Meds Don't Help Anymore

Tortoiseshell on our forum asked the following question: I feel it is time for me to change meds or add something to the current meds. I am currently on Pristiq 100mg/day and Lamictal 200 mg/day. Increasing the dose didn't help, but worsened the side effects. These meds worked relatively well for me for 3 years until last September I had very emotionally difficult situation and got into destructive relationship. It threw me back again. Since then I haven't been able to enjoy myself and life despite of going to counseling weekly. Just not getting better. I am seeing my psychiatrist next week. She is very flexible about med options. She pretty much lets me decide if I want to try something or stay the same. In 12 years I tried a lot, so don't really know what other options are. Here is what I tried: SSRI/SNRI/other: Pristiq (worked the best so far), Zoloft (no effect), Prozac (no effect but side effects), Effexor, Paxil, Wellbutrin (hated it) Mood stabilizer: Lamictal (seems to be working so far) Antianxiety: Buspar (no help with anxiety, but was making me more depressed) Antipsychotic: Abillify (tried for 1 day, I thought I would jump out of my own skin) I am not sure what else to try. Maybe keep Pristiq and Lamictal and add something. I am not getting restful sleep, maybe try Trazodone. Not sure. Any ideas?...Read Full Post
Source: About.com Depression - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

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