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Re: EMSAM - First Day gibber

Posted by headcheese01 on July 27, 2007, at 8:00:10

In reply to Re: EMSAM - First Day, posted by gibber on July 26, 2007, at 23:12:52

>>>I had a similar experience as Mr. David. Exept I was on Emsam for more like a year/year and a half. Later on I combined it with Lamictal. I am still am on Lamictal. ... I started CBT around the time I started emsam (2 years ago). I am a strong believer CBT. This is after taking every drug available and doing years of psychodynamic therapy too. ...<<< - Gibber

Hi Gibber,

So, if I read this right, you quit Emsam around 6 months ago, but it had worked for you before, like it did for Robert David?

Just curious, how come you quit it? And when you did take it, were there any side effects that you experienced. I'm new on Emsam myself (8 days). Still figuring out timing of taking the drug, and if the moderate fatigue issues that I get with it will resolve over a couple of weeks, or if that's just the way it will be with Emsam.

I'm a super fast metabolizer, so with all the AD's I ever took, I felt the drug kick in within an hour or so of taking it, and then depending on the drug, I felt something good for a couple to a few (but not more than 4) hours, then I'd crash. Over the years, I had concluded that that experience wasn't worth taking the meds. Yet, I remained by and large depressed... to the point that I actually had VNS implanted. VNS has been a little bit helpful, but not near enough.

So... I finally decided to give an AD another try, and it's Emsam. So far, I'm experiencing similar stuff to what I've experienced with other meds; that is, a couple of hours of feeling good, followed by a couple of hours of moderate fatigue, followed by a few hours of lesser fatigue; then I get really tired and go to bed.

It's all new to me though, so I'll try to give this a good 6 weeks unless side effects become too burdensome.




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