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Re: SAM-e!! please respond!! AJ

Posted by ShelliR on March 6, 2001, at 19:27:47

In reply to SAM-e!! please respond!!, posted by AJ on March 6, 2001, at 9:56:31

> hi folks,
>
> I haven't posted before, but have often come to this board for information. It's been really helpful!!
>
> I am a manic-depressive, but due to extreme reactions to medications, I cannot take standard prescription drugs. I started experimenting with alternatives (SAM-e + kava + st.john's wort) and became manic (really more mixed state) this fall and winter. Now I'm only on 200mg. of "nature's rx" SAM-e, but am finding that about an hour after taking it I am shaky, panicy, feel like I'm gonna crawl out of my skin--almost like the akathisia I used to experience on SSRIs.
>
> Has anybody had this experience w/ "nature's rx". Is "Nature Made" any better?
>
> AJ


AJ, Dr. Richard Brown, the author of Stop Depression Now (a book about sam-e) says people with bipolar disorder "should not use SAM-e or any other antidepression except under a doctor's supervision, since it can shift them in a manic period."

In general sam-e seems to make a lot of people feel shakey, so I think it's not worth the risk of being on it, if bipolar.

shelli


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