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I'm on Quetiapine and Clonazepam.
I have Bipolar 1 so the Quetiapine I use for mood stabilisation/sleep (and don't need bi monthly blood work like you do with lithium and the other thing for my GAD/anxiety issues.
I'm lucky in the sense that I've been on these for quite a long time and haven't had to up my dosage on these drugs. I've never abused my Clonazepam recreationally which I think maybe helps with that.
I still struggle with depression but being on anti depressants makes me either super jumpy or go full blown crazy manic..
I really don't like the Quetiapine as it makes me really sluggish in the mornings and makes me sleep super early (so I'm essentially a grandma) but it knocks me out and at least lets me get actual rest.
I also take quentiapine and clonazepam! I take lexapro too.
mine are for BPD/PTSD/MDD . I want to switch to a different antidepressant because I keep getting really hungry on lexapro. I recently tried to cut back on my meds but it didn't work at all and I kept having episodes constantly so I had to increase. I've gained so much weight from my meds this past year its really. It's just ironic because becoming obese has made me more depressed.
From what I've read it has an increased risk of causing seizures in current and former AN and BN patients. She's also told me it can lead to relapse due to reducing appetite. >>58429
If I were you I'd see another psychiatrist. Being sluggish is a real symptom of depression and IIRC a diagnostic criterion? Maybe just ask them about wellbutrin and they will assess if it's an option.
Reposting this here from another thread in case anyone else might know more about how to solve this issue:
I've been off of effexor for over four months now, but I don't feel the same as I did before I started taking it. At least I can actually have an orgasm now (I couldn't at all when I was on effexor), but it takes an hour or more and it's not very good. My sex drive is also a lot lower now than before. Sex doesn't feel good, either. Everything just feels really numb now. Before I started effexor, I could get off from a light breeze, and have multiple orgasms and I had a pretty healthy sex drive. I just want to get a semblance of that back.
I think the worst part is that I can't come from being with partners anymore, and it makes me not want to do anything sexual with them at all, lest I end up frustrated and they end up disappointed.
I've been on sertraline for two years and it's amazing. Sorted me out almost immediately with physical parts of depression like lack of appetite and difficulty sleeping, which in turn helped to improve my mental health. I pretty much never want to come off it. Side effects were intense vivid dreams, inability to drink for 5 months, and lack of giving a damn.
Been on Levothyroxine for a year which has been more of a ball ache. It's hard to know if the balance is right because you don't know if your symptoms are side effects or not. I've had a lot of dizziness and trouble with memory and phasing out. My brain feels like it's stuffed with cotton wool. I do feel like I've got some personality back and feel generally perkier.
Levothyroxine for half a thyroid missing and soon to have none left at all which has been a pretty bad experience; no concentration, hormones through the rood, irregular periods, digestive system slowed to a crawl, no energy making simple tasks feel like I run a marathon sometimes.
Fluoxetine, pregabalin, Abilify, and diazepam then in addition.
Otherwise I self medicate for digestive issues (nausea, sluggishness, intolerances to things I once was capable of eating/drinking and lack of energy involving use of veg carbo and ginseng (though the latter has been useless thus far).
Fluoxetine is just a placebo drug from my perspective since the entire time I've used it, it has been absolutely useless to me but the doc won't take me off of it since I've tested so many anti-depressants already.
Lexapro and Seroquel just made me feel like I was going to have a heart attack all the time and gave me incredible chest pains and I slept around the clock for 16 hours on the weekends and I had no concentration whatsoever while being hungry all the time.
Pregabalin does help me relax but I think it effects my digestion quite a bit so I use it only when I absolutely need it. It really does reduce my anxiety a lot.
Same deal with the diazepam but since they're quite addictive, they're really controlled and I'm limited to very little amounts which means I need to go over my limit sometimes just to get my anxiety under control.
Abilify just makes me gain a shit tonne of weight no matter how little I eat so I haven't taken those in about a year now, same with the fluoxetine.
I've hit a low point since the anti-depressants fell through but considering the psychiatric departments won't help me despite my asking for switches in meds; I'm left to my own devices on this and I can't rely on them for help so I'm going the old fashioned research route with what's available to me currently.
So I typically self medicate for those problems now too (with little results to show sometimes).
My audio and visual hallucinations have been tamed more from self medicating than with what I've been prescribed needless to say though.
I took up a lot of meditation and visualization of my own accord which has helped, including decreasing my anxiety a little bit. I also use lavender oil perfumes I make myself to wear which relax me a little when I need it. Vetiver can also help me when I can get some of it for helping out my panic attacks.
I used to be on pain meds and preventatives for constant migraines but they fucked my heart up too so I was told to get off them by my doc.