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Re: First Day - Again

Posted by KarenRB53 on August 19, 2008, at 8:16:03

In reply to Re: First Day - Again, posted by TexasRVer on August 18, 2008, at 22:32:46

> I have read most of the posts in this tread and find it interesting how varied the reactions to Emsam have been.
> I started on 6 mg. Felt better, but not much, so increased to 12 mg. Prior to Emsam, I was so tired all the time and just did not want to do anything. Pdoc said that I would have so much energy that I would want to do stuff and be on the go all ahte time. That did not happen, but id did feel better. However, she also said that it would help the weight gain, and it did not, I just continued to gain.
> I guess different docs have different ideas about dosage. She told me to "play" with dosages until I settled on what was right for me--to cut the patches for different dosages. Then, due to the cost, she said that I could leave one on longer than 24 hours, or change every 48 hours. Just try different things. Before my problem with cough syrup and having to go off the Emsam for a while, I was using 9 mg/day and leaving one patch on longer. I figured by doing that, I was getting the 12 mg/day but cutting the cost a bit. It seemed to work just fine.
> Since the package insert says to not expose the area to sun, I asked about that since the weather is beautiful and I wanted to lay by the pool. She said that I did not have to wear the patches in the locations indicated, but could place it where it would be under my swimsuit and not exposed to the sun.
> I guess all pdocs and all patients are different!!!
> I am anxious to get back on it. The past few days since I got over the reaction to the cough syrup, I feel really good, but don't want to wait until I get too far down again before I get back on it. Just hope the time off does not change my response to the patch.
> Jurhee

What happened when you took cough medicine? Do you have to stay off the Emsam patch for long because of the cough medicine. Do you mind my asking, were you on other antidepressants before you tried the patch? Also, did it help with anxiety?





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