Pristiq and lithium

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Avatar f tn I have been on the pristiq now for 3 months. It barely kept me sane and did not wind me up at all. Actually, i have had less energy and slept more the last 3 months than ever. Seemed to have panic attacks too, not to mention the cost of this med! What's next? and i am out starting today but i have some prozac, lexapro and celexa. I will have to go back to dr but don't have money for that either right now.
Avatar n tn that are commonly experienced with other anti-depressants such as Paxil, Lexapro, and so on. So I took the Pristiq for approximately 5-6 weeks, and I had a very bad scare due to the Pristiq. I got extremely sick at my stomach a couple of weeks ago. I began vomiting, and then diarrhea. After 4 hours, the diarrhea turned into nothing but blood. When I went to the doctor, it was discovered that I was passing blood through my urine as well.
Avatar n tn I take lithium Wellbutrin pristiq and clomping. I am going through menopause. I take about 6 six 7.5 hydros a day. I have taken the meds for 20 years, but the hydros about 2 years. Lately I have become morbidly depressed, and I need to know if you guys think its the hydros. Sometimes I do take more, but never more than 10 hydros.
190673 tn?1259206866 I have been taking Effexor XR 450mg and Buproprion 450mg for a couple of years. I'm weaning off the Effexor, going onto Pristiq and continuing the Buproprion.
Avatar m tn Like Morningside, I just never really got any measurable anti-depressant effect from it. My Pdoc added Lithium and Lamictal to the Pristiq and that is helping a little, but I'm still not sold on this Pristiq. In the past I did better on Effexor and other AD's like Lexapro. (unfortunatly they stopped working for me so I was switched to Pristiq) I seem to build this damn resistance to antidepressants if I take them for long periods. That's why all the med changes. It really pisses me off too.
Avatar f tn I've been on all those drugs except Pristiq and the new combo med now called Lexapro and they've ALL pooped out!. See a psychiatrist and work on a wellness program together, you won't regret it!
Avatar f tn I have been having migraines, but I am on meds and BP has been elevated. I am currently taking, 600mg lithium (started 2 wks ago), 50 mg of Pristiq, and adderoll 40 mg daily.
Avatar f tn Same here Seph,,I take wellbutrin and lamictal and feel great. My Psych NP also added a 50mg dose of Zoloft and this is the best I've felt in years. And great as not in manic,,but just normal I guess, if there is such a thing!
Avatar n tn I had been on a combination of Prozac and Lithium for 6 months and while the combination helped my anxiety and depression I gained 25 lbs. I went from 125 to 150, obviously this effect depletes the concept of what a anti-depressant is supposed to do. I know Lithium is likely to cause weight gain and I have found that people have gained anywhere from 20-60 lbs. it also can affect the throid which I had my levels tested and results showed no change.
Avatar m tn We have changed many doctors in the past and wish to know is there someone who only specialises in this area who has had successful patients stabilised on prescribed medications. My mother is taking Lithium, Olanzapine and just commenced Pristiq - so 3 type of tables a day. It's very difficult to see a family member in such a state at times but we are trying to understand BP and explain it to her.
4810971 tn?1359480360 If that's the route she still wants to go, might want to look into Pristiq for depression/ocd and an anti-anxiety med like Klonipin (clonazapam). Also, considering she finds interest in particular things and is anti-social, might want to have her checked for Asperger's syndrome. This is something the therapist might be able to do.
Avatar m tn Other drugs that also effect Norephinepherine are Pristiq, Cymbalta, and several tri-cyclic antidepressants such as Amitriptilyne, Nortriptilyne, and Protriptilyne. Maybe first make a switch to Effexor XR and then add Deplin (one tablet a day) The Folate in Deplin is absorbed directly into blood plasma and can help antidepressants like Effexor work even better.
Avatar f tn Augmentation can be done with many different drugs for our condition. I use Lithium and Lamictal to augment my antidepressant which is a tri-cyclic. Only bummer about Abilify is the cost. it can be very expensive. It works for a lot of people and may work for you also. Give the Abilify a good 6 weeks to work at full effect. Keep in touch and if you need me you can always PM me.
Avatar f tn I took Abilify for almost a year for Bipolar Disorder II, both in combination with Lithium and on it's own. When I was on the Abilify alone, I noticed uneasyness and racing thought, similar to what cowgirlnerd said. I felt more hypomanic than usual, so I suppose it had kind of an "upper" effect for me. When used in combination with the Lithium, I felt much more balnanced and steady.
Avatar f tn I am kind of the exception because I am medication resistant and my depression and anxiety is a tough nut to crack. I am currently on a Pristiq, Lamictal and Lithium combination and it seems to be working ok, but the add on of the Lamictal and lithium is only in it's second week so I should know more later on it's effectivness. Are you disagnosed as Bi-polar 1? I am diagnosed as Bi-polar (NOS) Not Otherwise specified.
