Posted by Bob on November 19, 2005, at 18:02:08
In reply to Re: MAOIs and psycho-surgery » Bob, posted by Jedi on November 19, 2005, at 17:02:45
> >I just can't imagine being on such a heavy duty medecine like that for the rest of my life. I mean, does anyone really take these things for decades, or does it always end up bad in the end? I also can't imagine being on a super-restrictive diet for a very long time. The last thing I need is a stroke. I wonder, if the MAOIs had remained a first line treatment if the drug companies would have found safe versions by now.
> Thank you for the website.
> As a person that has been on Nardil plus augmentation for the good part of the last decade, I am having a hard time with your thinking on MAOIs. There is a school of thought that a person can not even be considered treatment resistant without a couple of five week trials on Nardil and Parnate. Without Nardil I would not be living right now. I do not know the history of your depression, but if it is atypical with social anxiety, an MAOI should have been the 2nd tier medication trial. It is not a last resort, it is the gold standard that other medications are compared to. The side effects and diet restrictions are way overblown. I plan on being on Nardil with various augmentations the rest of my life.
> Wishing you Well,
Your info is heartening. I assume you are not getting extreme side effects, or otherwise you'd be off of it? If you don't mind me asking, what types of things did you augment Nardil with, assuming that none of the SSRIs are available?
Again, it's not that I am somehow against the MAOIs, just that I've had a bad time with so many meds for so long that I'm real skittish now.
I basically have major depression, major anxiety, and some obsessional/rumination problems. Most of the meds I've taken have affected me greatly in one way or another - it's not like I'm some sort of inert rock and completely insensitive to all meds. I've just never been able to find a med that helped with my mental (and now physical problems) while at the same time actually allowing me to function in life. My standards were much higher in the beginning. Now I just want to be able to get out of the house on a daily basis.