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Re: Methadone - AndrewB and all interested Elizabeth

Posted by SLS on May 13, 2001, at 9:20:45

In reply to Re: Methadone - AndrewB and all interested rogdog, posted by Elizabeth on May 12, 2001, at 19:33:17

> > WE SHOULD ACCEPT THE OPIATES AS A "REAL" TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY.

> They are.


Hi Elizabeth.

How prevalent is this recognition among "expert" clinical psychopharmacologists?

I told my doctor about the multiple accounts described on Psycho-Babble of people using oxycodone as an antidepressant. His reply was that it was probably nothing more than the same euphoriant effects that healthy people experience. His tone seemed to indicate that opioids were not within the boundaries of alternatives to be considered for my treatment.

I am getting concerned that my doctor is not the expert he was touted as being (I hope he is not reading this). He is an assistant professor at NYU, and is an active clinician at the hospital. He came highly recommended by the doctor who was recommended by a research clinician at Mass. General / Harvard. The person who was originally recommended had changed his focus to ADD AD/HD, and would not take any cases of affective disorder. Both doctors share an office.

> Furthermore, they can work when nothing else does, probably because all conventional ADs target the monoaminergic systems (although some experimental ADs do affect neuropeptides).

Are you now using, or ever have used, the same opioid consistently as part of your daily regimen for an extended period? If not, why not? If you have discontinued the use of opioids while still moderately to severely depressed, what are the reasons?

I think my last question is one that would best be asked through a more private communication (I'll try not to flirt). I really need to evaluate the personnel whom I am to invest so much time and pain in. If you are willing...

sl.schofield@att.net

Thanks.


- Scott

 

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