1326513 tn?1276521601 Me too, i have that debilitating depression too. All i can do is shake and fret and wring my hands, and just let my mind race away with fears and what ifs and whys. So far, i've just noticed feeling more foggy and forgetful, and less motivation than before. I hope it turns around soon. I know i've only taken it a couple of days. I have noticed that i sleep hard at night, but i'm still drowsy during the day.
12043143 tn?1423155065 Has your psychiatrist tried some common mood stabilizers such as lithium, Depakote and Lamictal and other known options? It would be worthwhile to ask them what options they are willing to consider. If at any time they say they don't have any more specific ideas ask if they would consider it might be worthwhile to find a referral to a mood disorders specialist.
Avatar n tn Hi, I am new to this forum, and I am having these same type of wierd's almost hard to describe even to my neurologist unless you've had it. I have had neck and back surgery within last 8 months. Just 3 months ago, out of the blue, I started getting severe, daily, migrain etype headcaches. So bad, I went to my opthamologist, he said maybe cluster headaches etc. My neck surgeon said not related to my neck.
606584 tn?1224853036 with others including acne and skin irritation, vivid dreams or nightmares, night sweats, body aches and cramps, muscle aches, dry mouth, fatigue, memory and cognitive problems, irritability, weight changes, hair loss, changes in libido, frequent urination, nausea, and so on and on.
Avatar m tn If your depression is chronic and bad enough that you were legitimately put on Pristiq, I wouldn't expect quick results for homeopathy and it won't be as strong -- you'll have to put work in through therapy, meditation, etc. to help it along. So it's a gamble. And don't quit the Pristiq quickly -- if you do decide to stop taking it, it must be done very carefully and slowly as it can cause a severe withdrawal, so play it safe and easy.
670556 tn?1242052860 None of the antidepressants work for me. We tried Lithium and Abilify, I had bad reactions to them; I am highly sensitve to all of these meds, always get adverse reactions. I am afraid of the anti psychotics, I do not want to gain weight nor do I want to become diabetic. It is very frustrating to say the least.
Avatar m tn Lithium and Seroquel together have made the best I have ever been, found risperdal wasn't good for me it gave me bad insomnia. Seroquel is the opposite and makes me sleep but i like that as i think sleep is good for your health rather than insomnia. I am still looking for that pill which makes me back to normal though. I would ask your doctor why he don't want you on seroquel and tell him/her that it has really helped you.
Avatar m tn I have tried Pristiq, St. John's Wort and Wellbutrin, each for an extended period of time as prescribed by the psychiatrist. None of these medications alleviated my symptoms. The psychiatrist then prescribed Adderall (amphetamine salts). I do respond to Adderall. An hour after taking between 10 to 30 mg of Adderall the symptoms are significantly alleviated, meaning I regain my mental energy. Unfortunately, the positive effects of Adderall are not long lasting (only 2 to 3 hours).
Avatar f tn It is a great medication and gave me energy. Plus, I didn't feel depressed at all. I switched to pristiq because of the cost and I have diabetes and it did have weight gain for me.
Avatar m tn Effexor XR gave me 4 years of remission at 300Mgs a day. Some switch to Cymbalta and some to Pristiq, but having tried them all I found Effexor to work the best.
Avatar f tn So again, if it was a GP, what you need is a psychologist and perhaps a psychiatrist to manage meds if you choose to go that route again. You didn't mention how long you have been off the Pristiq and whether you tapered off of it or cold-turkey'd it. Hopefully it was a taper. Don't give up. Find the right doctor for you and get back on the path to an anxiety free life.
Avatar f tn There are many other mood stabilizers such as lithium, Depakoate and Lamictal and Lamictal generally has less of these side effects (for general information on mood disorders google "Depression Central"). However, if your psychiatrist believes you require an antipsychotic, Abilify is generally the most tolerated out of what is available now though if you read through my posts you will see in the coming years there may be more options that are easier to tolerate.
Avatar n tn I used to get massive tension headaches, I don't get them any more. Lithium is a very good drug, it's been around for 50 yrs and it's standard protocol, it works best with another mood stabilizer if you have anxiety I was diagnosed by a pdoc I pdoc I saw in 1999 diagnosed me with MDD and anxiety. The meds he gave me didn't fully work, I always had persistent moderate depression, they call it Dysthemia. I was diagnosed BP after having major depression and a hypomanic episode.
1166402 tn?1303850656 Below 175 Effexor acts more like a weak SSRI so keep that fact in mind when dosing. There is also Pristiq and Cymbalta. They are also SNRI's, but after trying all of them for months I found a Moderate to high dosage of Effexor XR to work best. TIP: They have a generic Effexor.....stay away from it. Many reports from many people are saying it is not near as effective as the name brand. I take 2Mgs of Klonopin a day, but my system is so used to it that it no longer causes me to be sleepy.
Avatar f tn If your in need of an SNRI, then I must suggest either Effexor or Pristiq. IMO Cymbalta is the most over rated AD on the market and in talking to tons of former Cymbalta users they report the same negitive effect you are having. Some (very few) do OK on it, but I seriously question this drug as I have seen so many people (including me) fail on it. In fact one persons screen name on this forum is "CymbaltaHurts.