I totally understand being afraid of taking meds., so I always started on a mega- low dose, because that gave me more peace. I figured that if I felt horrible on a small dose it wasn't the right med., so i'd stop before side effects were unbearable and try something else. Prozac didn't work for me, but it might work for you, and you won't know until you try. If you work, you can always start on your days off, if you are really scared. Keep in mind, finding the right meds is trial and error, but is definately worth it! Just be patient if the first med is not the right one. Don't give up! My life was a living hell untill I got on the right meds at the right dose. It didn't solve all my problems, but I have definately had a physical problem and would not have come this far without the meds. Meds gave me hope and help! Ask God to give you courage and GO FOR IT! I will pray for you! Studchick
I am in the same boat, I was prescribed zoloft a few weeks ago and yet have started it. I was so sure I would be able to control my anxiety on my own, lately its gotten worse, I have been under a lot of stress so my panic/anxiety has been a pain. I am just so determined to get over this on my own time, don't get me wrong its been hard! But I do agree, you should try it, it could in theory be wonderful! I know all too well what your going through and whatever you decide you can talk to me... I hope the best for you, please keep me posted, and if you do try it let me know how it goes, you just might give me hope.
i totally agree with you about the med trial and error period. i was put on some anti-psychotics because my head was so clouded i couldn't think (like seriously, could not think...if i tried, it hurt). my psychiatrist at the time thought it might've been a form of schizophrenia...my appointments were rushed, and she wasn't listening to me, i couldn't even finish my sentences!...don't take an anti-psychotic/psychotropic drug unless you get a sure diagnosis first! you can always refuse, they cannot force you to take anything.
anyway. i'm seeing a new psychiatrist, i've been given the diagnoses of Bipolar II, OCD, and Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia. and the 4 meds i've been given are really working! so i guess the bottom line is to get a diagnosis first. what you may need is a doctor that is thorough. (wow i totally digressed didn't i? :p i hope i'm not making things worse) Please don't be afraid of the trial and error period. if you don't feel like yourself, call your doctor and stop taking the medication.
wow, i am all over the place with this post, sorry :( my mind trails while i write sometimes. so yea, sorry if this post is confusing....i hope i've helped in any degree. best of luck to you in this matter.
I was on Prozac for years with excellent results. I was switched to a different AD after Prozac quit working for me. There are many good results from Prozac, unfortunately all you hear about on the blogs are the bad experiences. It is trial and error as to what will work best for you as we are all different. If on the low dose you don't feel any better in 4-6 weeks, let your doctor know because this is when it's reaches it's full therapeutic level and the dosage may need to be changed. With the proper medication and dosage, medication can turn your life around, all for the better. Take care.
Of the ssris, Prozac is probably the one with the least reported side effects and is the easiest to stop taking, so it's usually where a good shrink will start. And a good shrink will also usually start with a low dose and slowly work up to acclimate you to the med and see how you tolerate it. So if you're going to try meds, and ssris, this is the best place to start.
Thanks for all your responses. I understand that finding the right med is trial and error but my fear is that the error means DEATH, lol. I, like you tina0214, have tried for so many years to fight this on my own and it's just not working. I will definitely keep you posted when and IF I start taking them.
I appreciate your comments, they are wise! We definately need to be diagnosed properly and must have a doctor who listens! I am so glad your meds are working! Yay! Studchick