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Re: Reserpine for treating depression ?

Posted by Chris A. on July 28, 2000, at 18:59:04

In reply to Reserpine for treating depression ?, posted by SLS on July 27, 2000, at 10:33:56

Dear Scott,
Sorry you're feeling so lousy. My memory is returning in bits and I remember patients from my nursing days as getting very depressed on reserpine. Have you seen any research done on it for bipolar? Does it address mania/hypomania at all?

My docs and consultants don't believe at all that any ADs are going to address my depression (other than a snippet of MAOI - currently seligiline 10 mg). They are of the strong opinion that anything that brings me up is going to initiate crashes into the depths. This makes some sense when you consider all of the intricate neurological feedback mechanisms, which those of us who are bipolar experience the effects of. We are just working on stabilization - hopefully at a level that is tolerable and functional. One of my consultants had suggested ziprasidone, which has finally been released (does anyone know what the reported incidence of TD is for it? My regular pDoc is thinking oxcarbazepine might be a good adjunct to the lamotrigine. I would like to get off the Klonopin. I'm sure it doesn't help my cognitive difficulties. We haven't decided whether a trip to Boston is worth the bother yet. We'll see how the next couple of months go.

We're heading for the hills for three days, so guess I'd better attend to details.

Blessings and Prayers, (don't really care if they're scientific or not)!

Chris A.




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