Posted by DSA on February 7, 2003, at 0:18:19
In reply to a dangerous, dangerous drug, posted by anais on February 6, 2003, at 0:19:36
This may be meager help, but are you using augmentation therapies? (If you've already posted about this, my apologies.) The info passed on in the thread including http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20030204/msgs/139700.html is hopeful, specifically, the journal article at www.psychiatrist.com/supplenet/v62s18/v62s1802.pdf.
Folate (methylfolate, aka folic acid) has shown some promise, at dosages over 500mcg/day, in conjunction with fluoxetine. Folic acid is readily available in most health food stores or supermarket health sections, and it's not too expensive. Men seem to be less responsive to this as an adjunct. However, folic acid is on the 'Suggested' augmentation list (as opposed to 'Clear', 'Anecdotal' or 'Disputed' lists).
SAMe (S-Adenosyl-Methionine) is generally available in the same locations as folic acid, but is much more expensive. It also has been tested in conjunction with fluoxetine (Prozac), although it is on the 'Anecdotal' rather than 'Suggested' list at this point.
Omega-3 fatty acids are mentioned, but no clear strategy is proposed. My personal inclination is to go with the supplements as, in this case particularly, there's little harm in trying. (You'd be hard pressed to 'overdo it'.) Omega-3 in the form of fish oil capsules can be found at reasonable prices if you shop around. Salmon and similar fish in the diet is also an option. 8^)
NADH (B-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) has shown promise, but is expensive and isn't yet easy to find in some locations.
Please believe me, I'm not belittling your suffering. I remember very clearly what it was like for me, in my case with BuSpar. In the throes, it's difficult to do anything for yourself to mitigate the suffering. Hopefully you can find your way to the key elements you need to get on through to the other side.