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Thanks from Annie

Posted by Annie on November 10, 1999, at 11:18:54

In reply to Re: atypical depression -how typical?, posted by Judy on November 8, 1999, at 18:25:10

Thank you Judy, Scott, Noa, Elizabeth and
"Refractory" for your thoughtful advice and caring support. I normally don't post when my depression is in control because, well, the depression does the talking. I have been on many different drug trials including Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, Wellbutrin, Serzone, Desipramine, Nardil, Parnate and Marplan and now, Neurontin. I have augmented with Synthroid, Cytomel, Pindolol, Dilantin, Klonopin, Depakote, Doxepin, Lithium, Lamictal, Zyprexa. I have participated in studies for rTms, P Substance, and Transdermal Selegiline. There may be others that I've forgotten. Except in instances when the side effects were life threatening, the trials were of adequate duration and the dosages were as high as tolerable, frequently well beyond the suggested maximum because my liver metabolizes 'too' well. What you read in my post was the frustration that many of you must feel when one after another a trial fails. In two weeks, if the depression has not lessened, my psychiatrist has said he will lower the Neurontin dosage (from 3200 mg) and add Parnate. I had a spontaneous hypertensive crisis during the first few days of my last trial of Parnate, so the dosage will increased very slowly. I wish I could tell you I was hopeful, but the depression doesn't allow that. I just want something to work well enough for me to last until Transdermal Selegiline is available. It is the only drug (30 mg) that has substantially helped me, although at that dosage, it didn't touch the Anhedonia. Oral selegiline is a posibility for a future trial with a different psychiatrist but I've been told the dosage would have to be so high, it might not be tolerable. So this is where I am right now. I sincerely appreciated your kind words and in true atypical fashion, it made me feel much better.




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