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Re: hanging in there Elizabeth

Posted by Lorraine on October 9, 2001, at 13:33:04

In reply to Re: hanging in there Lorraine, posted by Elizabeth on October 9, 2001, at 11:47:44


Thanks for the Bodkin research. I printed it out and will give it to my pdoc. Not that I am interested now, but he should be informed. I'm also going to give a copy to Neil, who I expect to see at the NDMDA meeting tonight.

> > > 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).

We could quibble about whether you are really using the drug for weight control or just to counterbalance the side effects of one drug. I don't understand the philosophy here of them working a short time. After all, I gain weight on Effexor the entire time I was on it and I lost weight when I came off it. It seems that this weight thing should work both ways. I mean if your body adjusts to weight loss agents, it should adjust to weight gain agents. My personal experience (n=1) on Adderal was that the weight loss factor did not abate at least in the two months that I was on it. I think it resets your metabolism like thyroid does and makes it less likely that you will gain weight and easier to lose weight.

> > My pdoc favors Klonopin because it is an anticonvulsant as well.
> All benzos are anticonvulsants.

I thought you'd say that:-)

Elizabeth, did you see my post a while back (last post from me to you b/4 this one) that talked about temporal lobe epilepsy sort of stuff and anticonvulsants that seem to be more effective for it? I read about your episode, sounded scarey to me. I think my much milder stuff (olfactory hallucination and car accidents from discontinuities--eg not there for a moment) happen when I am increasing my meds and I just need to be careful at those times.

Hope your desipramine is still treating you well.


> -elizabeth




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