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Posted by shelliR on May 12, 2001, at 22:09:27

In reply to Re: ULTRAM: EXCELLENT MED FOR OCD!! shelliR, posted by Michele on May 12, 2001, at 20:21:01

> Sorry to post again...... but hey, what's up with this? I just read some of your above posts where you are defending opiates such as hydrocodone, methadone... etc. Huh? I'm really confused now. I don't notice that you put any warnings on your posts either... just seriously defending their use. I'm really confused.

Michele, I'm not attacking you. I just feel that if you tell someone how wonderful a medication is, it is good to include that it may be addictive. That doesn't mean that it shouldn't be taken, just that the person has a heads up about it. And obviously you didn't know, anyway, so that's why I gave you the information.

Things are not so black and white with my thoughts as you have expressed them. I think for some people for whom antidepressants have not worked, that opiates are a possiblity. And I believe that they are a last resort, to be used with one's eyes fully open to possible consequences. And yes, if a person comes to the board who hasn't tried opiates, I am very careful to advise them to try an MAOI first, and to hope they realize that they may have to increase their dose to get the same effects. It is never my recommendation as an antidepressant. Most of my posts concerning opiates are to others in my position, who have tried dozens and dozens of combinations of antidepressants and remain in a suicidal depression.

I used an anti-depressant for many years that worked for me. About two years ago it didn't work anymore and I have gone through so failed drug trials in those months that finally I felt it was enough, and for now hydrocodone will have to help get me through. I do not seem to have an addictive personality. I am also in therapy dealing with childhood physical and sexual abuse, so the medication is not a substitute for working out my problems (as in avoiding my problems).

As far as methodone, I have never tried it, don't plan to. But I can't discount some positive antidepressant effects for some people from it, and they deserve the right to share that on this board, without getting bombarded by people who have had or seen a different experience.





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