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Old 10-25-2009, 05:18 PM
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I hate psych. meds

My old Dr. moved away, and the new one decided a few months back I should stop taking Klonopin, which I took for anxiety and TMJ related facial pain. So now itís been 15 days totally off, and Iíve felt pretty freaked out, on and off. Itís starting to get better, but at first I thought I wasnít gonna make itÖpanic, dread, digestive troubles, headaches, nausea, ouch. Not an easy med to stop, by any means. Iím hoping it will keep getting better, but am told it might be a few months. Itís one thing less to be taking into my body, so there is that, I feel more free, even if restless. I was taking about 1 mg. a day, sometimes less. Then I tapered down to .5mg for a few weeks, then the same amount every other day for 2 weeks. I wonder how long until I feel normal, assuming Ďnormalí comes back, or is something I can remember.

These prescription mood pills remind me of the dangers of psych meds, and how, when you stop, or even while youíre on them, it can sure be a living Hell!

It seems like on one hand, either the drugs are SSRIs that make me feel hyper, mixed up and without any way to enjoy sex, like some weird android, or they make me all weirded out like Wellbutrin, or do very little, or are habit forming/work less over time like Clonzapam. Have not found anything that works well, and am tired of trying, Iím convinced such a med has not been invented.

Glad to be rid of them, the pharma business can takes their Prozac and all that, and shove it where the sun donít shine.

Maybe it helps some people, but Iím yet to be impressed.


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Old 10-26-2009, 06:58 PM
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Still feeling weird after 16 days. I wonder when you return to 'normal' from this stuff. Have these funny twitchy muscles, odd tingling, numbness...racing heart, and very anxious.

Damn those pills!!!!
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Did you do a gradual taper?

http://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/...ml#post2411875
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by StayinAlive View Post
Not nearly that gradual.

Took 1 mg/day for 8 months, 1/2 mg/day for two weeks, 1/2 mg. every other day for two weeks, now on day 16 of 0 mg/day, and feeling very crazy/fearful/queasy, still. I don't think the new dr. knows about this gradual taper idea, or cares.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:01 PM
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Well hang in there, at least you did taper some. If it persists or gets worse ask doc about the possibility to continue taper. 1/4 etc.

Tapering from efexor was equally tedious and once finished taper i had withdraw symptoms for a month.

Dislcaimer: dont listen to me i know nothing.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:06 AM
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You can do a google search and there are books out there to taper correctly. And there are other websites that deal with just this subject. Of course, this is NOT medical advice. In my experience tapering is VERY important.

Just my 2 cents.

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Old 11-04-2009, 04:29 PM
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Thanks for all the input. Now it's been about 25 days totally off Klonopin, and starting to feel more normal; the main problem is the symptoms they were perscribed for...facial pain/stiffness/jaw clenching...are a lot worse, anxiety has evened out a hair.

I think the worse drug I was even on was Wellbutrin, by a long shot.

In my mind, all of these medications have a ton of problems; at least the benzos helped for a while, then made me feel bad, the others just made me feel bad, both during and after.

Nonetheless, I plan to avoid them all; I'm not gonna be a slave to big business and the pharma industry; mankind lived for centuries without all these pills, I will find my own way.
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Old 11-04-2009, 04:53 PM
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Just a different point of view here. Medications have saved my life literally. Without my psych meds I would have killed myself years ago. That is even in sobriety. I work the program of AA and apply the steps and principles in my life daily sometimes hourly. But there is something chemically messed up in my brain. I have considered dropping all of my meds but when I have attempted that I have always wound up in the same place, suicidal and insane all the while knowing I am insane. It is a scary place to be when you know your thinking is insane but can not do anything to change it, your head just keeps going. So for me life is a balance of medications, therapy, and AA. Although I do try to keep the medications to the bare minimum as I do not feel that more is better with them. I agree that the side effects of medications can make things worse, that is why I partner with my doctor and when med changes occur it is because I communicate with my doctor and we weigh the pro's and con's to make a decision that is what I feel I can live with. Not every doctor I have had has been willing to do that. For anyone who has a doctor that keeps pushing more and more meds without you feeling like you have a say in things please find another doctor. There are also naturalpaths that have helped people who do not want to utilize conventional medications. So there are many alternatives to just completely stopping all medications and living with an out of control disease.
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Would be nice if someone would PM me the reason why my post was deleted as I see the original poster agrees with me, yet the last poster here, with a different view, didn't have their post deleted. Not trying to cause trouble I'm just curious. Thank you.
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Originally Posted by Brentos View Post
Would be nice if someone would PM me the reason why my post was deleted as I see the original poster agrees with me, yet the last poster here, with a different view, didn't have their post deleted. Not trying to cause trouble I'm just curious. Thank you.
I'm curious as well as to why your post is gone.

