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Medication Review June 2020

I posted recently about my anxiety medication and my intention to ask the doctor to review it.

Today I telephoned the Doctors surgery to ask to for a non urgent appointment to discuss my medication. I was advised that, because of Covid-19, the GP was not reviewing medication at present. So having felt somewhat deflated, after plucking up the courage to telephone, I thought I would try writing to them instead.

I know it is difficult, because we are in the coronavirus pandemic and medical staff in particular are extremely busy, but at the same time, we should be able to access medical attention. I didn’t expect an immediate response, but surely we should be able to speak to a doctor at some point?

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Anxiety Medication 2020

I am struggling with my anxiety as usual. During the first 3- 4 weeks on lock down for coronavirus, my wife and I screened ourselves. I found that not being allowed to go out and not having any appointments to go to, resulted in my anxiety easing significantly and I was happy pottering around at home and working part time at home on my computer. Now some 12 weeks later I find my generalised anxiety back to where it was prior to lock-down and having seen how I can be during those first three weeks, I want to be more like that.

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My Anxiety Update July 2019

It has been sometime since my last blog post. I still struggle with and have been working on my anxiety and depression.

About 12 months ago I went to my GP as I had a significant family event approaching in six months time; namely my daughter’s wedding. During my consultation with the GP it was agreed to a change in my medication and so I now take Sertraline in addition to the Pregabalin, medication. I started on a dose of 50 mg per day and after three weeks this was increased to 100 mg per day.

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New Anxiety Medication Sertraline

As usual time has passed – back in July I went and visited my GP for the first time in a long time. Since then I have been back to see him a couple of times. After my first appointment, we agreed that I would try out an additional medication, so I started on Sertraline at 50mg once a day for two weeks, then increased it to 100mg once a day. I have been on this dose now for 3 months. Here is a useful explanation of the medication Sertraline on Mind’s website.

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Trazodone Drug Experience for Anxiety and Depression

I have been on Trazodone 150mg for a week now.

Firstly Trazodone has stopped the awful side effects I was getting from Duloxetine withdrawal – which is great because the nightmares, dizziness, brain zaps and sleep problems where getting to much. So lesson learnt is always do what the doctor tells you

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Duloxetine / Cymbalta Withdrawal Symptoms SNRI Discontinuation Syndrome

I don’t know whether I am making a big mistake but I am trying to come off Duloxetine (Cymbalta). I have not taken Duloxetine for 5 days now, having slowly reduced my dosage over three weeks

Very difficult to explain, but got regular sounds in my head, like a camera shutter and sort of pressure noise when I move, extremely tired / exhausted, hard to move, limbs heavy, extremely irritable/nasty, dizzy/faint, nausea, emotional, increased nightmares, increased thoughts of harming myself

Anyway, my daughter has just expressed her and the families concern over how I am, so thought I had better check it out a bit more.

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SSRI’s & SNRI’s

Medication for Anxiety & Depression seems to fall into 2 groups:

  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s)
  • Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRI’s)

SSRI’s include Citalopram and are supposed to increase the level of serotonin in the brain which lifts mood, as people who are depressed produce less serotonin which is a neurotransmitter, that is it carries signals to the brain. SSRI’s are supposed to reduce the intake of serotonin into the brain so that levels increase over time. Whilst not a cure this is meant to help us to recover by increase serotonin levels for us whilst taking medication.

SNRI’s include Duloxetine and are a newer medication, similar to SSRI’s in that they increase levels of serotonin and norepinephrine both neurotransmitters in the brain meant to lift mood.

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My Medication

My Medication for anxiety and depression is considered below, click on the image for more information from NHS UK about the drug

citalopram medication

Citalopram was initially prescribed and my dose was slowly increased to 40 mg per day. My health got worse, whether this was eased or exacerbated by the Citalopram is unknown, this prescription was changed after 18 months. I found it had no side effects on me.