Posted by Ame Sans Vie on August 20, 2003, at 0:53:16
In reply to opiates for depression?, posted by pink123 on August 19, 2003, at 20:30:23
There are quite a few people for whom the more unorthodox treatments for depression (i.e. amphetamines and opioids) are the only ones that work. I'm one of those people -- I take Ultram (a narcotic pain reliever similar, IMO, to a combination of Vicodin and Anafranil, minus the side effects) for depression and OCD. I also take Xanax XR, Klonopin, and Dexedrine Spansules. I've found that almost any opioid helps with my depression (except codeine -- too weak), but Ultram so far has been the only one to also help my OCD.
There has been quite a bit of research done involving the use of opioid painkillers in treatment of depression (particularly buprenorphine, morphine, and Ultram), and the results of this research pretty much always indicates that they are extremely useful. So, that should answer your question regarding validity.
Any questions relating to psychiatric use of opioids you have, or anything else for that matter, go right and ask. :-)
poster:Ame Sans Vie