quitting opiates cold turkey- on day 3 - Part 33

By smith9666 · Dec 2, 2014 · ·
  1. JD,

    What is your opinion on meds being prescribed for it? Obviously the last thing I want to consider but it's something that was discussed today and I told him I would do some thinking and see how I feel about it. Curious to hear your point of view on it.

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    BTW,
    I did get a good laugh. You guys should write a book! LOL or at least be on the show "untold stories of the ER" ;)

Comments

  1. Jungledog
    Smith,

    The treatment of choice is SSRIs. The trauma affects your HPA axis (do you see a theme here?). SSRIs do effectively treat insomnia, hyper arousal and even avoidance symptoms (which it sounds like are what you have the most). There are many people who are super opposed to SSRIs but I have seen them give patients their lives back. I took Lexapro the year I wrote my dissertation and I had a very positive experience with it. I also had NO issues weaning right off it. Sometimes I think I should go back on it to help recover from this opiate stuff.

    They also use anticonvulsant drugs like Tegretol and Topamax and mood stabilizers but I would really read up about those drugs before taking them as they have fairly significant side effects. SSRIs chief side effects are sexual side effects (suppresses desire) and weight gain. I had neither of these.

    Hope this helps.

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    By the way, we both have PTSD in the same way. We have what is called avoidant symptoms. We suppress and ignore the event. We don't allow people to ask us about it or talk about it. The way out is to talk about our feelings surrounding the event and time to just process it. It's hard.
  2. lostlygirl
    JD,

    How do SSRI's work differently compared to other classes of antidepressants such as Prozac?

    There are big chunks of my life I don't talk about either. I didn't realize this was a form of PTSD. I have never really considered the fact that I might have PTSD, it's never come up. Is it possible? Some of the symptoms are the same, including hellish nightmares.

    Smith, sorry to use your thread :) I was thinking if other people in the future were reading this then the thread would make more sense, rather than jumping over to mine.

    How are you doing? Do you feel you may need medications to help? I know we are all in a way anti drugs here, but used properly they are very helpful.

    One thing I really liked about opiates it's that they would help me concentrate. Without them I am a little scatterbrained and have far to many projects started that I don't finish...o well, there are worse things, lol!

    I hope both you gals have a great day at work. :)

    Hugs, xxoo
  3. Jungledog
    JG,

    Prozac is an SSRI. They work by raising serotonin levels. PTSD comes from any traumatic event. Yes, it is possible that being homeless and the stress of that gave you it.
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