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Re: addiction? reply to Sean

Posted by Elizabeth on October 26, 1999, at 20:45:19

In reply to Re: addiction? reply to Sean, posted by Diane on October 20, 1999, at 16:14:05

> When I see That word my immediate thought is, withdrawal. Like NALOXONE (NARCAN)the narcotic antagonist.

Yes. Naltrexone (Revia) works much like Narcan, but it's longer-acting. People take it after they've gotten off of heroin, to keep from relapsing. When I asked Dr. Bodkin (author of the single study on buprenorphine in depression that I know of) about it, he said that in his experience it usually makes depressed patients feel worse, not better.

(Recent research indicates it may alleviate dissociative symptoms, however, in case anyone's interested.)

> Right. The only problem I had was constipation.

The limiting factor for me also!

> Anti-depressants scare me. I've done some totally out of character things on anti-depressants. Things that I am shamed to the core about.
> I'm scared of anti-depressants.

They're all different...though I did have an episode of seizing and delirium (diagnosed as central serotonin syndrome) while taking Effexor and a weird memory-lapse episode on Nardil, standard antidepressants have been pretty good to me, overall, and I never had a serious adverse reaction to any of the (many) others I have tried.




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