I am not a big fan of drugs, prescription, over the counter, or otherwise. Well, let me change that to be with the exceptions of nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol. Those 3 have pretty much been a constant in my life but over the past 10 plus years my alcohol intake has been reduced to almost zero.
I have, of course, taken many types of both prescription and over the counter medications. I have Stress Tension Sinus Cluster Migraine Headaches (my constant and familiar monster), along with all the other normal body aches and pains that go along with over 60 years of Life.
I’ve tried the usual range of prescription meds to control or diminish the migraines and only had success with Lithium. I know, that is not a great choice but if you have migraines (especially the cluster type) then I think you will agree that relief is the only priority.
Feverfew, a natural herb and dietary supplement, worked for me as well as or better than the Lithium. And I did not have to give a blood sample each month to make sure my liver and kidneys were not being affected. Besides, I hate needles! I have recommended
Feverfew to others I know with migraines and some say it helped while others say no change.
I retired from the US Navy with 24 years of service. And each day of every year was accompanied by its own stress and anxieties. After retiring, I have worked a variety of jobs and each have had their own type of stress and associated anxiety. All jobs do.
Life itself can be stressful enough.
With my own inclinations being to avoid medications and a having a positive history of
using alternative healing strategies (besides Feverfew, I am a huge believer in relaxation, meditation, and music) it was only natural for me to take a look at Cannabidiol or CBD. I have been amazed at the amount of information that is on the ‘Net, both positive and negative. I
have gotten to the point that I screen the website carefully before I get into
articles, to get an idea of the slant I am about to read.
With a primary interest in keeping stress and anxiety levels low, I thought it would be
interesting to look at side effects of the more common medications available. And it is an eye-opening experience. My reference for the side effects of the prescription medications is https://www.drugs.com.
And in no particular order:
- Celexa Common side effects of Celexa include: drowsiness, ejaculatory disorder, nausea, insomnia, and diaphoresis. Other side effects include: suicidal tendencies, agitation, diarrhea, impotence, sinusitis, anxiety, confusion, exacerbation of depression, lack of concentration, tremor, vomiting, anorexia, and xerostomia.
- Prozac/ fluoxetine Fluoxetine is the active ingredient contained in Prozac and the common side effects of both
include hives, itching, skin rash, inability to sit still, and restlessness. Less common effects include chills or fever and joint or muscle pain.
- Sertraline Commonly reported side effects of sertraline include: diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dyspepsia, fatigue, insomnia, loose stools, nausea, tremor, headache, paresthesia, anorexia, decreased libido, delayed ejaculation, diaphoresis,
ejaculation failure, and xerostomia. Other side effects
include: abdominal pain, agitation, pain, vomiting, anxiety, hypouricemia, and malaise.
- Citalopram Commonly reported side effects of citalopram include: drowsiness, ejaculatory disorder, nausea, insomnia, and diaphoresis. Other side effects include: suicidal tendencies, agitation, diarrhea, impotence, sinusitis, anxiety, confusion, exacerbation of depression, lack of concentration, tremor, vomiting, anorexia, and xerostomia.
- Paxil Common side effects of Paxil include: asthenia, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness,
ejaculatory disorder, erectile dysfunction, insomnia, male genital disease, nausea, headache, decreased libido, delayed ejaculation, diaphoresis, and xerostomia. Other side effects include: infection, blurred vision, female genital tract
disease, impotence, lack of concentration, orgasm disturbance, tremor, vasodilatation, visual disturbance, anxiety, paresthesia, abnormal dreams, decreased appetite, and yawning.
And let’s not forget
- Amitriptyline Along with its needed effects, amitriptyline may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all
of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. Check with your doctor immediately if any of the side effects occur while taking amitriptyline. I counted 120 possible side effects/Incidence not
known. Are we really putting this into our bodies?
I do get it. I do understand. Remember, I’m the guy willing to take Lithium to put the migraines away. We are making the best choices possible given the information available to us. And stress/anxiety can ruin our quality of life. Even when no stress or anxiety is present. Do you know anyone (or are you) worrying about what happens next?
And what about Cannabidiol (CBD)?
- Cannabidiol CBD is generally well tolerated and considered safe, it may cause adverse reactions in some people. Side effects noted in studies include diarrhea, changes in appetite, and fatigue (reference: https://www.healthline.com/). And from https://www.webmd.com: Some reported side effects of cannabidiol include dry mouth, low blood pressure, light headedness, and drowsiness.
For me, CBD sounds much safer and seems to be a much better choice. The questions remain, does it work? Anxiety and depression are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause a number of side effects. CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety.
In one study, 24 people with social anxiety disorder received either 600 mg of CBD or a placebo before a public speaking test. The group that received the CBD had significantly less anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, compared to the placebo group. CBD oil has even been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with post-traumatic stress disorder.
These qualities are linked to CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior. Using CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression in both human and animal studies.
Me and CBD
In fact, I do use CBD to help with stress and anxiety. The thing is, when I decided to try CBD I jumped into it with only a little research and knowledge . After hearing just a little, I thought I knew enough to make a purchase and to start living stress free. I jumped online and chose a product.
Of course, I made a poor choice. The product I chose was one of the lower price ones, in fact I even bragged to my wife about how smart a shopper I was. In CBD, as in most things, cheap price usually means low quality. The product I got was of low quality CBD and while it does help to take the edge off of stress (and even helped with my dry skin) it did not live up to my expectations. I became a little wiser.
A friend introduced me to Changing The Future Outcome, a CBD company from California. After looking over the website and checking around, I knew I had found where to make my next purchase of CBD. And after comparing CTFO products, quality, and pricing I chose to become an Associate and to promote CTFO products.
My first purchase was for the CTFO Pet Conditioning Shampoo. Impressive product and my Boston Terrier Fats finally enjoyed some drastic relief from his dry, red irritated skin. You can check his story out at https://whytleigh.com/will-cbd-cure-red-irritated-skin-for-your-pet-lets-ask-fats.
Which brings us here. Before you jump onto the CBD band wagon or remain a skeptic, do some really in-depth research. Get the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your health and the methods you use to maintain the high quality of Life that you deserve.
If you are currently taking any prescription medications, DO NOT STOP! Not without consulting and having a detailed discussion with your primary health-care provider. Several discussions may be needed to make sure that you are receiving the best possible care.
And when you are ready to experience the difference CBD can make, remember me kindly. My CTFO page is at http://www.swhitley.MyCTFOCBD.com and I would love to be of assistance to you. CTFO Cannabidiol is of the highest quality available, contains Zero THC and has a 60-day money back guarantee.
Were you aware of the different side effects of the meds I mentioned? I know it was eye-opening for me!
Walking the Path of Peace,