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11th day

Posted by RobertDavid on April 17, 2006, at 15:08:56

In reply to Re: Emsam Price help #, posted by Donna Louise on April 17, 2006, at 9:45:06

I'm continuing to feel better particularly with mental clarity, memory and mood. It seems I go a few days feeling the same (which is good), then on occation, like today, notice a surge, a change for the better. I'm sleeping better than I did before starting EMSAM, something that has improved from my first week. Perhaps that's do to depression lifting.

One thing I'm noticing is that I'm not so critical about myself, my mental issues or any issue for that matter. I can even tolerat my ex-wife (no offense ladies). I'm less anxious and am more accepting of myself. I'm not beating myself up on a daily basis (which is the norm). For lack of better words it feels like I've taken a "chill pill" or I guess I should say "chill patch."

Yesterday I went to a hot springs where I spent the day relaxing in the sun. I was concerned about being in the water especially hot water. I swam and soaked up the hot water for 5 hours and didn't have issues with it the patch coming off or feeling any different.

My driving anxieties are becoming less noticable. Socially I'm feeling more outgoing. For those just starting who may be feeling some slight increase in anxiety/engery or perhaps some difficulty sleeping I suspect it will ease with time, hang in there and see what happens.

For me, I've never taken a drug without feeling negative side effects. I think I had an irrational concern that EMSAM wasn't going to work, be strong enough because I didn't feel the negative side effects I typically expect when trying a new medicine. Like, how can a drug have be working if you don't feel something weird happening? For the first time in a long time I can read a book and actually remember what I just read. I'm getting to tasks I ordinarily just don't feel like doing.

I've mentioned before I've taken klonopin for 12 years (2mgs) and continue to do so per my doctors advise. Perhaps that's helped with EMSAM side effects though I've had terrible side effects while blending SSRI's, SNRI's and other meds with same dose of klonopin.

The reason I went to EMSAM was that though klonopin really has improved my social anxiety, I've had a lack of zest for life, low energy, poor mood and I still needed some improvement with SAD and GAD. I've done so many med trials, taking weeks, months out of my I was begining to lose hope, that I had only one or two med trials left in me. I just pray this continues, that there's no poop out.

Though my doctor wanted me to stay on klonopin for several months while I adjust to EMSAM, I now feel like starting a slow klonopin taper (.25 at a time) and see if I can get by with a lower dose or get off it. I've tried before, but couldn't, perhaps with EMSAM I can. As this is my first try with an MAOI I'm optimistic as I know how well Parnate and Nardil work for so many of you.

Anyway, sorry for the long post, but I continue to do really well. I know everyone is different, but I believe EMSAM will be the answer many have been looking for. Hopefully EMSAM will also re-open MAOI's in general to all the doctors who don't use them in their arsenal of drug treatments.





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