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Re: MAOIs Jedi

Posted by Bob on November 26, 2005, at 0:20:17

In reply to Re: MAOIs Bob, posted by Jedi on November 24, 2005, at 2:58:33

> > I definitely have trouble with SSRI withdrawl. If MAOIs reduce REM sleep to a much greater degree than SSRIs, would it follow that withdrawal with the former is more troublesome than with SSRIs?
> Bob,
> Abrupt withdrawal of the MAOIs is said to cause vivid dreams and nightmares. This would be logical since REM sleep is reduced while taking the MAOI.
> I've always tapered Nardil when I've come off, and had no problems like this. That is until the major depression reoccurred after each withdrawal. After two of these relapses, I realized I will be on Nardil for life. Or at least until the miracle drug is cooked.
> I do understand your plight on this med thing. I've been on more than 25 different combinations trying to find something that works without the side effects. In my experience, nothing is perfect. I found something that keeps me out of bed for 16 hours a day and lets me function, albeit at a level less than my former self. IMHO, you are focusing more on side effects and withdrawal than on finding the medication that will work. I do empathize because I've been there. Focus on finding the med that works best, stay on it, and augment for side effects.
> Do you use Omega-3s? For a supplement, I've found that about 3 grams a day does help my depression. With our western diet consisting of very small amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, I believe they can help a lot of people with their depression, plus you get the heart benefits. More on this later.
> Get Well Soon,
> Jedi

I did try Omega-3 capsules years back. I honestly think there's very little I haven't tried. Anyway, they didn't seem to do much except make my belches smell like fish. So, I increased the dose quite a bit. It seemed like if anything, they made me a little anxious. I eventually stopped them. Maybe I'll revisit them at some point. Your theory about the deficit of Omega-3 in the West is a sound one. That's what is so frustrating sometimes - all these meds and augmentation strategies are so good on paper.




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