Posted by psychobot5000 on May 29, 2012, at 15:36:07
In reply to Re: update for SLS » SLS, posted by g_g_g_unit on May 25, 2012, at 7:49:06
> Since people confuse the stimulating effect with an anti-depressant effect in Parnate, I thought that preventing tolerance to the stimulant effect might cause some confusion in me about whether it was genuinely working. That said, I've also e-mailed a) a neuropsychiatric centre, and b) two OCD specialists, and none use Memantine off-label for OCD (my personal psychiatrist won't prescribe it, but will refer to someone who does). This country is kind of ridiculous in my opinion.
> Do you find Parnate itself helpful for anhedonia? Lately, my moods have been feeling quite dark and grey, but I know one poster here (Serge) said that would happen to him until he hit 60mg.
> > If necessary, amphetamine or methylphenidate can be added to Parnate to treat the ADHD.
> > http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15554766
> I'm not aware of any psychiatrist in my state who would prescribe Parnate with a stimulant. I've given up on that idea.
I'm tempted to say: stimulant, antidepressant, whatever--they're both good for mood, and does it matter so much whether parnate's effects are one or the other?
Anyway, I stopped by to post this: over on the alternatives board, I'm trialling an extract of flowering quince, which seems to have stimulant properties and be somewhat useful for mood and affect.
If you can't get a prescription stimulant, you might wish to (cautiously!) try that as an adjunct, though I'd caution you about heart-rate and blood-pressure. If I were to use it with Parnate, I'd make sure to be just as careful about heart-rate and blood-pressure as if I were adding amphetamine.
Do you have a blood-pressure cuff? I think it's important, when adding any sort of psychostimulant or sympathomimetic to an MAOi, to keep close tabs on BP (though stimulants can also be helpful for the general hypotension that often accompanies MAOis :) ).
Hope your parnate trial and sleep work out,