Posted by SalArmy4me on June 24, 2001, at 21:08:49
Maprotiline came out around when Prozac came out, so it was overshadowed by the hoopla surrounding Prozac. But Maprotiline is unique like mirtazapine, in that it has a tetracyclic structure. Here are the benefits of maprotiline versus traditional tricyclics:
*Can be convieniently taken once-a-day.
*Has no sexual side-effects.
*Can be taken with most ADs except for MAOIs.
*No blood tests required.
*Titration can occur rapidly.
*moderate anticholinergic effects
*No cognitive side-effects.
*Response rate same as SSRIs: 4-6 weeks
*It is still popular in Europe.
*It is much less expensive than SSRIs, venlafaxine, or mirtazapine.
*No weight gain.