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Sam-E massive side effects

Posted by clint878 on August 18, 2006, at 10:26:33


On August 5, I began taking Sam-E from GNC for mild depression after doing some online research. I started at 200mg/day to see if there would be any adverse effects before increasing the dosage. I figured that I would take the 30 pills in the box, and then decide in September whether to continue.

I increased the dosage to 400mg on August 6 and 7, took 200mg on August 8 and 9, and then discontinued the medication.

On the 10th, my memory was shot. It took a huge amount of effort to remember the simplest things. I couldn't sleep (and still haven't slept) more than five hours per night. I was so wired that it was like my head would explode. I paced around whatever room I was in for hours at a time.

I took the day off on Monday, and on Tuesday when I got to work I was confused and disoriented at a meeting. I addressed someone who wasn't even there, and had trouble thinking of answers to questions people were asking me. This improved somewhat by Thursday, but I still am not back to the way I was before. My head is in a fog. Most troubling, I was (and still am) completely unable to feel any emotions. If someone asks me how I felt at a certain time, I can't picture the feeling to describe it. I have no drive to do anything, because I don't feel anything. It's as if I'm not in contact with the world. Panic attacks, which I conquered years ago, have resurfaced because I can't remember how to suppress them.

Will these symptoms resolve on their own, or are they more serious? Should I go to a medical doctor for treatment, and if so, when? Of course, some drugs have adverse effects, but is it possible that Sam-E is this long lasting?

Or, am I just imaginging these symptoms and try to concentrate while talking to a psychologist?

While I was somewhat depressed before, I could deal with it then. It's nothing compared to how depressed, unable to think, and generally messed up I am now. If it's possible, I would just like to return to the state I was in on August 4.

Thanks for any advice,





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