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Re: Seamus Nardil vs. Parnate redux

Posted by Seamus on June 13, 1999, at 23:50:41

In reply to Re: Seamus Nardil vs. Parnate redux, posted by Judy on June 11, 1999, at 11:16:19

> Thanks, Seamus - Great answers - Just the ones I wanted to hear!
> If you don't mind, would you provide just a little more clarification of your comparison of Parnate to Nardil:
> >>Do you find your libido is strong with Parnate, neutral, or dead?
> >> Same as it ever was. Will I lose sexual interest? Nah

Nah, in my definition, means No.
> Was your libido/sexual interest affected by Nardil?

Nah. In my defintion this means No.
> >>I was more "content" on Nardil, but on Parnate my drive is higher.
> Is a "higher drive" a good thing for you? Is there a sense of "discontent" with Parnate?

"Higher drive" is not in the strict sexual sense, more the sublimated sense... I seem to have more initiative, rather than feel content with things as they are. Xanax (and the SSRI's, from what I've read) tend to do this.

> >>I sleep less, too.
> Do you miss the sleep or do you feel just as refreshed by less sleep. (I sleep much less on Nardil, but I find I don't miss it at all.) I take 1 mg of Xanax to get to sleep with Nardil. Ever tried that with Parnate?

1 mg Xanax would floor me for 36 hours. Parnate seems to potentiate my response to Xanax. 0.5 mg HS leaves me w/ a hangover.

> >>Stimulating side effect 2 hrs post dosing; caffeine can make this much worse.
> This one scares me - HOW "stimulating"? How long does the stimulation last?

How stimulating for YOU is a good question. For me, it depends whether I take it with coffee or not. You'll have to figure that out for yourself once you try Parnate.

> >>No constipation, urinary hesitancy or carbo cravings.
> Did you suffer these side effects on Nardil but not Parnate?


> One more question: Every tried Marplan? If not, would you consider it, or are you happy with Parnate?

It took me six or seven years to switch from Nardil to Parnate. As I see it, Marplan was dropped from lack of demand. Despite the marketing efforts which may or may have not been behind it, in the final analysis it wasn't prescribed as often as Parnate or Nardil. I assume this to consumer demand, BEFORE the marketing of AD's went mainstream w/ the internet. My Parnate pre$cription has increased %50 in the last two years...

> Thanks, Seamus, for your patience. By the way, 5 pounds a year is no big deal - Nardil can add 5 pounds a month for me if I don't constantly deny my cravings and the feeling that I'm starving to death!

Thanks for the reassurance. Please remember my note re anorexia and the search for "easy calories".





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