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I've been crying for a few days pretty much nonstop except for breaks to sleep and eat.  I need to take something to stop this because I have work and stuff tomorrow.  I had a meeting today and despite taking 2.5 mg clonazepam I still cried like crazy and I am really getting sick of it.  I can't stop, and I can't think of any specific reason why I'm crying.  Therefore, I think it makes sense to stop it.  Some things I have at my disposal from old prescriptions and such:

Zyprexa

Abilify

Seroquel

Ritalin

Clonazepam

Lexapro

Paxil CR

Strattera

Effexor XR

Amitriptyline

Any suggestions would be great.  I really thought the clonazepam would help but at this point I need something to make me shut off feelings and quick.  So I guess leaning towards the antipsychotics.  At least until I can get into the pdoc or someone for help.

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....notasking,

Welcome to Crazy Boards! Unfortunately, no one here is qualified to make a suggestion like you're asking (we aren't doctors, we just play them on TV, lol). You really need to at least call your pdoc.

FWIW, however, none of the SSRIs are going to fix you overnight. The same is generally the case for all of the antidepressants you've listed. I don't know of any ADs that work that quickly.

I don't know a whole lot about antipsychotics... other than they can quickly arrest panic/anxiety attacks. I'm pretty sure they don't typically do the same thing for depression.

How long has it been since you've seen your pdoc? Don't take expired meds without at least checking with your doctor or the pharmacist.

A couple of non-pharmaceutical remedies I can suggest: eat a very healthy meal... get a good dose of Omega 3s, if you can. Try some focused breathing... or even meditation if you get into that kind of thing. A really heavy workout might also be helpful... especially if you can do it outside. Never underestimate the power of endorphins!

~Sunshine

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the crying may not be such a badd thing.

maybe your brain just needs to do it. and that fact that you don't know why you're crying is evidence of that.

except it gets in the way of work. unless you have very understanding workplace. i cry all the time and they know that it's just my funny brain going skew-iff again.

the only thing that might be a help here is the zyprexa - if it knocks you out, maybe you can get a couple of hours napping and time out from crying.

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Hi and welcome:

  Why are you off all these meds now? It would seem you have tried and still have quite a few. Are you taking any of them? Are you prone to anxiety or depression and taking nothing? If so, that could be why you are having such a rough time.

  I had a really rough year a few years ago. I had no idea I had an anxiety disorder, and so I was not on any meds. I also could not leave the house without crying. I finally got a p-doc and she prescribed a med for me that worked well.

  Since we can't suggest, perhaps you can think back to what worked in the past. I mean, you were given these meds for a reason.

  Constant crying is a drag for sure. And there is something behind it. So you really have two issues at hand here.

  First thing tomorrow, you should get ahold of your p-doc (even if you haven't seen him/her in awhile) and see what they have to say.

Breeze

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I've been crying for a few days pretty much nonstop except for breaks to sleep and eat.  I need to take something to stop this because I have work and stuff tomorrow.  I had a meeting today and despite taking 2.5 mg clonazepam I still cried like crazy and I am really getting sick of it.  I can't stop, and I can't think of any specific reason why I'm crying.
The part in bold is what is troublesome to me. When my husband died a few years ago, jesus, I didn't think I would ever stop crying. I cried everyday, so many times throughout the day, it became a real drag after awhile.

Luckily, like Stinky, I had an understanding work sitch, plus a "good excuse", so I would just step outside, sob for 5 minutes, breathe, smoke...wash, rinse, repeat.

I was taking high doses of Ativan, which is a shorter acting benzo, that I don't recommend, but it did the trick for me at the time. However, I was in therapy (still am), and as I said above, I knew where the source of my grief was coming from.

If you don't already have a therapist, I would recommend you see one now, while your emotions are close to the surface...good time to work on them, it sucks, but in the long run, much growth and healing can be achieved. And if you're crying all the time anyway...also, obviously, a visit to your psychiatrist would be wise, if you haven't seen them in awhile.

I have been known to bite my lip, and hyperfocus on something, anything, to distract myself from the flow of tears when I feel a "griefquake" coming on at a less than convenient or appropriate time. I've gone to the bathroom and had serious talks with myself in the mirror...crazy, huh? But whatever works, at work.

When this was all happening to me, I came across the title of a book I wish I could remember and wish even more I would have bought. The subject matter was, I'm paraphrasing, "putting on a *face* when you are suffering serious depression at work." "Face" was in the title. Might have to do some googling...

Good luck, I feel for you.

S9

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I've never been depressed before so I don't know how any of these would work.  Been treated for anxiety  panic attacks  adhd, basically.  There has got to be something to dull emotions.  Otherwise I'll just have to quit my job and take something to make me sleep all the time-- which all of these meds seem to be quite effective at.  nothing to make me feel better, just sleep.

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You need to call your pdoc, describe the situation and ask for advice. If you're not seeing a therapist, this is a good time to find one -- it sounds like you have a lot of things near the surface even if you can't identify them yourself right away.

No one here can give you advice on what medication to take to change things, and medication isn't going to stop your crying unless you work on the why. Unless you simply take something that will make you sleep all the time, and that's not any more useful than crying all the time.

Also, it's never a good idea to keep so many meds around, especially if you are or are becoming depressed. You can probably take them back to your pdoc who can use them as 'samples' for people starting on one of them but not yet ready to buy a prescription.

Fiona

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Heya imfinethanksfornotasking,

1.  I like your name, I relate.  Noone asks me that, ever, unless I'm bleeding from somewhere.

2.  It's really hard to call your doctor when you feel just like curling up in a ball and crying.  I know.  But it's really the most likely thing to help.

3.  Yah, I agree that having a wack of meds around (for any of us wackos, really, but especially when you feel so down) is not useful and can be dangerous.  Consider getting your psych to prescribe things weekly (part-fills from the pharmacy).

4.  I agree with stinky that crying is not necessarily bad.  Depends on how you feel otherwise.  Crying can be very therapeutic, IMHO.

--ncc--

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