Posted by MB on October 14, 2001, at 15:22:41
In reply to Re: GAD/Social anxiety----What works?? » MB, posted by email@example.com on October 14, 2001, at 14:25:53
No, I haven't tried it (Provigil). I'm not entirely sure what it is. I used to be a alcohol/drug abuser (to self medicate, but I lost control over it). Is Provigil something that a doctor would be afraid to prescribe to a recovering addict. I'm really interested to hear more about Provigil...especially since you say it causes little anxiety. I've tried Cylert, Ritilin (by a brave doctor), Wellbutrin, and Effexor, and the anxiety on those was too much. Something for fatigue/tiredness that didn't cause anxiety would be a godsend!
> Just a thought...
> Have you ever tried Provigil instead of caffeine for the sedation?
> Initial research shows that Provigil seems to be very effective at reduction
> or elimination of antidepressant induced sedation.
> Anxiety reactions are usually minimal or nonexistant - definitely
> far less than with stimulants or stimulant/antidepressants like
> Ritalin and Wellbutrin.
> > Well, right now I'm not on meds. I've made an appointment to go to the Amen Clinic in California in December. That's where they do the SPECT scans of the brain and then medicate based on the scan. I've heard both good things and bad things about the place. I'll give you guys a full report when I get back. If *they* can't find a med that doesn't actually make me feel worse, then I'm going to give up on psychopharmacology (at least until it evolves past the guinnea pig merry-go-round stage of its developement; I can't take trying one wrong med after another...worse than no meds).
> > But I know what you mean about drinking more coffee on meds. When I take SSRIs, I need to drink about 6-7 shots of espresso/day to counter the fatigue and sleepiness. After a while the caffeine stops working. Now that I'm off Paxil, I'm down to 1-2 cups a day (and down from 180lbs to 158 lbs--yea!!). But guess what? You're right! When I was on Paxil, I drank enormous amounts of caffeine, but didn't have one panic attack!!