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Re: Lofepramine and tricyclics

Posted by Refractory on October 31, 1999, at 10:46:08

In reply to Lofepramine and tricyclics, posted by Andie on April 13, 1999, at 11:07:08

I have read and been told that the tricyclics are actually oftentimes superior to the SSRIs for severe depression or refractory. Psychiatrists are terribly afraid of being sued for any reason, as are all doctors these days. Part of their reluctance nowadays to prescribe TCAs probably has to do with their fear a patient may use the TCA prescription to overdose and thus commit suicide. Thus they try to stay with the newer, "cleaner" antidepressants like the SSRIs whenever possible. As none of these can be used for overdose.

I am sure there are many, many people out there with more severe depression, who would probably be better off on a TCA or even an MAOI but their doctor wont voluntarily put them on one because of the docs fear of overdose and potential lawsuits. Such is the state of modern day medicine.




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