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Posted by JahL on May 10, 2001, at 14:27:54

In reply to Re: Michele, posted by Elizabeth on May 10, 2001, at 7:23:28

I don't want to get involved in this one but I would like to relay a point made by a recognised pdoc in an article I read recently. In it he said that it would be amazing if, out of all the receptor systems, only the opioid receptors were immune from dysfunction.

I'm not attempting to make a point, but I can't disagree with the guy.


> > Opiates as first-line AD treatment would be foolhardy, yes, but that is not the situation with these folks here. They are searching for a solution, not a high.
> Exactly! Depressed people who respond to opioids do not report a "high" from the antidepressant dose.
> I've said this before: if someone is getting "high" (or hypomanic) on an AD, that person is taking too much or perhaps needs a different drug altogether. We use ADs to eliminate existing dysfunction, not to create new dysfunctions. Those of us who use opioids as antidepressants are well aware of this and do not seek to get high from our medication.
> Maybe those who assume that opioid responders are "addicts" or "drug seekers" ought to take pause and read carefully rather than be so quick to judge.




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