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Re: First time Parnate -- common side effects? Girlnterrupted78

Posted by SLS on August 21, 2009, at 6:33:08

In reply to Re: First time Parnate -- common side effects?, posted by Girlnterrupted78 on August 21, 2009, at 1:49:45

> Yes, I tried Lexapro. It was the worst med I ever tried. I was doing great on Celexa and when my pdoc switched me to Lexpro, because it was a "better version" of Celexa, it ruined everything. Lexapro didn't work. And it pooped out whatever was left of Celexa. Celexa never worked the same again after that.

You are not the first person to report feeling better on Celexa than Lexapro, although it seems to be uncommon. How did you go about switching drugs?

I'm sorry that Celexa doesn't work for you anymore. I call this phenomenon antidepressant-induced antidepressant refractoriness. I have seen this happen with lithium, too.

One of the biggest side effects of Parnate is orthostatic hypotension. For me, it competely disappeared after a number of months. It also tends to lose its "harshness" as a stimulant. Be prepared to perhaps feel weird on it for a few weeks. I have done well on drugs that made me feel weird or foggy in the beginning. Since insomnia can be a problem, be prepared to treat the insomnia aggressively. Try not to let it be the reason for having to discontinue Parnate. Before the advent of the newer "pseudo-benzodiazepines" like Ambien and Lunesta, I found that a combination of Halcion and Ativan completely resolved the insomnia. I wasn't sleeping a single minute without treatment. I guess you'll cross that bridge when you come to it. I am taking Parnate right now, and no longer have a problem with insomnia, and I am not taking any sleep aids. If Parnate works for you, perhaps you can try removing the sleep aids after six months or so. You will have to taper them.

- Scott




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