Quitting Oxycodone with Loperamide- My story begins... - Part 157

By Jungledog · Dec 21, 2014 · ·
  1. Beach and LG,

    Treating depression is tricky. There really is a genetic component to the disease as well as the treatment. Everyone reacts differently to the drugs and it can be super frustrating to treat people in the beginning. I gave a young woman Celexa which is the cousin drug to Lexapro (very similar drug with far less cost) and it just killed her sex drive. She showed up at my office without an appointment to see me in tears because her spouse was threatening to leave due to no sex. Poor thing was being turned away by my idiot MAs because she had no appointment and I happened to over hear the discussion. I pulled her onto a room and changed her to a tricyclic antidepressant which is kinda old school. But most people who get sexual side effects on one SSRI tend to get them with the other ones too.

    Provigil is a stimulant. In my case, I would not want to use it due to my AI. Honestly, I see my PCP tomorrow to have lunch and get my labs done. I am considering switching to my Lexapro. Cymbalta for many causes fatigue for a week and then it lifts and energy returns. For others, the fatigue worsens. I have no time for this shit. I really do think much of my tiredness is depression. If I can lift it, the fatigue will lessen.

    Cookie making went well. We made a lot of cookies!!! Probably 15-18 dozen or so of all different types. Plus cupcakes. My kids wrap them into chinese food containers with candy canes and chocolate to give to friends as presents. My son has already been out to distribute them. My parents came to help. It was a fun day with my family. Low stress, lots of laughter. I felt worlds better from yesterday. And despite the tiredness I feel the Cymbalta lifting my mood...something that took about 2 weeks on Lexapro instead of 2 days which is pretty cool. Plus kills my appetite. I need to lose weight!!! Lexapro made me gain. Decisions, decisions.

    Hope you are all doing well. Love to you. :)


  1. BeachWalk
    Hi LG - I have had some success w/modafinil but not as a steady diet. It has done a lot for my opiate fatigue and depression. It was amazing the amount of things I got done in one day that I had been putting off for months. I am tired all the time. Honestly, it could be my depression or opiates but I guess I'll find out when I do my detox after the holidays. I would say it is worth a try at a low dose. It almost felt like it was boosting the effect of my Lexapro in a really good way.

    JD - I don't know what AI is and I've been wracking my brain. Adrenal something?? Yes, I do agree that everyone reacts differently to anti-depressants. It's funny, I tried Celexa and it did nothing but it's cousin Lexapro helped a lot. Just an FYI on the sex drive suppression. For me, that side effect went away after a few months on the drug so there is hope. Don't you love how people's husbands threaten to leave over no sex but the men can always take Viagra. What the heck do women get? Nothing. I have seen this complaint on other Drug boards about no sex drive with certain drugs. Get creative people. And husbands please have some patience and empathy for your wives.

    I am thrilled that Cymbalta is helping already. Yay. The cookies in the Chinese take out boxes sound really cute. By the way I have gained about 20 pounds since taking these damn opiates over the past 4 years. I know this because I have not changed my diet and I exercise every day. Yes, I'm menopausal (TMI) but seriously this is ridiculous. Have you heard of people gaining weight on opiates or is it just me getting older? Or both?
  2. marathonmel7
    "Not Afraid"

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    To take a stand (to take a stand)
    Everybody (everybody)
    Come take my hand (come take my hand)
    We'll walk this road together, through the storm
    Whatever weather, cold or warm
    Just letting you know that you're not alone
    Holler if you feel like you've been down the same road (same road)

    [Intro (during Chorus):]
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    I guess I had to, go to that place, to get to this one
    Now some of you, might still be in that place
    If you're trying to get out, just follow me
    I'll get you there

    You can try and read my lyrics off of this paper before I lay 'em
    But you won't take the sting out these words before I say 'em
    Cause ain't no way I'ma let you stop me from causing mayhem
    When I say I'ma do something I do it,
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    And all those who look down on me I'm tearing down your balcony
    No ifs, ands or buts, don't try to ask him why or how can he
    From "Infinite" down to the last "Relapse" album
    He's still shitting, whether he's on salary paid hourly
    Until he bows out or he shits his bowels out of him
    Whichever comes first, for better or worse
    He's married to the game, like a fuck you for Christmas
    His gift is a curse, forget the Earth, he's got the urge
    To pull his dick from the dirt, and fuck the whole universe


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    You said you was king, you lied through your teeth, for that
    Fuck your fillings, instead of getting crowned you're getting capped
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    I promise to never go back on that promise, in fact
    Let's be honest, that last "Relapse" CD was ehhh
    Perhaps I ran them accents into the ground
    Relax, I ain't going back to that now
    All I'm trying to say is get back, click-clack, blow
    Cause I ain't playing around
    It's a game called circle and I don't know how, I'm way too up to back down
    But I think I'm still trying to figure this crap out
    Thought I had it mapped out but I guess I didn't, this fucking black cloud
    Still follows me around but it's time to exorcise these demons
    These motherfuckers are doing jumping jacks now!


    And I just can't keep living this way
    So starting today, I'm breaking out of this cage
    I'm standing up, I'ma face my demons
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    I've had enough, now I'm so fed up
    Time to put my life back together right now! (now)

    It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me
    Admittedly, I probably did it subliminally
    For you, so I could come back a brand new me you helped see me through
    And don't even realize what you did, 'cause believe me you
    I been through the ringer, but they could do little to the middle finger
    I think I got a tear in my eye, I feel like the king of
    My world, haters can make like bees with no stingers
    And drop dead, no more beef lingers
    No more drama from now on, I promise
    To focus solely on handling my responsibilities as a father
    So I solemnly swear to always treat this roof, like my daughters
    And raise it, you couldn't lift a single shingle on it!
    Cause the way I feel, I'm strong enough to go to the club
    Or the corner pub, and lift the whole liquor counter up
    Cause I'm raising the bar
    I'd shoot for the moon but I'm too busy gazing at stars
    I feel amazing and I'm...
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