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Re: Parnate and ?????

Posted by Elizabeth on April 17, 1999, at 9:41:30

In reply to Re: Parnate and ?????, posted by David on April 15, 1999, at 21:00:55

David, I know what you mean about being afraid to discontinue the Parnate, and quitting an MAOI can cause a devastating rebound depression if you don't decrease it slowly. (So if you've tried to quit "cold turkey" in the past, that may be the reason you had such a bad time with it.)

One thing I forgot to mention is that you can combine an MAOI and a tricyclic, but it has to be done very carefully (especially if you're adding the tricyclic to the MAOI) and results have been equivocal - it doesn't seem to improve the response in general. I'm also not sure it would have much utility in atypical depression, for which tricyclics are notoriously ineffective. Still, something to think about if other things don't work.

Good luck - I'll be interested to hear what you decide on.




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