Thursday, November 30, 2006

Medroll, Please!

I'm going to kill blogger. For the third time I am re-writing this. It keeps eating my posts. Anyway!

For those who like to keep score, here are all of the meds that I have been on. They've invariably caused me some sort of wacky/ugly side effect and some have not even bothered to work at all. As always, I welcome any questions and if you don't recognize a med here, just ask!

- Oxazepam/Serax
- Diazepam/Valium (just a few days but what the hey)
- Sertraline/Zoloft
- Lorazepam/Ativan
- Venlafaxine/Effexor
- Buproprion/Wellbutrin
- Clonazepam/Klonopin
- Zopiclone/Imovane
- Liothyronine Sodium/Cytomel (I know this looks funny on a head med list but it was used as an adjunct to Effexor)
- Mirtazapine/Remeron
- Moclobemide/Manerix
- Nefazodone/Serzone
- Temazepam/Restoril
- Fluoxetine/Prozac
- Carbamazepine/Tegretol
- Citalopram/Celexa
- Lamotrigine/Lamictal
- Divalproex Sodium/Depakote (eh, three days in-patient but again, why not?)
- Topiramate/Topamax
- Rizatriptan/Maxalt
- Olanzapine/Zyprexa
- Clobazam/Frisium
- Atomoxetine/Strattera

I am currently taking 200mg Topiramate, 10mg Clobazam, 7.5mg Imovane and 10mg Rizatriptan prn. Oh, and 40mg Esomeprazole/Nexium but that's a Proton Pump Inhibitor--for my stomach not my head haha. And it's not really working but that's another post!

So, I guess that pretty much covers every class except the tricyclics, the "old school" or "typical" APs and the stimulants.

I have an appt. with a new psychiatrist (scary!) in March and I really want to discuss stims with him as Strattera was a disaster. It's kind of my own "fault" as I completely forgot that it's basically an antidepressant--an NRI (norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor.) I can not even be in the same room with an AD! Okay, it's not that bad but they make me go positively nuts. In 13 days, Strattera reduced me to a quivering, mumbling, mixed-state, ultradian cycling pile of rubble. Hey, at least I gave the drug 13 days. And the physical side effects were hell too. A gastronomic disaster and waking up at the crack of dawn just for the fun of it, basically.

Yep, developed in Sweden as an AD with disastrous (or simply null?) results and now it's an ADD med! I wonder if it actually helps ADD folks. No really. I'm not being snarky. I do wonder. Show me some studies.

Don't get me wrong. I would never discourage someone from trying a med based solely on my experience! That would be silly. We are all neurochemically diverse and unique.


- brydz - said...

how did you find venlafaxine? cos i've just started it.

i've already tried Fluoxetine and Citalopram with no resultd

Patient Anonymous said...

Hi -brdyz-, I had an awful time with Venlafaxine. I can't take any ADs because they exacerbate my cycling or "make me manic" and it also lowers my seizure threshold.

I was on/off it for years up to 375mg when originally diagnosed with unipolar depression. I remained on it at lower dose after being diagnosed with Bipolar until I finally figured out that it was causing the manic symptoms.

Bear in mind, however that some people with Bipolar can take ADs and have no problem. We're all different.

It might help you--see my point above. Effexor hits Serotonin and Norepinephrine receptors so it might give you some added benefit there. At high doses it also *might* affect Dopamine as well but it really depends on the dose--and the effect is generally thought to be pretty weak.

Does that help you at all?