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ADHD meds - stop or continue?

I've been on and off ADHD meds since I was first diagnosed about 5 years ago. Most recently I tried Adderall XR; previously I've tried Concerta, Vyvanse, and Straterra (one at a time). Straterra is awful - made me drowsy during the day and kept me from sleeping at night. The other drugs all help me focus, but they also make me feel frazzled and exhausted if I take them continuously - so I have to take a drug holiday on the weekend. [more inside]
posted by bunderful on Sep 18, 2016 - 19 answers

How can I be kind to my liver and kidneys?

I'm taking a bunch of pain meds right now. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Aug 31, 2016 - 10 answers

Ever been on Pristiq? What's it like?

I'm about to start Pristiq, an SNRI antidepressant, as part of my treatment plan for depression/anxiety/ADHD. I've been on antidepressants before, but would like to hear what people's experiences have been with this one. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Aug 26, 2016 - 7 answers

Suggestions for Coping after major surgery: meds, etc

I'll be having major surgery next month. The doctors say I will be on opioid painkillers for 2-4 weeks. I'm worried they will give me digestive problems, as I have a sensitive stomach. My other issue is staying in shape while recovering. It has taken me a year to get to my current fitness level. Doctor says no workouts besides walking and physical therapy for 1-2 months. I'm very concerned I will lose the muscle I have worked hard for, and gain fat. Any advice on either issue?
posted by CancerSucks on Aug 23, 2016 - 14 answers

Can I Eat This: Quasi-Legal Amphetamines Edition

So my spouse bought us some Sudafed on Saturday, the real stuff that you have to turn over your driver's license for. Then we forgot it in the car and it spent all day in the glovebox. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Aug 22, 2016 - 10 answers

How do you get medications for anxiety or depression?

I've read a lot of questions and replies here about various medications for anxiety and depression, and I'd like to at least get evaluated and find out if they'd be helpful for me. Who do I go to for this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2016 - 21 answers

How do I take a very small daily dose of Vyvanse?

The smallest dose Vyvanse comes in is 30 mg. That's too much for me, and makes me speedy. Opening the capsule and taking a much smaller dose gives me the concentration I want, without the side effects; my doctor approves of this. My guess is that 10 mg- 15 mg is the right dose for me (I understand this might change over time, but that's what it's been for a while). How do I keep the dose consistent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2016 - 14 answers

Can cessation of an SSRI cause new issues?

Since quitting Zoloft, I am experiencing issues that are arguably more debilitating than the issue that I was prescribed this medication for in the first place. I am wondering if anyone has had similar experiences with new mental health issues emerging after quitting a psych medication. [more inside]
posted by theskywaspurple on Jun 20, 2016 - 9 answers

Medication for public speaking phobia?

I have a severe public speaking phobia, and am considering asking my GP about short-term medication to get me through presentations. Very concerned about being labelled a drug-seeker, though -- how to avoid this? Snowflake deets inside. [more inside]
posted by jejak on Jun 18, 2016 - 19 answers

Medicating in 90 Degrees

How do I store medication in the summer when I don't have central A/C? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jun 6, 2016 - 13 answers

Need a (medical not food) cold pack that will stay cold for hours

I've recently started an injectable medication. It works out best for me to be able to do the injection at dawn and then fall back asleep because I already take other (pill) medication this way and it's the most feasible way to do the medications at the same time every day. The thing is, the injection site really hurts afterwards, so I need an ice pack. When it was just a pill at dawn, I could do this without getting out of bed. Now I have to get out of bed to get the ice pack from the freezer. Is there an ice pack/cold compress that I can pull out of the freezer the night before and leave by my bedside that will still be ice cold in the morning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2016 - 23 answers

Help me fight brain fog from bupropion (generic welbutrin)

I have been taking Vyvanse 30mg for about a year and a half for ADD. I had combined it with Celexa and then Cymbalta for depression. I tapered Cymbalta to later realize I really needed something for depression. The doctor put me on bupropion XL (generic Wellbutrin) and now I have been taking 300 mg for about a month. [more inside]
posted by 3dd on May 28, 2016 - 8 answers

Has anyone gone back on an antidepressant after time off?

