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Re: Drugs for recovery of stimulant abuse

Posted by djmmm on August 21, 2005, at 13:48:15

In reply to Drugs for recovery of stimulant abuse, posted by AMD on August 20, 2005, at 10:09:31

> Folks,
> Any suggestions for medications useful in reversing the depression and cognitive decline associated with stimulant abuse (primarily cocaine)?
> I recently entered an outpatient rehab program for the twice-monthly abuse of (bingeing on) alcohol and cocaine. I'm still feeling, however, the devestating depression of mood that follows their cessation. I can't focus; I want to sleep constantly; I have no energy and no motivation to do things I typically enjoy, such as going to the gym; and I feel, basically, horrid.
> I've been off these substances for a week now. I thought that by now any residual effects from my past binge would have tapered. But this depression subsists.
> Which makes me wonder: am I on the right meds? Hence this post.
> I'm taking Lamictal 200 m.g. and Celexa 80 m.g. daily. I also take fish oil (high EPA-DHA ratio), and a high-potency vitamin B supplement.
> Yet presently these aren't helping at all. I've thought about raising the Lamictal to 400 m.g., or 600 m.g., even, as the former has often helped bring me back to a decent mood. But I tried 400 m.g. earlier this week to no avail.
> I should note that I've been on Celexa for more than four years now, and Lamictal for almost two years. Perhaps it's time to switch medications.
> I'm soliciting advice on psychopharmaceutical options. Any thoughts?
> Thank you,
> amd

I would suggest a diet high in protein (either from food, or in a supplement-shake-form)
Also, a potent B complex vitamin.

You may want to do some research on wellbutrin and the supplements SAM-E and Mucuna Pruriens (a natural source of L-Dopa)




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