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Re: hydrocodone or tramadol for depression

Posted by GregS on June 7, 2008, at 22:37:34

In reply to Re: hydrocodone or tramadol for depression, posted by undopaminergic on June 2, 2008, at 1:39:40

Your problem is not just hypothetical for me. I've had well over the average in experiencing those with depression and what these people use for it.

After a fair amount of experience, I look at your situation this way.

Let's say,someone tells me that two margaritas always works whenever he's feeling down. He may feel down once every two week, but lately its more like every three or four day and the two drinks still work great. That person may not have developed an addiction to alcohol but they probably have a dependency to margaritas. Now dependencies aren't necessarily all bad. Its what happens when some solution works too well. If the dependency is chocolate, people tend to get become obese. I the dependency is an opiate, people tend to get dreamy, sometimes obnoxious and indifferent. A majority of people might think that the effects of the medicine are too steep.

Medically opiates are not an antidepressant, they are depressants. If people uses them regularly, these people my be free of pain but often they don't function like normal human beings. A trip to a methadone clinic or a chronic pain clinic will demonstrate this point to an extreme. With occasional use a person would be more less likely to buy the groceries, make a meal, wash the clothes,shave their face, do homework, impress the boss,safely cross a street and on and on. The behavior really isn't just a side effect it is how the medicine works. If I were to wake up the next morning I probably see more consequences to be unhappy about. See another person's point of view. Some might consider this normal behavior.

So if, for me, I really wanted to be safe about the whole ideaof the controlled use of a medicine( and I personally do). I might reassure to myself and others by trying another class of medication. At least in that case, I know that I have alternatives if you happen to be out of town and developing your depression in the middle of the night. Emergency rooms are never helpful under these circumstances. Or if you start having an allergic reaction every time you take hydrocodone.

Of course,




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