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Re: Drug abuse and depression

Posted by Bob on November 10, 1999, at 15:41:20

In reply to Re: Drug abuse and depression, posted by JohnL on November 10, 1999, at 4:23:17

Sorry, Tony, I'm off-topic here [a smoker uncle dying a nasty cancer death and an alcoholic aunt killing herself with a fifth of vodka and a bottle of sleeping pills were my "role models" here], but I have to mention two points summarizing posts here over the last few months:

1) Alcohol is a depressant. While one beer or two every once in a while doesn't seem to affect anyone who has chimed in here, chronic, heavy use of alcohol isn't going to work well with anti-depressants (ADs, Shaun).

2) (Hey Wayne R, where RU?) Naltrexone. Your condition sounds like it has Maltrexone written all over it. Used to help kick alcohol dependency, it also augments the effects of SSRIs like prozac, zoloft, paxil, celexa.

So try to treat both conditions -- the self-medicating and the depression. Like Racer said, no HMO is going to buy you beer (and I doubt a flex spedning account will cover self-meds as well).




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