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Re: Kara - Have you come to a decision? jujube

Posted by KaraS on December 28, 2004, at 14:56:51

In reply to Kara - Have you come to a decision? KaraS, posted by jujube on December 28, 2004, at 13:00:39

> Hi Tamara,
> Just wondering if you have made a final decision about trying either Nardil or Parnate? In a previous thread, you mentioned that you had a pdoc appointment early in the new year. Do you only plan to discuss a MAOI for treatment, or do you have other alternatives you are going to raise? Have you continued with the wash-out in anticipation of your appointment? Geez, I sure am nosy aren't I!

No, not nosy at all. I was thinking more along the lines of VERY SWEET AND CONSIDERATE! I'm still completely unmedicated and it's been interesting to say the least. I'm only using the niacinamide currently to ward off the anxiety. (I've just recently increased my vitamin D and my fish oil though and will continue to increase the latter.) The crying at the drop of a hat is still a problem. It's like having constant PMS and I have no control over it. It's very wierd because my conscious mind knows that there's no reason to cry - yet the floodgates open nonetheless.

I have gone back and forth on the Parnate/Nardil decision many times. When my anxiety was out of control I was favoring Nardil but now that that is in check I'm leaning towards Parnate again. My anxiety problems can be quite severe but it's very treatable. Any SSRI or TCA I've been on has completely "cured" me. My biggest problem by far then becomes the lack of energy/motivation followed by the brain fog/concentration issues. Parnate fits that bill better. I could always add in a little bit of a sedating tricyclic for anxiety/insomnia if needed. I have yet to see if my pdoc will go for the Parnate though. I'll see when I can talk to him in the new year. There's also one other health issue that I have to make sure is not going to be a problem with an MAOI before I can start. So things are still up in the air.

I must confess I still do have my moments when I get scared and think about trying imipramine or something else instead.

> I started taking Thermotabs (buffered salt tablets) in an attempt to raise my blood pressure a bit so that I can try to increase my dose of Anafranil without experiencing so much dizziness. The NADH has certainly helped, though, in terms of energy, which is most welcome. Enough about me.

That's interesting about your experiment with the salt tablets. Have you seen any benefit yet? I was thinking that you were going to change directions rather than increase your Anafranil - but maybe with the NADH and DMAE increasing your motivation, energy and focus, you're more content on the Anafranil. I don't think I tried DMAE at a strong enough dosage. NADH had no effect on me but all dopaminergics tend to not work well on me so at least until I can improve that situation, NADH isn't really an option unfortunately. From your other posts, it sounds like you're functioning really well now though you've still got issues to work on. Am I reading the situation correctly?

I'd don't know about you but I'd really prefer to be on only holistic type treatments. I just don't have the time now to taking the chance of trying lots of different things and giving them months of time. Nor do I have the money to get complete holistic testing done (but someday I hope to). My situation requires that I get fully functional and soon. Otherwise I'd have to give up my apartment and I can't bear to think about what would happen to my 2 cats.

> Well, whatever you decide, I wish you all the best luck and success.

Thanks. You too, sweety.

> Take care Kara, and I will talk to you another time.

Count on it!


P.S. Thanks again for asking. Uh oh, eyes starting to water up again...




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