Posted by michael on January 20, 2000, at 16:43:02
In reply to Re: stimulants; Aricept; Ca++ blockers; Parnate, posted by Rick on January 20, 2000, at 15:10:06
> I came into this thread a little late, but I infer that MAOI's make your blood pressure rise. For me the situation was just the opposite, to the MAX. I started out with BP of 140-150/90-100 and ended up three weeks later at 80-90/60-65 after taking Nardil alone. (I'm sure this was just a coincidence, but it started happening just after some fairly heavy drinking, the first since starting Nardil. Since going on Klonopin, I'm careful to imbibe minimally; usually not at all.) It's known that MAOI's can cause hypotension, but for me it was like a bolt out of the sky. Perhaps the effect would not have lasted (although it persisted for three weeks after I stopped the Nardil), but anyone who could market a blood pressure medication with this kind of effect would make a mint. Of course, mine was an extreme case (lucky me).
> > Hi everyone. Yesterday I tried adding Adderall to Marplan, but it made my blood pressure shoot up. So it looks like that is a no-go.
> > My choices seem to be:
> > 1. Cylert. My pdoc doesn't like this idea because of recently increased concern about liver trouble (the recommendation is now apparently to get tested every 2 weeks -- what a PITA). However, I took Cylert by itself in college for a while and it definitely made a difference.
> > 2. Desoxyn. Another thing my pdoc isn't too sure about. However, it does have a higher ratio of central to peripheral effects, which might be good since I seem to get elevated BP at the drop of a hat on these things. (OTOH, I think at least some of the cardiovascular effects of amphetamines are centrally mediated, so maybe this wouldn't help. Experiences?)
> > 3. Aricept. One of the weird ideas my pdoc has mentioned at various points. Seems like a stretch but might be worth a try.
> > 4. Switch back to Parnate (may have to wait, since I don't want to do the MAOI withdrawal thing while classes are in session again!) and add an antihypertensive. My therapist mentioned this idea, suggesting maybe a calcium channel blocker. Anybody used Ca++ blockers (especially, but not only, with MAOIs)? How are they? I've only taken Procardia a couple times.
> > Thanks....
Just wondering what the adderal was attempting to address...fatigue?