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Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. uncouth

Posted by g_g_g_unit on April 21, 2012, at 10:27:51

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin., posted by uncouth on April 20, 2012, at 16:52:29

are you on Namenda at the moment uncouth? I wanna add it to Parnate for OCD, ADHD, impulse control issues ..

any problems with insomnia, dissociation etc.?

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin.

Posted by SLS on April 24, 2012, at 18:51:05

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. uncouth, posted by g_g_g_unit on April 21, 2012, at 10:27:51

Best day yet!

Woohoo!

Currently:

Parnate 80 mg
nortriptyline 150 mg
Lamictal 200 mg
Abilify 10 mg
lithium 300 mg
prazosin 12 mg


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. SLS

Posted by Phillipa on April 24, 2012, at 21:30:59

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin., posted by SLS on April 24, 2012, at 18:51:05

Congrats sounds excellent. That's 12mg of prazosin now right? Phillipa

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin.

Posted by Twinleaf on April 25, 2012, at 5:58:29

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. SLS, posted by Phillipa on April 24, 2012, at 21:30:59

This is the best news ever. It seems as though right from the beginning there has been something about Prazosin's effect on you which made you very hopeful about it. Do you think it's the effect it may be having on the traumatic component of your depression? Or is it more its synergy with the other medications? In any event, it's wonderful to hear.

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. Twinleaf

Posted by SLS on April 25, 2012, at 21:43:34

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin., posted by Twinleaf on April 25, 2012, at 5:58:29

> This is the best news ever. It seems as though right from the beginning there has been something about Prazosin's effect on you which made you very hopeful about it. Do you think it's the effect it may be having on the traumatic component of your depression? Or is it more its synergy with the other medications? In any event, it's wonderful to hear.

Thanks, Twinleaf!

I'll give your excellent questions some more time to consider.

I have a few ideas, but nothing definite. I think the mind/brain gets into the habit of dissociating in response to trauma, both external and internal. Once established, the dissociative processes in the brain might remain active, even after the traumas are resolved. The brain gets "stuck" in a dissociative, vegetative depressive state.

The addition of prazosin felt like I had added a robustly effective antidepressant that produced greater clarity of thought. It is very "clean" cognitively. The only two side effects I have is mild orthostatic hypotension and a loss of libido.


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. SLS

Posted by Ron Hill on April 27, 2012, at 3:56:59

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. Twinleaf, posted by SLS on April 25, 2012, at 21:43:34

> and a loss of libido.
-----------
Scott,

Loss of sexual desire only, or ED plus lack of sexual desire?

-- Ron

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin.

Posted by SLS on April 27, 2012, at 13:44:37

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. SLS, posted by Ron Hill on April 27, 2012, at 3:56:59

> > and a loss of libido.
> -----------
> Scott,
>
> Loss of sexual desire only, or ED plus lack of sexual desire?
>
> -- Ron


Prazosin has reduced my sexual desire. This is not an uncommon side effect with this drug. I have no problems with erection and orgasm. The hardware works just fine.


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin.

Posted by SLS on May 3, 2012, at 7:30:34

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin., posted by SLS on April 24, 2012, at 18:51:05

> Best day yet!
>
> Woohoo!

Not the best day yet.

Woohoo?

:-(


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. SLS

Posted by Phillipa on May 3, 2012, at 20:38:01

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin., posted by SLS on May 3, 2012, at 7:30:34

I don't like the sad face? What's going on? Phillipa

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. SLS

Posted by SLS on May 11, 2012, at 16:31:46

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin., posted by SLS on May 3, 2012, at 7:30:34

> > Best day yet!
> >
> > Woohoo!

> Not the best day yet.
>
> Woohoo?
>
> :-(


Better days are here.

:-)

I reduced my dosage of prazosin from 12 mg to 8 mg. I found that the higher dosage produced some lethargy, fatigue, and tremulousness. I thought the tremulousness would abate, but it hasn't. The lethargy and fatigue have disappeared. I now take prazosin 4 mg b.i.d. This seems to be adequate so far. I don't think once-a-day dosing would work. The half-life of prazosin is just a few hours.

