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Re: Questions about depression

Posted by manowar on February 15, 2002, at 17:53:18

In reply to Questions about depression, posted by household06 on February 14, 2002, at 13:44:26

Hello,
I know how you feel. Hang in there, and learn as much as you can about this disorder.
I think many on this BB are the type of depressives that DON'T do well on serotonergic type meds. I certainly don't.

Unfortunately, typical pstims like Dexedrine can help depression for a little while, but the effect soon wears off, and we're back to square one again. That's why no pdocs that I know of in this area of the country prescribe typical pstims like Dexedrine for people with depression.

The good news is that if an antidepressant is not working, some pdocs will augment an antidepressant with a pstim and sometimes the combo works wonders. I personally don't know of any doctors around here that will do that, but it seems to be commonplace in other areas around the country and world.

Try the non-serotonergic, non-tricyclic drugs like Wellbutrin. Wellbutrin has a very benign side effect profile and is very stimulating for most people. Another avenue to take is to try Modafinil (Provigil). Provigil is a drug indicated to treat people for Narcolepsy, but many people, including myself, experience a huge increase in energy and vigilance. It also has a powerful anti-depressant effect. Its very expensive, but for me it works wonders with a side effect profile of zero. It is considered a pstim, but fortunately its not a controlled drug like other pstims.

Keep the faith, and get better soon,

Tim


> I have been diagnosed with depression, and have tried so many AD's that I am getting frustrated. I have been on celexa, trazodone, effexor, celexa & trazodone, and now all three. They seem to work for a little while, but then I am back at square one. I have heard good things about dexadrine, as far as helping with the energy level during the day. I would like to hear from anyone that has been prescribed dexadrine to help with depression. Also, what dosage, and any adverse reactions.


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