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Which Psychiatric medications do you have the worst experience with?

Which Psychiatric medications do you have the worst experience with?

  • Antipsychotics

    Votes: 10 83.3%
  • Antidepressants

    Votes: 4 33.3%
  • Mood Stabilzers

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Depressants

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Stimulants

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Off-label medications

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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Affective

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I personally hate antidepressants.
 
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Apotheosis

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Stelazine, largactil & acuphase were bad - & there was another one that they gave me in hospital one time - a large yellow tablet - God knows what it was? I took it for around a week; & then had some kind of fit or seizure.
 
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coraline1664

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I think the poll will be a bit confused because a good percentage of people will only have experience of one of those types. Personally though I have taken anti psychotics and anti depressants and the anti psychotic side effects were a lot more frightening.
 
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I think the poll will be a bit confused because a good percentage of people will only have experience of one of those types. Personally though I have taken anti psychotics and anti depressants and the anti psychotic side effects were a lot more frightening.
Okay, I'll simplify it :)

Antipsychotics - Drugs such as Haldol and Zyprexa, used to treat Psychosis, which is found in disorders such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.

Antidepressants - Drugs such as Prozac and Effexor, used to treat depression.

Mood Stabilizers - Drugs such as Lithium and Carbagen, used to stabilize severe mood swings. Used to treat mood affective disorders.

Depressants - Drugs such as Benzodiazepines, used to treat anxiety and off-label off use of insomnia.

Stimulants - Drugs such as Ritalin. Used to treat mental health issues such as ADHD.

Off-label drugs - Some drugs that aren't manufactured necessarily for mental health problems, but can help control symptoms. Drugs such as Preglabin/Lyrica.
 
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*Sapphire*

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anti-psychotics - chlorpromazine made me itch and sun burn bad, Olanzapine ended up making me binge (inflaming my ED), Quetiapine is defo going on my advanced directive to NEVER have again. I was on the lowest dose they give to the elderly I was bumping into everything, speech slurred, jaw moving of its own accord, randomly falling asleep my GP took me off it straight away.

Never again.

Oh and I have to add, I don't suffer and never have suffered with psychosis???!!
 
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anti-psychotics - chlorpromazine made me itch and sun burn bad, Olanzapine ended up making me binge (inflaming my ED), Quetiapine is defo going on my advanced directive to NEVER have again. I was on the lowest dose they give to the elderly I was bumping into everything, speech slurred, jaw moving of its own accord, randomly falling asleep my GP took me off it straight away.

Never again.

Oh and I have to add, I don't suffer and never have suffered with psychosis???!!
Really!? Why were you prescribed Antipsychotics? Was it for off-label use of depression?
 
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Chlorpromazine for my eating disorder (so they say, I was in hospital for a year and I don't remember it very much, apparently I was out for the count most of the time, more likely they wanted a quiet patient).

Olanzapine for an eating disorder.

Quetiapine for insomnia.

I'm sure they use them for EDs because they make you gain weight and dope you out so you can't fight back.
 
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Chlorpromazine for my eating disorder (so they say, I was in hospital for a year and I don't remember it very much, apparently I was out for the count most of the time, more likely they wanted a quiet patient).

Olanzapine for an eating disorder.

Quetiapine for insomnia.

I'm sure they use them for EDs because they make you gain weight and dope you out so you can't fight back.
Oh right. Well from what I remember, when I was on Olanzapine and Seroquel I was very hungry, all the time. In the USA, my uncle was prescribed Olanzapine for depression!
 
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coraline1664

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Okay, I'll simplify it :)

Antipsychotics - Drugs such as Haldol and Zyprexa, used to treat Psychosis, which is found in disorders such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.

Antidepressants - Drugs such as Prozac and Effexor, used to treat depression.

Mood Stabilizers - Drugs such as Lithium and Carbagen, used to stabilize severe mood swings. Used to treat mood affective disorders.

