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Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS

Posted by phidippus on November 26, 2017, at 20:27:16

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression phidippus, posted by SLS on November 26, 2017, at 16:46:41

I thought you might get a kick out of that :)

Eric

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression phidippus

Posted by SLS on November 27, 2017, at 19:45:35

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS, posted by phidippus on November 26, 2017, at 18:42:52

> Unfortunately, I am allergic to Saphris.

That sucks. :(

I can't imagine that you wouldn't have tried desipramine yet. It is better for ADHD than is nortriptyline. Do you think it possible that there is some sort of link to your ADHD with depression such that you would respond to desipramine?


- Scott

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS

Posted by phidippus on November 27, 2017, at 19:55:30

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression phidippus, posted by SLS on November 27, 2017, at 19:45:35

There is a link between my mood and my ADHD. When I take my Vyvanse, my depression remits about 50%. Instead of a traffic jam of negative thoughts I experience one negative thought at a time. I'll think about desipramine...

Eric

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression

Posted by linkadge on November 28, 2017, at 19:52:01

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS, posted by phidippus on November 27, 2017, at 19:55:30

Hey SLS,

desipramine seems to have a lower cardiac safety index than the other TCAs. I (personally) would be cautious about using it with lithium. I have been getting some weird cardiac effects from lithium and nortriptyline.

Linkadge

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression

Posted by SLS on November 28, 2017, at 21:28:35

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression, posted by linkadge on November 28, 2017, at 19:52:01

> Hey SLS,
>
> desipramine seems to have a lower cardiac safety index than the other TCAs. I (personally) would be cautious about using it with lithium. I have been getting some weird cardiac effects from lithium and nortriptyline.
>
> Linkadge


Bundle-branch block?

When I first started taking desipramine, I experienced rapid heartbeat and palpitations. There was also a sort of "edginess" that disappeared over time. After a few weeks, palpitations disappeared completely, but rapid heartbeat only partially mitigated. I don't think there is anything wrong with having a moderately elevated heart rate, though. I've been on TCAs for over 30 years. I'll let you know after my first stress-test. My EKGs are normal. All I can say is that combining Parnate + desipramine sure packed a wallop the first time they were used together in me. My autonomic nervous system felt like it was being fried. Good stuff. I reached remission within a few months (1987). To keep a long story from becoming longer, I never responded to that treatment again.

It is a matter of risk/cost/benefit.

I hope you are doing reasonably well. It is relative, I guess. When someone asks me how I am doing, I usually answer that I could be doing worse - knowing that I could be doing a hell of a lot better.


- Scott

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS

Posted by Phillipa on November 28, 2017, at 22:26:54

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression, posted by SLS on November 28, 2017, at 21:28:35

Bundle Branch Block is serious. Let me find a link on it quickly. Phillipa

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression

Posted by Phillipa on November 28, 2017, at 22:37:17

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS, posted by Phillipa on November 28, 2017, at 22:26:54

It's complicated so best to google it yourself. Not sure why that was posted. But TCA are known to be not that great for the heart

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression Phillipa

Posted by SLS on November 29, 2017, at 7:14:54

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression, posted by Phillipa on November 28, 2017, at 22:37:17

> It's complicated so best to google it yourself. Not sure why that was posted. But TCA are known to be not that great for the heart

Neither is untreated depression.

If desipramine brought me into remission, I would not worry about bundle-branch block unless it actually appeared early in treatment. Some doctors will take a baseline ECG and compare it to one taken after treatment is initiated. I am not very afraid of tricyclics because I have been on and off of them since 1982. It was a time when SSRIs were not yet available. I didn't have much choice. I have no statistics to offer, as they are so variable in the medical literature. Heart block seems to be a rather uncommon event in the absence of preexisting CVD. Personally, I have yet to see or hear of a case in real life when desipramine is used at therapeutic dosaages. Still, as with so many unrelated drugs used for a variety of conditions, TCAs must be used judiciously and monitored by someone who knows their side effect profiles.


