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Re: Marplan benefits?

Posted by Elizabeth on May 27, 1999, at 22:42:12

In reply to Marplan benefits?, posted by Annie on May 27, 1999, at 14:12:18


Go for it. The people I know who've used Marplan (very small n) say that it doesn't cause weight gain as Nardil does. Also, I don't know about you but Nardil "pooped out" for me after 6-8 months each time I used it, and I became very depressed.

I think Marplan's side effects are sort of "in between." As a hydrazide, it carries the small risk of vitamin B6 deficiency that's associated with Nardil, but it also lacks the intrinsic amphetamine-like activity that Parnate has been postulated to have. Also, as mentioned, less weight gain than with Nardil, perhaps none at all. Anyway, so mostly Marplan is another alternative.

About the auto-induced hypertensive crises, I think your body gets used to it with time; it might actually be worthwhile to take an antihypertensive drug with the Parnate and monitor your BP, at least when first taking it. Talk to your doctor about this. (Pindolol is my personal fave.)

How's the selegiline study going? Do you know what the dosage is and whether it's a controlled study? Tell all. :-)




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