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Rick: anxiety stuff

Posted by Thrud on December 12, 2001, at 6:55:51

Hi Rick, hope you're still out there....

As an anxiety guru, I was wondering if you could help me out.

I'm currently on 200mg Lamictal and 3mg Xanax per day for PD. It's strange, although the Xanax takes care of the anxiety, I need something stimulating like Lamictal to increase my "energy" levels; otherwise I feel calm but totally vegetated.

The Lamictal is pooping out on me: I know the feeling. The pdoc and I are running out of ideas. I read on a search of the archives here that someone (patc?) believed Klonopin to be effective for atypical depression (which includes very strong lethargy).

Is this true? If so, why haven't I heard more about it? My pdoc is quite willing to switch me over to Klonopin and see what happens. If Klonopin monotherapy doesn't work, could selegiline plus a benzo work as a way to getting a stimulant effect without sending my anxiety off and above all WITHOUT SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION?!?!?!?

Even Lamictal gives me sexual dysfunction, as does Xanax somewhat. Maybe you have other ideas you could share? I've even considered ECT for relief without sexual side effects, but apparently it is not an effective treatment for PD....

I'm starting to get REALLY desperate now and willing to listen to any kind of way-out suggestions!





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