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It's been a while since I posted, my update is I've been on Alprazolam(Xanax) for nearly two months now and have seen various psychologists, I do talk therapy at least once a week, guided meditation in the morning, walk at least 20 minutes every night, and have cut out all fried, fast, and overtly sugary foods (never had caffeine to begin with). The prescription my GP wrote for my anxiety is the 1mg Alprazolam to take one or two pills three times daily. 1mg is really strong - it certainly takes away anxiety/panic but also makes me too drowsy to function. Breaking the pill in half barely takes the edge off and I'll still feel very anxious, and have even had panic attacks in what I find to be stressful situations (I have learned I suffer from some agoraphobia along with panic disorder, GAD, and possibly PTSD). My routine has become a half pill in the morning, full in the afternoon, half again in the evening for a total of 2mg a day which I think is relatively safe, but it's obviously not practical or effective. A big trigger for my anxiety is any GI problems like nausea, vomitting, and diarrhea, so I refused seeking out antidepressants until I saw that I am not getting any better with the changes I've made so far and got desperate.
I saw a psychiatrist who first did gene testing after hearing about how anxious I was about side effects, and with results in about two weeks later he gave me samples of the multimodal antidepressant Trintellix (Vortioxetine, formally known as Brintellix). It's fairly new and the FDA has only approved it for major depressive disorder but I guess it's commonly prescribed for GAD as well. I'm now on day four of taking the 5mg pill, and after two weeks I'm supposed to up it to the 10mg. So far I have only been even more anxious, I don't know if it's because of the fear associated with taking the new medicine, that I have had some stomach pain and diarrhea, or that it releases norepinephrine, which I was conserned about before even starting it because I'm already agitated/nervous much of the time and don't need that extra "boost" to get myself out of bed. But yeah, even more anxious . I'm not giving up on it yet because it's early in the game and I really really really hope that it will stablize me so that I'll only need the Xanax in rare/emergency situations, but yeah, back to the title, has anyone here tried Trintellix and found it to be helpful for their anxiety? Thanks guys.
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