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Re: Dexedrine Tolerance? A Theory

Posted by Geezer on February 21, 2002, at 11:08:54

In reply to Re: Dexedrine Tolerance? A Theory Geezer, posted by fachad on February 21, 2002, at 8:21:28

fachad,

Thank you so very much for your response RE: pstims. You have answered a question that goes far beyond casual interest in terms of importance.

The key factor you mentioned - "zap" = EURPHORIA, I believe and agree, is the predictor to good therapeutic treatment OR tolerance, abuse and serious consequences. My last experience with Dex. was 1985 (had abuse going back to 1962-intermittent). I started with 15mg. in AM, 4 months later I had increased the dose to 150mg. per day (honest). This episode required my full attention all day every day. I had 5 different docs writing scripts-had them filled at 5 different drug stores.

What ended the run? A pharmacist recognized my abuse and confronted me. He made it clear - detox. or else!

Here is what I have learned:

1) One size does not fit all. Pstims can be a blessing for some folks with depression and add but a potential death sentence for others with unstable mood disorders (I have Bipolar II-DXed in 2001).
2) The "zap theory". Any thing that makes you feel like Super Man with the first dose is no good for you.
3) Self medication based on my own subjective and flawed knowledge of psyc. meds. may result in a poor outcome.
4) A CORRECT DX is essential for treatment (never trust a pdoc that won't share the DX with you).
5) Modern day Mood Specialists (Psychopharmacologists) and contemporary psyc. drugs offer me a much better chance at survival (IMHO and yes I do men survival) than I had 30 years ago.

Thanks fachad.....I take your post as much more than "just a guess". Important stuff to a "Geezer" looking for answers.


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