Depressants - Drugs such as Benzodiazepines, used to treat anxiety and off-label off use of insomnia.

Stimulants - Drugs such as Ritalin. Used to treat mental health issues such as ADHD.

Off-label drugs - Some drugs that aren't manufactured necessarily for mental health problems, but can help control symptoms. Drugs such as Preglabin/Lyrica.
Sorry you misunderstood me, I meant that a lot of people won't have had more than one type of medication so they won't be able to say which one they found the worst. But I've realised now that the simple answer is that you wouldn't take the poll! Bit dozy today sorry :oops:
 
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Sorry you misunderstood me, I meant that a lot of people won't have had more than one type of medication so they won't be able to say which one they found the worst. But I've realised now that the simple answer is that you wouldn't take the poll! Bit dozy today sorry :oops:
Same here lol. My head's not with it either. Well on the bright side, if anyone is going to try medication, least they have the basic information there. :)
 
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coraline1664

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anti-psychotics - chlorpromazine made me itch and sun burn bad, Olanzapine ended up making me binge (inflaming my ED), Quetiapine is defo going on my advanced directive to NEVER have again. I was on the lowest dose they give to the elderly I was bumping into everything, speech slurred, jaw moving of its own accord, randomly falling asleep my GP took me off it straight away.

Never again.

Oh and I have to add, I don't suffer and never have suffered with psychosis???!!
I have been on a lot of anti psychotics too and have never been diagnosed with psychosis.
I described to the doctor what were definitely symptoms of depression and anxiety, I wasn't seeing or hearing anything, or experiencing actual delusions. I was just very neurotic and had distorted thoughts including depersonalisation through my constant scrutiny of how I looked (anxiety).
 
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Same here lol. My head's not with it either. Well on the bright side, if anyone is going to try medication, least they have the basic information there. :)
Yes thanks for putting it up there, it's good to have that sort of information about on the forum! :)
 
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In the past few weeks I have just come off Effexor. I have felt so angry, irritated and aggressive . I have found myself biting, scratching and hitting myself and objects. Then they have the arrogance to tell me that, 'they're helping me'.
 
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What dose of effexor?? I want to come off too, still I guess we all have different experiences
 
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The worst ever for side effects were, Tryptizol, Stelazine and most of all Amytriptaline.
I have to be careful in the sun with Carbamazipine and Chlorpromazine.
There have been others but I was in too much of a daze to remember them!

meteos.
 
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coraline1664

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Respiradone reacted very badly with me, I had to come off it within days as I could hardly speak or move with this horrible sickness and I was asleep all the time.
Olanzapine made me put on about 3 stone, I suffered from a horrible akathesia, dry mouth, urinary retention, sedation and couldn't concentrate on a thing.
Aripiprazole made my eyes roll into the back of my head, I couldn't look straight ahead they'd be forced upwards and then go right behind. I was on this when I came out of hospital and it was happening to me when I was alone in the town centre.

Antipsychotics are horrible things, of course they have benefits for some people but they are so strong and frightening to be on that I was suicidal from being on them.
 
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coraline1664

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Yes thank you, I'm not on medication anymore I haven't been for almost a year, having a very hard time at the moment but no more side effects!
 
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Yes thank you, I'm not on medication anymore I haven't been for almost a year, having a very hard time at the moment but no more side effects!
I am now in a very good mood since I have come off my Antipsychotic, Moodstabilizer and Antidepressant. I have found rationalizing with my thoughts and other techniques is more useful to me rather than numbing my emotions with drugs.
 
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I find the same when I am in the right state of mind, the thing with drugs is that as soon as you come off them, the problems of course come back. I had an anti depressant which induced mania and everyone thought I was well again just because I seemed happy and was very talkative even though I couldn't control myself. I did so many things I regretted whilst manic as well.
Working on my mind in the way you describe is the only option I feel I have left. I feel like I have to do it on my own too.
 
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