Posted by joemzak on January 12, 2006, at 10:38:34
In reply to MAOI withdrawal, posted by ed_uk on December 5, 2004, at 4:43:11
I just joined this board because it is so relevant to me.
I have been on Nardil for 18 years. From the very beginning, whenever I stopped taking it for one reason or another, I felt worse than I did before I started any medication.
Through the years I have had to get off Nardil 3 additional times for hip replacement surgery. It has gotten so bad- the psychic pain is so unbearable- that I once said: "It was like losing my soul."!
The only thing that stops this pain (along with every mentioned withdrawal symptom posted on this board) is taking opiates...in my case...percocet or just plain oxycodone. These were given to me by my doctor as he knew it to be the only way for me.
I just checked into (on Jan 9) NY Presbeterian Hospital (affiliated with Columbia U. Med School and Cornell Med. School) and they had no idea what to do for me...so I checked out the next day.
I want to get off Nardil, must get off Nardil, because:
I am now literally addicted to carbs (when I don't have them I got physically and mentally sick) and have gained 100 lbs since starting Nardil (60 of those pounds in 6 years)
Some drugs have NO EFFECT on me...like Halcion and Seconal (given to me to try to make me sllep)
Because, Nardil is now interferring with my sleep in a big way
Also, have had BIZARRE and FRIGHTENING side effects when given: Gabitrol, Depakote and Zyprexa (these given to me to "boost" the effects of Nardil-they did not)
I started this mess with only atypical depression and wish I had never taken anything for it. I now feel a good, no make that great psychoanalyst would have done the job 19 years ago. Oh, I have had therapists, but do you know how easy it is to hang a shingle out that says: "Therapist"? Anything from a lower degree in Social Work to a degree from an accredited School of Psychoanalysis!!!
I am LOST what to do and where to go now. I have been contemplating trips to: Mass. General (Harvard), Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins or anywhere I can where I can find a doctor that can take me off this!
If anyone can help me, I would be eternally grateful!