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Re: anyone remember disipramine? Dr. Bob or Toby?

Posted by saintjames on May 24, 1999, at 20:48:45

In reply to anyone remember disipramine? Dr. Bob or Toby?, posted by ruth on May 24, 1999, at 13:42:05

> Years and years ago, before prozac became wildly
> popular, I was prescribed disipramine for depression.
> I remember my depression lifted, but I only took it
> for a month. That's because when I went back to the
> doc and he said "so how'd it go?" I said "pretty good--
> I think I'm feeling better. I feel lightheaded and
> prickly sensations on my scalp sometimes, but I definately
> feel better"...He said "well I might have something
> even better--there's a new drug called prozac". And I
> went on it and did fine. Except I was young and inexperienced
> and not in a romantic relationship, so I wasn't really
> aware of the sexual side effects. Now, years later
> I've tried many of the ssri's and have had sexual side
> effects with all of them.
> I know the trycyclics claim sexual dysfunction too, but
> I don't distinctly remember it like I do with prozac.
> I'm wondering if I should give disipramine a whirl again.
> Anyone try it? Anyone not have sexual side effects?
> The SSRI's are famous for sexual dysfunction--maybe
> tricyclics have more side effects in other areas, but
> aren't as bad for sex?

James here....

The tricyclics are worse for some people than newer AD's and newer AD's claim to have less sexual side effects. The other side effect most mentioned is the drying, anticolonerginic effects.
If it was not a problem b4 then you probably will not have a problem with this again. I liked the TCA's and took them for years with few problems.
As AD's the TCA's are no better than the newer ones in the general population and Tofrinil is still something of a gold standard.

Most people don't find an AD with no sexual side effects; it is more a question of finding one with the fewest/least.





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