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04 Aug 2007

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Hi CS. Last october I went into a depression and the doctor put me on to Remeron. He prescribed this because I generally suffer from anxiety and I could'nt sleep. Previous to the remeron I was taking eglynol daily. I had to stop taking this when I went on to the remeron. Anyway, remeron helped me so much (depression went) - and it works so well for everything (sleeping, anxiety & depression) - with the only disadvantage being weight gain. The doctor said that I had to be on it for 8 months. I decided that I did'nt want to go back to the doctor and started to ween myself off the meds - taking every second day, every third day and now every 4th day. I actually have no idea if this is the way to do it so my question is, is this the correct way? I'm also quite nervous about stopping it altogether as I know that my anxiety will come back. I dont want to take tranquillisers and eglynol worked for me as it really does'nt make you feel sort of out of touch with the world at all. Only thing was was that my periods stopped completely when I was taking eglynol - started again when I stopped. I was also always stiff. What other medication can be used for anxiety - I would describe myself as having GAD.
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01 Jan 0001

I hacve never fancie Eglonyl, an odd drug, not favoured in many other countries, but beloved by many SA doctors, especially GP. Remeron is likely to hav e been far more effective for you, as apparently it was. Its generally advised that one stay on ANY antidepressant that's working for 6 to 9 months at least, till there's a better chance that the chemistry has corrected itself enough to stay corrected, before coming off it. Then your plan for coming off the drug sounds reasonable.
Now, the fact that you "know my anxiety will come back" makes it more likely to return, though actually that need not happen at all. Maybe some CBT counselling would help, to give you the psychological tools to handle anxiety and depression well, even without meds, and to help to mprevent recurrences
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