Fluoxetine - Seeing my GP
cjt110 · 28/07/2017 09:29
Not really AIBU but posting here or traffic.
I've had depression for many years and have been on medication (citalopram and also setraline) and am currently on 20mg of fluoxetine.
I have been feeling very low again of late, snapping, shouting, angry - usually signs my medication needs tweaking. When I went on fluoxetine about 6 months ago, I had palpitations even though I was going from one SSRI to another.
I would like to ask my GP for help - to either up my dose or something - I don't know.
I feel like I'm exhausting lots of options and maybe this is just me. A miserable fucker.
cjt110 · 28/07/2017 09:35
I am supposed to be having CBT which I was referred to in March, if not earlier, and it's still not forthcoming.
There are times when I feel so low I have wanted to just walk away. Get steaming drunk. Be reckless.
I'm married and a mother. I am taking my anger/frustrations out on my husband and son. Snappy and just an arsehole. I wouldnt put it with it if it was someone being like this to me.
And I hate it. I am worrying over all sorts. And I just want to be happy.
acquiescence · 28/07/2017 09:36
I'm not quite sure what your question is OP- but it sounds like a good idea to discuss this with your GP. 20mg is the lowest prescribed dose of fluoxetine so an increase may benefit you. Your GP will also be able to refer you for some talking therapy if you haven't already explored this option, which is recommended by NICE to be used alongside ADs.
cjt110 · 28/07/2017 09:42
I dont suppose I have a question really acquiescence I've explored as many avenues as I can.... Have been on a stress course, and wellbeing course through my local IAPT. IAPT have also assessed me as needing CBT. My GP says the only referral they have is to IAPT and I have now been in their system for around 12 months or so. Even at the outset, they said it sounded like I needed CBT but I have had to jump through hoops, or so it feels, to even be put on that waiting list.
I'm just fed up of feeling like I feel and like I can't access help.
VivienneWestwoodsKnickers · 28/07/2017 10:15
Ref CBT, can you contact the department that will do this and chase up the date? In my area and the last one I lived in, it's a self referral system and I got in quicker on my own than with the GP, possibly because I was clearer about my issues than they were, so it was seen as more urgent. I didn't fib, exaggerate or stretch the truth - stuck to the facts and begged for help.
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