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Thanks, JohnL

Posted by Racer on October 30, 1999, at 13:46:45

In reply to Re: Medicating SSRI sexual, women.--Racer?, posted by JohnL on October 30, 1999, at 4:14:49

Not like there's any pressure on me now, huh? ;-)

OK, it depends on what side effects you're experiencing, and what you're trying to accomplish by augmentation. Since you didn't mention that, I'll make some general statements, and tell you about what worked for me in the bedroom.

For weight gain or other digestive troubles, you're pretty much on your own. Another drug altogether was the only thing that worked for me there.

For sleeplessness, I went the low tech way, and started taking all my drugs in the morning. Hey, it worked!

For sleepiness, that's a tougher one. Mostly I've learned to live sleepy.

If the current drug is not addressing the depression adequately, keep trying. If an SSRI isn't fixing depression, think about drugs that effect other neurotransmitters. For example, I was on Effexor, which wasn't working. So, rather than switch off the drug, we added a low dose of an SSRI. Bingo! Just the little extra worked where the one drug didn't.

If it's just sexual, all the things I've read about involve things like drug holidays, etc, which sound fishy to me, especially with the long halflife of most SSRIs. The one that works for me is an anti-histimine called cyproheptidine, or Periactin, which blocks the effects of the SSRI for a few hours. The added benefit, of course, is that it's an anti-histimine, so you sleep great, too.

If this helps, great, if not, let us know what you're trying to accomplish and someone here will have something to say...




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