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Re: ADD/Anxiety/OCD - Stimulants-Mitch DN

Posted by Mitch on August 2, 2001, at 12:39:14

In reply to Re: ADD/Anxiety/OCD - Stimulants-Mitch, posted by DN on August 2, 2001, at 10:08:14

> > > My symptoms seem to be Anxiety/OCD/ADD. Is there any stimulants or other medication(other than welbutrin) that I could take for ADD that would not aggrevate the anxiety or OCD part of my disorder.
> >
> > You sound like a good candidate for Prozac (that is if it doesn't make you too anxious).
>
> >Mitch: any particular reason for prozac over any other SSRI. Currently I'm at 225mg of effexor for about 5 weeks. If makes my ADD worse. Any particular reason that may be happening


Prozac (and Effexor) *usually* help ADD, however, they can make some people drowsy and indifferent. I knew one guy at work that was practically asleep at work all day from Prozac (I found that mind-boggling). You may be one of those folks that has that kind of reaction(to serotonergic meds-including Effexor), so now I am a little skeptical about a Prozac trial (it might improve OCD symptoms without any worsening of attention, though, so it might be worth trying).

It sounds like the Effexor is helping your anxiety and ruminations but is worsening your ability to focus. I am curious, you said you are at 225mg after five weeks. Just what exactly has your doc diagnosed you with? It kind of sounds like you are being treated for generalized anxiety and you have some *traits* of ADD and OCD. Can you clarify?

You said "not Wellbutrin". I am guessing that it made your anxiety a lot worse, right? Well, if SSRI's et al, make your ADD worse and Wellbutrin made you too anxious, the only other thing that might..work..on both of them effectively could be..Parnate (tranylcypromine), but it is an MAOI, and there are diet restrictions, you would have to wash out the Effexor, etc. etc., and your pdoc might not be willing to prescribe.

good luck
Mitch



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