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Re: Need EMSAM Advice

Posted by Shortstop on April 11, 2007, at 19:10:46

In reply to Re: Need EMSAM Advice, posted by Jeff81 on April 10, 2007, at 22:01:24

> What dose are you guys taking? I have been on 6mg for a month. Probably going to start 9mg on Thursday.

Newbie to this board here. I just started the 6 mg patch eight days ago -- more for GAD than depression. (My stomach would not tolerate any SSRI, so I figured the MAOI patch would be worth a shot. Somewhat to my surprise, since Emsam has only been cleared for major depression, my doc agreed.) Anyway, I'll keep this board posted on my progress, if folks find that helpful.

First report: So far, so ... nothing! Really, I don't notice any difference in my mood or any decrease in the level of free-floating anxiety. But neither do I have any side effects or any increase in anxiousness, so I'll give it at least 6 to 8 weeks before giving up. The patches are a little irritating. Damned painful to peel off! But a little dab of hydrocortisone cream seems to alleviate the redness and mild burning/itching by day's end each day. We shall see if the results justify the pain and suffering :-) ...

And now a question. I had been using an OTC male-enhancement solution called Stamina RX. I stopped when I started Emsam just to be on the safe side. But the stuff is terrific -- my wife and I find it works even better than Cialis or Viagra. Does anyone know if I'd be putting myself at risk to take the Stamina RX while on the Emsam? Here's a link to a page listing the ingredients:

Finally for now, thank you to Dr. Bob for establishing and maintaining this sane & sober (i.e., non-hysterical, compared with some other boards of its type) discussion site -- and to all the smart and knowlegable people who post here, from what I can see. I look forward to learning a lot, and hopefully helping others learn some things, too.

All best,




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