Posted by Cam W. on December 26, 2001, at 19:04:43
In reply to RE: Using Serzone to Raise Levels of Other Meds » Cam W., posted by Rick on December 24, 2001, at 20:12:31
Rick - I think that the pdocs I know use it to primarily raise levels of other drugs (without having to take higher doses of those drugs), while at the same time hoping for a little extra antidepressant activity.
As for how to do it; I believe that is very individualized. Many factors have to be taken into consideration (past med use and response, what is hoped to be accomplished with the augmentation, disorder - and/or subtype - being treated, supposed status of one's cytochrome system, etc., etc., etc.).
I do not think that I could make a blanket statement for using this type of therapy, nor do I think that it is an option for everyone. I do find that this sort of augmentation is fairly much a "last gasp" strategy, when most others have failed.
I tend to think that this sort of therapy is from the "let-us-throw-a-bunch-of-treatments-against-the-wall-and-see-which-one-sticks" school of treatment. I am not a big fan of this, but sometimes one has to resort to whatever works.