time I've been very lucky to get the proper diagnosis and receive treatment that is in tune with the University of London Depersonalization Research Institute and have had some very good Psychiatrists and Neurologists work with me. However, now in 2016 I've tried to improve my quality of life and productivity by adding "stimulants" to my regimen to help me be more productive and less sedentary all of the time. This is also in line with some Dr.'s thought on Chronic Depersonalization (Such as Dr. Alan Torch in the book "Feeling Unreal" - as he finds it helps "lift" people who suffer from Dissociation out of that state and closer to reality - along with the SSRI and Klonopin - which is a staple in treating Depersonalization). I tried Adderal - which was great - but exacerbated my facial pain syndrome (another condition I have) - so I had to discontinue. I tried Ritalin - which was GREAT - it helped with my depression, ruminations, and my productivity - however it too exacerbated my facial pain - so I had to discontinue. I met with my Pdoc following this and was very distraught - as these medications were helping me reach my full potential. So I asked if i should lower my Luvox. I currently take 150mg (50mg 3x daily) - to see if that would help with the sedation and apathy I experience (after being on Ritalin it was easy to see how sedentary and apathetic I really am) - we also discussed the addition of Strattera - given it is a stimulant but won't stimulate the central nervous system so it likely won't exacerbate my existing facial pain. The plan we came up with was to lower my Luvox by 50mg - skip the afternoon dose - so I would continue with my 50mg in the morning and 50mg at night. I was to do this for a week and THEN (if no problems were present from missing this dose) begin the Straterra. I skipped the Luvox afternoon dose as planned - and for the week I was "okay" other than a few days I didn't have any excessive ruminations or songs playing in my head or depersonalization like symptoms. Then I introduced Strattera at 18mg. After 2 days I stopped - It caused me to depersonalize more and additionally it caused EXCESSIVE ruminations - songs playing in my head, words repeating themselves when I'm watching TV, before I say something in person I'd say it in my head, and so on. It also made me feel "weird". It has now been 2 days since stopping the Strattera and I am still experiecing these symptoms and more - although I can focus and I do have similar symptoms like this from time to time (when my depersonalization is really bad) I've never had it be this consistent (although I'm not full blown depersonalized which I know all too well - its a horrible horrible thing to lose your sense of self - this is something different - although since I'm stuck in my head partially there is an extent of depersonalization and derealization involved). I'm also experiencing dizziness, anxiety, and I can't stop these ruminations. My questions are - 1) Could this be the Luvox withdrawal? Despite feeling "okay" during the first week - is it possible that it took a week or so for the withdrawal affects to kick in? From what I've read Luvox should be titrated very very slowly - not at a drop of 50mg but from 10% of what your dose is - over a longer period. My Psychiatrist is quite good so I'm quite alarmed at this advice. 2) Since I introduced Strattera which seems to have exacerbated and/or caused this - could it be the Strattera? And if so, why is it still continuing when Strattera has such a short half life? It should be out of my system by now! I only have 2 options - wait this out and see what happens - perhaps the Strattera is still playing havoc in my head - whether its in the system or not - but perhaps its exacerbated my existing ruminations that were well..."at bay". Otherwise, my 2nd option is to reintroduce the Luvox 2nd dose and see what happens. I would have been down to 100mg for 9 days. Had I not introduced the Strattera after only a week of lowering my Luvox dose it wold have been easy to see that the lowering of my Luvox is causing this and I would have just gone back to my regular dose. However Strattera was what really exacerbated or caused this - so I'm not sure what to do - Any advice would be appreciated! Thru my research I’ve found that Strattera can cause “mania” in some patients which it seems what I am experiencing – along with the other symptoms I’ve mentioned above. So I’m not sure what to do. Its almost afternoon and I'm REALLY considering just taking the Luvox afternoon dose (going back to my regular dose 9 days ago) just to see if it helps. I figure worst case is I'm going to be dependent on the medication for this kind of thing but if it helps and gets me back to where I was PRIOR to this - then I can live with that. But I can't continue like this! And then, if it does work - in the future I can plan a LONG LONG titration of Luvox (I'd like to go down by 50mg, but I sure as hell won't be going down 50mg like I did) I'd go down very slowly on my afternoon dose. So is it the Strattera or the Luvox? And if I introduce the Luvox (even though I was okay during that first week and before introducing the Strattera) how much harm would I be doing? I've been on that dose for over 3 years so I figure It could at least provide me some relief. I feel like the affects the Strattera brought on aren't getting better but getting worse - so perhaps its a combination of withdrawals from both drugs? Not sure. Please help. Really suffering right now guys.
