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Re: MY NEW PSYCHIATRIST DOESN'T LIKE DEXEDRINE. . . DiscoPuppy

Posted by Gabbi on July 16, 2002, at 23:40:15

In reply to MY NEW PSYCHIATRIST DOESN'T LIKE DEXEDRINE. . ., posted by DiscoPuppy on July 15, 2002, at 16:10:07

I am fortunate to have been patient of a brilliant psychopharmacologist. He's the head psychopharmacologist at two major hospitals, takes on refactory patients, and still NEVER takes more than 30 minutes to return a phone call.

Of course all that in reality could mean nothing, lots of 'famous docs'have done horrific damage. This man however has had much success with refactory patients (me included) and prescribes dexedrine and other somewhat unorthodox med combinations which other doctors have problems with. Sorry for going on I just want to back up what I'm saying.

The point.. My G.P refused to prescribe dexedrine for me after I moved. Apparently the general concern is that it can over time permanently cause a baseline depression disorder by (I think) indirectly increasing cortisol production.
Also my Pdoc said many Dr's tend to moralize medications and have a problem with dex,and others which have an instantaneous effect on your system, and can be considered a "high", while overlooking the potential longterm therapeutic benefit of some.

Your psychiatrist may also be unsure if you use "recreational" drugs such as ecstacy, which causes an explosion of dopamine, serotonin, and neuropinephrine, while very likely permanantly damaging the brains ability to produce them, and effect worsened by dexededrine.

That aside, What I gather from my Pdocs information is that if dexedrine is used to augment the usefullness of other medications or at a below 60mg dose for A.D.D there are very few side effects.
That has definately proven to be true for me, I've never been tempted to increase my dose, and it lowers my anxiety, which my G.P flatly refuses to believe.
I am still suffering the disastrous results of adhering to the very appealing sounding "fewer pills policy" of Drs'I've seen since. An insidious recurrence of my disease (major depressive disorder and ongoing battle with suicidal ideation.
(I feel that these side effects more dangerous than a medication which works) and I am simply waiting out the days until my appt, with my original Pdoc.

Thats about as much as I know, but you are not alone in your problem. Its difficult finding one psychiatrist, nevermind looking for another, but unless you can find out from him in detail what his concerns are in your particular case, I would suggest looking elsewhere.

I hope that was a little help for such a long answer.
Gabbi



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