Depression medication costs

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Avatar n tn I,ve been on depression meds for 30 years. My mother, sister, grandfather are also taking meds for the same reason. I,m on effexor xr and 375mgs per day. It works just fine as long as I don,t miss a day. If i do I am very short tempered and get angly easily along with depression. My problem is I can,t afford Effexor taking it at such a high dose. Is there something else that works like Effexor but costs less? My other meds are Diavan HCL 160/25.. thanks!!
Avatar f tn Once you have the baby, monitor that closely and take medication again if you drift to depression as post partum is a hard time for some women. If there is anything I can do to help, I always here.
Avatar m tn I was on Lexapro then to citalopram because of costs, added effexor and still had such horrific depression I wouldn't get out of bed for days. Then I started on 5mg saphris twice a day. At first I felt great but a little too high, so went from 80 mg citalopram to 40 mg a day.
Avatar n tn As for your medication Lexapro is an SSRI used to treat major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Trazadone is a tricyclic, which is older medication used to treat major depression. Different medications work differently foor different individuals and produce different side effects. If cost is an issue, I would discuss that issue with your doctor who can provide you with valuable advice about alternatives. A pharmacist is also a good resource.
1168718 tn?1464987135 I'm so sorry for your sadness, I too am a very depressed type person without medication. I had been having a terrible time with depression and was already on medication. My doctor added an addtional medication and I feel better than I have (mentally) in a long time. If one thing doesn't work don't give up. I will pray for you.
5864500 tn?1380893197 Presently I am on with venlaflaxine-50 mg, Trapex-10 mg, and Nortriptyline -25 mg. Nothing seems to work out. Is depression a permanent disease? Do we have to take medication all the time? Is it like hypertension, that we continue to take medication. Does anybody has any answer?
4592241 tn?1359816738 She is terrified of my depression. I have been hospitalized for depression several times. I just want to be drug free. I dont have the money for counseling at this time but have had counseling before. It really just made me even more aware of how messed up my emotions are and wanting to just be normal. My father committed suicide when I was very young ( thats where the PTSD was from)...it seems like the doctors just keep giving me pills. I know there is no real cure for depression or addiction.
4753943 tn?1359938169 Alcohol is a depressant and if your already depressed than you will feel worse. Some people really do suffer from depression but are medication resistant. Meaning meds just don't work for them and they have to find other avenues. Exercising, walking, yoga, meditation etc. having bloodwork done to see if you are deficient in areas that effect your mood as well as checking your Thyroid. Getting enough sleep is really important as this effects our moods also.
Avatar n tn ), I finally asked the nurse what the purpose of the program is, and of course it is to reduce their costs. (silly me, what was I thinking?) There was a time when honour was more important than money.
411389 tn?1230128077 I realise that there is no wonder drug and we have to compel ourselves to enter situations and locations we'd avoid at all costs but if the train of thought can become positive, then step by step, we can face up to our deepest fearss and anxities. Right now, I'm in an Internet Cafe. It's busy but I'm doing my best not to focus inwardly as that's when I panic. Most of what I feel derives from how I perceive myself through others eyes. It's time I looked at myself through my own.
Avatar n tn I agree with the above post, and medication gave me my life back. Anytime you're put on this type of medication there is an adjustment period where things can be worse, but then things begin to improve...the norm is 4-6 weeks. Never just stop these types of medications, and when you have bad or unusual side effects always contact your doctor. He needs and wants to know how you're doing and will know what the next step should be. If he doesn't know.... he can't help you.
20003388 tn?1515169640 If you just look at the science, it looks like a miracle, but in practice, it isn't -- it's an improvement over what we had before medication, maybe. As for the the theory of depression, the main area of current study is glutamate receptors, not dopamine or serotonin which are yesterday's news. Or at least right now, because yesterday's news in science can also be tomorrow's news when better studies are done.
Avatar f tn It is a depression not a bipolar depression book though so some of it doesn't fit. As well you may want to ask your GP for samples. The drug reps regularily come by with samples and your doctor may be able to give them to you until your medication assistance comes through.
Avatar n tn I've dealt with drug abuse and physical/emotional abuse from my parents and was raped when I was 15. However, I've sought counseling and I did very well once on medication, and after a few years stopped. This past year I went through a lot of stress, and decided to get back on medication which is helping a lot. However, in the back of my mind there have been other symptoms I have never mentioned to anyone, including my psychiatrist and psychologist.
Avatar n tn I'm going to try and show her this site, she may not go for it because it probably costs alot and she has to work 5 days a week because she has so many bills... I want my mom to be with me for the rest of her life and I'm scared to lose her. She seems haunted by the bad things in her past and I wonder if it isn't something deeper than depression because nothing seems to work for her.
Avatar m tn Trying to share things I've learned about struggling with depression.) I have been through this my whole life. I still fight it. It's not easy, but you know what? You become a stronger person for it - you become a survivor. And that's a skill that's gonna get you through the rest of your life. I've suffered from depression since childhood. And I can share a few facts I learned: -Don't think that "the right person" is going to "fix" how you feel. They won't, and can't.
