Jogging my memory re “Prozac Poopout” and other antidepressants I’ve tried

So, I’m writing this book “Heroine Chick: How I went from Sick and Side Affected to Becoming my own Personal Paramedic.” It’s about the Twin Freaks in my life, “Prozac Poopout” (antidepressant fatigue with several of them, not just Prozac) and Tardive Dyskinesia. During the three years when TD was uncontrolled, untreated, time, I had a couple more of these “Prozac Poopouts,” a term unkind to Eli Lilly’s product, who just happened to be the first SSRI on the scene, therefore, the first to “Poop Out.” I’ve had all sorts of antidepressant therapy over the last 30 years of bipolar, but recently, I got ahold of some old pharmacy receipts. My trip down RX memory lane reminded me of something I don’t remember: At one point, I’d been on Cymbalta. I don’t remember that!!!! I only filled the prescription 2x so it must not have worked for me. Also, I tried a Tricyclic, another type of antidepressant I’d forgotten that I’d tried. Only filled that script once, so it must not have worked well either.

The Silver Lining of it all:

For all my problems  with antidepressants only lasting for a fixed periods of time, I am grateful for some of the newer mood boosters. When one stops working, we switch to another, and some of the latest innovations dig me out in four days or less, not four to eight weeks. One time I was depressed for an entire year straight. Anyone relate to that?

Cat- Astrophe Solved!

She was missing. She is mute. We couldn’t find her. We used DBT to think, “Ok, what’s the worst case scenario?” Mike thought she had gotten out. She’s cute enough (a delicate calico kitten) someone might want to keep her for their own. I was pretty sure she was either hiding or trapped in the house. Mike was SURE she was NOT in the house. In the end, we opened one of his sock drawers and she jumped out. God were we ever relieved!!!!

 

Faceless, Corporate CVS/Silverscript Part D Denying coverage of longtime medicine

I hate dealing with these huge corporations. They don’t care. We are numbers to them and they’ve decided my life is too expensive.

Denial of benefits. Denial of expedited appeals process. Third party arbitrator that they own.

It happens to everyone. A medicine you really need is suddenly no longer covered. In my case, CVS deemed it not medically necessary for me to have Relistor, a drug I take when I really can’t go. I take tons of meds because of Tardive Dyskinesia and a microdose of Suboxone for Chronic pain, part of Tardive Dyskinesia.

Then I do an expedited appeal, and I’m denied again, and now……I’m sent to what’s supposedly third party arbitration, and it’s a phone number that nobody answers. Then I call Silverscript back, file a grievance and ask them when I will hear back on the grievance and they say, well, maybe thirty days. Then I ask about this third party arbitrator, Maximus, the one where no one answers the telephone, and there’s no timeline on when I might hear back from something I mail or fax. Just unbelievable.

 

I ask you…where do I lodge my next complaint?  This story about denial of benefits has been told time and again…..But I’m going to write about it….I just don’t know where.

 

Cat- Astrophe Solved!

She was missing. She is mute. We couldn’t find her. We used DBT to think, “Ok, what’s the worst case scenario?” Mike thought she had gotten out. She’s cute enough (a delicate calico kitten) someone might want to keep her for their own. I was pretty sure she was either hiding or trapped in the house. Mike was SURE she was NOT in the house. In the end, we opened one of his sock drawers and she jumped out. God were we ever relieved!!!!

 

Desperately Seeking Slater (author Dr. Lauren Slater) “Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Change our Minds”

does anyone remember the Madonna film “Desperately Seeking Susan?” Well, I’m desperately seeking the author of this book…can’t seem to find a way to contact her electronically …and I am pretty sure she’ll be at my upcoming conference. BTW,

I just read this book.  If you are a woman with a mental health issue or are close to someone with same, you must read this book. Audaciously, she weaves memoir and science, something many authors say can’t be done.

Then…if this isn’t stranger than fiction…..She’s got all my diagnoses, eating disorder, borderline, adhd, memory issues, bipolar, and more. She’s got all my side effects…too….which if you’ve ever followed my blogs, are legend. She’s a wonderful author and if you’ve never read one of her books, “Prozac Diary” is wonderful and even deals with Prozac Poopout, a topic some publishers won’t touch with a ten foot pole.

Anyway, I’m about to go to New York to speak about Tardive Dyskinesia at the American Psychiatric Association

Faceless, Corporate CVS/Silverscript Part D Denying coverage of longtime medicine

I hate dealing with these huge corporations. They don’t care. We are numbers to them and they’ve decided my life is too expensive for them. Denial of benefits. Denial of expedited appeals process. Third party arbitrator that they own.

It happens to everyone. A medicine you really need is suddenly no longer covered. In my case, CVS deemed it not medically necessary for me to have Relistor, a drug I take when I really can’t go. I take tons of meds because of Tardive Dyskinesia and a microdose of Suboxone for Chronic pain, part of Tardive Dyskinesia.

Then I do an expedited appeal, and I’m denied again, and now……I’m sent to what’s supposedly third party arbitration, and it’s a phone number that nobody answers. Then I call Silverscript back, file a grievance and ask them when I will hear back on the grievance and they say, well, maybe thirty days. Then I ask about this third party arbitrator, Maximus, the one where no one answers the telephone, and there’s no timeline on when I might hear back from something I mail or fax. Just unbelievable.

 

I ask you…where do I lodge my next complaint?  This story about denial of benefits has been told time and again…..But I’m going to write about it….I just don’t know where.

 

Desperately Seeking Slater (author Dr. Lauren Slater) “Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Change our Minds”

does anyone remember the Madonna film “Desperately Seeking Susan?” Well, I’m desperately seeking the author of this book…can’t seem to find a way to contact her electronically …and I am pretty sure she’ll be at my upcoming conference. BTW,

I just read this book.  If you are a woman with a mental health issue or are close to someone with same, you must read this book. Audaciously, she weaves memoir and science, something many authors say can’t be done.

Then…if this isn’t stranger than fiction…..She’s got all my diagnoses, eating disorder, borderline, bipolar, and more. She’s got all my side effects…too….which if you’ve ever followed my blogs, are legend. She’s a wonderful author and if you’ve never read one of her books, “Prozac Diary” is wonderful and even deals with Prozac Poopout, a topic some publishers won’t touch with a ten foot pole.

Anyway, I’m about to go to New York to speak about Tardive Dyskinesia at the American Psychiatric Association