California Rocket Fuel has worked wonders for me
Hey all, I've been a member of this forum for a very very long time (although I haven't been active), but as you can tell, I've been struggling with this stuff for a long time.
I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, social anxiety disorder, and worse of all (for me) schizophrenia.
I've been struggling with these mental illnesses for a long time, and they have completely destroyed my life.
If you look through my previous posts (if they still exist) you can read my in-depth story which I wrote before I found out at 18 years old that I had schizophrenia. As you can probably imagine, schizophrenia only made my social anxiety much worse.
I used to struggle to go outside and be seen in public, to hang out with friends, to talk on the phone, or even to text friends through FaceBook. There's a lot more things I struggled with that I have posted about in the past.
Since I've been on so many medications, I thought I would post some about my experiences with them.
I have been on 4 different SSRI antidepressants Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, and Celexa. Each of these worked in their own way and had different side effects, but wasn't completely effective in solving my anxiety or depression. SSRI's do work, in my opinion, but they have many side effects and just didn't work right for me. Most psychiatrists recommend this is where you start with medications, since they are effective for MOST people.
After I went to the psych-ward for 34 days (related to my schizophrenia) I started having panic attacks in there because I was forced into an environment that I wasn't mentally prepared for, so they prescribed me Ativan, which is a benzo. Now, 2 years later (1 month ago) I was just prescribed Ativan again for anxiety after going to the psych-ward a second time (only for 2 days this time). Although extremely effective, this medication is very addictive and has very high abuse potential, so they only prescribe this short-time, and I start tapering off right as soon as I leave the hospital.
The most effective medication for me is unsurprisingly a benzo, but that is only for short-term treatment. If you struggle with panic attacks and have tried other medications already, psychiatrists will typically prescribe you a benzo for short-term treatment. Short term being like 2 months maximum. Although some people stay on them for much longer, the vast majority do not. I would not recommend taking these unless you have a temporary high-pressure situation at work or college, such as a public speaking class that you can't talk yourself out of.
Now, its time to tell you about the drugs that have been working for me.
After multiple SSRI's didn't work, my doctor decided that a SNRI might - Effexor. This has been BY FAR the most effective (non-benzo) drug that has worked for me. It took about a month to start noticing it's effects and about two months total for all of the results to show. Everyone noticed a big difference in me after I started taking this.
Unfortunately, insomnia is a side effect of this medication that did not go away for me. I did have sexual side effects too, but don't worry, those go away relatively quickly. Because of my insomnia, my doctor prescribed me an additional antidepressant of a different type, called Remeron which is considered a tetracyclic antidepressant. Unlike other antidepressants, this one works within 40 minutes. It's prescribed specifically for depression/anxiety/insomnia, and by god it whooped my ***. The first time I took it was yesterday, and a half hour later I was completely out of it. I felt honestly high, great, and very very tired. I was asleep within an hour after taking it, which was the designated purpose of it.
But my God I woke up this morning, and I feel like a new person. I took it too soon and fell asleep early (6:30 PM) so I'm currently writing this at 4:20 AM. I have a burst of energy, I actually feel like going to work, I feel like socializing. I feel like hanging out with family and friends and actually feel bored for the first time couped up in the house just playing video games all day like I have been for the last 3 years.
This drug combination (remeron and effexor) has actually been so effective for people that it has earned itself a nickname - California Rocket Fuel. Do a Google search and you can read up all about it. I had no idea it was called this before I was prescribed these medications, it's actually pretty funny to me. Because I feel like I'm on some rocket fuel!
Since it's only been a day that I've been presribed Remeron, I can't really speak on its effects completely. I'll update this thread or make a new one specifically about the rocket fuel in about a week or two. Although I don't have that much experience, as I've said, it only takes 40 minutes to work. It's a fast acting antidepressant, and by far the best one I've ever tried. I've never had the energy to wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning and write something like this.
Today is going to be a productive damn day! [insert Negan gif]
By the way, (unrelated to SAS) my antipsychotic for my schizophrenia is Abilify, which after trying 5 different antipsychotics, has worked best for me. I won't get into details here, since this is a forum for social anxiety.
TL;DR - I've tried over 10 different medications total. I was recently prescribed a new combination called California Rocket Fuel (Google it) which has worked wonders so far.
Anyways, post below your comments/questions and I'll be glad to answer any of them, I just wanted to post about some of my experience and what I finally found which has seemingly worked for me and a lot of other people that have posted about it.