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Re: Social phobics: how do SSRIs make you feel? Sarah S

Posted by Rocket Jackson on April 24, 2003, at 21:38:59

In reply to Re: Social phobics: how do SSRIs make you feel?, posted by Sarah S on April 24, 2003, at 19:19:08

> Well, I took Effexor, which is sort of like an SSRI, for depression and social phobia. It did help a little with the social anxiety--I no longer got sweaty hands and a racing heart every time I had to call someone on the phone, for instance. But it really wasn't that great, and it made me so tired that I didn't even care about socializing.
> I'm currently on Wellbutrin, which is helping the SP more than the Effexor did. It doesn't just take away the anxiety, it actually gives me some confidence, which is a big help. It isn't perfect though, so I'm thinking of adding Klonopin and Provigil, or switching to Nardil, which as you probably know is the best drug for social phobia.

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for your reply. I'm worried about fatigue with Zoloft as well (even though it's supposed to be 'activating'), which is why your thoughts of adding something like Provigil definitely make sense. I'm taking it now with Klonopin (I take 100mg of Provigil with 1mg of Klonopin) on an as needed basis, and it seems to work extremely well. I just don't feel comfortable with taking both on a daily basis (I guess I'm a little paranoid about tolerance to its effects).

That's great that Wellbutrin is working well for you. I really wanted that one to be my "wonder" drug due to its lack of sexual side effects. But it ended up making me more anxious than I was before, so I had to drop it. And for some reason I'm still terrified of Nardil, despite its great reputation as a treatment for SP. It's not the dietary restrictions so much as the huge weight gain, sexual dysfunction, constipation, etc. But I'd be very interested to hear your experience if you indeed decide to try it.

Good luck!





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