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Re: Starting MAOI - what about weaning drugs? Marginal

Posted by Sad Panda on July 24, 2004, at 0:50:31

In reply to Starting MAOI - what about weaning drugs?, posted by Marginal on July 21, 2004, at 10:40:38

> I'm starting MAOI ASAP, but am currently on Wellbutrin (300 mg XL for about 3 weeks), Dexedrine (10 mg) and Lamictal.
> Anyone know whether these meds need weeks of washout before starting MAOI? First try will be Moclobemide (I know sketchy reputation of this drug but must try to minimize side effects).
> Thx

Hi Marginal,

Are you taking Lamictal for Bipolar disorder? If so, then you will probably want to stay on it. The drugs you must avoid are the serotonin raisers such as the SSRI's, Effexor & Clomipramine. Since Wellbutrin & Dexedrine don't raise serotonin level, you should only need to wean off a couple of days before starting an MAOI. Personally, I don't think I would bother with Moclobemide as I haven't heard of it working for anybody.





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