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EMSAM At 8 Weeks

Posted by Darkness At Noon on August 5, 2007, at 16:59:24

I am now entering my 9th week on EMSAM. I've been at 9 mg for about 2 1/2 weeks.

Benefits: none to date.

Most bizarre side effect: previously, after putting on patch, I experienced several hours of heightened activation, followed by several hours of fatigue, followed by just plain activation.

Since going up to 9 mg, those several hours of fatigue became overwhelmingly intense, and occurred much sooner after putting on the patch. Then 20 hours of just plain activation. I was up to 3 mg Klonopin and getting about 4 hours nightly of bad sleep.

A week ago, I started applying the new patch at bedtime (instead of in morning). Then I take my sleep meds and get 4 hours of solid sleep. The period of fatigue is in sync with my sleep meds and time in bed. But once the patch fatigue changes into activation, I'm awake.

And tired, because 4 hours just isn't enough sleep. My pdoc won't, at this time, increase my Klonopin. We WILL discuss this further this week. I spend 20 hours a day stimulated by the patch but tired from lack of sleep.

Adding insult to injury, my sex drive and ability to perform have dropped below zero. I could personally restore honor and integrity to the Oval Office.

I am not a happy EMSAM camper. But I am desperate, so soon I'll increase to 12 mg. Meanwhile, my big brain is too tired to do anything and my little brain is too deadened to do anything.




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