Posted by SLS on March 28, 2008, at 14:49:08
In reply to Re: MAOI + Deplin - A special combination ? » Phillipa, posted by kezia on March 28, 2008, at 12:56:18
> I thought you asked your doctor for it after reading about it here ???? Regardless, eventually, you have to bite the bullet, try a new med and give it an adequate trial at a therapeutic dose (and 2 weeks is not an adequate trial, frankly).
An adequate trial for Deplin is at least 2 months.
> There comes a point when you have to stop researching a med ad nauseum and try it. Everyone on this board could spend months and months and months reading and re-reading, questioning and re-questioning the adverse effects and benefits of a particular med, but, what it comes down it is individual experience.
I would like to reiterate that we here at Psycho-Babble do not know nor understand more than the neuroscientists and clinical investigators. For the most part, it is folly to assume enough of an understanding of the workings of the brain and the drugs that act on it, so as to presume to predict the clinical benefits any one person will glean from a particular drug.
The inability to predict with meaningful consistency the therapeutic efficacy and adverse effects of drugs on the individual is seen on a regular basis on Psycho-Babble.
We at PB are only marginally better than one being blind-folded, spun around, and asked to hit
the piñata with one swing using a toothpick.
Doctors with the best track records are those whom are smart enough to pay attention to the subtleties of each case and draw associations from what is observed. They also pay attention to the medical literature to glean a clinical advantage by reading the work of others.
I guess the bottom line is that most of us posting on Psycho-Babble are less qualified to deduce the behaviors of people and the drugs used to treat them than what the frontiers of medicine have yet to establish.