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Re: MAOI questions...ALL respond please - Laura

Posted by caha on March 10, 2003, at 21:24:22

In reply to Re: MAOI questions...ALL respond please, posted by polarbear206 on March 9, 2003, at 14:37:28

> > Laura - Best of luck to you!
> > My daughter will be talking to her pdoc next week about possibly trying an MAOI soon after years of unsatisfactory results with SSRI's. Please keep us informed how it works for you. Again, all the best.

> caha...
> Thanks for the support. I've known for years that this drug will respond to my type of depression. Too many pdocs are too conservative and stay away from prescribing them. I had to swith to a new pdoc due to insurance purposes last spring. Finally someone who really listens to me and is willing to trial Parnate.
> Here are all the drug combinations I've been on over the years.
> imipramine/klonopin
> imipramine/wellbutrin/klonopin
> imipramine/paxil/depakote
> Paxil/lithium
> imipramine/paxil/lithium
> paxil/wellbutrin SR
> imipramine/prozac
> imipramine/paxil/lamictal
> My atypical symptoms are.. hyperphagia, hypersomnia, social anxiety, leaden feeling in extremities when fatigued, confusion and concentration problems.
> My condition is exacerbated with change of the season. Worst being late winter to mid spring. I love the fall. I always get a burst of energy and am able to cut back on my meds for several months.
> Tell me about your daughter.
> Thanks,
> Laura

Hi Laura - I've always loved the fall too. I wish I could find a place that was like fall all year long. I've never been fond of the spring.

The meds you list are familiar to me except imipramine, klonopin, and lamictal. My daughter has been on all you list except the above. She's also been on Paxil, Effexor, Zoloft, Celexa, Ritalin, Risperdal, Geodon, and Remeron. She's been on Geodon since late October and started Remeron about two weeks ago. It made her sleep 15+ hours a day at first but recently lifted her depression some. She's also on Prozac but it's not doing anything.

Many of the symptoms you list are exactly what she has and she's also been psychotic in the past. The Geodon stopped that thankfully. But her depression is relentless. She's also got the leaden feelings and social anxiety you have.

She has another appointment this week and he'll probably up the Remeron. She has a good relationship with him and he's knowledgable. Like so many others, she's had some bad experiences with doctors too. I remember a guy on another board who said he got better treatment at Midas Muffler than he did from one doctor. Unfortunately all too true sometimes.

So, have you tried both Parnate and Nardil? Were you able to start the Parnate again already? I hope it works well for you soon. Have you had depression long?

All the best - Carol




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