  10. I've been on a course of Luvox, Klonopin, and Lamictal since 2009 for the treatment of a very rare Dissociative Condition (Chronic Depersonalization and Derealization) I "inherited" in 2008 (due to Zyprexa withdrawals and medication mismanagement by my Psychiatrist at that time). Since that time I've been very lucky to get the proper diagnosis and receive treatment that is in tune with the University of London Depersonalization Research Institute and have had some very good Psychiatrists and Neurologists work with me. However, now in 2016 I've tried to improve my quality of life and productivity by adding "stimulants" to my regimen to help me be more productive and less sedentary all of the time. This is also in line with some Dr.'s thought on Chronic Depersonalization (Such as Dr. Alan Torch in the book "Feeling Unreal" - as he finds it helps "lift" people who suffer from Dissociation out of that state and closer to reality - along with the SSRI and Klonopin - which is a staple in treating Depersonalization). I tried Adderal - which was great - but exacerbated my facial pain syndrome (another condition I have) - so I had to discontinue. I tried Ritalin - which was GREAT - it helped with my depression, ruminations, and my productivity - however it too exacerbated my facial pain - so I had to discontinue. I met with my Pdoc following this and was very distraught - as these medications were helping me reach my full potential. So I asked if i should lower my Luvox. I currently take 150mg (50mg 3x daily) - to see if that would help with the sedation and apathy I experience (after being on Ritalin it was easy to see how sedentary and apathetic I really am) - we also discussed the addition of Strattera - given it is a stimulant but won't stimulate the central nervous system so it likely won't exacerbate my existing facial pain. The plan we came up with was to lower my Luvox by 50mg - skip the afternoon dose - so I would continue with my 50mg in the morning and 50mg at night. I was to do this for a week and THEN (if no problems were present from missing this dose) begin the Straterra. I skipped the Luvox afternoon dose as planned - and for the week I was "okay" other than a few days I didn't have any excessive ruminations or songs playing in my head or depersonalization like symptoms. Then I introduced Strattera at 18mg. After 2 days I stopped - It caused me to depersonalize more and additionally it caused EXCESSIVE ruminations - songs playing in my head, words repeating themselves when I'm watching TV, before I say something in person I'd say it in my head, and so on. It also made me feel "weird". It has now been 2 days since stopping the Strattera and I am still experiecing these symptoms and more - although I can focus and I do have similar symptoms like this from time to time (when my depersonalization is really bad) I've never had it be this consistent (although I'm not full blown depersonalized which I know all too well - its a horrible horrible thing to lose your sense of self - this is something different - although since I'm stuck in my head partially there is an extent of depersonalization and derealization involved). I'm also experiencing dizziness, anxiety, and I can't stop these ruminations. My questions are - 1) Could this be the Luvox withdrawal? Despite feeling "okay" during the first week - is it possible that it took a week or so for the withdrawal affects to kick in? From what I've read Luvox should be titrated very very slowly - not at a drop of 50mg but from 10% of what your dose is - over a longer period. My Psychiatrist is quite good so I'm quite alarmed at this advice. 2) Since I introduced Strattera which seems to have exacerbated and/or caused this - could it be the Strattera? And if so, why is it still continuing when Strattera has such a short half life? It should be out of my system by now! I only have 2 options - wait this out and see what happens - perhaps the Strattera is still playing havoc in my head - whether its in the system or not - but perhaps its exacerbated my existing ruminations that were well..."at bay". Otherwise, my 2nd option is to reintroduce the Luvox 2nd dose and see what happens. I would have been down to 100mg for 9 days. Had I not introduced the Strattera after only a week of lowering my Luvox dose it wold have been easy to see that the lowering of my Luvox is causing this and I would have just gone back to my regular dose. However Strattera was what really exacerbated or caused this - so I'm not sure what to do - Any advice would be appreciated! Thru my research I’ve found that Strattera can cause “mania” in some patients which it seems what I am experiencing – along with the other symptoms I’ve mentioned above. So I’m not sure what to do. Its almost afternoon and I'm REALLY considering just taking the Luvox afternoon dose (going back to my regular dose 9 days ago) just to see if it helps. I figure worst case is I'm going to be dependent on the medication for this kind of thing but if it helps and gets me back to where I was PRIOR to this - then I can live with that. But I can't continue like this! And then, if it does work - in the future I can plan a LONG LONG titration of Luvox (I'd like to go down by 50mg, but I sure as hell won't be going down 50mg like I did) I'd go down very slowly on my afternoon dose. So is it the Strattera or the Luvox? And if I introduce the Luvox (even though I was okay during that first week and before introducing the Strattera) how much harm would I be doing? I've been on that dose for over 3 years so I figure It could at least provide me some relief. I feel like the affects the Strattera brought on aren't getting better but getting worse - so perhaps its a combination of withdrawals from both drugs? Not sure. Please help. Really suffering right now guys.
