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Did you have these symptoms of depression (crying, irritability, anger, apathy) before you started wearing the patches?
You have been given Emsam because you have treatment resistant depression. What you have described are the symptoms of depression.
Are you cleaning your skin well with alcohol before applying the patches?
Are you avoiding chocolates and caffeine?
If you have gotten the oils off your skin with the shower then it should not make a difference.
It is supposed to lessen your depression and not make it worse, but sometimes it does.
I would consult with your physician right away. Are you feeling suicidal?
Are you taking any other medications (including herbal)?
How quickly did you taper off the other drug and what was it?
It should, but more importantly it is recommended that you see your healthcare provider when you get these feelings with Emsam.
It may be due to your quick withdrawal from Effexor, which is one of the most difficult ones to withdraw from.
Most people have trouble withdrawing from it. Some of my colleagues call is "side-effexor".
Your symptoms are consistent with Effexor withdrawal symptoms.
Hopefully your doctor is a psychiatrist .
Not taking it for 4 days certainly threw your system off balance.
There must be a balance between withdrawing from one and adding the other.
You were also withdrawing from Wellbutrin and probably should not have been taking both together, although yours is apparently a difficult depression to cure.
Probably, although every human body is unique in their reactions.
You should talk to your doctor about your reaction.
Emsam can have this negative effect. It may not be right for you.
I suggest talking to him sooner rather than later.
There is one more option which is expensive but some insurance covers it and it is a lot less intrusive that ECT and with less side effects.
That is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
You can get a good intro here:
Ask your psychiatrist about it.
I shall keep you in my prayers for relief from depression and a return to a happy normal family life.