I am gaining more confidence in my treatment regime. The periodic dips in mood are disconcerting, but not at all hellish. They can last from a few minutes to a few days. There is no obvious cycle.

I am still hopeful that I will eventually achieve remission. It won't happen overnight, though. It will probably take another year. I can be patient if I am convinced that the process continues in a positive direction. My goal is to go to work and meet people. I won't have to wait another year to do these things, though.


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. SLS

Posted by Phillipa on May 11, 2012, at 20:40:44

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. SLS, posted by SLS on May 11, 2012, at 16:31:46

Why a year? Don't feel could be sooner? Phillipa

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. Phillipa

Posted by SLS on May 12, 2012, at 0:54:49

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. SLS, posted by Phillipa on May 11, 2012, at 20:40:44

> Why a year? Don't feel could be sooner? Phillipa

Things seem to move very slowly for me. Whenever I experience an acute, robust antidepressant response to treatment, it never lasts. I'm lucky to be responding at all. I'll take what I can get, even if that means my CNS takes a few years to find a functional equilibrium. It can take an athlete a year or more to recover from a major injury. MDD and BD represent major assaults on the brain.


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. SLS

Posted by Phillipa on May 12, 2012, at 19:44:52

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. Phillipa, posted by SLS on May 12, 2012, at 0:54:49

True. Have you thought of testing yourself with an online course of some interest to you? Phillipa

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax

Posted by SLS on June 21, 2012, at 15:52:33

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin. SLS, posted by SLS on May 11, 2012, at 16:31:46

> I am still hopeful that I will eventually achieve remission. It won't happen overnight, though. It will probably take another year. I can be patient if I am convinced that the process continues in a positive direction.

I added Topamax in an effort to accelerate my response to treatment. It would be nice to achieve remission within a month or two rather than within a year or two. I am following the titration schedule recommended for the treatment of migraine to minimize cognitive side effects. I am planning on taking 100 mg/day.


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax

Posted by uncouth on June 21, 2012, at 16:06:17

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax, posted by SLS on June 21, 2012, at 15:52:33

what is logic behind topamax?

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax

Posted by Tomatheus on June 21, 2012, at 16:57:30

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax, posted by SLS on June 21, 2012, at 15:52:33

Good luck, Scott, and feel free to keep us updated on how you've been doing.

Tomatheus

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax uncouth

Posted by SLS on June 21, 2012, at 19:16:23

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax, posted by uncouth on June 21, 2012, at 16:06:17

> what is logic behind topamax?

For now, I am going along with my doctor's hunch that my illness is, in part, being driven by "developmental PTSD". This is why prazosin was chosen. More recently, Topamax has been reported to be helpful in PTSD. I tried Topamax without prazosin several years ago. Much to my surprise, I felt somewhat better on it. However, my response to it was deemed inadequate and it was discontinued. I agreed with my doctor that Topamax was worth another look, now that I am taking a different combination of drugs. If Topamax does not accelerate my rate of recovery, I am considering memantine, ketamine, and rTMS as treatment adjuncts.

I once saw Topamax 100 mg/day successfully treat a nasty case of mixed-state hypomania. I think Topamax might be overlooked for the treatment of certain cases of bipolar disorder.


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax Tomatheus

Posted by SLS on June 21, 2012, at 19:17:37

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax, posted by Tomatheus on June 21, 2012, at 16:57:30

> Good luck, Scott, and feel free to keep us updated on how you've been doing.
>
> Tomatheus


Thanks. Your support is important to me.