  11. Hi guys, I'm reading parts of a book (linked below) that notes how SSRIs are sometimes known for impeding the absorption of other meds that are being taken concurrently. It notes that Luvox is the worse SSRI regarding this. The book says that Klonopin and Xanax are two of the drugs that interact with Luvox through "CYP 3A4 inhibition." Does this mean that Klonopin and Xanax are less likely to work when taken with Luvox? By extension, would this mean that any other meds taken together with the Luvox will probably not be absorbed as well by the body? Page 536, along with Table 32.29-2: https://books.google.com/books?id=ubG51n2NgfwC&pg=PA536&lpg=PA536&dq=Luvox+inhibiting+CYP1A2&source=bl&ots=tn2I5qAjuY&sig=T7tJZyksY4cc1kjyeSsnZMoL0Xs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjvn_Cz9rHJAhWM5yYKHRX_BMoQ6AEIQjAF#v=onepage&q=Luvox%20inhibiting%20CYP1A2&f=false I came across another source that says that Luvox inhibits CYP1A2, which it said included "caffeine and other drugs." What does this mean? Does it make a person less sensitive to caffeine? More sensitive? "You're right about Luvox inhibiting CYP1A2 for sure. My psychiatrist says this makes it a less attractive option." http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/forum/f30/switching-from-luvox-fluvoxamine-to-prozac-fluoxetine-666234/ I don't know anything about "CYP ..." enzymes. What are these CYP things that are being referenced? I'm switching from Prozac to Luvox, hence this research. Let me know what you guys think about all this, thanks! troop
  12. Hiya everyone, I have a whole host of conflicting mental illnesses that are very hard to treat (see signature line). I must take my Prozac to keep my OCD in check. Without it, the OCD runs rampant. But I believe the Prozac is causing me to ultra-rapid cycle (cycling every week, sometimes every day). I need to take anti-convulsants for my BP II. So, to break this stalemate, my pdoc and I were thinking of replacing the Prozac with Luvox. Can any of you share your experiences with this drug? Will it also help with generalized anxiety and panic disorder? I take the Prozac for those two things as well. Thanks so much! troop
  13. Has anyone ever been on this combo? they're adding in sertraline to my fluvoxamine.
  14. Hi all, I have been prescribed 25mg luvox for perinatal depression/panic disorder/agoraphobia. I originally tried zoloft but the diarrhea side effect was unbearable. It is my understanding that luvox is the only other SSRI my doctors are comfortable putting me on this late in pregnancy. I started out on 12.5mg as I am extremely sensitive to medications (thanks, panic disorder) and I take the luvox at night in order to dull down the side effects. I have since moved up to 25mg and I don't believe at this point they will want me to increase that dose. Anyway, I am once again experiencing terrible diarrhea from this medication. I guess I have a really sensitive bowel. I know that anxiety obviously can cause issues in this area but I also know the luvox is definitely exacerbating the issue. I will be woken up very early in the morning by the urge to go and I'll probably spend the next couple of hours back and forth to the bathroom. I really need this side effect to settle down. It's not only an issue that increases my anxiety but also with a newborn it's going to cause problems. The doctors have said give it another 5 days, it should settle, but IMO I don't think this will happen. (I experienced constant diarrhea when on pristiq for two years) Did anyone have this side effect from luvox? Did it settle? Would I be wrong in suggesting a tricylic AD instead? I'm already having such a shit time coping with the depression and anxiety that adding this into the mix just seems so unnecessary. Seems like with SSRI's there's always a nasty trade off, it's so disheartening.
  15. So I have been put on zyprexa a couple of weeks ago to try and see if it works for my OCD It helps with the obsessive thoughts, but I STILL have anxiety problems related to OCD. Due to past experiences, one really bad with AD's I am apprehensive about trying Luvox or any other AD. My family wants me to stay FAR away from AD's. But what if Luvox would work? Take away mostly all my symptoms. I am doing okay on the Zyprexa, there has been improvement. Should I just stay where I am at as far as med combination?
