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    i need help with medications

    hi guys and gals , i'm going through a problem and maybe you guys can help. I'm going to keep it short and sweet so there is no confusion.

    ok

    last year October i slipped into a phase a depression , i am still going through this and it's been about 190 days and i'm sick of it. I have a Psychiatrist and we are working on it but i want to speed things up by coming to this forum. I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia about 20 years ago but my current psychiatrist says i am bipolar amongst other illnesses. With the depression i can't do most things like playing a video game , soldering , watching a movie , anything fun really or requires problem solving or is stressful.

    my psychiatrist put me on Lithium and that has no effect (even doubling my first dose) , i've been on Olanzapine (20mg) for 20 years and Lexapro (20mg) for 12 years.

    i made a discovery about 3 months ago where i had a few drinks , i took one Olanzapine at the start and stupidly took one before going to bed. The next day i felt pretty damn good ,
    i'll list how i felt below.


    - felt like watching movies
    - baked mum a cake
    - sat up in bed , shoulder tension release
    - soldering project
    - i'm in control 80/20
    - ocd thoughts.....up to 10% and wasnt bring me down and eating me away
    - pad and pen organizing what to do
    - eyes open , alert and attentive



    anyways i felt better for 4 days and then day 5 and 6 back to hell. I have read that for some people Olanzapine stops working i don't know , i would really like some recommendations on medications so i can try them or any other guidance.



    chat soon
    Last edited by s8n; April 1, 2021, 04:16 PM.

    #2
    Hi s8n and welcome to the forum. Finding the right balance when it comes to medication can be a challenge. Compound that with not feeling well while sorting it out makes it even harder.

    There are so many factors that come in to play and it is hard to give any specific advice that would be appropriate for you specifically.

    Sometimes it’s a matter of adjusting doses. Sometimes it can mean changing a drug or drug combination. Sometimes there are other health issues that complicate things.

    I would recommend talking about your medication with you psychiatrist and your pharmacist. If you have a family doctor make sure he or she is also in the loop
    If you have a social worker or other support, it doesn’t hurt to let them know that you’re in the process of adjusting medication.

    Hang in there s8n. It can take some time to get things sorted out, but it is so worth the effort when you start to feel better.



    AJ

    Humans punish themselves endlessly
    for not being what they believe they should be.
    -Don Miguel Ruiz-

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      #3
      hi AJ thank you for welcoming me and your info , it is quite valuable to me and my situation. I have done some more research and i believe i see my Psychiatrist this Tuesday , i'm curious where to from here.


      keep rockin AJ

      DEAN

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        #4
        Hi s8n (Dean). Good for you for doing some research. You might find it helpful to take a pen and paper with you for your appointment. You might already have some notes from your research to take in.

        Keep us posted on how things go.

        AJ

        Humans punish themselves endlessly
        for not being what they believe they should be.
        -Don Miguel Ruiz-

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          #5
          roger that will do , yes i have a Microsoft Word Document ready to be printed out to take with me.


          DEAN

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            #6
            That's great Dean.
            AJ

            Humans punish themselves endlessly
            for not being what they believe they should be.
            -Don Miguel Ruiz-

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