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Re: maoi or bust

Posted by torchgrl on February 17, 2000, at 1:00:15

In reply to maoi or bust, posted by ryan_s on February 17, 2000, at 0:31:29

SSRIs are really the meds that are most notorious for inducing apathy--I don't remember reading about anyone's experience with MAOIs causing the same thing.
Obviously, if the med is working, it will induce something of a feeling of wellbeing--if it feels like you're on something illicit, that may not be a good thing in the long run, though!
MAOIs have often proved THE medication for people who seem to be resistant to everything else, or who have atypical symptoms. The main issue seems to be the high potential for interaction with certain foods and other medications--I'm not sure about antipsychotics/mood-stabilisers, though.

I've only tried Parnate, and had to quit because of unnerving side effects that, in retrospect, were probably exacerbated by my low blood-pressure. At first, it really affected my sleep and killed my appetite, but that only lasted about a week/10 days. I didn't want to try Nardil because you're pretty much guaranteed to gain some weight on that one.
There seems to be a consensus around here that a lot of the food warnings are overly cautious, but there are still certain things you have to steer clear/be aware of; as long as you're willing to do so, though, it's definitely worth trying them out--as a class, they seem to be really underutilised. Good luck!




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