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Thumbs down Hit a brick wall - June 3rd 2019, 12:21 PM

okay, so i've battled mental health for as long as i can remember, been on medication since i was 16. I've tried Citalopram, Venlafaxine, Clomipramine, Sertraline, Amitriptyline and Mirtazapine. Not one of these meds has worked for me over the years, which takes me to today. I recently moved to a different city in hopes of better mental health support, but that clearly hasn't worked. I had a doctors appointment today to discuss coming off Clomipramine and onto something else. The problem is, the doctor told me there is nothing else they can prescribe me. The side effects of Clomipramine are so awful, i refuse to take another tablet again. He warned me that i can't just go cold turkey which i already know, blah blah blah. But the side effects are that bad, i feel sick at the thought of taking anymore. He seemed very concerned about this, after everything i told him about self harm and suicide right now, that he has offered to ring the mental health pharmacy? No idea this existed. I've been told to book another appointment by the end of the week for the outcome, but he has no appointments for weeks. I was also asked if there were any medications i'd like to suggest, but i have no knowledge on antidepressants and what i could take. Does anyone have any idea what i could suggest? i'll list what my mental health problems are.

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Re: Hit a brick wall - June 4th 2019, 08:46 AM

I take Fluoxetine for my depression, not sure if this will help. But it might be worth suggesting to try them?
   
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Re: Hit a brick wall - June 4th 2019, 06:16 PM

Sorry to hear that you've struggled with many mental health issues for years and have tried different medications that don't seem to work for you.

Is your doctor a GP or a psychiatrist? While doctors can prescribe some medications for mental health, they may not have the specialist knowledge that a psychiatrist has on mental health conditions and medications. If your doctor doesn't know what else to try you on, maybe you can ask to be referred to a psychiatrist or someone who does know more about medications for mental health?

We aren't professionals and can't really give detailed suggestions as such. Also, what works for one, might not work for another. But you may want to check out an NHS article on anti-depressants to learn more about the different types. You might also want to look at the treatment options for generalised anxiety, as recommended by the NHS.

I'm also wondering whether you would consider things like individual and/or group therapy, counselling, mindfulness, other psychological based treatments? It can take time to find what works best for you and for some it may be a combination of medication, therapy and life style changes (exercise, make sure you're sleeping right, socialising with others and not isolating yourself etc).

Have you been able to book another appointment? If not, is it possible to book an appointment with another doctor to see if they know what the outcome was from the mental health pharmacy?

Hope other members can provide more insight on the medication side of things. Feel free to keep us updated if it helps!


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Re: Hit a brick wall - June 4th 2019, 06:33 PM

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I take Fluoxetine for my depression, not sure if this will help. But it might be worth suggesting to try them?
We really shouldn't be giving names of medication, but I do want to say I take Fluoxetine. As Holly has said in the post above, what works for one person might not work for another. It tooks weeks and dosage adjustments for it to truly begin to work, probably a total of three years before it really started to kick in.

While it's beginning to not have a profound effect on me as it used it, it certainly did work for a while. However, it isn't for everyone. OP, I suggest bringing how you're feeling up to your GP. If you don't already have a psychiatrist, then have your GP refer you to one. Medication can be one part in helping you maintain your depression.

Be very careful about stopping medication and do not do it without the order of a licensed medical professional. If you have any questions or concerns about medication, both past, present, and future suggestions, then please reach out to the appropriate person and inquire about it. Don't rely on people who are not trained and definitely don't rely on Google or any other "medical" websites.

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