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Re: Benzo Suggestions Needed

Posted by Adam on November 30, 1999, at 0:03:13

In reply to Benzo Suggestions Needed, posted by JohnL on November 29, 1999, at 16:59:10

Selegiline has been a wonderful antidepressant for me, but has left me in this almost
paradoxical state of better mood + anxiety and insomnia. I sleep OK, but not great.
I'm not allowed to add any meds because I am in a study, but a while ago I took some
lorazepam that I had left over from my little sojourn in the hospital. It was heavenly.
It took effect very quickly, and I drifted off into sleep easily and with what I
suspect was a big smile on my face. I've seriously considered making it or another
benzo a part of my treatment in the future. I'm concerned about congnative deficits
that benzos are purported to cause, esp. since selegiline seems to have a negative
impact on my short-term-memory. But getting a good night's sleep sure didn't do me any
harm, and I woke up refreshed and not feeling like I was under the influence of anything.
Lorazepam has a pretty short half life. I guess that could be a blessing or a curse,
depending on what you want.

I thought it was very, very nice. Too nice, almost.

> Hi everyone. I have an appointment soon with my psychiatrist. I'm just not doing all that well. Been feeling pretty dark actually. Anyway, of all the things I've tried with my Prozac, the one thing that has always remained constant was the Remeron for sleep. I am beginning to wonder if its effects in blocking certain receptors is somehow actually getting in the way of other meds working fully. Maybe that's far-fetched, maybe not. All I know for sure is it hasn't helped my depression in a long time. I feel like it gives great sleep at best, and hinders antidepressant therapy at worst. I want to take Remeron out of the mix.
> Not sure what else we'll do. Maybe add Effexor. Maybe add a TCA. But sleep is the issue of this post. I want a med that will allow good sleep without blocking any serotonin receptors. I am aware of benzo addiction risks, but I am going to try to talk my pdoc into letting me use one for sleep.
> Can anyone help with feedback on their favorite or worst benzos? Research I've done seems to favor Xanax. But I'm looking for feedback to disucss with my pdoc. Thanks everyone. JohnL




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