Re: Some Med advice
I was given Anafranil for OCD in the early 90s. It didn't work for me, and I ended up with a blood level (has to be checked regularly for this drug) that was dangerously high, at which point I stopped taking it. A few years later I started Prozac. It was like a miracle. After about three weeks to a month on Prozac I woke up one morning and my obsessions and compusions were gone (I was in my late 20s at that time and had suffered from severe OCD since childhood). I took 40 mg of Prozac a day for 9 years and was about 95% symptom free. At that point I started having problems with twitching, mainly at night. Apparently that can be a side effect of long-term (usually about 8 to 9 years) use of an SSRI at a relatively high dose. Out of fear of developing permanent ticks, I stopped taking the Prozac. Oddly enough I've been okay since then. I occasionally have intrusvie thoughts, or find myself starting to engage in some type of ritual behavior, but I'm able to stop myself before it gets out of control. I would never, never have been able to do this before I took the prozac.
Sometimes when I get depressed about whatever, I have to remind myself how much better my life is now that I am for the most part OCD free. I guess I'm writing this not only to put in my two cents about taking an SSRI versus Anafranil, but to say that there really is hope for beating this very debilitating condition. I should add that I do realize that I'm lucky and that not everyone responds so well to drug therapy. For me though, Prozac was definitely the way to go. And I still feel that way, even though I have some residual twitching (not severe like it was before I stopped the drug) and have been told that I should never again take an SSRI.