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Re: Reboxetine (Edronax)

Posted by paulk on August 31, 1998, at 10:48:07

In reply to Re: Reboxetine (Edronax) , posted by Charyl on August 28, 1998, at 13:57:37

> > Message to Ian. My mother is 80 years old and
> severely depressed. She has been on every
> anti-depressant available in the U.S., and we were
> very excited about the prospect of Reboxetine,
> since one of the few drugs that had been able to
> help her in the past 35 years was imipramine, however, her doctor says she is now too old to take it. He is aware of Reboxetine and thinks it
> may help her, but is unwilling to try to prescribe
> it. We also tried to get her in a study in San
> Diego for Reboxetine, but again, she is too old.
> Do you have any idea how to get a doctor to prescribe Reboxetine, or how to get a package
> from England. We have been told that no doctor
> here would be willing to do this.

I wouldn't recommend doing this on your own - your mother may have some condition that is keeping the doctor from prescribing imipramine. There are doctors here who will work with you to try an overseas drug - but I would first suggest trying some of the newer ones available here - perhaps effexor - it has been effective for some resistant depressions.

Perhaps a second opinion about the medication - is the doctor an internal medicine guy? - they seem to be better at working whith drug side effects than Pdocs in my opinion.

Why won't he give her imipramine? is her liver or kidneys compromised? problems with urine retention?

What condition is her heart in? Reboxitine can speed up the heart.

I hope you don't try to do this 'on your own'. You can find doctors that understand that taking some risk to improve the quality of life is worth it. You might have to look around a bit; so many of our doctors are worried about getting sued instead of providing the best medicine. Look the doctor in they eyes and ask him what he would do if it was his mother.




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