- Scott

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS

Posted by Phillipa on November 29, 2017, at 9:14:55

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression Phillipa, posted by SLS on November 29, 2017, at 7:14:54

I agree with you about TCA's being only available AD's for many years. Now even the SSRI's are being found to have serious side effects. But taken as a one or two combo in low doses I don't fear them. Actually with the new studies in my RN newsletter I don't trust any meds. Even motrin can cause so many side effects. And the TV a neighbor and I were talking and she said the advertisements with all the side effects she won't take a med. And she's older like me. I guess at this point I just try to keep cutting down on any meds and excercising more. This why I suggested googling on own. Personally I'm not pleased with any meds. Sorry to be so negative. Phillipa ps you know ECG can only diagnosis if one has had a heart attack in the past?

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS

Posted by linkadge on November 30, 2017, at 15:09:22

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression, posted by SLS on November 28, 2017, at 21:28:35

I'm not sure of the specific effect, but desipramine appears to have risks beyond what normal NRI would seem to indicate.

For example, there is apparently a high rate of sudden cardiac death in children taking it for ADHD. The risk is above that of other NRIs like stimulants.

I suppose some of the intracellular effects of the drug may be at play (sodium channels?).

Linkadge

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression

Posted by linkadge on November 30, 2017, at 15:11:40

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS, posted by Phillipa on November 29, 2017, at 9:14:55

Exactly. It must be kept in perspective. Even Lexapro has cardiac effects (in higher doses).

For some reason, however, desipramine pops up quite a bit in my pubmed searches in terms of cardiac concerns. I don't see this with nortriptyline, protriptyline etc.

Linkadge

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression linkadge

Posted by SLS on November 30, 2017, at 15:24:53

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS, posted by linkadge on November 30, 2017, at 15:09:22

> I suppose some of the intracellular effects of the drug may be at play (sodium channels?).

That's a good thought.


- Scott

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression linkadge

Posted by Phillipa on November 30, 2017, at 15:56:58

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression, posted by linkadge on November 30, 2017, at 15:11:40

Link this is where I found so much about despramine. So the comment best to gogle on own. Pub med is full or right vs left bundle branch blocks, and having also worked in CCU cardiac care saw plenty with BBB so gets complicated. Phillipa

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression Phillipa

Posted by SLS on November 30, 2017, at 19:10:30

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression linkadge, posted by Phillipa on November 30, 2017, at 15:56:58

Would you ever take desipramine?

Would you tell everyone else not to take it?


- Scott

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS

Posted by linkadge on December 1, 2017, at 15:18:24

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression Phillipa, posted by SLS on November 30, 2017, at 19:10:30

Hi SLS,

As you mentioned, many people take desipramine without apparent significant cardiac effects.

I suppose if there was a compelling reason that desipramine would provide a benefit that other medicaitons wouldn't then it would be worth a shot, with monitoring.

I do know that some health orginaziations discourage the use of desipramine for ADHD because of an apparent excess incidence of cardiac side effects.

I would (personallay) look to explore other NRI's such as fetzima and/or nortriptyline.

But hey, who knows.

Linkadge


 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression

Posted by SLS on December 1, 2017, at 21:13:36

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS, posted by linkadge on December 1, 2017, at 15:18:24

Hi, Linkadge.

> As you mentioned, many people take desipramine without apparent significant cardiac effects.

I wish I knew how often CV side effects emerge with desipramine. I think your concern is well-founded. However, my impression remains that the absolute risk perceived by today's doctors is currently exaggerated.

> I suppose if there was a compelling reason that desipramine would provide a benefit that other medicaitons wouldn't then it would be worth a shot, with monitoring.

My doctor was reluctant to add desipramine to Parnate, but had no problem with nortriptyline. Desipramine energized me in a way that nortriptyline did not.

> I do know that some health orginaziations discourage the use of desipramine for ADHD because of an apparent excess incidence of cardiac side effects.
>
> I would (personallay) look to explore other NRI's such as fetzima and/or nortriptyline.
>
> But hey, who knows.
>
> Linkadge

Unfortunately, some very important treatment insights and experience are disappearing as we lose older psychiatrists. These doctors found that some responders to desipramine did not respond to nortriptyline and vice-versa. Atomoxetine and reboxetine are extremely selective NE reuptake inhibitors. As antidepressants, they suck. I don't see that Fetzima is much better, despite its 5-HT reuptake inhibition. Of course, not being a doctor who has used it on multiple people, I don't know its true value. For me, milnacipran was inert.

