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Re: Did I Give Parnate Enough Time?

Posted by bulldog2 on August 22, 2009, at 18:34:56

In reply to Re: Did I Give Parnate Enough Time? bulldog2, posted by SLS on August 22, 2009, at 18:11:18

> Hi.
>
> > Interesting thing about parnate. Raises the important neurotransmitters involved in mood...might not work by itself but gives you the material to work with if another med is needed...
>
> I think you might be right about that. Many years ago, when I first tried Parnate, it did little for me. However, once a tricyclic (desipramine) was added, that did the trick. It was like the tricyclic finally got the support it needed to work long-term.
>
> Understandably, people like to recommend to others what has worked for them. I have a difficult time not doing that myself. It is probably more productive to simply state what works for me and let others interpret for themselves what they would like to do with that information. That being said, I like your ideas. The only thing that I would note is that the NIH has had a great deal of success using a combination of Lamictal and lithium for bipolar disorder.
>
> I was extremely surprised, and pleasantly so, that one our posters has a doctor who will only use Parnate when it is combined with nortriptyline.
>
>
> Currently:
>
> Parnate 80mg
> nortriptyline 150mg
> Lamictal 200mg
> Abilify 20mg
> lithium 600mg
>
> I am still trying to find the optimal dosage of lithium. 300mg was too little. I really didn't want to waste time at 450mg, so I went right up to 600mg. If I can do just as well at 450mg, then I can experiment with that later.
>
>
> - Scott

Is your current dose of lithium therapeutic in the sense that if you took a blood test you would test out in the recommended range for lithium?
Or are you just looking for the dose of lithium that is synergistic with your med combo?

 

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