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Morphandcoffee wrote: »
Been on it a year now and i'm getting to that "should i still bother" stage. I know everyones going to jump on me and tell me never to stop without docs advice.
Randoman wrote: »
Story 1- I was prescribed this drug by an eccentric physchiatrist (arn't they all) he said it would make me feel better - how wrong could he be! I was paralitic on this drug, I've had adverse reaction to prozac - then took aropax - what a circus. This drug nearly finished me! I stopped taking it changed my Doctor, they lost my notes in the process so I have a clean slate, and can write my own medical history. Now I am coping with the diagnosis of PREDIABETES yes the stage before DIABETES and watch this drug SEROQUEL I found out after I took it - there is a 400% chance of getting prediabetes. I will never take another drug like this - get a proper diagnosis, its so hard to do on this medical revolving door system, they call healthcare.
Story 2- I was diagnosed as cyclothymic middle of 2008. I was put on the lowest dosage of 25mg. In early 2009 after being hospitalized for a suicide attempt, I was assigned to a different psych who decided it was best for me to increase my dosage to the maximum of 300mg (for depression. For the manic end the maximum is 600mg? So I read somewhere). Ever since then I've either been on 200mg or 300mg. After deciding to get pregnant this year, I've been gradually lowering the dosage. I'm on 50mg now. I'm going to go down to 25mg tonight. So far I'm doing really well. I think it's because I'm in a low-stress environment. I'm married and settled down. I don't work so I don't have to deal with people a lot which is good for me. Also, I have figured out what cyclothymia in myself means. The big episodes of course I could see what the problem was. Very agitated, can't settle down, I get reckless and make poor choices. And any big upset like a breakup or a fight took so long to get over. For me sometimes it's an independent mechanism, where my mood comes from I mean... but most times I'm just reacting exaggeratedly to environmental stresses. So like now, I can tell the difference when it's just my personality or a normal reaction to an environmental trigger.... I just set the boundaries and keep it contained. I'm more aware of it. And of course, to avoid craziness I ignore any impulses to do something ill-advised like running away or going out on my own. Any excess mental energy I work off by doing productive things like exercise or art or housework or home decor. Any moodiness that comes I know will go away soon enough. I might brood for a while but I know there's always light.
Hope that helps,
brunettebarbie wrote: »
There will be side effects from taking any of these types of drugs, long term or short term but that can differ from person to person.