Changing meds

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Helen1960

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So. My brother (who has money) has said he will pay for me to see a psychiatrist. I saw one for a number of years but that was ages ago.

To get to see one on the NHS would be very unlikely. I am lucky that I can get out. The problem is i don't want to be at home until about 4 or 5. even when my husband is around. I am exhausted lately. The anxiety is getting lots worse.

I have been on the same AD , venlafaxine, for17 years. I take propanolol. I take lamotrogine. I take pregabalin, which stopped working 2 months ago.

These last two months have been so tough.

I just hope the psychiatrist knows what s/he's doing.

I think there are many lovely people on here who live a much harder life than me. I'm sorry for moaning.
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I really hope you find the right meds for you. I suffered for a decade due to psychiatrists who put me on meds, including high doses of antipsychotics, that did a lot more harm than good. But now I'm on escitalopram, lithium and a low dose of abilify and I feel better than ever.
 
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Hi skynet

For years the drugs I was on were right for me. A couple of years ago I began to feel worse which has continued. I really feel it's time for a change.

I live in Britain. Not sure where you are. Private psychiatrists are not usual here. I've got it in my head they'll cheat me. Crazy I suppose.

I'm pleased you're on the right meds now.
What do they diagnose you as?
 
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I live in India but spent a good chunk of the last decade in Canada. I must say I'm a little disappointed with the Canadian psychiatric system, especially their low frequency of visits. A consultation with a good private psychiatrist in India probably costs a small fraction of what it would in Britain but I don't have insurance as I'm unemployed. Regardless, I presently meet my Indian psychiatrist once a month and she finally managed to "fix" me with her new meds. My diagnosis is bipolar disorder with occasional episodes of psychosis and OCD.
 
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You must feel so relieved to get the right meds.

I am lucky having someone to pay. I very much hope whoever I get is competent. I have to get my records passed on to the place.
 
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Hi Helen, I'm also on venlafaxine and pregabalin, what dosage are you on? If you don't mind me asking
 
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Hi soulsearcher

I take 225mg velafaxine. And 600mg of pregabalin.

My pregabalin was put up from 300mg. Just over a month ago. When I was put on it at first it worked great. Then after 7. Months it stopped. This increase doesn't seem to work.
 
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Hi soulsearcher

I take 225mg velafaxine. And 600mg of pregabalin.

My pregabalin was put up from 300mg. Just over a month ago. When I was put on it at first it worked great. Then after 7. Months it stopped. This increase doesn't seem to work.
I'm on the same, 225mg for velafaxine and 600mg pregabalin

600mg is the highest dosage you can have for pregabalin

Sorry to hear that the increase hasn't helped,
You tried anything else apart from meds?
Like psychology etc
 
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Yes. I've had lots of counselling which has helped a lot. I think it's probably time to come off velafaxine. Been on it 17 years.

Do you keep well on the whole?
 
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Yes. I've had lots of counselling which has helped a lot. I think it's probably time to come off velafaxine. Been on it 17 years.

Do you keep well on the whole?
That's good that counselling has helped

17 years is a long time

Not really I have physical illnesses too