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Serzone--have I overlooked its potential?

Posted by Noa on April 22, 2000, at 15:09:55

I am trying to figure what to do next with my med cocktail.

Currently on: 375 effexor xr; synthroid; cytomel; 20 mg ritalin SR, twice daily; and serzone 225 in the the evening.

Serzone does two things: augments the effexor and helps me sleep.

However, all of this is not doing enough, as some of you know, as I have had some very bad months of late.

I tried lithium, but had problems (see above posts) and recently went off.

I think my thyroid meds are at where they should be, and will be seeing an endocrinologist next week.

I would like to lower my effexor dose at some point because it causes restless legs at night, and seems to be causing some bladder problems.

I have always thought the serzone was very mediocre in its antidepressant effects, but is doing a pretty good job of countering the jitteriness of the effexor, and helps with sleep. While on lithium, the serzone was faster acting and very very sedating. Now, it has returned to being much slower acting (unlike trazodone, by the way, which made me groggy w/in an hour), so I need to take it earlier. I had thought I wouldn't be able to tolerate a daytime dose of serzone because of the sedation, but now I see that I probably could, without the lithium, of course.

So, I am wondering if I should try raising the serzone and lowering the effexor as my first step in adjusting my cocktail.

Anyone on serzone and effexor care to comment?

Anyone on serzone primarily care to comment?




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