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Re: Addiction to Dexedrine

Posted by Zeke on December 6, 1999, at 8:39:44

In reply to Re: Addiction to Dexedrine, posted by saint james on December 5, 1999, at 0:18:39

An antidepressant might help, and Effexor or the SSRIs would also supplement the weight control issue. However if she is BiPolar the AD might induce mania.

saint james, you said,"The best and most common, tried and true cocktail for adult ADD is stim + AD." Are you sure of that? I know where you're coming from: Anxiety and dysthymia are frequenly coexist in adults with ADD and so these meds are often given. Yet I haven't read any studies saying that this combination (AD + stim) is "the rule" in adult ADD (excepting individual physicians' own preferences, eg, J Beiderman).

I'm curious, does Effexor interact with amphetamine as the tricyclics do, ie, does it increase amphetamine levels in the brain? SSRIs -- probably the most common ADs -- don't have this effect.

Lastly, Noa made a good comment. Likely she was just meant adult diagnosed rather than adult onset. The prevailing belief about ADD until recently was that it disappeared in adulthood. I remember being told this is by one psychiatrist and told by another to try taking caffeine. This later fellow told me didn't know much about it, that he vaguely remembered one lecture that touched on it in his med schooling/residency. Sadly, both these chaps were CMHS psychiatrists, the only resource available to folks in that area.




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