Posted by King Vultan on November 16, 2004, at 22:57:31
In reply to dopamine -- tell me more please, posted by underthewave on November 16, 2004, at 9:35:49
> I believe that I have become treatment resistant. I was diagnosed with Major Depression and Panic Disorder in 1987. I started with TCAs and then in the 90s started SSRIs. I have also tried the serotonin/norepinephine combos (Effexor, Cymbalta)....It sounds like I might benefit from an increase in Dopamine. What psychiatric drugs increase dopamine and can they be used in combination with SSRIs? I've also heard it helps with libido (and mine is lacking). Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
Wellbutrin is the most common dopaminergic antidepressant, and it is often combined with SSRIs. Provigil is a stimulant that seems to also increase dopamine, and this could also be used with an SSRI. It is only a Schedule IV stimulant and is considered less problematic than the amphetamines and Ritalin, but it can be expensive. You might also consider the MAOI Parnate, which basically has to be taken by itself; although, it does work on serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Nardil is another MAOI that is available, but it is not nearly as dopaminergic as Parnate, but it is somewhat more so than an SSRI.