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Re: Update on SAMe - To JohnL

Posted by Tom on September 3, 1999, at 12:09:58

In reply to Re: Update on SAMe, posted by JohnL on September 1, 1999, at 17:05:07

> The cost of SAMe keeps me in an on/off mode. I take 800mg or more and notice improvement. But then it's time to spend another $20 and it hasn't even been a week yet. So I put it off. Then I notice a subtle slumping of mood which convinces me to spend that $20. And then the cycle starts all over again. There are only two side effects for me...volumous gas and an empty wallet. I must say it helps the Prozac and I don't think it's my imagination. But the damn high price...!


How much Prozac are you taking? Was it working before you added the SAMe? Did SAMe allow you to reduce your Prozac dosage? Did it also help with a reduction in side effects? That's alot of questions, but I'm stuck on the fence. I've tried numerous ADs, with little response, or sometimes with a serious adverse reaction. So you can say I'm gun shy. My Pdoc prescribed desimpramine (I haven't tried TCAs), but I still haven't taken it yet. My experience with meds has been confined to the newer generation of meds (prozac, wellbutrin, effexor, etc) , which I would say covers all of the new medications which are "structurally different"than other meds, as pharm companies like to say. I'm very undecided about adding desimpramine to SAMe, even though the desimpramine dosage would be miniscual. SAMe has given me about 40-50% relief from my symptoms (my symptoms are classified as major depression). But I'm shooting for more.





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