I was on multiple SSRI's during adolescence but have been off for four years. I am now considering going back on something due to increasing anxiety/panic symptoms. Does anyone have experience with this? Is it something I should look into? [more inside]
posted by wisco9 on May 25, 2016 - 13 answers

Low Libido... Nooooooooo

I’m a 35-yr-old cis woman married to a wonderful man. I’m attracted to him in every way, and we’ve been together for 10 years. This is the first time I’ve needed to reach out for this problem… [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2016 - 18 answers

Vyvanse & Sertraline in Germany?

I moved to Germany last week after an extremely busy and stressful few final months in the US, and I am now realizing that I never worked out how to deal with my medication situation. I've been taking Vyvanse and Sertraline (generic Zoloft) for ADHD and anxiety, and I'm wondering what to do in a few weeks when I have gone through the supply I had when I left. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on May 1, 2016 - 16 answers

Should I Apply For Training Jobs If I Have Panic Attacks When I Train?

One of the primary roles in my last job was training. At some point I started having panic attacks when I began my training sessions, which was a cause of real distress in the moment, but also longer term as I was now worried about my ability to do my job. Now that my company has closed down, I'm looking for a new job, and I've become aware that I'm subtly discounting opportunities which involve training out of fears related to panic attacks. I really don't think I can afford to overlook these positions in the current job market, but my brain keeps imagining turning up at a new job and having a panic attack in front of a whole new group of people, and naturally things grind to a halt from there. Any thoughts, advice or previous experience would be most welcome; comprehensive history inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2016 - 3 answers

Being drunk minus the dumb behavior

I've decided that I definitely want to get on anti-anxiety medication as I just can't go out into public without experiencing some degree of anxiety which brings on a slew of unpleasant symptoms (cottonmouth, dizziness, headaches, light-headedness, etc.). I'd like to have anti-anxiety drug recommendations that make one feel kind of like they've had three or so beers minus the whole lacking inhibition thing. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 25, 2016 - 16 answers

Lifelong Depression - considering another stab at medication

I've had lifelong depression. I tried meds and therapy for years. I got little to no relief and awful side effects. I had awful withdrawal and all of it cost a ton of money. I've still having a hard time - snowflakes inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Apr 5, 2016 - 17 answers

How to sell leftover fertility medication

I have one unused 1200ml box of Menopur (unmixed, kept in fridge). It can be quite expensive and I would like to sell at a discount to someone else who needs it. How can I do this safely, for both parties? This is in the UK.
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2016 - 9 answers

How long are Brintellix (vortioxetine) side effects likely to last?

I started Brintellix (vortioxetine) 5 days ago and am wondering how long the side effects are likely to last? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Mar 8, 2016 - 5 answers

Dealing with Lexapro side effects

I've been taking Lexapro for about nine months for generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Overall, the experience has been very good. I'm no longer nervous all the time. But in the past couple of months, I've grown concerned about two side effects: fatigue and apathy/lack of motivation. I talked to my psychiatrist about this and she laid out three options. I'm having trouble deciding which one would be best. [more inside]
posted by mcmile on Mar 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Mental health help in the UK

Got mental health needs. Don't know how to start getting them met with the NHS, can't really afford to go private. What do? [more inside]
posted by teresci on Feb 26, 2016 - 5 answers

It's like Magic-Eye pictures, but EVERYWHERE!

Why am I starting to see faces, among other things, in nearly any pattern I glance at? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2016 - 18 answers

Time to put my brain in its place

After many years of struggle with depression and constant, needless anxiety, it seems that my issue is primarily or purely chemical in nature. But my medications aren't really working right now. What options should I be looking at? What might my treatment look like? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Feb 21, 2016 - 19 answers

Can therapy counter-act hormones?

