I was prescribed this drug 2 days before xmas eve with a...

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I was prescribed this drug 2 days before xmas eve with a combination of counselling. I've not started taking it yet as I've had so many xmas family do's to go to, that if I didnt have the usual family drink over dinner questions would be asked and I couldnt face the admission that I've been put on anti-depressants but was also scared of the consequences of having a drink whilst taking the drug! (Like I dont have enough to stress about). Also, the counsellors are on holiday so cant start that until Jan either. My other main concern is all the reports on weight gain. I'm only around 9 stone but one of my life long stresses has been my weight and I struggle to maintain now, and I'm now v concerned that taking the tablet will take away some worries but add another because I'm gaining weight - what no one is really explaining is WHY they are gaining weight - does your appetite increase or do you just get fatter? Why cant they just make a drug without side effects. I take loads of medication already to keep my rheumatoid arthritis at bay which are hugely toxic, necessitating monthly blood tests. Sometimes you just feel like saying "enough already" with the drugs. I'm very apprehensive about the side effects. But I cant carry on the way I am so hope it's worth the bad to get some good. My plan is to start the new year with the drug, when no one will be watching whether I'm toasting in the new year or not. Wish me luck.

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    Hi there, I started taking 20mg per day 3 days ago, wish I'd waited untill the new year too as it has not been easy. I too did not want anyone to know that I'm having to resort to this and a new year without alcohol and with the side effects of the drug was not the best- let me know how you get on with the meds-I'm determined to persevere through the side effects which I must admit were quite scary following the first tablet- managed to stop a panic attack coming on though which I guess is an achievement.

    Good luck


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    Hi Vicki.

    I gave in and started taking between xmas & new year as was crying so much. I found the first couple of days the hardest, felt very spaced out and generally odd. Had a few odd thoughts. But now I'm nearly a week into it and apart from a bit of nausea upon taking it (which is why I take it just before I go to bed), I just feel a bit tired and am having a clenching of the jaw thing going on and my actual sleep isnt great. I did wonder how I'm going to cope at work feeling so spaced out, but I think every day is getting easier. I go back to work tomorrow. Am also on 20mg. What other side effects are you getting? My friend took this drug a year ago and she said the first two weeks are definitely the hardest then you level out. Lets hope so.


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    I was concerned about not drinking etc so asked the chemist what would happen if I did drink. The reason you are not supposed to drink on these tablets is because it can make you more drowsy as alcohol does. It doesnt interfere with the tablets at all. So I guess if you want to drink then you can it just might make you drowsy.

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    RE Alcohol

    I find white wine ok but red wine with these pills can cause bad nightmares so I don't drink red wine at the moment. I have actually lost weight due to cutting right down on alcohol so this is an unexpected bonus. The pills do make me feel better and my appetite is good, hence the temptation to eat more and put on weight.

    Mixing alcohol and the pills does make me feel very drowsy and also sleepy in the mornings which is not a good thing when doing a fulltime job. I therefore have alcohol at the weekends when I can relax a bit.

    3 months into the pills and sleeping much better now. Also on 20mg.

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