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Re: Remeron and Cortisol- XANAX treatment glenn

Posted by Elroy on October 18, 2005, at 15:08:37

In reply to Re: Remeron and Cortisol- XANAX treatment, posted by glenn on October 18, 2005, at 6:44:23

Really couldn't say. I have been on Xanax XR (1mg x 2 daily) constantly for about a year now and can only note that if Xanax did have any controlling effect on my elevated cortisol that the effect was quite minimal.

I think that unless one is consistently tracking their cortisol level that the reality is that they don't really know if they have a cortisol problem or not.

And if they do have hypercortisolism then advanced testing is imperative to see if the problem is primarily medical or primarily psychological.

It is my belief that if the problem is primarily medical (i.e., caused by a tumor, etc.), then neither Xanax or Remeron is going to provide a salvation. Something like RU486 "might", but then only with long-term usage which opens the door for lots of nasty side effects.

If primarily psychological, then I believe that ultimately medications such as RU-486 (and some other interesting ones on the horizon) might very well be a God send for those conditions that are indeed related to hypercortisolism conditions.

Elroy

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> Just as an interesting addition to this thread, I use xanax in what Dr Shipko calls the "anti biotic method" which sounds a bit like the previous descriptions of steroid use.
> That is I take a short course when needed.
> Short course means 3-4 days only.
> The effect of this can last as long as 3-4 months or as little as 2 weeks, and I actually feel even better on the day I stop the Xanax.
> Could it be that the xanax is (temporarily) resetting something, ie the HPA axis.
> In my case it must be permanently weakened as a resetting is needed every so often, but xanax has never failed yet, and at a low dose ( 0.375- 0.5 mg)
> It is massively more effective for me than remeron, but then again I guess my symptoms were rather strange and not particulary depressive.
>
> Glenn


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