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Re: Advice needed: Appetite booster that doesnt sedate

Posted by JohnL on August 14, 1999, at 10:55:37

In reply to Advice needed: Appetite booster that doesnt sedate, posted by Paul on August 14, 1999, at 2:21:36

Paul, Remeron increases appetite, and is a good augmentation with Prozac or Effexor. You would likely need to lower the dose of the Prozac and/or Effexor to be safe. Remeron is notorious for increasing appetite. Some nursing homes prescribe it to encourage senior citizens who aren't eating. It does cause sedation, take an hour or two before bed. But unlike the TCAs, the sedation doesn't usually carry over into the next day. It's usually gone by the time you finish your first coffee, and decreases with time. Larger doses cause less sedation and more hunger, but you would likely need to lower the dose of Prozac and/or Effexor. I've tried lots of ADs, and I still use Remeron on an as-needed basis for sleep. I've also used high doses of it in the past, so I'm familiar with it. Just an idea to consider.

In the herbal arena, I've heard many people swear by ginger's effectiveness for stomach upset. I'm not sure if that is the reason you don't have appetite, but just another easy idea to try.

You mentioned Neurontin. It is one of the two new generation mood stabilizers, Lamictal being the other. Neurontin is generally known to be sedating. Lamictal is rather neutral. Of course, there are those who get wired on neurontin, or get sedated on Lamictal. It's hard to predict. But I have heard lots of stories of Neurontin being sedating.

Personally I would think speaking to your doc about Remeron would be good. Others here will likely have good ideas to consider. Meanwhile, go treat yourself to some chocolate cake. :) JohnL.




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