25 days in, pros and cons.

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Finally past the 3 week mark that I heard horror stories of.  Let me tell you, they can be true. I'd read them and never expect myself to get past them like everyone else did, saying to myself for example, "I'm just wasting my time and am different, these side effects won't pass and eventually I'll just have to be taken off because relief won't come.". The good news is, it has somewhat, but it gets tricky, and I'm still in the baby stages so any advice is greatly appreciated.  The first two weeks, ooooh the headaches.  Splitting migraines. I also felt extremely dumb, anxious through zee roof, and agitated at times.  Waking up each day progressively got worse till around the 2 1/2 week mark, and is slowly getting easier.  it was like my sleep was getting screwed with heavily and there would be a serious fog the first half hour or so of waking up. Feeling like I was the special case and these SE's wouldn't pass, I was in hell.  Then around the 19th day I woke up and finally something was starting to click, I could tell.  For 3 days I felt great.  The burden of crippling depression was lifted.  These past three days I'm also on the up swing of feeling somewhat better, though not as I tense.  I'm on 10mg currently for anxiety/depression.  At day 25 my focus is back in doing tasks.  Doing mixed martial arts at the two week mark when your head is throbbing and you can barely keep yourself together isn't safe.  But I returned today and even felt a bit sharper than usual.  The main thing I have noticed is my emotions just feel kind of "blah.". The feeling of the depression lifting was awesome, but now it's kind of just like everything is okay, and that's that.  Nothing crazy exciting, nothing terribly sad.  The best way I heard it summed up was like "blotting your emotions.". I also notice what people mean by the stimulating effect.  The final side effect was agitation.  Although feeling emotionally better the past week or so, I noticed the one time I did get mad, it was like intensified.  The only thing that stopped my anger inside was a .5 Xanax, within 10 minutes.  

so to sum it up, the side effects have passed mostly, and I'm not wallowing in my sorrows as much anymore, but everything just feels kind of blunted right now, just so/so. Is this common?  I'm only 3 1/2 weeks in on a 10mg dose.  

PROs:

Did kick in

Mood lifted

Mental sharpness came back

CONs:

Agitation still (rarely, but intense when comes on)

everything feels mehhhhh 

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    Hi you seem to be doing well considering the horrors we suffer,,I'm on 5 half weeks and I'm suffering worst anxiety to point cannot move,,I was in bed nearly first 3 weeks then I thought I'm better then boom one day out next day tried walk to shop had to rush back wobbly knees shaky inside,,I thought my life was ending now few days later I'm taking pericyazine for anxiety as cannot cope was ready to throw towel in people on here convinced cedar me to stick it I have to believe I will get better but the panic is crippling xxx do wish you well and just knowing you can get out is a massive step forward you will get better just believe xx

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    I feel your pain. Unfortunately I could not take it. I took for 6 wks. Horrible Horrible. I was so sick physically an crying ALL THE TIME. I was crazy or felt crazy. 20 mg. I had to stop an the Dr agreed (M.D.) im in USA. I really think Psychiatrists know more about these meds than M.D. Pharmacists know more about side effects an such than an M.D. Iv tried 4 different Anti-depressants . Zoloft (sick physically but helped mentally), Lexapro (totally numbed, just existing, gained wt. Sleepy all time, no motivation), Cymbalta (no side effects really except increase in blood pressure due to its a SNRI, it did help with fibromyalgia pain), then stinkin generic prozac( liver area pain, upper back pain near pancreas, severe wt loss, joint pain, liver enzymes went up, diaherrha) an along with crying, screaming anxiety I stopped. Had withdrawal symptoms for 3 months. So I went to a psychiatrist here 3 wks ago. Iv had a ton of bloodwork done to make no defencicy like low Vit D (can cause mental issues) low thyroid (same plus fatigue), low b-12, an all other usual testing. Alnog with progesterone, estrogen, an cortisol levels (im in menopause at 46!!). So we'll see. If all normal then psychiatrist will decide what med to try. Obviously cant handle a SSRI. Physically makes me to sick. So I dont know. Im glad it working for you but you mentioned you feel numbed. Maybe it will pass its still early in taking it. Sometimes it takes 6-8 wks. Prozac has long half life. So it takes long time to get to workin. Exercises helped me with my anger. I would go out in the boonies an walk an scream or yell about what ever angered me or whatever. Goodluck to you. I pray I find one that helps!