  16. I started Luvox about a month ago and ever since I wake up at 5am in the morning. I used to sleep until about 10. But, every single day since I started taking it I've woken up at 5am. I take it at approximately 10pm at night with my Geodon. I have no problem falling asleep. It takes me like 10 minutes to be out cold. I just can't figure out why this is happening because it makes me want to sleep during the day. I brought it up to my pdoc and his response was I don't know so I've resorted to getting answers from people that have actually taken it. Any help is appreciated. I know in the past some have said Geodon is activating but not for me. It's very sedating for me.
  17. I've had major ocd issues over the past few months both health related and life related. I've been on 100mg of Luvox for the past four days and wanted to know if anyone had any positive or negative experiences with it?
  18. Just introducing myself. I am a 35 year old woman who has been suffering from OCD since I was 14. I finally gave in and got help when I was 20-21. I should have done it earlier, but it just wasn't something people talked about and wasn't as "acceptable" to talk about back in then. I have been on so many anti-depressants, I can't even count them. Most recently I was on Lexapro and Abilify. Abilify was my miracle drug for OCD. I have never found anything that I could actually say "hey, this works for me!" before Abilify. Unfortunately I had to get off of it due to weight gain and increased blood sugar. I got on Pristiq (mainly for the weight loss) and now I have seen my pdoc, and I am working on getting off the Pristiq and getting on Luvox. I have been on Luvox about 10 years ago, but I am willing to give it another go. Anything to try to get this unquiet mind a little peace! Hope to have good discussions with you all!
  19. I am a 35 year old male. I've had anxiety / ocd / depression my whole life. As a child, I didn't really "know" that I was "sick". It wasn't until I was older that I was sophisticated enough to understand. Looking back as far as I can remember I had the feelings/actions. It wasn't even until I was in my 30s that I acknowledged just how much of an impact all of this was having on my life. I knew that I was anxious / ocd / depressed, but I thought I was in a rut and could just "power through". I met a girl - who I am still with - that helped me understand that a 30 year rut was not a rut. I finally got help by seeing a therapist and taking medication. Just my awareness and acknowledgement was a huge step towards getting well. My conditioned has changed over the years. As a kid I didn't want to step on the cracks in the pavement, I had to change the channels in a certain order, etc. I remember writing my name on a piece of paper to do homework and not thinking it was "right". I would crumple it up and start again. I would sometimes go through a whole pad doing this. I remember telling people that I was depressed (around age 10?). People would tell me I didn't know what that word was and that I was fine. My mom is super anxious, my dad had some kind of personality disorder. My twin brother has ocd also. In my teenage years, I developed social anxiety disorder and cleanliness phobias. I no longer have those. My condition morphs/changes. My main symptoms are perfectionism, neatness and list making. I will spend hours making lists. Everything needs to be planned so that I don't forget anything and things are done "right". I don't really have germ phobias anymore. I am constantly thinking/planning and analyzing. My brain NEVER stops!!! I also have/have had hypochondria and poor impulse control. My main symptoms -Depression -Details/Lists/Organization -Perfectionism -Always trying to get things done / not having fun relaxing (I will do relax when everything is done) -Constant thinking and analyzing and planning -Hard time concentrating/Remembering I dealt with this for the first 30 years of my life. It wasn't until I meant my gf and had a lot of other things happen that I realized I needed to do something. In typical ocd fashion, I researched doctors and ended up seeing numerous doctors. I was diagnosed with ocd within 5 minutes of talking to them. I started seeing a therapist and taking medicine. I was always dead set against meds but I finally just became so unhappy and desperate. I don't feel like I have ever been given a real accurate diagnosis. Of all the drs and therapist that I have seen, the following have been mentioned: ocd ocpd bipolar 2 add / adhd dysthmia I haven't had good luck with doctors. I don't expect a magic bullet or something. I have seen 3 therapist and 2 nurse practitioners in addition to 4 pcps (for fatigue). I have had awful fatigue the last couple of years and many other side effects. I was told my fatigue is all in my head or a side effect of medicine. I have been on: zoloft - helped with anxiety as I was SO anxious, but we ended up changing because of side effects and not working on the ocd around this time I was also prescribed ativan and similar meds to calm me down. I would fall asleep with 20 minutes. I started on Luvox. Wellbutrin was added in to help with depression/combat side effects. I was on this combo for a year or two. I was given ritalin which is the only thing that has made me feel better. Not so much the euphoria but just a general sense of well being/optimism. I stopped