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Re: Drugs and Drugs

Posted by Elizabeth on October 27, 1999, at 16:22:16

In reply to Drugs and Drugs, posted by Adam on October 26, 1999, at 22:40:01


It's interesting that doctors never mention these interactions when prescribing meds to us, isn't it? I wonder why that is. The MDMA-MAOI interaction is pretty well known.

> One thing
> that stood out in my mind was the quantitative and qualitative
> intensification of hallucinogens, with people describing all kinds of
> horrific experiences.

Really? I'm surprised by that. Which hallucinogens do you mean?

LSD is generally rendered ineffective, or nearly so, by chronic MAOI use. Don't know of any case reports, but the same should presumably be true of psychedelic mushrooms. Mescaline might cause cardiovascular problems since it is related to amphetamine.

> I don't want to encourage drug use or discourage it.

Heh, doesn't that go on all the time here?

(There really isn't any specific pharmacological or chemical characteristic that distinguishes legal drugs from illegal ones, after all.)

> But maybe some
> would like a forum to discuss frankly the use of all these interesting
> chemicals, and how they might interact with, A) Our illness, and B) the
> other drugs we are using to combat it.

I don't know of any solid evidence to support this, but some people believe that a drug experience (often with marijuana, cocaine, or amphetamines (or MDMA)) triggered their panic disorder.

On the other hand, it's well known that people sometimes use any of a number of "non-medical drugs" to self-medicate depression and anxiety. I'm thinking of alcohol, heroin, cocaine, and amphetamine in particular, but I've heard of people using LSD, high-dose dextromethorphan (another MAOI no-no, BTW), ketamine, and even nitrous oxide (I kid you not) to the same end.




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