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You guys are the BEST!

Posted by SLS on June 8, 2020, at 20:25:00

In reply to Re: MAOI diet restriction! I forgot to mention, posted by PeterMartin on June 8, 2020, at 19:42:11

I started taking Nardil 5-6 weeks ago. I am beginning to feel really good. The last time I responded this well to treatment was in 1987. The amount of improvement is extremely significant. I felt best 2-3 days ago. If I had to put a number on it, I would say 35%. I've had two periods of worsening that lasted for about 1/2 day. That I recover is encouraging.

When I was a research patient in 1992-1993, the big boss, Robert M. Post, drew a diagram on an old piece of construction paper and a pencil to demonstrate the course of improvement in depression - especially for difficult cases. It looked like a saw-blade angling up diagonally - not like a staircase. 3 steps up and 1 step down. Amazingly, Dr. Post is still there and also publishing the Bipolar Network Newsletter.

In 1996, Lamictal was approved. On that day, all of the drugs that are necessary for me to get well (hopefully) were available. I came close in 2007. Right drugs, wrong dosages. That's a bit of a hard pill to swallow, but I don't find myself looking back in anger. I will be enormously grateful to a higher power if I finally recover. I would have preferred to begin life at age 36, but 60 ain't too bad.

This is what I'm taking now:

Nardil 75 mg/day
Nortriptyline 100 mg/day
Lithium 300 mg/day
Lamictal 300 mg/day.

Metformin sounds good. I'll have to sell the idea to my doctor, though. I asked him about it not too many weeks ago. He wasn't too keen on the idea. He suggested Topamax. I won't flood my brain with another drug that manipulates neural function just to prevent weight gain. I'll approach him again about the metformin.

Thanks again, guys.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.




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