Posted by zeugma on February 11, 2005, at 15:24:29
In reply to Re: still going thru stim w/d » zeugma, posted by ed_uk on February 11, 2005, at 6:42:03
I haven't read much that is good about protriptyline. The one place I did read a positive comment was on a chat board for narcolepsy in which a woman claimed to take 15 mg a day with no side effects and great efficacy. Everything else was negative, so you are simply affirming the consensus on this one. The thing that concerns me is its lack of antihistaminic effect- yes, that might make for a 'stimulating' experience (and it would truly be interesting to see if its being more stimulating than DMI is a myth or not) but I am skeletal, and that it was I was put on nortriptyline, and not DMI, in the first place. I can't tell you how much better I feel, physically and emotionally, to have the strattera out of my system. The stuff truly was poisonous to my emotions.
So now I'm on just three drugs- 100 mg nortriptyline, 30 mg buspirone, 1 mg clonazepam. Now I am down to nearly zero side effects. And I have an appetite- not a large one, but the thought of food does not fill me with dismay. And the combination is good for my nerves. Oh, and tons, TONS of caffeine. Why is caffeine the only tolerable stimulant I can take?
It's amazing how three drugs has basically zero side effects, and then when I add a fourth, my system seems to become overwhelmed. I'm filled with fatigue, but at least I don't feel the anxiogenic roller coaster of Ritalin or the dysphoric alertness of strattera. Just the normal, everyday, dead-on-my-feet exhaustion that seems resistant to everything. It's better than what I felt on ritalin.