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Medication Dilema
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:21:59 PM »
Hi I'm new here. I have been dealing with this for quiet some time now. I have been seeing a therapist for a little under a year. I started by being diagnosed by my normal physician with test anxiety. He put me on the only medication he could prescribe. When that stopped working they refereed me to a specialist. I have been on the generic for visteral for the past year or so. He doesn't think it is working anymore. I have always had reservations about being on the medication and honestly I'm just kind of nervous about the whole thing. He has also brought up being put on some anti-depressants. I have looked up the different types of drugs and side effects and honestly I don't know much about the personal experiences with them. I know some people and they have had good luck with Zoloft. But I was just wondering if any of you could reassure me about the medication and maybe share any experiences you have had with them? Because the research I have done has scared the hell out of me and I really don't want to go on new medication, but my symptoms are getting worse without any. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Medication Dilema
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 10:11:22 PM »
Hi Song,

Welcome to the forum.  You are now a member of our community, where you will find support and advice from other members in similar situations.   It's always nice to find someone else who understands, and to know you're not alone.

We have sections in the forum that address specific concerns, so feel free to post or start a new topic in the section that best fits your situation.  Feel free to explore the rest of the forum.  You may find the other topics helpful, and you may be able to offer advice or support to someone else.

We also have a chat room for members over the age of 18.  Once you have made three meaningful posts, you will be allowed access to the chat room.

Song, I am currently med-free, but I had very good success with Lexapro, and I know several others who also had success with Lexapro.  Of course, different meds work for different people.  But, don't be afraid to take meds if you need them.

Good luck to you, and again, welcome to AZ.

Buzzy
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Re: Medication Dilema
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 10:59:11 PM »
Hi SongBird, and welcome to Anxiety Zone...

We are very fortunate to live in a time where anti-depressants are available to us.   I have been on anti-depressants for some four years now, and they have really helped me.  I can understand you being scared after researching them, but one can get scared researching anything on the Net.  I will give you an example: Acetaminophen causes three times as many cases of liver failure as all other drugs combined, and is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States, accounting for 39% of cases.  Now is that scary?  You bet!

Sure, there can be some nasty side effects when starting anti-depressants, but these can be prevented or at least diminished by starting out with a sub-therapeutic dose, and titrating up every 10-14 days.  And the side effects usually only last a few weeks.

I was just started on Celexa (Citalopram), some 9-10 weeks ago, and it is really helping me.  BuzzBee1 mentioned Lexapro.  Lexapro is Celexa's sister drug.  Both are excellent choices to treat anxiety and depression.  Celexa has helped thirty million people.

Anxiety Zone is a wonderful site!  You can learn about your disorder here, discover methods of treatment, and find wonderful people that share their experience, hope, and strength.

I hope this puts your mind at ease a bit.

The very best to you, SongBird!...  Chuck
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Re: Medication Dilema
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2014, 12:24:04 AM »
Im on 50mg Zoloft.  It took a few weeks to work.  I recommend taking small doses then build.   Meds are worth it. Good luck.
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Re: Medication Dilema
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2014, 08:54:29 AM »
I have been on Cymbalta for several years for GAD, and me personally.. I do not recommend it. It doesn't seem to be working anymore, and I have tried several times to get off of it, but the withdrawal effects are horrible for me!  :(
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Re: Medication Dilema
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2014, 06:20:01 PM »
I am having a medication dilemma myself. I attempted to start a new medication instead of Zoloft. Zoloft was great but it really had an impact on my sex drive. It got to the point where it wasn't worth it anymore to be on it so I went completely off of it over a year ago. Now I need a new medication and I started Lexapro. It has really made me so sick to my stomach that I think I will have to go back on Zoloft. Which is fine because the anxiety has gotten to a point where it's totally worth it for my sex drive to be messed up. I was never sick on Zoloft and it did work.
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Re: Medication Dilema
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2014, 01:32:32 PM »
If this willl help, my aunt has been taking Zoloft for 20+ years now .... She was in a DEEEP depression my mom used to find her shaking in her closet ... After about 3 weeks on Zoloft she was back to her old self it was amazing and she's been well ever since .. Now I personally had a bad experience so it all depends on the person , try it, if it doesn't work then you try the next one .... I'm in the same boat as u now I've been staring at the bottle for weeks but it's getting bad so I'm gonna start soon
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2014, 01:37:59 PM »
I'm actually with her right now and she said " it's like all those thoughts that were troubling me just started to disappear and before I knew it, they were all gone and I didn't care if they came back, It doesn't matter if it's anxiety or depression troubling you, because it targets your thought pattern and just makes you feel normal again. The only side effect I guess is a little tired which is not a huge deal" that's what she just told me
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Re: Medication Dilema
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2014, 12:50:25 AM »
Thank you everyone. This really is helping. I'm still not sure about it. But I got in to see the doctor Thursday. I don't know what she wants to put me on yet. But if it makes me feel like myself again I'm willing to try anything.
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2014, 01:16:18 AM »
^^ same here I'll try anything my aunt convinced me basically she's like listen I don't hVe any depression or anxiety anymore, but her health is fine so she's like why would I even risk going back into that hell when I can just take a pill everyday and I don't blame her were only here once so whatever works right
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