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Re: Selegiline-good for depression and anti-aging? SLS

Posted by brynb on August 23, 2012, at 7:43:52

In reply to Re: Selegiline-good for depression and anti-aging? brynb, posted by SLS on August 23, 2012, at 6:34:44

Scott,

I'm basically curious as to which meds produce positive "side effects". (After about 17 years of trying different psych meds, as well as 7 or so years of substance abuse, I worry that I've caused some brain damage, lol.)

Two months ago, I started with a new pdoc who added Lithium to my regimen (Lithium 300mg, Lexapro 20mg and Tramadol 25-50mg). He felt it would be the best option for me (as I've tried many meds, unsuccessfully) to address treatment-resistant depression and mood swings (as well as possible hypomania). It's be a great addition so far. I subsequently read about its neuroprotective potential and was thrilled about the "added" benefit.

I didn't know that Emsam metabolizes into amphetamines. It was too stimulating for me, so it makes sense. I don't do well on amphetamines. I get too anxious and irritable. It did nothing for my depression during the two or so weeks I was on it. I wasn't taking anything else at the time and had previously stopped Lexapro.

I saw your thread about Minocycline. I have an Rx for 100mg from my dermatologist (for breakouts) but rarely take it. Again, great to know there's another potentially good anti-depressant with some benefits.

I have to search for the links about Selegiline. I think you're right; it's possible that it's only a neuroprotective in regard to diseases such as Parkinson's.

As far as my diagnosis and bipolarity, well, it's still unclear. My current pdoc is treating me as MDD w/ GAD, but it's not a definitive diagnosis. I do experience hypomania (usually in the form of irritability) but sometimes from meds (I get speedy). I also experience mania (full-blown) from Neurontin. And, my moods are pretty unstable. Again, I believe the Lithium has been pretty helpful in this area.

-b


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