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Re: Tianeptine if SSRI failure?

Posted by StevenInLB on July 25, 2004, at 18:40:49

In reply to Tianeptine if SSRI failure?, posted by SLS on July 18, 2004, at 20:23:18

I have taken tianeptine a few times over the past year.. usually for a couple of months at a time. I did NOT find it to be like a sugar pill.. though it is much lighter than the SSRI's. I found it to by highly anxiolytic, calming, but also slightly activating.. I know this sounds odd. It's pretty benign side effect wise but I would still recommend starting at a low dose and ramping up.. 1 pill a day for a week, then 2 pills for a week etc. I could never take 3 pills a day, since it would make me feel a bit too loopy and my heartrate would increase. Be careful with alcohol, I became somewhat impulsive and jittery when mixing it.

The most fascinating thing about tianeptine is that recent research suggests it can repair damage to certain parts of brain caused by stress and depression, i.e. shrinkage. I never found it to be dramatic in alleviating depression, but then again I have not responded well to SSRI's either. Long term this may be a good option if you are willing to import it and take it for a year.




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