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Re: What is buprenorphine?

Posted by Else on July 18, 2001, at 14:10:25

In reply to Re: What is buprenorphine? Else, posted by Elizabeth on July 18, 2001, at 8:34:49

I don't know. The only psychiatric drug we have access to that Americans don't is Manerix as far as I know. I once asked my pdoc if I could try it. He said it's useless in small doses and as dangerous as other MAOIs in higher doses. Of course that's his opinion. I think doctors here tend to go by the book. Adult ADD patients will often get Desipramine or Wellbutrin as first-line treatment because they don't carry the stigma associated with major stimulants and I don't think most drugstores even carry Dexedrine. Only cancer patient would get something like Vicodin, for instance. And you would be surprised to see how willing to kiss the FDA's ass the Canadian government is. They don't want to make trouble you see.

> > Very strange. In the U.S. people seem to have a lot more choices than here (Canada). I have never heard of an opiate being used for depression.
> It's not common. My hope is that it will become an accepted treatment in the future.
> > And I don't know any adult who takes a major stimulant for ADD although schoolchildren have no trouble getting scripts.
> That's more surprising. I would have expected Canada to be less backward than the USA about something like this.
> > There are other drugs like Provigil and the like that are unavaillable as far as I know and I've never heard of stimulants being used as augmentation therapy for depression.
> I think you have a couple things that we don't, too.
> > Maybe because most of the research is done in the US and also there's the state run drug insurance which tends to limit choices.
> Maybe, although the US Food and Drug Administration makes it *very* hard to get new drugs approved.
> -elizabeth




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