Archive for the 'Depression' Category

More drug changes (there’s a surprise!)

Monday, October 9th, 2006

So the happiness lasted about 4 weeks, and now I’m back to the old familiar feeling of hating life, and struggling to cope. The current drug changes are to increase the dose of clomipramine, as much as my body will tollerate. I’m currently on 40 mg daily, and the main side effects are a hand […]

Drugs, as ever

Monday, July 24th, 2006

I am currently taking 1g Lithium, 25mg clomipramine and 2.5mg olanzepine. Olanzepine is an atypical anti-psychotic, which has antidepressant properties at low doses. So far, it’s given me a very dry mouth. The clomipramine has been increased from 20mg, and the headrushes are worse, and it’s making me more tired (the olanzepine can also do […]

Clomipramine

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Flupenthixol has been discontinued, as any intial effect has not continued. I am starting 10mg daily of Clomipramine in addition to the Lithium and Edronax I currently take. 10mg is a very low dose, which is necessary due to drug interactions. Also, I reacted badly to Imipramine, which made me feel terrible for the few […]

Reduced dose

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

I’ve been on the lower dose (0.5mg) of flupenthixol for about a week now, and thankfully the blurred vision has all but cleared up. I would certainly be able to drive, which is nice. We’re not sure how much good it’s doing me though – I’ve had a hellish few days. It’ll be partly to […]

Blurred Vision

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

Blurred vision seems to be the major side effect for flupenthixol, at least for me. My consultant assures me that it’s normal, and is caused by the drug affecting the muscles which control the lens. Hopefully it will improve as I get used to the drug. If not, we’re going to try a reduced dose, […]

Flupenthixol

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

From tomorrow, I will be taking 3 medications aimed at my depression. 1000mg Lithium, 4mg Edronax and 1mg Flupenthixol each day. The pharmacy I use didn’t give me a patient information leaflet with the flupenthixol, so I’m not that sure what to expect, except that it can definately make you very tired. 1mg is a […]

Headaches and Hamsters

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Edronax plus Lithium is not a friendly combination. They combine to give you much worse side effects than the two taken separately. Most of them I can cope with, but not with the daily headaches, which don’t respond to paracetamol. And no, I can’t try ibuprofen, as Lithium prevents you taking any non-steroidal anti-inflamatory pain […]