So this year I have been battling with my depression and the meds I was on weren't giving me enough support. I went to my G.P. who increased my dosage on my antidepressants, Venlafaxine. This didn't help, just spaced me right out. The doctor brought me back down to my previous dosage.
She then referred me to the local mental health team. The doctor there recommended keeping me on the Venlafaxine and adding a drug that has been successful working with it, Mirtazapine. It was explained to me to give these a go, but as with all antidepressants, it's not an overnight fix. Patience has never been my strong point but I was willing to try my best and see it through the initial 6-8 weeks.
Straight off, I gained the benefit of being able to sleep. Hallelujah! This was something I had really been struggling with. Without sleep everything else feels so much worse! On the flip-side I gained some strange and horrible side effects:
- Shaking hands,
- Increased appetite,
- Twitching eye,
- Afternoon napping.
Despite knowing I had the medication in my system and my building tolerance was lessening the side effects, I was still feeling low and having suicidal thoughts. I asked the nurse if we could change and try something else. Unfortunately it's the doctor I need to agree and change my prescription.
I'm now at week 11 and I'm stuck taking these meds. The doctor I was seeing changed jobs and I'm now waiting to see another doctor. I got a letter through with an appointment for the end of May, but then I received another letter postponing that appointment to June 6th!! I'm trying to muster patience, but it's running thin, very thin. By the time I'm seen it will be 16 weeks.
I understand it's just been bad timing with the doctor and the restraints on the NHS, but I just want to feel better. I suppose at least I'm on a countdown.
- Have you experienced issues with meds?
- What did you try?
- Any tips for holding on to patience?
Let me know.