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Lesson Learnt...

I’ve only typed up a short article this week because I’ve made some mistakes with my health lately and they have made me a bit too down to write much.

This is the lesson I learnt…. Again…

My medication had been working very well. Even with Mike’s suicide, I’ve been able to grieve without it overcoming me. But for one of my medications, I was on the original name brand. It is a fair bit more expensive than the generic, so I decided to switch and that was my mistake.

Although both name and generic brands have the same active ingredient, apparently the generics can vary a little bit in the amount they have in them. So, in this case, my new generic was not as strong as the name brand for me this time.

The medication I changed brands with was my antidepressant and I started to feel down. First just feeling a little sad (not that bad, but noticeable), then waking up and not wanting to get out of bed (quite uncomfortable), losing interest in hobbies, and then last night I felt worthless and had some suicidal ideation. No plans, but just an old chestnut of mine where I think about whether society would prefer me to be gone.

At least I saw it happening bit by bit and I’m going back onto my original brand as soon as I can. For now, I’m upping the generic brand I still have to see if that helps. I don’t like making these changes without my psychiatrist’s consent but it’s the weekend and I’ll be seeing him in a week anyway.

I’m a bit better today, even though it’s only been one night of the new change. Placebo or not, I’ll take it.

So, if your medication is working fine for you, I strongly recommend not changing brands – whichever brand you happen to be on (generic or not). If it isn’t working, try talking to your appropriate doctor for assistance.

Lesson learnt, again.





Hi there,

Lauren Sims is an artist and author from Brisbane, Australia. She has recently become and author and will be releasing her first book in late 2022.

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