I had been making some progress on the whole 'stop worrying about everything and try to be less sensitive' front. All of it went out the window when I started a medication that affects my hormone levels. Is there a way to CBT yourself out of biology, or will I be a nervous wreck forever? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 18, 2016 - 3 answers

Is this particular situation a good time to use my Ativan prescription?

I have an Ativan prescription that is intended to help me deal with panic attacks. I rarely use it because my panic attacks are quite rare. I have a work event coming that turns me into a ball of anxiety every time I have to do it (2-3 times a year) and I'm wondering if this might be an appropriate time to make use of my prescription. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2016 - 16 answers

Need ADHD meds, am not Jesse Pinkman!

My PCP has decided to discontinue prescribing my (long-standing, very stable) ADHD medication. I pretty much just want to continue with the meds that have worked for me, with a minimum of additional trouble, expense and extra time. How can I find a new provider without seeming sketchy or drug-seeking? [more inside]
posted by Sockinian on Jan 13, 2016 - 14 answers

When is medication the answer for kids with anxiety?

My son (8) struggles with anxiety (separation and generalized) and negative thinking/depression. How do you know when it is time to start treating it with medication? [more inside]
posted by a22lamia on Jan 11, 2016 - 25 answers

An app for crazy pills

Is there an app that can help me work out when to take my medication when changing timezones? (If relevant, it's SSRIs/antipsychotic medication.) [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 11, 2016 - 11 answers

Health Savings Accounts - How do they know which expenses are qualified?

Specifically, how can I be sure that my medication purchases at the grocery store are properly tallied as 'qualified expenses?' More generally, how does the IRS keep track of your purchases using funds from an HSA? What's to stop someone from using their HSA to pay for non-medical expenses? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on Jan 10, 2016 - 13 answers

Fear of Antidepressants

Yesterday a dear friend had a come to Jesus talk with me and encouraged me to make an appointment with my doctor about going on an antidepressant. I have been advised to go on antidepressants in the past by therapists and other doctors, but have never taken the next steps because my family views being on medication as a personal failure/huge dangerous risk. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Dec 30, 2015 - 66 answers

Expensive cheap drugs

I was accompanying a friend who was picking up a prescription for nitroglycerin pills at a supermarket pharmacy and was surprised to see that the price was $30 for around 20 pills (he doesn't have insurance so this was retail price, not a copay). I was curious so I checked Walmart's list of $4 drugs and found nitroglycerin is not on the list. I checked a drug price comparison website and it also listed prices in the $20-30 range. Nitroglycerin has been used medically for 130 years (no patent) and seems like it can't be expensive to make, I thought for sure it would be dirt cheap like generic prozac, amoxicillin, etc. Anyone have an idea/theory why it's so expensive?
posted by duoshao on Dec 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Do I need medication?

I was diagnosed with depression in 2012, after a really bad few months of daily crying and suicideal ideation. After several months of therapy, plus positive situational changes over the past couple of years, I am now pretty far away from those dark days. But I still get occasional episodes of inexplicable low mood when I, for example, cancel all commitments for the day and stay home in bed all day. What gives? Should I go back to therapy and/or go ask my doctor for medication and/or accept this as a dimension of who I am and manage around it? The moods feel physiological in origin, I can't put my finger on any thought or event that triggers them, and they happen about once every 2-3 months.
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I try to get my dog anxiety medication?

She licks a lot. Compulsion or behavioral issue? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Nov 6, 2015 - 12 answers

How to pack my medications?

I am flying on an airplane and I need to pack all my medications - roughly 18 bottles, two inhalers, and two small quantities of liquid. What is the best kind of container to use, considering the needs and desires of both the TSA and the airline staff? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Nov 2, 2015 - 21 answers

Blepharitis Pro Tips

I have blepharitis, a condition that makes my eyelids very prone to chalazions (warning: gross). As far as I can tell, this isn't something that can be cured per se, but there are things that can be done to lessen the symptoms. What works for you, fellow blepharitis sufferers? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Oct 29, 2015 - 19 answers

What's your online source for generic/low-cost heartworm meds for dogs?

