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Re: ADD/Maj Depression: Straterra, Lexapro Klonopin

Posted by JohnL on February 22, 2003, at 9:33:48

In reply to ADD/Maj Depression: Straterra, Lexapro Klonopin, posted by LibbyH on February 21, 2003, at 15:56:13

There is just no way to know how this is going to work out for you.

The really difficult thing here is that you are going to be experiencing withdrawal type effects from the meds you have stopped, while at the same time you will be experiencing new side effects from the new meds, not to mention how all this will affect your mood from hour to hour or day to day. It sounds to me like you are in for a rough transition period. I hope not. But it could reasonably be expected.

Sometimes we get lucky though, and we just happen to choose the right meds and they start working pretty fast and everything goes well. There's just no way to tell though.

I've heard of people with lifelong anxiety and failures of dozens of drugs who found complete cure within 24 hours with Lithium. People who suffer treatment resistant depression often get better with the antipsychotic Zyprexa. Some people with depression actually get worse on antidepressants. And other examples go on and on and on. So will Klonopin affect your ADD? Who knows. In theory you might think so, but you just never know for sure until you try. Sometimes these meds have paradoxical reactions and do exactly the opposite of what you would expect.

Best wishes during the transition. Hang in there!

> I had been taking the following cocktail for 3-4 years for ADD & major depression with good results until recently:
> - 300 mg/day Wellbutrin SR
> - 20 mg/day Prozac
> - 40-60 mg/day Ritalin
> The Wellbutrin "pooped out" a few weeks ago & my mood has been in a fast downward slide ever since. I am about as depressed as I can remember being right now AND have started having panic attacks!
> So my doc change my meds today to:
> - 20 mg/day Lexapro
> - 40 mg/day Straterra
> - 1 mg/day of Klonopin
> Has anyone else taken Lexpro & Straterra together? Any ideas about what I can expect during the transition?
> Also, has anyone out there with ADD tried Klonopin? Will that worsen the ADD?
> Thanks,
> L.




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