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Re: Sleep

Posted by Toby on January 5, 1999, at 16:28:19

In reply to Re: Sleep, Toby advise?, posted by DL on January 4, 1999, at 19:45:09

Cylert is a stimulant, but it is a long acting, slow release kind of stimulant (it isn't related to amphetamines, though; it works through some other mechanism I can't recall off the top of my head) and I use it for augmenting antidepressants when other things don't work and also to reverse the side effect of some antidepressants, which is the flat, no energy side effect.

The appetite stimulant I was thinking of is Fastin. It is a weak, long acting stimulant that many of the depression gurus are fond of adding to other antidepressants. I have never seen it make anyone jittery, although of course I wouldn't want to make any guarantees, blah blah blah. At any rate, both the Fastin and the Cylert are once a day meds (morning dose) and don't disrupt sleep (because they are given in the morning).

I would definitey NOT take an over the counter appetite suppressant as a substitute for what we are talking about above. They don't have cross tolerance, and the OTC meds are usually based on ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or caffeine and just tend to rev people up so much, who could think about eating? They don't do a thing for depression.

By the way, just curious... What's the name of the therapist you had talked to about EMDR that we talked about? I thought I might recognize the name and see if I had any other knowledge about whether he'd be good to go ahead and see so you wouldn't have to worry with checking the others first.




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