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Re: amphetamine for depression

Posted by Frankie on February 22, 2002, at 1:21:15

In reply to Re: amphetamine for depression, posted by BLPBart on February 15, 2002, at 9:28:23

Hello guys,

I would first off, not recommend taking a stimulant with an MAO-I. Most drug books warn against this. I have heard the good about particularly Nardil and Parnate. I used St. John's Wort for years, which has some MAO-I action, and it worked really well, for a cheap over the counter herbal remedy. So, I am sure both of these medications are very effective. I would watch the blood pressure though with the combination. Amphetamines will be wonderful for depression, but only if you have the lethargic type. If you are unmotivated, unwanting to get out of bed, always tired, etc... Ritalin, Dex., Adderal, will all be great additions. But, if you are the anxious depressive type, like I am, I would not advise the stimulant. The MAO-I will be great for this, but the stimulant will increase any type of anxiety disorder. I tried a small dose of Ritalin recently, and my head felt like it was going to explode. My mind was out of control! But, Ritalin is pretty harsh. Dex. is much milder. I believe that the key is elevating all the neurotransmitters somewhat with resistant depression. If it is more lethargic, shoot for a Wellbutrin, or Adderal, in combination with a low dose of an SSRI. If it is anxiety based, an MAO-I, or SSRI in combination with a small dose of a benzodiazepine. That is the combo I find most effective. The MAO-I's are the most versatile, from what I have read. I have yet to try one though. I don't want to have to watch everything I eat for fear of a fatal reaction.





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