Posted by brynb on September 14, 2012, at 19:19:16
In reply to Re: Different types of depression » SLS, posted by schleprock on September 14, 2012, at 17:27:38
> > > I'm starting to spiral down again. It's pretty much doom and gloom when I wake up, that aching pit in the stomach, and I have to take Tramadol immediately just to function. I actually just left a message with my pdoc.
> > Good move.
> > I wish you the best.
> > - Scott
> What exactly is this "Tramadol " of which you speak?
Tramadol is a synthetic opioid painkiller, but it's not controlled (it doesn't produce a "high" like other opiates/opioids do). It also works like an NRI and an NMDA antagonist. I think because it works on these different areas combined, it makes for a good antidepressant. For me, it lifts my mood in about an hour--not euphorically, it just sort of brightens and motivates.
Unfortunately, many pdocs won't prescribe it because it's "not a psych drug" and it carries the stigma of being a painkiller.