Archive for 2005

New address!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

As of yesterday, JoBlog is now available at www.joanslow.com (my name, for those of you who found this without knowing me!). Hopefully this will be much more memorable, and will encourage you all to visit! Please update bookmarks etc, because although the old address will continue working for a while, it will stop at some […]

Self Reflection

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

When I first became depressed, I took pains to hide my feelings from everyone, including my family and close friends, not out of shame, but because I didn’t want to worry them. Then, when I was finally diagnosed with depression, the number of negative responses I got meant that I tried to keep it quiet […]

Blood test

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

My first blood test on Lithium came back ok. My blood lithium level was 0.35 (when 0.5-1.0 is where we’re aiming for), and we checked everything else, like thyroid and kidney function, which were also fine. So now I’m up to 600mg daliy, before my next blood test on Thursday. This could get boring very […]

Lithium Augmentation

Monday, October 24th, 2005

After deciding that Duloxetine was not providing me with very much theraputic effect at all, we’ve added Lithium to the mix, in an attempt to augment the action of an antidepressant. Since the side effects of Duloxetine were not too bad, we’ve stuck with it. I’m on a starting dose of 400mg Priadel (the brandname […]

Duloxetine Update

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Duloxetine seems like quite a goood drug in general. The side effects are not too bad; I’ve had mild constipation, dizziness on standing, and occasional nausea. Another thing worth noting is that it does affect people’s sleep patterns – I need to take it in the morning to prevent it making me an insomniac. The […]

Duloxetine (Cymbalta)

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

This blog is rapidly turning into a list of antidepressant medications, with a new one every six weeks or so. Today I started a new course of medication, Duloxetine. It’s a fairly new drug (only having been licensed in the UK 9 months ago), but it’s been around in the US for longer. The side […]

Carbamazepine

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Not the wonder drug I was hoping for. Headaches, tiredness, slight constipation and feeling sick are not the best side effects in the world, and as of yet, it’s not been helping my mood. My consultant has recommended I give it another 2 weeks to make sure that no benefits can be achieved from it, […]