While I agree that meds can help some people and be of great value, I don't think they're for everyone. Empirical evidence points to the fact that there are many people who do not respond well to medications, or are made worse, even as others are helped.

It seems that these days, the 'it's all chemical' point of view has finally permeated its way into being accepted as some kind of unquestionable Holy Grail, notwithstanding all the millions of dollars the pharma industries have spent on TV commercials since it became legal to do so.

I'd like to see a broader discussion of the plusses and minues, and a more critical look at matters; I;'m not sure why so many put down the point of view that meds do not help some people, and might make them feel worse. I also don't see alcohol abuse, depression or anxiety as 'diseases', but rather patterns or pathologies...and as such, they have a great deal of variety.

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I'm sorry for the lack of communication. It was late and I was very tired. The way the posts were written would be considered medical advice.
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Ah, I see...can't recall the whole post. I don't mean to suggest anyone should stop/not take meds...only to share that they have not worked well for me, over the course of many meds, many doctors, and many years...and that I am worn out by the notion of 'finding' the 'right med'...it's like chasing some pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, while going broke in the process.

If it boils down to a 'chemical imbalnace', why can't they measure the chemicals somehow, and tell me which ones are out of balance and need adjusting? It all seems like such a primitive crap shoot, with the stage the science is now.
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Sharing your own experience is fine without suggesting that others stop taking medication.

Every person is so different and reacts to medication differently. It is impossible to give any advice based on our own experience.

I had a horrible experience with Welbutrin and just saw a client of mine have a horrible experience with Welbutrin. I know it helps many people here though. I would never make a blanket statement that others should never take Welbutrin. I might suggest they have someone monitor them if they are taking it for the first time.

We have to be careful here because we don't want someone to pass through and decide to stop taking their medication after reading a post here. It can be very serious for some.
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I think everyone hates the trial and error guinea pig process!
But like NandM, I would be suicidally depressed if I stopped taking my meds, even if I hate some of the side effects. I would probably be dead by now.
Many times in the past I have decided that I was cured and I had my life together and every single time I have stopped the meds, I have fallen into a progressively WORSE depression.
Finally after so many years, I am depression free.
I will be taking psych meds for the rest of my life, because I know I have another major depression in me, I don't know if I have another recovery.
If you are able to live a decent quality life without them, awesome! I wish it were true for me, I would rather spend my money on other things and not have my life depend on those pills. It took me a long time to accept that.
And yes, I have also incorporated other natural means and practices to aid my well being.
We don't encourage others to stop their meds without their Dr's advice because the results for some can be disastrous.
(I know, because, yep, I have done it more than once. LOL)
If I don't treat the anxiety and PTSD.....I will isolate and not leave the house.
LOL....I always tend to think that the folks who are much troubled by the sexual side effects are in remission from depression, because when deeply depressed one doesn't care about sex at all.
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LOL....I always tend to think that the folks who are much troubled by the sexual side effects are in remission from depression, because when deeply depressed one doesn't care about sex at all.
There is some reassurance in that at least I have never been deeply despressed! Anxious, certainly, moody, yes...but desire has never desserted me
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Ah, alright, sorry about that then. You're absolutely right, guess I'll leave that opinion to myself (slightly), however people should really know more about them. Effexor reacted with me in such a horrible way that it's hard to put into words. "Blank, confused chaos" is all I can muster up without getting to emotional and ranting and raving.

And about the sexual side affects thing, when you're 17 and can't get things...moving, it's really painful! You're right though liveweyard, lol, spot on.