All in all, I will keep my mind open about these things. You input is always appreciated by me.


- Scott

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression

Posted by linkadge on December 2, 2017, at 12:56:12

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression, posted by SLS on December 1, 2017, at 21:13:36

The fact that reboxetine and atomoxetine suck for depression seems to suggest that the NRI action of other 'antidepressants' is not really relevant to their AD effect.

Its pretty sad that we're this far along and we still don't really know how the TCAs work.

Linkadge

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression linkadge

Posted by Phillipa on December 2, 2017, at 17:32:59

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression, posted by linkadge on December 2, 2017, at 12:56:12

I don't even know any doctors that still prescribe them. In this area not really any psyciatrists. Just family doctors who are even reluctant or flat out won't prescribe any psych meds. I feel the TCA's are a med of the past. Even advise now is for those who had surgery to really limit any pain killers and use lidocaine inserts that drain slowly into the body. Phillipa

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression Phillipa

Posted by linkadge on December 2, 2017, at 17:58:54

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression linkadge, posted by Phillipa on December 2, 2017, at 17:32:59

Hi Phillipa,

Yeah, unfortunately we are moving backwards in a lot of ways. I'm not saying the TCAs shouldn't be prescribed. There is a lot of suffering out there, and we need more knowledgeable doctors willing to prescribe the meds that are needed.

The SSRIs are ineffective for many people, and so there needs to be alternatives that can be tried.

In Canada, we are moving towards legalization of marijuana (likely by June 2018). Its sad that many people will be self medicating with pot for pain, because doctors are in a war on opiates.

Linkadge

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression linkadge

Posted by Phillipa on December 2, 2017, at 20:13:41

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression Phillipa, posted by linkadge on December 2, 2017, at 17:58:54

And it cruel to allow people to suffer in physical pain. It's the addicts that ruined it for the average person. Yes marijuana is being legalized here . Already is in many States. Phillipa

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression

Posted by SLS on December 3, 2017, at 0:08:33

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression linkadge, posted by Phillipa on December 2, 2017, at 20:13:41

There are some very important tools that are not yet ready to be thrown away.


- Scott

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression

Posted by baseball55 on December 3, 2017, at 18:28:04

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression linkadge, posted by Phillipa on December 2, 2017, at 20:13:41

It's the addicts that ruined it for the average person.

You talk about "the addicts" like they're a different species. In fact, many of "the addicts" were average people who got hooked on opioids prescribed by doctors. I did. My nephew did. Opioids are addictive, even for average people with pain conditions. Doctors overprescribe them. I once had surgery on my finger and the doctor gave me a scrip for 80(!) percocet.

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression baseball55

Posted by Phillipa on December 3, 2017, at 21:04:59

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression, posted by baseball55 on December 3, 2017, at 18:28:04

And that is how it all started docs prescribing too many opiods agree 100%. Now at least here being judicially prescribed in low and small amounts. I've been prescribed opiods also but didn't take the full script. Just because one has the meds doesn't mean you should take them all. When fell off bike last summer I refused pain meds in the ER took motrin instead generic. I see a lot of people have surgeries now one recently where I live for breast cancer double mastectomy wasn't given more than three days RX for them. Lidocaine inserted into the incision which slowly drained into the wound. I had this also with a tummy tuck over 10 years ago. Less than three days of half the amount of vicodin I was precribed I stopped them as the pain had subsided. No withdrawal no addiction. Phillipa

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression baseball55

Posted by SLS on December 3, 2017, at 22:11:33

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression, posted by baseball55 on December 3, 2017, at 18:28:04

> In fact, many of "the addicts" were average people who got hooked on opioids prescribed by doctors. I did.

In what ways were you addicted?


- Scott

 

Re: Everything is good, except for depression SLS

Posted by Phillipa on December 4, 2017, at 9:15:44

In reply to Re: Everything is good, except for depression baseball55, posted by SLS on December 3, 2017, at 22:11:33

Scott good question as addict is someone who escalates doses and then lots of times actively seeks out the drug or begins to abuse now those meds. Where one can develop a tolerance to the meds and require higher doses just to feel the same. I know personally I just didn't like the spacy feeling of them so go off them fast. No fear of withdrawal as so short term. Phillipa


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