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Re: High doses of Parnate

Posted by Sharon J. on October 21, 2000, at 14:47:06

In reply to High doses of Parnate, posted by Steeler Tookahn on October 21, 2000, at 11:38:47

Hi. I was on Parnate for 9 years, and got to taking 80 mg one day, and 90 mg the next, alternatively, and I found it was excellent. At this time, my depression is in remission, and I do not take any anti-depressant (with Dr.'s guidance), but would not hesitate in a moment to go back to taking it if I needed to if it weren't for the new information that I learned after getting off it. I'm sure you know about the food restrictions and drug interactions, but the real down side of taking it for me is all the risks and complications that could arise should I ever have a medical emergency or accident where I would need anesthesia -- I learned from my new Doc that MAOIs don't mix with anesthesia, and I know that if I am severely hurt in a wreck or something and need immediate surgery to save my life, the idea of having to wait until Parnate is washed out completely (and at those dosages can be a long time -- weeks!) before I can have anesthesia and get emergency surgery is not something that I am willing do. Period. I probably gave more info than you asked for, but those are the pluses and minuses that I put in priority with regards to my taking Parnate. It was great for my depression at high doses, but I will search for a different med to take when I need an antidepressant in the future. There is something called a 'reversible' MAOI that is supposedly not as risky for my overall health with regards to drug interactions, and I will most likely consider that alternative when the time comes. If any "professional" has information that will fine-tune what I have said here or correct any misstatements that I have made, I am sure that they will do so. Good luck.




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