304970 tn?1331429594 I have a sis-in-law who is bipolar and takes a sleu of medication and she is not allowed to become pregnant. While bipolar is obviously a more severe case than just regular depression I still think any drug you'd take either 1). hasn't been tested on pregnant women or 2). is harmful. So sorry! Are you doing okay?
Avatar m tn I have been taking various depression medications for about 15 years after being diagnosed with PTSD and Major Depression. I developed the PTSD in 1993. I'm a retired police officer, but I did my full 25 years and retired 2 years ago. My problem right now is that my anxiety is never under control, and a good analogy would be that feeling you'd get if you had to slam on your brakes to avoid running over a kid. I'm like that 24/7.
Avatar f tn The fact that they found medhelp and tried finding help here is a start at least they want help, but if they feel that they can't find help even here I am so afraid of what the outcome will be for them. I feel so helpless as I read the site on depression and medication problems,I don't feel that I can do enough to help these people and I myself never knowing when I'll end up gone from medhelp for awhile or forever with my own health problems.
3199802 tn?1362254159 Medicine does not address the root cause of the depression, but will alleviate the anxiety from the depression for a while. Getting to the cause of the depression and addressing that is of the most importance. Think about it this way. You've got a splinter in the palm of your hand and it is painful. It continues to cause you pain, but you keep putting hydrogen peroxide on it and covering it with a band aide. As time goes by, it continues to hurt....
4149717 tn?1389507161 So i saw the Dr today (at the urging of my therapist) and he said in suffering from PTSD and depression and suggested some medication! I hear horror stories from people here about antidepressants so i wanted to get feed back from people on the 3 types he suggested. He suggested either Zoloft, Lexapro or Effexor. And in conjunction with those he also mentioned risperidol?
Avatar f tn We kept going back to the doctor but they were reluctant to put me on medication because I'm under 18 so they were just saying that it was a phase. But I became more withdrawn and anxious and eventually when I would try to go to school I would have panic attacks on the wayl, and a few times during school. I couldn't handle the stress and worry that I was going to freak out so just stopped going.
579258 tn?1250652943 Did not see a place to clarify in my tracker .. so wanted to make a note here. Migraine - early am - Was high intensity and used hydrocodone. Migraine - evening - Was one step lower in intensity and used tylenol with codeine Migraine - continued evening - One step lower yet in intensity and chose Advil. Hoping that going to sleep with Advil will help it go away .. hate to use prescription meds unless I have to .. it's always a gamble at this point.
Avatar f tn We kept going back to the doctor but they were reluctant to put me on medication because I'm under 18 so they were just saying that it was a phase. But I became more withdrawn and anxious and eventually when I would try to go to school I would have panic attacks on the wayl, and a few times during school. I couldn't handle the stress and worry that I was going to freak out so just stopped going.
Avatar n tn 2. Taking Wellbutrin or any psychiatric medication how long would you say I should stay on it before I should expect some sort of results. I believe I have been depressed a good deal of my life if that has any bearing.
Avatar f tn Hi there and welcome to med help. Sorry to hear about your cancer and surgery but am glad it is in the past! Now just ridding yourself of anxiety is the task at hand. It is now well known that when coming off an antidepressant, it is essential to wean slowly from it but it also can be very beneficial to titrate slowly when begining to take the medication. That way it is introduced slowly to the body so there are fewer start up side effects.
439168 tn?1307935340 I've been stuck on the same medication for years because every time I try a new medication, it freaks me out or has wierd side affects. I really am a poor example. I've been taking Lithium 300mg, Paxil 40, and Clonezepam .10 mg a day forever (the past 8 years at least) . . . I know other medications would be more affective but it's so hard to change as medications like Paxil and Clonezepam are addictive in your system and you feel the affects when you quit taking them . . .
Avatar m tn My son has autism and he has recently been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder. His behavior in school is absolutely horrible, and the teacher brought it to my attention that he acts out even worse when there a large number of students in the class. That on top of other ackward behaviors led the Pediatrician to think he had anxiety issues as well as Autism. He was prescribed Zoloft 10mg once daily and he was only on it a week and his behavior was totally worse.
Avatar n tn The only issue is that Xanax and all the other anti-anxiety and anti depression medication are addictive and you will have to deal with that once you decide to stop taking them. I got off of xanax, it was difficult and painful, but it is possible. No one told me of the horrible withdrawl of this drug. If I had known that I would have taken them differently...definitely not as many. If you do take them, try to take them for a limited period 4 to 6 weeks. Take it as needed.
Avatar f tn I have hypothyroid but had never been on any prescription meds for anxiety/depression/moods. So this is the key for my mental health. My doc follows the Functional Medicine Philosophy which combines traditional and natural - whatever works best for the patient. Good luck!