Posted by SLS on June 5, 2012, at 16:03:21
In reply to Re: memantine success, posted by g_g_g_unit on June 1, 2012, at 2:34:07
> Also, my psychiatrist agreed to add in Memantine either before or after we increase to 60mg!
I have decided to perform a trial of memantine to see if we can't speed things along. Although I am improved, I am not satisfied with the rate of recovery. I would like to accelerate it if possible.
Parnate 80 mg
nortriptyline 150 mg
Lamictal 200 mg
Abilify 10 mg
lithium 300 mg
prazosin 12 mg
memantine 20 mg
I suppose some people will think that it is irrational to take so many drugs at the same time. Some people take twice as many "supplements" as I do drugs. They argue that each supplement does something different, and that many of them need other supplements to work properly. That is exactly how my treatment regime works. My grandmother took 11 drugs to treat comorbid hypertension and heart failure. She lived to reach age 99.
I have no qualms about adding Topamax on top of all of this if the addition of memantine doesn't help. Topamax is a drug that is currently being studied to treat PTSD, and has some utility in treating bipolar disorder. That would be 8 drugs that I would be taking. That is not such a big deal to me, though. It is only a number. This regime is still rational polypharmacy as far as I'm concerned. There are no safety concerns at this point. If I feel tremendously well for adding Topamax, I would then try to discontinue memantine. If I feel worse, then I'll keep both of them, and hopefully live happily ever after.
If the addition of memantine and Topamax do not produce a robust improvement, I will discontinue both drugs and then pursue rTMS.
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I dream of things that never were and ask why not.
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