Posted by Lorraine on November 19, 2001, at 9:12:48
In reply to Re: Morphine for depression. » Lorraine, posted by shelliR on November 17, 2001, at 19:26:11
> >I've read good things about methodone though. Let's hope it affects you the same as the Oxy. (Isn't it cheaper?--Is that what the med switch is all about:-(
> Thanks, I am hoping so hard that it works. It's very very cheap; yes that's what the med change is about. If your doctor and mine are supporting opiates for TRD, it's a good sign that they may be coming to the forefront again.
I don't know about forefront, my pdoc is a bit out there generally. He is apparently using Methadone with a patient with good response. He also is using Naltraxone (sp?), an opiate blocker, with another patient, with success. If we go that route (I think it is too early to be there, though), his preference would be for me to try Naltroxone (which I am not wild about because there seems to be little research to support it) and then Methadone. It's nice to know that he is thinking this way (and I have been bringing him in articles from time to time--just because that's what I do generally). He's retesting me today with a QEEG to see if he can detect why I am having these sublevel panic attacks and to see if he can figure out why my meds aren't working. His first testing said that amphetamine and mood stabilizer ought to work. I maintain fairly well on Adderall and Neurontin--of course it's only been 10 days since I stopped the Nardil, so I may not have "fallen off the cliff" into depression yet. I maintained well on Adderall and Neurontin during my Parnate washout as well. Aside from the panic attack stuff, I only seem to be lacking mood support. But I can think and act with just the Adderall and Neurontin. I have more mood lability and I can dip pretty low.
> Is methodone one of the opiates that you are considering? I wish I had more time to read about it.
Do you want me to send you the link to the info that I found?
> Let me know your next strategy. Either the adderall and neurotin are keeping you afloat, or you are the most patient person I know. Maybe both.
I've never been hospitalized. I hate hospitals (bad experiences when a child) plus I have never been suicidal and I think a lot about the impact of my illness on my children so I don't think I'll go that route (on the other hand, that's easy to say as I don't have suicidal ideations as a symptom--the thing that happens is just that all the lights go out in me and I hybernate, slumped in a chair).
You take care too Shelli. I think that you are on the right track though because you have found a med class that works for you:-)