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Re: Parnate. I've heard it's great and a nightmare?

Posted by Sean on May 27, 1999, at 17:26:39

In reply to Re: Parnate. I've heard it's great and a nightmare? , posted by Elizabeth on May 27, 1999, at 5:00:12

> John,
> Hi there. I take Parnate and it seems to be working pretty well. I got off to a false start because it caused *spontaneous* hypertensive episodes (I'm told this is rare - lucky me), but found that dividing the dose up and increasing it very gradually prevented that.
> The only real side effect seems to be insomnia, and that's not so bad if I don't take it too late in the day (much like caffeine). I do think it has some intrinsic amphetamine-like effects, because it seemed to start working *awfully* fast.
> The diet isn't much of a problem for me; it's never stopped me from eating whatever I want.
> Oh, the subject: field for this thread made me think of one other thing: no nightmares on Parnate! No dreams at all actually. :-(

Hmm, no dreams as a marker for right dose? Kind
of spooky in a way. Dr. Bob, is this an actual
reduction of REM sleep or "percieved" dreaming?

It is hard to imagine anything with an amphetamine
like effect promoting sounder REM sleep.

I've also heard that SSRI's are close to MAOI's in
terms of their "personality" effect and use with
dysthymia and atypical depression.

So, do people on MAOI's complain of the apathy and
shallowing effect of the SSRI's? Could there be a
connection between less dreaming and the
apathy/shallowing effect?

Dreams seem important, but who knows...




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