Posted by shelliR on November 18, 2001, at 17:26:25
In reply to Re: Morphine for depression. » shelliR, posted by SLS on November 18, 2001, at 12:43:22
> Anyway, I'm interested to know in what ways oxycodone helps you. Does it help with concentration and memory? Does it make it easier for you to read? Does it help you think clearer and smarter? How about energy and level of activity?
> I hope methadone does the trick for you.
> Take care.
> - Scott
Hey there. (I bet you hate it when people call you Scottie, but I like it.)
< Anyway, I'm interested to know in what ways oxycodone helps you. Does it help with concentration and memory? Does it make it easier for you to read? Does it help you think clearer and smarter? How about energy and level of activity?
The main thing that oxycontin does for me is to take that huge brick of depression out of my chest. It's quite amazing--takes about a hour.
Lets see, I haven't read a book since I've been on the stuff, but that has more to do with time than medication. I am still the bright ;-) but very spacey person that I was pre-oxy. It is possible that I am even more spacey, I'm not sure.
Seriously, focusing had not been a problem, transitioning was though. And opiates have not helped or hurt with that, expect that of course it is harder to focus when depressed. I don't think that it has made me "smarter or think clearer."
Opiates have always given me a lot of energy, although I still have a bit of a let down in the late afternoon.
I am also taking 400mg wellbutrin, (well, usually I forget 100mg), and 54mg concerta a day, as well as 30mg of nardil. I don't understand why I am on so many drugs, especially so many stimulents. I don't feel any difference with or without the nardil and concerta. You would think I'd have asked my pdoc why and I have, but you wouldn't believe what I have had to tolerate to get my opiate prescription.
I will probably switch to methodone either Tues or Wednesday. I have to admit I'm nervous about the possibility that it won't work. My pdoc takes no calls ever and Thursday is Thanksgiving, so I wouldn't be able to go down and see him if necessary.
If it doesn't work, I'll have to go back to oxy. I'm pretty sure that the oxy people will supply it to me; it will just take some time.
Scott, I truely felt that I had wasted enough time in pain (two years) and the worst that can happen to me is that eventually I'll have to detox. That is not nearly as scarey to me as my depression full force, the horrible med trials that I went through with my last pdoc, and the possibility of ruining my business.
Our types of depression are very different, so I don't think my experience with opiates are all that helpful as a predictor for you. Maybe you should have tried that vicodin--if it made you feel nauseated and wierd, you would probably know it wasn't even worth the debate.
How does you pdoc explain your lack of any enduring response? Has he run into this pattern before? We've definitely run into it with other people on this board. I know it's really hard for you (you've said that) to confront your pdoc, but I think he owes it to you to look into any unconventional treatment that
possibly might help. Can your family be of any help to you in consulting with other doctors or talking to this one?