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The anti-nausea drugs are awesome.

It's weird, but I didn't actually expect them to work, somehow--even though I know that the brain and the body are pretty much the same thing, for some reason it seemed alien that a loathing of food brought on by Bleak Despair(tm) could be stopped by mere anti-nausea drugs. As if you couldn't possibly treat a psychosomatic symptom without twidding with the brain.

But I sat down and devoured an entire French drip sandwich and fries and felt pretty okay about it. (Granted, I should probably go for the veggies rather than the starches, I know, but by that point, I was thinking "Anything I can look at without puking is a Good Thing.")

The anti-anxiety were interesting. I have this habit of having long, long conversations inside my head, which is great when I'm writing dialog or composing a blog entry, but terrible if I'm stressed, because I wind up having the same pointless one-sided arguments over and over again, and they only make me miserable. And this particular drug made it much easier to stop having them. I didn't feel any better, per se, I had no more energy or less misery, but at least I wasn't dredging up all the old hurts and yelling about them in the sounding chamber of my own skull. I'll definitely need more than that to get out of the hole, but the ability to choke off those arguments and say "No...no, this isn't productive..." was very nice.

Alas, I can take neither anti-nausea nor anti-anxiety while I need to drive, but at least I have an evening of  peace and hunger to look forward to.


I don't know about the particular drug you're taking, but a lot of anti anxiety/drepessants take a week or two to build up in your system before you start to see noticeable results.

Benzodiazepines (most things ending in -pam, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium, Xanax, etc.) will just smack your shit down cold if you're anxious. As long as you've got GABA(a) receptors that work? No waiting! ;)

SSRIs for depression and anxiety, yes, those do take a while to potentiate-- up to six weeks for some folks-- but they're not really a short-term solution.

Thankfully the drugs help. Heck--that's what they're there for. Well, that and selling the ones you don't use to middle-aged housewives looking for an escape.

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Works for me. I mean, I have these terribly annoying stomach cramps, and when I started taking anti-depressants, they faded significantly. However, this could be a relation of stomach discomfort to the level of stress. (Which increases dramatically with depression, of course)

I have this habit of having long, long conversations inside my head, which is great when I'm writing dialog or composing a blog entry, but terrible if I'm stressed, because I wind up having the same pointless one-sided arguments over and over again, and they only make me miserable. And this particular drug made it much easier to stop having them.

You, too? I tend to anticipate entire scenarios and conversations with other people or review past ones endlessly. Who knew there were drugs to help with that!

Me too! It makes boring security guard work more entertaining, and language practice gets fun (there's nothing like talking to yourself in two or three languages)

But yes. It does worsen anxiety by several orders of magnitude. And how.

Maaaan, I'm glad the meds are helping and you've gotten a bit of relief. I've been very worried since you noticed you've been dropping weight really fast.

I do the long, one-sided conversation thing, too. I've taught myself how to stem it to some extent, but it's far from perfect and knowing that meds can help alleviate that makes me that much less twitchy about seeing a doctor about my muddled brainmeats (yanno, like I've been meaning to do for a few years now).

More light at the end of the tunnel: in a few days or weeks, you may find yourself acclimating to the drugs' side effects so that you are able to drive etc.

Also, in situations like this, there's a lot to be said for comfort food. Forget healthy for a while, just eat what makes you feel good. Get back to healthy when your brain's settled down (just be sure you do get back to healthy eventually). And get some vigorous exercise in there. Not only will it help conteract the comfort food, it's great stress relief too.

some mood elevators take a while to be effective as the first comment stated, though mine, effexor, works straight out of the bottle for me. the first day i take 'em i'm out on the street waving to people, petting puppies and kissing babies. i actually have the opposite problem where i have to remind myself they're working an' keep up my regimen of stuff that's good for me to go along with them. kinda' a psychological tolerance thing.
i do wonder sometimes if delusions of grandeur are really just a way of keeping a handle on how our inner voices work for us. maybe we select mentally imperious roles in order to stay in charge of how things are going that way. i don't know if this'll help but i sometimes have to remind myself that all the opinions come from me and i need to be friendlier with myself as no one else can get in my head that i know of*. i also keep a council chamber in my head where i can throw around ideas in a positive atmosphere that speaks of me being both in charge but willing to face divergent viewpoints. kinda' a round table of the self.


*there are other ways of dealing with this. my therapist says that her schizophrenic clients who smoke pot do so, "because it makes the voices friendlier." (p.s. i added this just 'cause i know of your liking footnotes. ain't i sweet?)

Level of psychological tolerance, as you put it, can have an effect. So can other factors. For instance, when I first took Effexor, I was also immensely relieved at being diagnosed and at having something to help. It had a fairly immediate effect. However, it wore down a bit, until I was no longer in a haze of "I LOVE YOU ALL!" Also, I happen to have a doc who's BRILLIANT at guessing what dosages I'll need of things. (Yes, guessing. With psych drugs and such... you have to play with the dosage. You can't look at someone and go "Hey, you're utterly insane! That's 225 mg!")

However, I also take Seroquel, which does affect things. And lets me sleep. THUD, asleep. Bliss.

...And I've rambled. Ack! *hides behind a bush*

Phenagren is amazing stuff. I'm assuming that's what they gave you.

Oh, yes yes yes. I've never used anti-anxieties but that's exactly what antidepressants do for me: I get stuck in terrible spirals, and the meds let me break out of them. Hoorah!

Oh, how I love anti-nausea thingies. When I was throwing up (from Kidney Stones, supposedly, though Master and I are convinced that my pain was due to my UTI moving into my kidney, since it's starting to look like I form and pass stones all the time without noticing). The doctor gave me suppositories, so I wouldn't vomit them back up before they had a chance to work. I only have one left (I don't technically need them anymore, since I passed this stone, the next one is too small to do anything about yet, and the UTI is gone, but they're nice to have around) and I'm wondering if there's an OTC version that works as well.

I still have tons of vicodin left tho. WOO!

Hooray! Glad they worked for you. :)

Kind of like, as a friend on anti-anxiety medication put it, tossing a blanket over your brain's cage when it starts to flutter anxiously.

I find it interesting that you also get nauseated by stress/anxiety. I took some anxiety (psych) tests last year, and I found it really odd that none of the questions had to do with nausea. I have always gotten nauseated when really stressed, to the point of vomiting. I thought it was a rare thing.

I'm on Lexapro now, anti-anxiety/anti-depressant medication and honestly it's helped me tremendously. The whole conversation in the head thing- I used to be able to worry myself sick, constant "what-ifs' running through my head, crying, etc. The Lexapro has made it so that I literally can't beat myself with stuff- I think it through once, then set it aside.

Good to hear! A quieted mind and belly are wonderful things! Sorry about the books, but yes, Amazon heals. Here's to your continued improvement!

Doing affirmations is one way of handling crappy internal dialogs. At the least, if you do affirmations for an hour a day, that's only 23 hours a day you're doing the internal dialogs.

Glad you're doing better!