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

Posted by mary on May 27, 1999, at 20:34:38

In reply to Re: Parnate. I've heard it's great and a nightmare? , posted by Sean on May 27, 1999, at 17:26:39

I took Parnate years ago after a trial study on Wellbutrin was stopped because of the seizure concern. I found that Parnate relieved my depression and my appetite finally improved. Howver, I was constantly hungry and willing to eat foods I had never lliked or enjoyed like french fries or Whoppers. Prior to Parnate I couldn't even finish a Whopper Jr. After experiencing a 65 lb. weight gain in four months, I went off Parnate and enrolled in an early trial program for Paroxetene. I have never lost more than 30 of those pounds and still find myself depressed. The only diet restriction which bothered me was not having cheddar cheese. Every time I did eat it I wondered what might happen to me. I have never achieved the same level of relief from depression as I had on Parnate

> > 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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