Slight medication change today
After explaining to my psychiatrist that I’m still suffering from rather bad depression and anxiety, we decided to try Effexor (XR) and drop my Vistaril Rx.
Effexor is a SNRI – it’s not a mood stabilizer, but it’s used to treat both depression and anxiety. Since I’m already taking a mood stabilizer (Lamotrigine), it should be somewhat safe to take this without it pushing me into a manic episode.
We’ll see how this goes. I have high hopes, since I’ve heard good things about it from other people with bipolar disorder.
So far I seem to have a little more energy and my mood may have lifted just slightly.
The only side effects I have are sometimes dry mouth, and I’m having somewhat frequent yawning that also causes some kind of tingly feeling throughout my body. But I can deal with that.
Just upped my dose to 75mg, which still isn’t a lot. But I feel pretty good right now! Hopefully it stays this wait for a while, or gets even better. (We started at a small dose because my psych was afraid of me becoming manic.)