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PostSubject: Bad Medicine   Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:14 am

You know, I got off the drugs, so that the Doctor's would help me...and what did they do?

Ironic, don't you think?

Anyways...one of them caused me terrible hallucinations
I'm okay now, but they put me on 'another drug'

I'm sick of this...really!
But, what else can I do?

Without the medicine, I could not function
With the medicine, I have other troubles...with their side-effects

It's a 'catch 22' Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Medicine   Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:16 am

I don't know what kind of drugs they put you on or what the side effects are, but my experience, for myself, is that I was diagnosed with major depression in 1991, the last time, and this time, have had to be on medication ever since.

For me, I have to take the medication.

It comes with some side effects that I don't like, and as much as possible, have learned to mitigate those side effects...how to live with them.

Don't know about your medication, either, but some of my side effects were what they called transitory side effects...they would diminish, with time.

What I did was to talk with the persons who prescribed the medications for me, in order to learn how to live with the side effects.

Figure you have probably already done this.

For me, too, I was concerned about taking drugs. they finally got it through my head that my body/brain just does not produce the chemicals needed.

It's biochemical, for me.

What I still do is work my program, learn what I can do in order to live a little better, from day to day, and apply it.

Sometimes, stuff doesn't work, now. Sometimes, it does. Sometimes it works, at a later time. Sometimes, not at all.

Yes it is sort of ironic...I agree.

Perhaps we both self-medicated at times, when we were using or drinking...we knew something was wrong, but didn't know what.

Above anything, for me, I really do love life, and I really did want to live.

Sometimes, that was only a tiny flame. Sometimes, it burns pretty bright.

Hoping that this medication works better, somehow, and that you learn to go through the maze, somehow.

Know it can be frustrating, just for what I went through.

I found encouragement in know that, for example, a person with schizophrenia can learn to distinguish which voices are real, and which are not...seems there is always hope.

Just all I have to share.

Hope something is helpful or encouraging.



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PostSubject: Re: Bad Medicine   Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:32 pm

I don't really know what to tell you tigs... you didn't put out much information... as for me, i take 45 mg. of remeron every night for major depression... i have been on every drug known to the universe, and the remeron seems to help... i can't say that for sure, but i do know i don't want to die today, and tomorrow looks promising... i don't worry anymore about what others think of me and my program, i used to worry myself sick about it... i've took lithium, elavil, prozac, zoloft, and many controlled drugs, (benzo's) cause they were prescribed, and always felt guilty for some unknown damn reason... i suppose i just had to get to a point where what you thought didn't matter a flying fuck... i don't mean any disrespect, i just know for me, whatever it takes to live, i will do today... have a Merry Christmas.

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PostSubject: Re: Bad Medicine   Sat Dec 18, 2010 5:45 am

I think I know where you're coming from, Tigs. I am currently on a handful of daily medications, and some of them do have some minor side effects. I see my doctor regularly, and he assures me that my regimen is needed for my conditions, and he would never give me anything I would become addicted to. I hate taking the drugs, hate feeling dependent on them, but I need to live, so I have learned to put up with the side effects until a better solution to my health problems comes along.
It also helps to know that I am not the only recovering person that feels this way. One young man that I sponsor recently asked if he should stop taking his antabuse. I asked if he was feeling some side effects, and he said "no, I just don't like being dependent on another drug". I told him that in my my early recovery, I stayed on my doctor prescribed antabuse for well over two years, until I was sure enough of myself to be able to trust myself to not take that first drink. In my friend's case, I think he is just planning a drunk, and was looking for my permission, as he's mentioned going off drinking a few times.
hope this helps somehow.
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PostSubject: Re: Bad Medicine   Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:30 pm

Hi Everyone , I too have been on all kinds of medicines and like others have discussed I've ran the gammit with them
My antabuse history I stayed on it close to 6 mos at the half way house I was once in.
They let me off of it after 6 mos because at that time for me antabuse was actually causing problems with my body some how I dont remember all the specifics
Depression meds Ive been on all the one Alfee mentioned
They put me on lithium at one point and I think it just ran its course til it wasnt helping and Ive learned going off meds cold turkey is the same thing as me trying to self -medicate or doing what someone else does still ends up me self-medicating.

The strongest thing I take today is Tramadol w/acetaminophen and thats only when severe pain hits and until recently it wasn't very much in the last year.

I will never tell anyone to stop or start meds I am not a doctor and do not have a degree medicines arent a cure all they only help the rest has to do with having a program and what you are willing to do within the confines of your relationship with you and your doctor (s) anything else cold be trying to hand someone a death sentence and its been done before in meetings.

This also goes back to not discussing your meds with just anyone your sponsor great or a closed mouth friend.
I learned this the hard way too.

I wish I could suggest something but like Sam said on some medications the side affects eventually go away and some you may choose not to deal with but again this means going back to the doctor so you dont kill or hurt yourself trying to get off something.

Merry Christmas

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