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Re: nardil/maoi -- and coffee!

Posted by JD on June 4, 1999, at 8:22:12

In reply to Re: nardil/maoi -- and coffee!, posted by Elizabeth on June 3, 1999, at 10:54:25

Ah, Elizabeth... Good to be reminded that there are people out there who know this stuff better than I do! ;-)

You're right that caffeine and nicotine work differently from standard stimulants--Come to think of it, the "stimulant responder-->MAOI responder" thing I cited might have been referring specifically to the latter (e.g., amphetamines and stuff)... But I think that both caffeine and nicotine have important *indirect* effects on the dopamine system, too. It's often said (and lately, I guess, often repeated by me) that Parnate is quite amphetamine-like in certain respects. I've wondered if the subjective effects of Nardil strike people as being totally different--Though I'm getting closer to trying an MAOI, I can't say I'm much of a stimulant-lover myself, perhaps cuz I tend to be so hypersensitive to them across the board.


> Caffeine and nicotine don't work like the standard psychostimulants (amphetamines, Ritalin).
> But anyway, I've found the MAOIs work pretty well for me (now using Parnate, moderate dose (30mg) with augmentation), but I had a horrible reaction to Ritalin. Never tried amphetamine. Cylert was okay. So is caffeine, though I've never dared to drink it in coffee-like quantities.




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