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Antidepressant withdrawal - March 13th 2010, 05:03 AM

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So I'm currently on two antidepressants (Prozac and Wellbutrin) and an anticonvulsant (Lamictal). Long story short, none of this shit works, which leaves me with four possibilities:

1) None of these drugs work, my symptoms (mood swings, anxiety, cognitive problems and memory loss, word finding issues, etc.) are all untreated symptoms of depression, in which case why continue with the pills I'm on, an unnecessary expense?
2) This is completely unrelated to depression and I have damaged my brain through alcohol abuse, brain tumor, or some other completely irrational unlikely condition. In which case the pills are postponing the inevitable (death).
3) Symptoms are being intensified or worsened by the a/d's (the whole "consult your psychiatrist if your symptoms worsen or you have thoughts of suicide." In which case, I DEFINITELY need to stop taking these.
4) This is all in my head and I'm a hypochondriac. In which case, stopping the pills would prevent me from thinking #3 is the case.

I do plan on consulting with my psychiatrist before making any changes, but I know she'll tell me to "stick with it" and I can't afford to do that. However, I am worried about withdrawal symptoms. Any horror stories, or is it not too bad generally?
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Re: Antidepressant withdrawal - March 13th 2010, 02:31 PM

Hey James,
I think you are making the right choice to talk to your phyciatrist. Personally, all the anti-anxiety/anti depressent medications I have taken, I haven't had any withdrawal symtpoms. I'm not saying you won't, just saying I haven't. Are these medications new in your system? Some medications may take weeks or even months to build up in your body before they start to work and sometimes your phyciatrist may need to slowly increase the medication before it starts to work. Tell your phyciatrist you can't stick with it and that you need something that will help you right away. When I did that, my phyciatrist was able to put me on a fast acting anti-anxiety medication to help while he slowly increased the other medication.
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Re: Antidepressant withdrawal - March 13th 2010, 05:16 PM

Some antidepressants can have a worsening effect which means you'll just begin to feel worse. I think in that case you can keep trying until you find one that works for you?? The best thing to do is to consult your doctor. Also, i think the best way to avoid withdrawal is to come off them really slowly ~ go down to a lower dosage first and gradually take it less foten ~ or at elast that's what I was told to do. Either way I think talknig to your doctor or psychiatrist is best. If she tells you to try and stick to it it doesn't matter if you know what's best for you, it's your choice.

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Re: Antidepressant withdrawal - March 14th 2010, 03:05 AM

Thanks! I definitely plan on talking w/ my psychiatrist soon, and will probably stay on lamictal and wellbutrin for the time being. The lamictal is new in my system, while I've been on prozac for 4 or 5 months (SSRI's in general for longer). I've gradually been decreasing the Prozac dose over the past few months -- for me, Prozac seems to "work" for depression, but leaves me numb, sleepless, irrational, and gives me a feeling of "mental impairment," for lack of a better word.
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