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Unread 12-02-2004, 08:06 AM
A bit discouraged.....

Hello Ladies,
Well I feel good, slept like a baby last night, first time in a long time. I am trying what some of you suggested, taking less and less of sleeping aids. Tonite I try solo!!

My issue today is I have done two weeks of Effexor. One of the side effects of the anti depressants I get are breathing difficulties, i think it is allergic asthma. I see my doctor today at 3:30. I have noticed my yawns getting deeper and deeper, andd this morning, catching my breath seems to be more difficult then it was yesterday. Soooo, I know that the choice may be to take me off the pills. However how do you weigh out the benefits vs the side effects. I feel emotionally really good, happy, ready to face life. However if I stay on, some morning, will it be possible I wont wake up? That would really suck if I am feeling so good. If I take benedryl will it help? I am just terrified my doctor will take me off and I will crash and burn again....Overall health is more important that mental health apparently....

Any words of support or wisdom would be so greatly appreciated right now. I am afraid of the future today, and just dont know what i need or want.....

Hugs Ladies
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Unread 12-02-2004, 08:15 AM
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I am sorry that you are having problems with the side effects of the meds. Maybe he could cut down the dose or try you on a different med?
I would hope he wouldn't just take you off cold turkey and let you crash and burn as you put it.
You are right, physical health is more important than mental at this point, but hopefully he can find a happy medium. Do you have trouble with asthma normally? As I recall , alot of meds can not be taken if you have asthma or at least must be monitored.
I will be praying for you at 3:30 today and hope that he can do something for you.

Unread 12-02-2004, 08:16 AM
Yawns getting deeper!

I am not a doctor but I do play one for my family. LOL I do know for a fact that deep yawns indicate a lack of oxigen (sic) and if I were having trouble breathing that would be a big concern. I am thinking of you and praying that your doctor finds something else to help you. Not waking up in the morning would a real bummer considering all you have been through *and survived*

Good luck today, you are in my prayers


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Unread 12-02-2004, 08:24 AM
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Hi Ladies,
Marian, the funniest thing happened to me. I quit smoking back in 1998ish.....About three months after I quit, I started having these huge deep yawns, could not figure out why. My doctor at the time told me I had acquired an asthma. Her explanation was that now that my lungs were clear, things could get in there and they were so sensitive that these particles would bother me. When I went on Prozac I had the same issues with breathing. Dr pulled me off right away, and told me the withdrawals would not be as bad as pulling me off slowly.

I am taking 75mg and maybe need to stick with 37.5 which is what I started with. At two weeks, I dont see withdrawals being a huge issue. I am sincerely hoping he will allow me another month or so before pulling me off. If I have to go in every day, I dont care. I feel so good, it is hard to think of. And panicking is making it worse today. I do not want to go back to feeling so down....If I cant take this one, I wont ever be able to take anything again. This was a last chance effort on my Drs part. He was not comfortable with giving it to me, and I am so afraid he will not give me a prescription for them....I have not felt this young, or happy in years...I dont want to give it up.....Not yet....I want to enjoy my life and not regret it every day...If it means only living happily for another year, I would willingly do it in a heart beat.....

Unread 12-02-2004, 08:29 AM
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Hey Kat,
sending you hugs

Sorry to hear you're discouraged because you have been such a encouragement and blessing to so many others.

With many anti depressants one needs to be weaned slowly off them. Look up yours on the net and see what it says about coming off the drug.

In my book overall health means mentelly as well! It amaze me how much of our health is dependant on how we view life.

Tell your doctor that you want a healthy mind and body!! Also tell him that you are afraid of crashing and burning. He needs to know so he/she can help you better.

If you can make it through a hysterectomy you can make it through any thing!! your life will be even brighter then you can believe. Hang in there
Unread 12-02-2004, 08:29 AM
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Talking about your smoking etc...doesnt that just beat all. You quit to help your health and then you get asthma...it just isn't right..man.
I wanted to ask you how you felt on the 37.5mg as far as your emotions, feeling good, etc.
If you felt good then, then I would ask him to put you back on that dose if he can.
Gosh, doesn't seem like an easy answer here does it. Hmmm <----putting on thinking cap. Will let you know if I come up with anything.
Unread 12-02-2004, 08:46 AM
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Tried to PM you but your mailbox is full!! Everyone love Marian....

Hi Marian,
Thanks so much...I really hope your brain can come up with something....No the asthma thing was a real bummer. No issues now tho as I am happily smoking again, for the past year....hehe

It takes a build up of the drug to make me start having issues. Prozac took about three weeks to make me start feeling like crap. So I cant really say if the lower dose will help but I think it is what I am going to request. If he wont help me, then someone will....I wish my psychiatrist was a good doctor, cuz then I would get some help. I am hoping he will tell me to take maybe some kind of strong antihistamine that wont interfere with the Effexor. It is only 4-6 months. I am willing to continue on with this and hopefully, if not my doctor, someone out there will be able to help. I would rather be yawning and having breathing issues than feeling so down and out....I took an ativan just now cuz I am feeling so stressed over this. i really hope my doctor has an easy answer today....It should be an interesting time fighting with him over this!! lol

I am off to do some internet snooping to see if I can come up with any and all ammo.....I will be around for awhile....let me know what you come up with....I have about 7 hours....

Hugs Kat

PS could this panicy feeling be a severe reaction to it?? I really hope not......ugh, I hate this crap!
Unread 12-02-2004, 08:53 AM
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I'm not sure about this, but I think some anti depressants can cause deep yawning and sighing. (seriously!) So it may not be a serious breathing problem. Have you read the product insert to see if this is a noted side effect? Of course, only your doc can tell you for sure.
Unread 12-02-2004, 12:34 PM
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Hi Ladies,
Called the dr office and talked to my fave nurse. She told me to stop worrying and that my dr will be able to figure something out. She knew this was bothering me cuz of course i started bawling on the phone. I really am upset about the thought of going off these pills. I am feeling a bit better now. Still having a bit of panic but I think I need to stress to him that I need these pills, and we have to work around them. Somehow. It will ultimately be in his hands but I have come so far so fast on them. My hubby of course is being all supportive and tellin me to get the $$$$ off them. Yeah, whatever. He does not think I need them, but had to admit he saw a good difference in me. I know he worries and this is scary stuff. He does not want me to not wake up some day. We will just deal with life as it comes. Worse case scenario, I cannot take them and go back to the way I was.

I can do this, I can be better. If they can fix so many things, they can fix a minor allergy to them. I know there has to be a way.

I will update when i get home from the dr. Everyone keep your fingers crossed, say a prayer, what ever it takes to help me get the best outcome for me.....

Hugs and thanks
Unread 12-02-2004, 12:35 PM
A bit discouraged.....

Oh, you know I will be crossing fingers, legs, arms, hairs, whatever! I will also be praying for ya girl. let us know what he said!

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