Meh, I'll keep with the discussion now I suppose.

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If it boils down to a 'chemical imbalnace', why can't they measure the chemicals somehow, and tell me which ones are out of balance and need adjusting? It all seems like such a primitive crap shoot, with the stage the science is now.
If you look into the actual manufacturers notes about each drug they explicitly state that that's how they THINK they might PERHAPS change the brain and in turn MAYBE treat whatever illness it is you're taking them for.

Here's a good vid: YouTube - Truth About Antidepressants & Chemical Imbalance, Psychology

Again I must stress though that if they work, they work. I've seen people GLOWING after changing their meds, getting on new ones, and getting better. The change was marvelous so to each their own.
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I'm thrilled to find this post, as I suffer from PTSD and treat it with Bikram Yoga. I've been going 3-4 times a week and after 90 minutes of yoga in a 105 degree room, it's awfully hard to have a ptsd attack.

Problem is, I still need therapy to deal with triggers when they happen. I'm looking for some now.

I take clonopin only when I"m escalating. it does work, caps off the anxiety mostly. They wanted me to take it all the time, I refused because of all the reasons described here and don't want to take that crap all the time. How do you know when you're no longer anxious if you're living on it?

Plus, I believe 100% in my heart that we can heal ourselves. I don't want to live on drugs. I know plenty of folks who say they have saved their lives and I'm grateful they found their path, but mine is not pharmacuetical drugs.

That said, (sorry for the rant) has anyone found helpful ways of dealing with ptsd triggers? For me it involves staying the hell away from my AH, but I also need tools to deal.

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I found this very interesting form Dr. Candace Pert. She is one of the two discoverers of the serotonin binding process that made these drugs possible.

quote from Dr. Candace Pert:

ďI am alarmed at the monster that Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Solomon Snyder and I created when we discovered the simple binding assay for drug receptors 25 years ago. Prozac and other antidepressant serotonin-receptor-active compounds may also cause cardiovascular problems in some susceptible people after long-term use, which has become common practice despite the lack of safety studies."

ďThe public is being misinformed about the precision of these selective serotonin-uptake inhibitors when the medical profession oversimplifies their action in the brain and ignores the body as if it exists merely to carry the head around! In short, these molecules of emotion regulate every aspect of our physiology. A new paradigm has evolved, with implications that life-style changes such as diet and exercise can offer profound, safe and natural mood elevation.Ē
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:35 AM
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Hmm, another interesting article

By atracyphd on August 3, 2009

"The end of February 2008 the truth came out about the initial studies done on these new SSRI antidepressants. These studies had never before been made public or even submitted to the FDA for their review. Yet these studies showed that the drugs were of no more benefit than a placebo! What the FDA does is judge the ďRisk to BenefitĒ ratio for all drugs. With this new information, our question to them now is: ďIf this group of drugs are of no more benefit than a sugar pill and yet now have an FDA imposed Black Box Warning for increased risk of suicide Ė the next closest thing to banning a drug and they have warnings of suicide, hostility or psychosis with any abrupt change in dose, where is the Risk to Benefit ratio other than down the toilet? Why are these drugs still on the market with little to no benefit and so great a risk?"

Food for thought....
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:38 AM
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Interesting that one could consider a medication that alters the chemicals in the brain comparable to a placebo. There are many studies out there and studies can be manipulated to achieve the results one wants or to meet ones agenda. It is only when a study can be repeated with interchanging variables and done by independent people with no agenda that I trust the study. I am not saying that the research study that is posted here is bunk but IMHO I do not trust it. It is up to each individual person to believe what they choose. I base my opinions on my personal experience which is these medications are not sugar pills. They do change the brain chemicals and either work for the person or don't depending upon each persons chemical makeup. There are meds that have worked for me and meds that have not. I personally do not want to be responsible for someone elses suicide because I encouraged them to stop their meds by stating that there meds were nothing more than sugar pills. I have had several people in my life commit suicide due to well meaning but misguided people who told them similiar things as well as they were not sober as long as they used these medications. Once someone is dead it is a bit too late to take back what was said.
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