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Patchless...Re: Subverting the system...

Posted by Adam on March 27, 2000, at 22:55:36

In reply to Subverting the system..., posted by bob on March 18, 2000, at 8:34:15

> As for being subversive:
> I think we need the Law & Order DAs on our case here. We need to file some criminal case against these so-called-health-organizations for depraved indifference. Forget civil proceedings -- let's get some of the decision-makers' asses thrown in jail. More seriously, tho, maybe we should study and learn how the gay community fought (and continues to fight) to get drug trials to stop giving placebos once an anti-HIV med shows results, and how to get these meds fast-tracked through the FDA.
> Point of subversion #2:
> Maybe we need our own version of the Anarchist's Cookbook. A "make your own transdermal patch" recipe sounds like it would be quite welcome.
> my two cents (the joke was for free)
> bob

Hey hey,

Both good suggestions, bob. If I could figure out what that adhesive was they used to stick the little things to me (sort of a band-aid-cubed kind of attachment...rrrrrip), then I'd be in business.

As it turne out, all they had at the pharmacy I went to was the generic stuff, so I got that. 15mg/day turns out to be pretty cheap, and well within my budget even without coverage.

I'm also doing quite well emotionally. This is kind of nice, in a way, to not even deal with the insurance company, but the study docs at McLean can't see me forever for free, which I understand perfectly well.

I'm still a bit worried that 15mg/day isn't really sufficient (there's not much MAO-A inhibition at this dose), and that I'll slowly start to relapse, but for the present Dr. Bodkin seems to think I should give this dose a try and see how it goes. If I understand correctly, after being on a therapeutic dose of an MAOI, it can take some time after stopping the drug for MAO to return to normal levels, maybe a week to ten days. Since I'm on a dose that almost completely inhibits MAO-B, and partially inhibits MAO-A, it may slow the return of unaffected MAO-A, and that's why I'm still doing so well. No way to really know, I suppose.

But I guess I'll do what's been suggested and monitor myself closely. I'm certainly happy to not have to worry about diet yet. I ate four slices of pepperoni-sausage pizza and drank two Newcastle Brown Ales (from a bottle-I'm not too crazy) friday night with to tangible effect. I, unfortunately, left my sphygmomanometer at home, so I couldn't check to see if there was any intangible effects. I'll do that experiment soon.

Ciao for now, and thank you to all for your kind messages!





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