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Re: Codeine for Depression Treatment-Elizabeth

Posted by AMenz on June 5, 2001, at 11:19:40

In reply to Re: Codeine for Depression Treatment AMenz, posted by Elizabeth on June 4, 2001, at 16:35:06

Codeine is supposed to be addictive. I'm already unable to get off a 1mg benzo daily.

When you say an opioid is it a synthetic or a natural derivative of opium. Better yet since I do not have a science background-what is an opioid agonist, as opposed to an opiate?

What is the action of codeine that it relieves depression and is the effect palliative like, eg. like benzos which wear off quickly and have to be readministered as oppossed to SSRI which and lithium which build up in the bloodstream slowly and take several days to wear off.

I'm almost embarassed to write to you because you seem extremely knowledgeable. What is your background, if I may ask?

> At what dosage and, since you say it's a temporary, for how many days is it safe to take this.
>
> How safe do you want?
>
> There seems to be a wide range of variability in the rates at which different people develop tolerance.
>
> BTW: there is no evidence or reason to suppose that opioid agonists are "cover-ups" that don't address the "root cause" of depression. (This is an argument commonly made by proponents of "talk" therapies in criticising the use of any drug at all, incidentally.)
>
> -elizabeth


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