Posted by shelliR on August 31, 2001, at 17:32:39
In reply to Re: Update » shelliR, posted by Elizabeth on August 29, 2001, at 9:42:54
> Well, that could be chalked up to adrafinil being unavailable in the US. Fear of the unknown and all. But the BP elevation is more suggestive. Were you on a MAOI when you took Provigil, and if so what dose and how was your BP? All I have to go on about modafinil-MAOI interactions is my own reaction.
You going to be frustrated with all questions about how much, because it's all a blur to me. My pdoc had her nurse-practitioner go through all my records and do the whole drug history thing, but I can't find it. So many of my failed drugs were at low doses, except I went pretty high up on topomax and serzone. I think I forgot the serzone/nardil combination in my list. Mostly my pdoc was the type that kept saying you didn't try it long enough, or you didn't go high enough. I was pretty stupid in the long trial thing. But those were the drugs that made me tired, or had no effect--not drugs I couldn't tolerate well. Topomax was my last straw. I feel no way every again am I going to completely waste three weeks of my life sleeping unless I have a signed written guarantee.
> > > So you find opioids activating too?
> > Yes, feeling PMS, tired and sick in my stomach. Take vicodin, wait 45 minutes, then go out and mow the lawn. :-)
> That's me! :-) (Nice to know I'm not alone.)
That's what makes it so hard to turn away from. Takes away depression, adds energy. Except for tolerance (*big* except), it's the perfect drug for me and it sounds like for you also.
> > From what I've read the fentanyl patch often doesn't last as long as it's supposed to, and it's not good to change it more often.
> AFAIK you should change it as often as you need to. But you're right that it often doesn't last as long as it's supposed to -- that's a problem with many opioid analgesics (including buprenorphine and OxyContin).
I mean, does oxycontin last twelve hours for anyone? I can see someone landing in a hospital being treated for horrific pain by an inflexible doctor and they'd be in horrible pain for four hours!
> > So what's your next step with meds? (or life?)
> Meds: hoping to try a stimulant with DMI.
Concerta was my favorite: (actually the only one I could tolerate), if your insurance pays for it.
Life: learning how to drive. (I did, at least, get a learner's permit.)
Congratulations. That is way cool (as my fourteen year old niece would say) :-)
Really, that's going to be a big upgrade for your other-than-city life.