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Re: amphetamine for depression

Posted by BLPBart on February 15, 2002, at 9:28:23

In reply to amphetamine for depression household06, posted by Elizabeth on February 15, 2002, at 8:54:57

> I tried taking Dexedrine once briefly. I was also taking Parnate at the time, and the Dexedrine caused my blood pressure to go up a lot so I didn't continue taking it, but this shouldn't happen if you're not taking a MAOI (if you haven't tried MAOIs, you should consider it). A lot of people find that amphetamine helps them feel more motivated and improves their concentration as well as giving them more energy. Some people with depression have symptoms suggestive of ADD, and for them stimulants are often helpful.
>
> 10-20 mg/day would be a typical starting dose. How to divide it depends on which formulation you're taking (immediate-release or sustained-release).
>
> -elizabeth


I originally started on celexa and prozac and had bad side effects. The prozac especially caused me to be extremely lethargic and unmotivated. I switched to wellbutrin which helped a lot but then my dr and I decided to add dexedrine SR just this past monday because I show definite signs of inattentive ADD. I am definitely feeling more motivated- I come home from work and actually still have the energy to make dinner, take care of bills, etc. where before I'd come home exhausted from work and then everything else would pile up just adding to my frustration and stress level. I'm starting on 10 mg/day and am going to titrate up by 10 mg/day each week until my dr and I feel the dosage is right. I'm also getting back into my running routine which I had completely stopped while on the prozac.


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