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Re: Free at more SSRI's

Posted by JohnL on November 19, 1999, at 2:38:17

In reply to Free at more SSRI's, posted by Phil on November 18, 1999, at 20:11:02

Hi Phil. Hey, I remember reading Nortrip was tested with benefit, like Wellbutrin, for smoking cessation. Actually I think all ADs have the potential to help quit smoking, since they tend to hold brain chemicals steady during the withdrawal process. I think TCAs with their multiple actions are likely much better choices than SSRIs.

I know what you mean about SSRIs. The best response I ever had was when Nortrip was in the mix as an adjunct. I was amazed at how good it felt to be 'normal'. It pooped pretty quick though and I quit out of frustration. As I look back, that was a mistake because I was at a low dose. I should have just upped the dose and given more time (had only been 3 weeks). Retrying it is always on my mind. As I try to get back to my baseline on Prozac, after losing a lot of ground on a short stint with Moclobemide, Nortrip is a strong contender for augmentation. There's something special about those old dirty TCAs that SSRIs just can't duplicate. Even though clinical studies show both to be equally effective, I think there are substantial differences that get lost in the statistics of responders vs nonresponders. The kinds of differences you have noticed.




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