Posted by cactus on June 23, 2008, at 15:45:01
In reply to Re: Requip for Social Phobia/Depression?, posted by garylee on June 22, 2008, at 19:32:54
Ropinirole (requip/repreve) definitely worked for me for my social phobia/depression/anxiety/panic and sleep, these were extra in built properties that I wasn't expecting because it was prescribed for restless leg syndrome. I thought I had hit the jackpot.
Unfortunately it made me sick though, even though I titrated up very slowly. My sleep doc wanted me up to 4mg but I never made it past 1.5mg due to excessive nausea and occasional vomiting. If you are going to try a DA, start low and raise your dose very slowly. Taking a large dose straight away will do nothing but make you sick, so follow the instructions about dosage. The low starting doses are very effective.
I was happy to put up with this because I felt so good during the day, but in the end I just got so sick of puking and feeling nauseated all night that I had to give it away after a few months. It's not a good look to puke into your CPAP, let alone dangerous if you're asleep. That never happen to me but it did worry me, I do worry about stupid things.
I was also starting to show signs of augmentation in the restless leg department. So back to clonazepam it was. This doesn't happen to everyone though and if you are looking for something different to try it might just be right for you. It's also very expensive as I'm sure you all know.
It works very quickly for RLS and depression, etc.... It was the fastest acting mood enhancement I have ever experienced, RLS was instant and depression was about 2-3 days, which I didn't know about and wasn't expecting. The improved sleep was another added bonus. The ropinirole made me sleepy, I'm a terrible sleeper but it did improve it considerably. The nights where I still had trouble sleeping at least it wasn't from funky leg action.
I would recommend it to anyone who has failed with the usual meds for social phobia/depression. If they can refine DA's even more and improve them, I'd definitely give them another go. No TCA, SSRI, SNRI, AP has ever really helped me.
I now take modafinil 200mg, which is great for loads of things too and clonazepam. Good luck people and I hope you find something that works for you. Peace. C