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax

Posted by creepy on June 25, 2012, at 8:30:37

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax uncouth, posted by SLS on June 21, 2012, at 19:16:23

I rapid cycled on 50mg topamax.. might be a little rough titrating up to 100.
I was a hyper-responder when I took it though. at 50mg I had some really intense side effects most dont get until higher doses. Maybe something else I was taking at the time raised my levels? Dunno.
Its supposedly good at taming angry outbursts in PTSD. But whether thats due to calming a mixed state or something else like slowing the amygdala I have no idea. I get the feeling the docs dont either! =(
Zoloft has been good on my PTSD, but my body seems to respond by 'somatizing' the depression so now I have pain and fatigue.
What symptoms make your doc think you have PTSD?
Andrenergic drugs will of course make you jumpy and hyperaroused.

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax creepy

Posted by SLS on June 25, 2012, at 16:44:53

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax, posted by creepy on June 25, 2012, at 8:30:37

Hi Creepy.

> I rapid cycled on 50mg topamax.. might be a little rough titrating up to 100.

Were you steadily depressed prior to beginning Topamax?

> I was a hyper-responder when I took it though. at 50mg I had some really intense side effects most dont get until higher doses. Maybe something else I was taking at the time raised my levels? Dunno.

What sorts of effects did you experience?

> Its supposedly good at taming angry outbursts in PTSD.

I didn't know that. I have seen it do this for bipolar disorder, mixed-state.

> But whether thats due to calming a mixed state or something else like slowing the amygdala I have no idea.

That's an interesting thought.

> I get the feeling the docs dont either! =(

I know.

> Zoloft has been good on my PTSD, but my body seems to respond by 'somatizing' the depression so now I have pain and fatigue.

Experiencing the somatic symptoms of depression or drug side effects is not the same thing as "somatization".

> What symptoms make your doc think you have PTSD?

Childhood history of physical abuse and neglect.

He thinks that I might have "developmental PTSD", and that this, in part, is driving the depression and creating a biological substrate for my presentation of rapid relapse upon response to antidepressant treatment.

http://www.positivehumandevelopment.com/developmental-ptsd.html


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax

Posted by SLS on July 4, 2012, at 5:39:00

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax creepy, posted by SLS on June 25, 2012, at 16:44:53

So far, so good.

I raised the dosage of Topamax to 75 mg yesterday (25 mg t.i.d.). I will remain there for a week before increasing to the target dosage of 100 mg. It doesn't appear that I am having any cognitive or memory impairments that are in addition to those that are integral to the depression itself. I cannot be sure that the Topamax is helping, though. Of course, it is early. Unless there is true magic in these pills, I will not continue taking them.

I remain partially improved since adding the prazosin. However, I would like to accelerate my rate of recovery and help to attain full remission. If Topamax is not effective in filling this role, I am thinking about trying either ketamine or rTMS.

Currently:

Parnate 80 mg
nortriptyline 150 mg
Lamictal 200 mg
Abilify 10 mg
lithium 300 mg
prazosin 6 mg
Topamax 75 mg


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax

Posted by uncouth on July 4, 2012, at 9:48:35

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax, posted by SLS on July 4, 2012, at 5:39:00

Scott you ever try VERY high dose memantine...it woudl take a while to escalate, but im on 50-60mg...changing my life. BP2

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax SLS

Posted by Tomatheus on July 4, 2012, at 13:09:28

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax, posted by SLS on July 4, 2012, at 5:39:00

Thanks for the update, Scott. I am continuing to hope that you notice some benefits from the Topamax, and I think it's good that you have some ideas on how to proceed if the Topamax doesn't work out.

I hope you're having a good holiday,

Tomatheus

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax uncouth

Posted by SLS on July 4, 2012, at 19:38:25

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax, posted by uncouth on July 4, 2012, at 9:48:35

> Scott you ever try VERY high dose memantine...it woudl take a while to escalate, but im on 50-60mg...changing my life. BP2

Wow! That's quite a bit.

I haven't tried it, but I will certainly put it back on my list of things to try next.

Thanks.


- Scott

 

Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax

Posted by SLS on July 9, 2012, at 19:37:12

In reply to Re: Adding Parnate and prazosin + Topamax uncouth, posted by SLS on July 4, 2012, at 19:38:25

I increased my dosage of Topamax to 100 mg today. I have nothing significant to report.


- Scott


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