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Re: Reply to Bekka !!! :) - Dennison

Posted by Bekka H. on April 1, 2002, at 23:42:51

In reply to Reply to Bekka !!! :) Bekka H., posted by dennison on April 1, 2002, at 22:28:04

Hi Dennison,

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I certainly didn't anticipate that you would do all that work for me. I really appreciate it.

Have you ever read Joseph Glenmullen's PROZAC BACKLASH? He cites several studies in which SSRIs lowered dopamine levels by at least 50%!! When I read that, it confirmed what I had suspected all along. When I was on Wellbutrin and Zoloft, the Zoloft seemed to completely negate the motivation and energy that I'd gotten from WB alone. No matter how high I increased the WB dose (and I was up to the highest allowed dose), and no matter how low I kept the Zoloft, I just couldn't get back the drive and motivation I'd felt on WB alone. Then, later, when I was put on Dexedrine and Celexa, the SAME thing happened. I was on Dex first, and for a very long time, I was able to keep the Dex dose at 15 mg per day or lower. Within a few days after adding Celexa, however, I had to double the Dex dose, and within less than a month, all the benefits I'd gotten from Dex were gone. I had the WORST prostration and fatigue. I would slouch for hours and hours at a time. I developed the worst posture. I couldn't even stand up straight. I felt like a limp rag. I was very upset because I felt that Dexedrine had been very helpful to me. I probably would have developed a tolerance to it eventually anyway, but Celexa's adverse effects, and my attempt to counteract them by increasing Dex, hastened the development of Dex tolerance. I had to stay off of it for several months before I was able to benefit from it again. Consequently, I am very wary of these SSRI+stimulant combos. Not everyone responds the way I do to the combo; some do well on it, but I'd be careful. It's worth a try, but you really have to monitor yourself for ssri-induced apathy and wimpiness. I call ssri's "the wimpogenic drugs."




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