taking that as it was prescribed for fatigue/focus and didn't improve either. At this point, I went to see another doctor as I had been seeing that nurse for years and I just felt that I needed a second opinion. I also got a new therapist as I wasn't getting helped. I was determined to have a fresh start and finally get well. This nurse came HIGHLY recommended by a friend of mine. She had me stop the wellbutrin and luvox and put me on prozac/lamictal/risperidone/amphetamine salts. I would fall asleep after taking the max dose of amphet salts (this blows everyone's mind) and ended up getting off the lamictal/risperidone too. We went to her "mentor" psychiatrist for a second opinion. He thought that the drugs I had done when I was younger may have done damage (even though I had all this before then) and told me to go up on the prozac. She just put me on wellbutrin again (even though she took me off of it) and is lowering the prozac as it is not working. She thinks that SSRI's aren't working (I have been maxed out dose wise on all of the ones that I listed). She wanted me to get on Depakote. I researched it and didn't want to take it. At this point I am frustrated. I don't know if I should change meds or get off them altogether. Are they doing more harm than good? I have a hard time knowing what is "chemical" or "situational" as far as my depression etc is concerned. I am also concerned about the long term side effects of ssri's. If I go off of them altogether and am a wreck, does it take long for them to start working again? Is there any harm? I just feel like I have tried everything. Perhaps I am not "curable". Maybe this is as good as it gets.
  20. Hi All, I was wondering if anyone here has made the switch from Lexapro (or any other SSRI) to Luvox to alleviate some/all sexual dysfunction caused by another. I am currently taking Lexapro for GAD/PD and it both does not control the anxiety as well as chemically castrates me. My doctor is in the process of doing a very slow cross-taper (I still have very little, if any, sexual functioning at this point) because anecdotally he states that there is less sexual dysfunction associated with Luvox due to an unknown or yet-to-be elucidated mechanism of action - perhaps action at the sigma-1 receptor site? He also stated that Luvox is great for anxiety disorders and most don't typically have to take the maximum 300mg/day dosage to get relief - even when the anxiety disorder/disorders are severe - which may explain why there are less people who suffer from intolerable sexual sides on Luvox. Both crazymeds and wikipedia state that Luvox is associated with less sexual dysfunction and this seems to be backed by anecdotes, although just as many anecdotes lay claim to pretty much every other SSRI with the exception of Paxil. I had been taking, prior to starting the cross-taper, 20mg of Lexapro without adequate relief and immense sexual dysfunction. Completely devastating as it obliterates my dating prospects at a time when people are starting to settle down (I'm 27). Now, I know that SSRI usage is highly idiosyncratic in that what works for one may not work for another and one individual may suffer from intolerable sexual side effects on one SSRI while another may be sexually fine on the same medication. That said, has anyone found Luvox to be less harsh in this regard? How much were you taking? Any/all experiences/input welcome, including alternative medications that may be less harsh on sexual functioning. I am desperate here! Help needed!! Addendum: I should add that augmentation strategies are also welcomed. Memantine/Namenda and tiagabine/Gabitril are two that may be helpful for anxiety, allowing me to reduce the SSRI dose. Anyone think of any others?
  21. About four to five months ago I noticed that my pupils were different sizes. I saw an optometrist who said there was nothing to worry about, they were just responding differently to light. I looked into whether this could be due to medication and found some anecdotal evidence that it was possible, and my psychiatrist and GP weren't concerned. At the time I'd been taking seroquel for a couple of months. Two days ago the edge of my vision in the eye with the larger pupil started getting blurry so I saw an optometrist again. He checked things out and apparently now the larger pupil is not responding to light or to focusing on an object moving closer at all, and I couldn't read the bottom line of the eye chart after being told I had perfect vision last time. He's not sure why this has happened, but is looking into it, and I've emailed my psychiatrist to ask if this could be meds related. Has anyone experienced anything like this or know anything about this? For reference, I have Bipolar 2 and I take 450mg lithium, 75mg seroquel and 300mg luvox daily and I haven't had a change in my medication since november.
  22. Does anyone have experience with Luvox as an add-on AD? I've tried Wellbutrin added unsuccessfully to my current cocktail in sig listed below. Felt agitated and tense on the WB so I didn't tolerate it. I feel like I need some kind of AD boost as winter comes on and am also interested in something that might help with some OCD tendencies. I've just never heard of Luvox in a cocktail situation. Or I'd just be interested in Luvox stories in general. Did it help OCD?
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