I can get the meds from my vet, but I feel like I can probably get them cheaper online (vet price is about $70/6-month supply) and the lady at the vet is unpleasant. [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Oct 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Should a hypochondriac take SSRIs?

My depression and anxiety are getting out of control, and I think medication would help. However, I'm also a massive hypochondriac as part of my anxiety problem, and I'm really worried about the side effects. Is it worth giving meds a shot anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2015 - 16 answers

What are some resources for understanding mental health medication?

I have some Interesting Brain Chemistry (tm)--some cocktail of ADHD, anxiety, depression, and sensory processing issues, and lately, I have been considering further medication. (Current stats on that: 5mg Adderall Rx, Ativan as needed.) However, I always hated the guess-and-check method in math, and I am finding that I do not like it any better when it comes to my mental health. To that end, I am wondering if anyone can recommend good, detailed resources on how mental health medication works. I know the basics of SSRIs, etc., but why does one work and another not? I know the answer is partly, "Molecules have different shapes! Some shapes fit better!" ...I would like more nuance. Please recommend resources? (And any expert thoughts are also welcome.) [more inside]
posted by Alex Haist on Oct 19, 2015 - 9 answers

It's got to get bad before it gets good

How do you make yourself keep taking medication with unpleasant side effects? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Jul 20, 2015 - 16 answers

What can a friend do to get adequate pain meds for a short term injury?

A friend has a very painful foot injury and needs enough painkillers to sleep and work. The doctor will not provide any. This is interfering with employment, not to mention with getting better. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jun 9, 2015 - 25 answers

How do I ADHD

So it seems I have ADHD. 1. Yay, this explains so much! 2. Oh geez, what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 2, 2015 - 16 answers

How did you come to terms with your chronic pain?

If you've dealt with chronic pain of any kind, how did you come to terms with your condition? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Apr 28, 2015 - 20 answers

Managing side effects of med swap

Swapping head drugs from escitalopram (Lexapro) to desvenlafexine (Pristiq). Side effects are not being kind, but from my research so far it seems the medical opinion is: totes normal, suck it up sunshine. I would like to be able to cope with daily life during the adjustment period a bit better than I am at the moment and am hoping you guys might have some practical suggestions. Details within. And yes, I completely know you are not my doctor or other mental health professional. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Apr 26, 2015 - 7 answers

The rest of the meds world

What are SNRIs, and what are they like to take? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2015 - 17 answers

Where can one go to have medicated cream applied to one's back?

My grandfather needs a prescribed ointment applied to his back twice daily for two weeks. He's ambulatory and able to drive, but he can't reach his back. Is there someplace he can go where a person is available to apply the ointment for him? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Mar 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Are my meds healing my injury or just removing the pain?

I'm taking 2100mg Gabapentin daily for an impinged nerve in my neck due to degenerative disc disease and stenosis. I want to step down off the drug because of the side effects I'm experiencing. If the drug is actually doing something to heal the problem then I won't, but if it's just acting as a pain reliever with no other benefits then I'd prefer the pain over the side effects. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Mar 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Doctor Being Weird About Prescription, How To Discuss?

I take alprazolam to help fall asleep, 2 right before bed. This was prescribed by my sleep specialist doctor (more on that inside). My doctor is now acting strangely over it and changed my dose on refill without telling me. I'm not sure how to talk to him over this, without the risk of being seen as a drug seeker. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Mar 4, 2015 - 20 answers

Zoloft: does it get worse before it gets better?

Zoloft: does it get worse before it gets better? YANMD. [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jan 14, 2015 - 14 answers

We Need Words of Encouragement

On anxiety and medication for the modern man. [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Jan 13, 2015 - 17 answers

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