Posted by SLS on January 3, 2009, at 16:30:10
I want to switch from nortriptyline to desipramine.
Now, all I need to do is convince my doctor that it is worth trying. I am 50 pounds overweight and my triglycerides are well over 300mg/dL. I am sure that these are side effects of nortriptyline. I am betting that desipramine will substitute effectively for nortriptyline, as I once attained an extended remission when desipramine was combined with Parnate. I would need 300mg. I do not gain weight on desipramine, and will probably experience a further improvement in motivation and energy.
I am hoping my doctor will allow me to switch over without using a cross taper. I doubt he will, though. He is very cautious when it comes to treating with Parnate. One of his patients experienced a spontaneous hypertensive episode with it.
I am sure that this is the right thing to do at this juncture, even if a trial of desipramine should fail.
As an aside, I was prescribed Crestor (rosuvastatin) to treat my hypertriglyceridemia. I discontinued it after 4 weeks because it seemed it was making me feel more depressed.
It's always something.
Still, I am blessed. Fat, but blessed.
I am very anxious to make this change.