Slight medication change 2


 Slight medication change today
(11/18/2015)

After explaining to my psychiatrist that I’m still suffering from rather bad depression and anxiety, we decided to try Effexor (XR) and drop my Vistaril Rx.

Effexor is a SNRI – it’s not a mood stabilizer, but it’s used to treat both depression and anxiety. Since I’m already taking a mood stabilizer (Lamotrigine), it should be somewhat safe to take this without it pushing me into a manic episode.

We’ll see how this goes. I have high hopes, since I’ve heard good things about it from other people with bipolar disorder.

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 Update (11/25/2015)

So far I seem to have a little more energy and my mood may have lifted just slightly.
The only side effects I have are sometimes dry mouth, and I’m having somewhat frequent yawning that also causes some kind of tingly feeling throughout my body. But I can deal with that.

 Update (12/2/2015)

Just upped my dose to 75mg, which still isn’t a lot. But I feel pretty good right now! Hopefully it stays this wait for a while, or gets even better. (We started at a small dose because my psych was afraid of me becoming manic.)

Last updated: Dec 2, 2015 @ 10:05 am


2 thoughts on “Slight medication change

  • Kay

    I realise you wrote this a wile ago but thought I’d offer something anyway. If you are still on Effexor and sometimes get side effects, my shrink put me on liquid Omega 3/6 Fish Oils (Melrose brand in Australia). I have absolutely NO yawning or tingly/zappy feelings taking about 15 to 20mls each morning and I have been on up to 600mg of Effexor/day at my worst. For the dry mouth I just sip water regularly and for dry nose and eyes I squirt a mist of weak saline solution into both whenever I notice. My depression is just unipolar- lucky me, but the doses of anti deps I have had to take to avoid feeling crook have been off the scale sometimes. Thank goodness I never had any anxiety at least.

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