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Nardil Nightmare - very very long

Posted by Phoenix1 on May 20, 2008, at 20:57:08

Hi, anyone here still remember me? I've been gone for a while.

Anyways, I started Nardil in December '07 afer failing to benefit from many, many other AD's and combos. Nardil was a miracle drug, and I was feeling better within a couple of weeks.

Everything went smoothly until my supply of Nardil ran out in March or April due to the manufacturers ineptitude. I was forced to switch to parnate for 2 days rather than suffer withdrawal from stopping 90mg Nardil cold turkey. NOTE: this is technically a no-no, but is infrequently done by pdocs under close medical supervision)

It was when I restarted the Nardil that problems began. For two weeks, i put up with severe orthostatic hypotension. When I began fully fainting, my pdoc got worried and pulled me off the nardil very quickly (over 4 days)

The night after my first Nardil free day, I woke up blind, confused, with right sided paralysis, and with a 10/10 headache. I went by ambulance to the ER. To make a long story short, I was diagnosed with something called PRES (
This was caused by too frequent and rapid fluctuations in BP in my brain, th clincher being the Nardil discontinuation. I spent two weeks on the neuro ward, and I am left with partial cortical blindness, and confusion over spatial tasks.

Withdrawal from Nardil was awful too. I spent 48 hours hallucinating.

And after ALL of that, I miss Nardil terribly. My depression and anxiety are back full force, and no pdoc will ever prescribe me a MAOI again. That's my dilemma. My pdoc is suggesting ECT, but I personally wouldn't ever consent to it. So what next?

Sorry for rambling...





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