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      I'm 46 with b12 deficiency and i know I need to look into vitamins as read loads can cause side effects I just am giving it to 6 weeks then think I'm going back my doc really isn't hat interested in my fear factor I've even considered smoking canabis but not done it yet xx I will go back docs Monday x I have UNderactive thyroid which he just said on results was being over medicated not my fault docs seem too easy to shrug our concerns off xxx I wish you luck xx

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      Iv been in medical field since 18. LVN. An surgical technology. If you are having diagnosed thyroid issues an other deficiency's you may not need an Anti-depressant. It would take couple wks for deficiency's to adjust but you would prob feel better. I would investigate further on bloodwork an all that. Just my opinion. Goodluck! Let us all know how you are doing.

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      Thank you Zio, I was also just looking into the blood work thing and also heard there's a way to see what will best work for you and what dosage (not sure how reliable). Never even knew those were options. Anyways, keep fighting! When you come out on the other end you'll be all the stronger for it. I remember my PDoc and a NP both telling me to not fret if a med doesn't work cause there is something out there that WILL help. It's just tough when you want relief and Never know when you're going to have to start the journey all over again with a new med, side effects. Etc. in the long run it WILL work out. Always does for me and I've hit some pretty dark places. These issues are SO common. I had a beautiful experience on Citalopram my first time, and tried it again for 3 months and had a terrrrrible experience, and here I am switched over to Fluoxetine. Those 3 months were so brutal at the time, but looking back it's like, "Was it really that bad?" The answer is yes. Yes it was. But time heals.

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      What were you diagnosed with? Me, depression, anxiety an another symptom now last 6 months, anger, irritated, agitated. Get mad. Real mad. Im not on anything rt now! Except Klonapine (clonazapam generic) anti-anxiety. Im under extreme stress rt now an my anxiety adds to it. It makes stress worse. My psychiatrist said I had better figure out a way to deal with it or I could "break". Im already experiencing some "signs" of extreme stress like a eye twitch for last couple nights, wt loss, low blood sugar attacks, an a little high blood pressure. Im caregiver to my parent's last 4 yrs an I have a husband an two teen sons. I cant get job because of parents. I live in USA. We dont have health insurance. My husband is self employed an getting the so called "Obamacare " (it sucks) would be dbl or triple our house payment! We cant afford that! An my husband isn't busy rt now (carpenter/contractor) so not makin very much. So financial stress is a big prob rt now to! Then my son's car broke down an unfixable (he's 18 an just graduated fr high school). So need to find him an affordable car. Trying to arrange an estate sale of my parent's stuff. My Dad is a hoarder an a giant shop or barn , is or was jammed full of anything you can think of. I moved, an they agreed an my sister agreed, to a retirement home. Not a nursing home. But it has been one prob after another at that place. The food is so bad for elderly people there! Its making them ill. Both Diabetics an sugars sky high. Bowel issues to! The place isnt kept clean. An there next door neighbor smokes in his room! My Mom on oxygen. It gets into their room esp at night thru vents. It has mad her very sick. Gotta get her out! Sooo moving them back to their home an still need to do estate sale . My Dad has slight dementia an we r afraid he will butt in an bother estate sale people. Ugggg...its exhausting. We haven't had a vaca in 5 yrs. Sometimes I fantasize about dropping a match...but I wouldn't. I worry about everything an think of "what could happen"... an try to stop that..with anxiety an worrying. Very bad. Done it since a child. It makes you wonder..why?? Our daughter passed away in 2000 so I know that has escalated the worry. Even though 16 yrs ago it was like yesterday. So Im ready to try something else an better figure it out because its affecting relationships. Then of course the Presidential election on Tues here is driving everyone nutso. Trump is my guy. Better him than lying Hillary Clinton (Killery is her nickname). I hope she does not win. Our health care will be destroyed in the US. She is incompetent. Her husbsnd is a pervert an she stood by him. Horrible! She's evil. But thats my opinion. Pray for us in USA!! Goodluck with your situation.

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      I have b12 injections just started 3 months ago I get every 3 months, ,I take lythroxien every day told me was over medicated on 10mg so now told take 10mg ne day and 125mg next day my doctor not got best patience with me just had bloods done Friday got results I'm feeling fed up taking fluoxetine and it's like mornings I'm shaky then all day anxious waiting on something that then I'm taking pericyazine to calm me I'm going sleep with headphones listening to meditation music wake up sore head n neck with headphones x i just want to feel me n get up do things I'm on even going downstairs much x thankyou for your input I need advice x

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      Well ,good thoughts to you. It will work out I pray for you. Im still struggling with up an down moods. Anger, depressed, crying, worry, anxiety. My New Psychiatrist wants me to take Lamictal (its for mood disorders an bi-polar! Its a serious med! Lots of side effects an some dangerous) i haven't started ii yet. Waiting still for bloodwork to come back. Been 7 days! Then go fr there. Iv tried 4 diff Anti-depressants so surely theres one out there for me! Goodluck. Call your Dr when in doubt or get second opinion.

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