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Re: Memantine for OCD Symptoms with comorbid Schizophr Lamdage22

Posted by bleauberry on May 4, 2018, at 7:23:30

In reply to Memantine for OCD Symptoms with comorbid Schizophr, posted by Lamdage22 on May 3, 2018, at 10:53:34

> Yay or nay?

My experience is that armchair quarterbacking of psych meds doesn't work very well.

That said, memantine does not seem like a good fit for this scenario. But crazier things have happened.

There are already plenty of meds on board and my guess is that several of them are standing in the way of healing, not helping the healing. But I don't know. Only the patient knows. Just commenting from the outside looking in.

If it were me, I would instead add 2-3 herbals to the cocktail. Herbals which are specific for calming the nervous system. And herbals for reducing systemic inflammation and brain inflammation. I'm thinking things such as Lemon Balm, Passion flower, Chinese Skullcap (Baical Skullcap), American Skullcap (totally different substance than Chinese Skullcap, Japanese Knotweed (usually sold as Resvertrtol but make sure it is made from Knotweed and not made from grapes), Houttuynia, and a really good all-around herb is Andrographis.

And there are plenty of other choices. Those are just the better ones I have had experience with.

And I think you would do well to have 1, 2 or 3 adaptogens in your cocktail. Rhodiola rosea, Eleuthero, Ashwaganda, or others.

The current cocktail is actually just a collection of narrow focus targeted strategies - except for the vitamin D which is wide spectrum. I think we patients have entirely better outcomes when we employ comprehensive wide spectrum tactics rather than narrow focus pinpoint tactics.

One thing I have noticed over the years is that parasites play a much bigger role in mood and health than most of us realize. It would be worth doing a de-worming to rid your body of parasites which cause psychiatric symptoms. It's pretty easy with about a month of a product - capsules or tincture - that has in it green black walnut hulls, cloves and wormwood. Raw garlic is good too but the smell is problematic at the doses required. I mentioned this parasite angle because your symptoms are consistent with that.

I do not see how memantine might help but it is an easy enough test to find out if you want to. A few weeks should rule it in or rule it out. I think there are way better options, however.





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