Archive for the ‘Medication’ Category

This is not meant to encourage or discourage anyone from taking or not taking a certain medication. This is simple what I have tried and how it has affected me.

Let it be hereby known that I very much dislike taking pills. Besides their chalky taste and bulkiness that makes them hard to choke down, the thought of putting something so synthetic, especially one meant to alter my brain chemistry, into my body has always beenĀ a bit scary. But what do you have to lose when you’ve tried everything else and you’re beyond desperate for a solution? Besides, the folks in the white coats went to school for half a life time to be able to tell me what works, so I have to trust. Beggars can’t be choosers!

But I digress.

When I first enlisted the aid of professionals to fix this, my psychologist, who is an amazing person, by the way (no sarcasm there, she really is a great human being) prescribed me Fluvoxamine. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Yeah, try saying that out loud a few times. It is primarily prescribed to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and disorders on the OCD spectrum, such as Trichotillomania (TTM). It also aids with anxiety including social anxiety and major depressive disorder. Check and check, sounds like a home run!

As I happily took the little white prescription note from her hand and prepared to dash off to the nearest pharmacy (one of the many times in life when I’d wished I had rocket skates) she cautioned that it would make me both nauseous and drowsy. Ok, nothing I can’t handle, and besides, isn’t that a side affect listed on all these things now a days? It can’t be that bad!