Friday, May 27, 2011

Side Effexor

I can't believe it has already been another week since I wrote last. I used to write every 2-3 days but that seems as if it has become an impossible task these days. I think of so much I want to say but I just can't find the time. Carly lost another tooth today so I am awake later than usual waiting for her to go to sleep so that the tooth fairy can come. Who thought of the tooth fairy anyway? Obviously whoever it was didn't need to sleep like I do. Oh well, I may as well get over it because I still have many more teeth to go in this household.

I have been so sure Anna has not been having seizures and I have been so pleased with that. Today, Carly and Kenzie were playing at our house and they asked me why Anna doesn't blink. I was like, "what?" They said, "Yeah, a lot of times when we are playing she just stares at us and doesn't blink or anything." Grrr, sounds like seizures again. We have a neuro appointment next month so I guess we will talk about that then. I was so sure we were done with seizures. I guess I was wrong. I am not sure if they can go up on her Tegretol dose any more or if we have to add something else.

It is no secret that I have battled depression most of my life. I began medication for it in 7th grade and other than a few times when I wanted to not surrender to the pills, I have always been medicated. I had posted awhile back about how I was ready to go postal on someone at my insurance company because they refused to pay for the one drug that had ever really worked for me, Effexor XR. They would only pay for Pristiq which is the new Effexor XR. Pristiq came out about the same time that Effexor XR was going to lose its patent and go generic. Anyway, I was mad about having to switch and actually scared to death to do it because I had been so leveled out on the Effexor. But finances dictated that the switch had to be made. I had been on Pristiq for quite awhile and despite my fears, it had been a great drug. I didn't think it was any better than the Effexor but seemed to work just as well. I had a stroke of genius, or so I thought, about a month ago and decided that since switching back to the now generic Effexor XR would save about $22 a month (the insurance will cover the generic) that I should make the switch. And so I did. It wasn't until I had a crying fit the other night that I realized that the medicine was just not working. Looking back over the past month I realized I had been tired and unable to feel rested no matter how much I slept, irritable, and just overall felt like crap. I decided to go get the Pristiq filled and switch back. Voila- the sadness and fatigue disappeared almost instantly and I feel wonderful again. They say you can't put a price on happiness, but I think I can. Its $32 a month...

1 comment:

  1. It's crazy how different a generic and the name brand can actually be with mood meds. I am glad your change is doing something positive. Sorry Anna seems to still be having seizures - I hope the docs can figure something out. You must have your hands full these days!