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Re: hanging in there Lorraine

Posted by Elizabeth on October 9, 2001, at 11:47:44

In reply to Re: hanging in there Elizabeth shelliR, posted by Lorraine on October 8, 2001, at 10:48:06

> Did Bodkin do research on buprenorphine?

Yes, and he seemed impressed with it. I know that I and others have posted this, but here's a URL where you can find a relevant article:

> My pdoc looked it up and seemed to think that it was being used in lieu of clonodine . Does that make sense?

No. Clonidine is not an opioid, it's an adrenergic autoreceptor agonist. It is used to help people through opioid withdrawal, although people who've taken it for this purpose don't seem to think much of it. (It's also used to treat childhood ADHD, interestingly.)

> Did you try Desipramine specifically Shelli. I know other TCAs don't work for you--just curious.

I'm a bit behind on this thread, but I just wanted to second that. :-) Desipramine is the most innocuous TCA in terms of side effects and toxicity. I don't find it to have any side effects at all (even when my serum level was way outside the range that's considered "safe!").

> Effexor is hard to get on and off of.

I didn't have a problem getting off Effexor XR. I had only been taking it a little more than a month, though.

> The Wellbutrin augmentation or amphetamine might control the weight gain.

I'm not sure it's even legal to use amphetamine as an appetite suppressant (and anyway, it stops working after a couple of weeks). Phentermine (a weak amphetamine-like drug) might be easier to get (although I wouldn't expect it to work long-term, either).

> If you elect to try it, I'd think benzos the first couple of weeks or so would help. There is an initial increase in anxiety on Effexor.

Yes, this applies to the SSRIs too, especially for people who have panic attacks.

> My pdoc favors Klonopin because it is an anticonvulsant as well.

All benzos are anticonvulsants.





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