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23 March 2006 @ 08:46 pm
I went and did some research on drugs used to treat RLS. It looks like there are other options for me to try, and that my prior experience with Requip is common. And that Klonopin is sometimes used to mask RLS symptoms, but it doesn't fix them. I think I may be able to get off Klonopin entirely and onto an RLS drug. And possibly move from Paxil to another SSRI. So far I've gone through Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, and Paxil. What should I try next? Celexa? Cymbalta? What were the problems some of y'all had with Welbutrin? I'm steering clear of Effexor, given what happens when you go off it.

Oooh, I want to be awake and energetic and do things. I wish I could do that RIGHT NOW and not have to taper off the benzo. But from what I hear, stopping it outright is a Bad Thing.

And now, to bed. In 3 hours or so, I may actually fall asleep. *jerktwitch*
I can hear: Peter Murphy, "Marlene Dietrich's Favorite Poem
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on March 23rd, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
well, in my case the wellbutrin jacked up my anxiety and i didn't sleep for two weeks, but most of the people i know who've been on it found it helped with the anxiety, so it might be worth trying. i'm apparently an odd bird when it comes to sensitivity to any kind of upper, even in the case of antidepressants (prozac did the same thing to me).

i'm glad you found this stuff out! good luck!
Elle: Dorian Greytheletterelle on March 24th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
Oooh. Prozac exhausted me. I was sleepy all the time. So maybe Wellbutrin might work for me? I wonder.
Jer: Happy Dogs (from silverweaver)lugonn on March 23rd, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
I was listening to NPR earlier in the week and they were discussing depression therapy. Apparently a new study was trying to categorize the "best" medicine. Not shockingly, there is no best medicine. Some people respond to drug A. Some respond to drug B. Some respond to drug C, but only when combined with drug D. You get the idea.

Anyway, the main message seemed to be that you might need to go through numerous drugs at numerous dosages, then try different combinations of drugs, before you find something that works. Then, after a while, it might stop working, and then you get to try again.

It sounded pretty sucky in some ways, but at least it offered some hope that just because Wonder Drug A doesn't work for you doesn't mean nothing will.

Here's the story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5295394
Jerlugonn on March 23rd, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Ooo. I just heard on the radio that tomorrow on NPR's "Talk of the Nation: Science Friday", they are doing a segment on that new depression study I just mentioned.

Elle: Destroy!theletterelle on March 24th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! I'm finding that out with a lot of meds. I had figured, before last year's breakdown, that I would just stay on one forever. But now I'm realizing that they just stop working, and you move on to the next one. Okay. Now I know. :) The big problem is finding a drug that doesn't increase the RLS, because SSRIs and MAOIs tend to do that. Very frustrating, especially because RLS and depression/anxiety tend to go together.
i_aldarion on March 24th, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
what happens when you go off of effexor?