Posted by Rick on January 3, 2002, at 13:05:30
In reply to Re: Serzone: Does it even work? - I think so - » Rick, posted by allisonm on January 1, 2002, at 15:00:51
> I've no real information re' continued marketing of Serzone, just have a feeling (maybe paranoia? or just garden-variety depressive cynicism? :-) ) that maybe it won't be around long because:
> 1. I read here that few people find it helps;
> 2. I've read elsewhere doctors' comments that they have few patients that respond;
> 3. my own doctor says he's had little luck with it;
Internet groups, and especially P-B, seem more negative towards Serzone than what I've personally encountered, which is hardly a large sample size:
-- A friend whose been greatly satisfied, with no side effects, using it for GAD
-- A GP who said it's a great antidepressant (but was clueless about interactions)
-- A Pdoc who said, "Serzone's a strange med. It doesn't seem to help as often as many of the others, but there are a number of depressed or anxious people who do great with it." (Yourself included, of course!)
-- My own positive experience, although I'm concerned about possible adverse memory effects, and I'm beginning to think it's helped me more due to beneficial side effects and interactions than its own anxiolytic properties.
>and last but not least:
> 4. because I'm taking it and it seems to be working.
LOL! I know THAT feeling!!
The internet medical reviews and studies (NOT all manufacturer-funded!)seem more positive about Serzone than the groups, although there are more than a few very negative ones that complain especially of the interactions and non-linear dosing.
All told Serzone seems to get its highest marks when anxiety is a major component of the disorder being treated.