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Re: getting off of nardil... tips?

Posted by SLS on August 8, 2009, at 11:13:12

In reply to Re: getting off of nardil... tips? pallor, posted by 49er on August 8, 2009, at 8:56:56

> The key is to taper 10% of current dose every 3 to 6 weeks or longer

So, this is a universal recipe regardless of the drug to be discontinued?

I am not groaning. However, I would not tell people that there is only one way to discontinue all medications.

Obviously, people would like to discontinue their medications without experiencing adverse withdrawal effects. It is ideal to taper a medication at a rate that mirrors the body's capacity to compensate for the reduced dosages. However, some people simply don't want to follow a protocol that requires years to accomplish.

Do you think that a more flexible dosing protocol would be more efficient? Afterall, you did recommend taking into account how one feels at a given dose.

I'm sure you have come across some people who can't tolerate even a 10% reduction in a benzodiazepine. What do you do in these cases?

Nardil is not a benzodiazepine and ought not be compared to one. A 10% decrease in the dosage every 3-6 weeks is unnecessary and a huge expenditure of time, since the individual cannot start another drug or discontinue the food and drug restrictions during this type of extended taper period.

I am not a medical professional, but, like you, I read. Like you, I have found ways to discontinue drugs using a strategies that avoid the suffering of a withdrawal syndrome.

I do agree that it might be desirable to bring Nardil back on board. It might take 30mg to achieve enough MAO inhibition to allow the withdrawal effects to disappear. I would never stop Nardil abruptly. However, doing so produces a withdrawal syndrome that often disappears within a week.

- Scott




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