Posted by YoYoMe on December 6, 2003, at 16:04:34
In reply to Re: Opioids for depression, posted by Burnedout on December 6, 2003, at 14:55:13
>"...I'll vote "yes" for Opioids as being used to relieve depression in certain cases.
> I'm ready to join a clinical study on it. What about you?"
Yes, and Yes.
Makes perfect sense to me. My own experience (not high, but blessedly normal) has been EXACTLY like yours. My psychiatrist was less conversational on the subject, but then he never does say much. He did say that the possibility was being studied, but not by very many people. He said that if I wanted to follow the research (and didn't mind wading through technical medical jargon) I could try www.pubmed.com, searching on "opioid receptors and depression." I did, and sure enough, it was all rats and chemistry. From what I could glean, they're looking for a more selective opioid chemical, one that won't cause the dreaded euphoria. The fact that you and I don't get euphoric or addicted isn't enough to quell doctors' lawsuit jitters, as you suggested. So yes, I'll sign up for any study that comes along. I'll also sign anyone's petition to light a fire of reform under the ice-chilly fear that malpractice litigation instills, preventing medical breakthroughs from happening, and informed consenting grown people from acting in their own best interests. First, we'll have to sedate all the lawyers.