A pretty major update on my war with depression

I’ve been very open and honest about my personal war with .  I refer to it as a war because war consists of many battles and anyone living with depression can probably attest to the many battles they’ve fought.  Some are won and some are lost but we keep moving forward. 

I mentioned a few days ago that the Wellbutrine that was added to my anti-depressant regime was causing a pretty significant increase in my average heart rate.  By significant, I mean significant to me.  It’s an increase of 15 – 20 bpm and I wasn’t comfortable continuing forward with this.

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I spoke to my doctors office for two reasons this morning. 

The first reason was to get them to send in a new script for my Paxil because there was a glitch at the pharmacy and they lost the script on file. 

The second reason I called was to discuss my concerns and get the okay to discontinue with the Wellbutrine. It’s not a good idea to make any changes to your medications without consulting your doctor. 

I explained what was going on and what had me worried.  They said they would talk to the doctor and get back to me. Towards the end of the day I heard back from them and here’s what’s been decided. 

Wellbutrine has been removed.  I don’t need to titrate down or anything like that because I didn’t titrate up and the dosage was relatively low to begin with.. That’s that and it’s now out of my life and will soon be out of my system. 

Knowing that I still need the extra help, she called in a replacement that I’ve not heard of before.  It’s call Buspirone and it’s for .  I take this twice a day, so I’m thinking it’s not really long acting and requires more frequent maintenance.

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The above image is the print out that talks about this new medication, what to expect and look out for. 

I’m a little concerned because there does appear to be an adjustment period that could interfere with, you know, raising my kids… I haven’t decided when I’m going to start this but I’m leaning towards waiting until Friday night when the boys are with their Mom. That will give me a chance to determine how each dose will impact my ability to fully function in a capacity that someone in my position needs to function at. 

Treating depression is sometimes a game of trial and error, especially in regards to finding the right medication at the correct dosage. 

I trust my doctor and so I’ll give this a shot and see how everything goes. 

At this point, I’ll feel better just seeing my heart rate go back to normal. 

That pretty much brings you up to speed with my current status in regards to how I’m managing my depression.  I’m happy to answer any questions because depression isn’t something to be ashamed of and the more we talk about it, the more we can move away from the stigma…… ☺

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  • The of starting a new med is what’s stopping me for now, but I know I need new, stronger meds. I’ve been on my one depression med for so long that I don’t think it’s working anymore. My depression is thru the roof. I had started an med to help out my depression med, and I don’t remember what it was, but it made me more anxious & violent in I wanted to hurt someone (would never, but the ‘feeling’ was there). I can’t afford to experience side effects of a new depression med, like if it was to make me very drowsy, I couldn’t afford to take time off of work until I got use to anything new. Plus I don’t want any side effects to interfere with me taking care of my kids. But because of all the bad things going on in my life right now, I need something but can’t afford to take anything! 🙁
    Some day I’ll be able to take care of myself.

    • I share your fear of but I look at it a bit differently. I see it as a means of bettering myself, so I can be better for my kids.. It doesn’t make starting something new any easier but it does help me to justify the risks of temporary side effects…

      Best of luck.

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  • It seems like your local pharmacy glitches a lot.