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Old 05-02-2018, 09:12 PM #21
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I will NEVER be off of meds, that is for certain. That said, you fix one thing and break another. So even though my meds keep me sane and functioning, there are some things that I could do without and I have to learn to live with or mitigate somehow. My life off of meds though would be unmanageable.
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Because itís harmful chemicals. Your brain and mind become dependent. It can cause your behavior to change in ways that are risky and deadly, or make you a zombie.

That being said I still take meds, and doubt I will ever be able to quit. Perhaps I need them however I canít say they have made my life better for sure. Tread carefully and make a journal of how you feel every day and look to lifestyle and diet changes, therapy, meditation, etc before going on meds.
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I've been on meds so long now, and on so many different ones, but I feel like they just don't really work. I still take them though, and I continue to see my pilldoc. I have quit Cymbalta twice cold turkey, which wasn't fun, and not advised, but that's the only med I've ever done that with. I have given up fighting the meds, even though I doubt their efficacy. I just do what my therapist and psychiatrist say to do. Oh....and I recently just had a genetic biomarker test done to see what classes of meds are compatible with my body. Haven't got the results yet. After 25 years of taking meds, I'm surprised this is the first time I've ever had this done, but maybe it will shed some light on things.
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I've been on meds so long now, and on so many different ones, but I feel like they just don't really work. I still take them though, and I continue to see my pilldoc. I have quit Cymbalta twice cold turkey, which wasn't fun, and not advised, but that's the only med I've ever done that with. I have given up fighting the meds, even though I doubt their efficacy. I just do what my therapist and psychiatrist say to do. Oh....and I recently just had a genetic biomarker test done to see what classes of meds are compatible with my body. Haven't got the results yet. After 25 years of taking meds, I'm surprised this is the first time I've ever had this done, but maybe it will shed some light on things.
Interesting - I didn't know that they could check your med compatibility via genetic markers. Do you know if it was an expensive test? Please let us know how it goes with respect to determining a new choice of meds.
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A lot of people have black and white thinking. It's easier to say "all meds are bad" than to figure out what does and does not work for a particular person. On the other hand some doctors want to medicate everything...because that's what they know how to do.

It doesn't really matter to me what other people think. I'll take medication that I think is helpful and I won't take ones that I think are harmful to me.
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Interesting - I didn't know that they could check your med compatibility via genetic markers. Do you know if it was an expensive test? Please let us know how it goes with respect to determining a new choice of meds.
I will....it cost around $150. The insurance I have doesn't cover it, so it's out of pocket. The p'doc swabbed my inside of my cheeks, then sends the swabs away. I'll get the results next week some time. There was another place that offered it too, but it was over $300. Supposedly the $150 test is just as good. I don't know, so I guess I'll just have to trust what they tell me.
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I will....it cost around $150. The insurance I have doesn't cover it, so it's out of pocket. The p'doc swabbed my inside of my cheeks, then sends the swabs away. I'll get the results next week some time. There was another place that offered it too, but it was over $300. Supposedly the $150 test is just as good. I don't know, so I guess I'll just have to trust what they tell me.
Yes, please let us know what your results are and what you think of the results. I've read (here on PC) that some people find the test helpful, others feel like it was a waste of money. I'm very curious as to how your test results turn out.
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I cannot answer why so many people are anti-medication, but I will not take them myself. I have taken meds a couple of times, decades ago, but never for more than 24 hours and frankly, I don't even remember what they were except one - elavil. I took one dose, never again. I think there were two others.

There are a couple of reasons for me. One, the way they made me feel was horrid - like I was wrapped in plastic wrap, and my brain turned to molasses. Second, I hate the message - you don't have the tools, nor the ability to acquire the tools, to live life successfully.

I'm not trying to sell anyone on my thinking, just answering the question the only way I can - by sharing my experience and perspective.
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I cannot answer why so many people are anti-medication, but I will not take them myself. I have taken meds a couple of times, decades ago, but never for more than 24 hours and frankly, I don't even remember what they were except one - elavil. I took one dose, never again. I think there were two others.

There are a couple of reasons for me. One, the way they made me feel was horrid - like I was wrapped in plastic wrap, and my brain turned to molasses. Second, I hate the message - you don't have the tools, nor the ability to acquire the tools, to live life successfully.

I'm not trying to sell anyone on my thinking, just answering the question the only way I can - by sharing my experience and perspective.
I appreciate that you've shared your perspective. May I ask what your diagnosis is and how you cope without medication? Has therapy helped you? I've always been on meds (I mean, since I was 24, 30 years ago), but as I've gotten older I'm more curious about how people cope without meds.
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In my opinion, I am very pro medication. I would not be alive today if it were not for Lexapro, Cymbalta, Ativan and Celexa. Those are the big four I have been on over the years.

I think a lot of people who are anti medication have either never been on medication before and are influenced heavily by the media and everyone elses opinion that they are convinced that meds are bad or are dangerous. I agree that any medication can be dangerous if used improperly, however, they are developed to help us. There is also a big stigma towards mental health in general. I spent most of my teenage years in a deep depression and nothing was done about it because my parents (mostly my father) did not believe in "psychiatrists" and "antidepressants" because if you were depressed, it was something you just "got over and worked through it" When I was 19-20 I had my own health insurance and I finally (after almost a year of trying to persuade myself mentally) went to my primary care doc and got on Lexapro (this is back when it was brand new and still brand name) it made a tremendous impact on my life.

I think that a lot of doctors/nurse practitioners/psychiatrists/mental health med providers etc. nowadays are very anti medication. The federal government and the FDA has gotten so strict and is heavily regulating what they can and cannot prescribe and who they can and cannot prescribe it to. They are terrified to prescribe any narcotics/benzos and will only give you enough for a few days if they do give you any. I have been in the ER for psych issues as well as been in both inpatient and outpatient therapy programs. The ER docs where I live are a joke, they will not give any Ativan or Xanax, only allowing Vistaril or Atarax to be given which is nothing but over the counter Benadryl. The inpatient program was run by a psychiatrist that actually knew what he was doing and he actually set me up on the meds that I am on today. The outpatient program at the same hospital got sued because they were taking people who had been on benzos and antipsychotics for years and years and ripping them out of them and slamming them into some stupid generics.

I have worked for years and years to get where I am today. I have been through numerous doctors and mental health clinics. I have even walked out of the middle of an appointment with an embarrassing excuse for a Nurse Practitioner because she didnt want to listen and kept making excuses and passing the buck to other doctors, blaming my symptoms on physiological things that weren't there, despite test after test from my primary care doctor. I am fortunate that I have a very good primary care doctor who I get along with very well and I have been visiting for over ten years now.
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