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Re: Running out of med options... lmm2003

Posted by SLS on May 25, 2003, at 9:28:51

In reply to Running out of med options..., posted by lmm2003 on May 24, 2003, at 9:19:10

Hi lmm2003.

I just wanted you to know that your post has not been ignored. I'm sure your situation is not at all hopeless. There are plenty of things you haven't tried. I guess no one has yet been struck with an idea specific to your case. Part of the frustration must lie in the fact that you have not been given a definitive diagnosis. In your case, it is important to ascertain whether or not you really suffer from ADHD. Without knowing this, it is difficult to recommend a specific treatment.

Selegiline is a drug that has certainly helped some people. However, I don't consider it to be an antidepressant with a high success rate. If depression is your main complaint, I would consider Parnate instead. You *can* combine Parnate with a stimulant like Ritalin or Adderall. Selegiline has been used to treat ADHD, but I don't know how effective it is. The NIMH tested Selegiline for ADHD at dosages between 20mg and 60mg. At this dosage, there is no advantage in terms of the necessity to follow the special diet. The diet would have to be adhered to for both Parnate and oral selegiline. It seems that inhibition of MAOI-A is necessary to treat both depression and ADHD.


- Scott

 

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