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Re: MAOI and REM sleep: Anyone?

Posted by Elizabeth on October 22, 2001, at 11:53:37

In reply to Re: MAOI and REM sleep: Anyone?, posted by Adam on October 21, 2001, at 19:05:52

> I should add that desipramine has all of the problems of diphenhydramine in spades, but has the added benefit of being an antidepressant, which is why I suggested it.

I respectfully disagree. :-) Desipramine seems to me to be quite tolerable, whereas Benadryl is something I generally try to avoid. Desipramine definitely is not much of an antihistamine or an anticholinergic, in any case. Benadryl is a pretty good anticholinergic as well as an antihistamine (it's often used in the treatment of extrapyramidal reactions to neuroleptics).

But now that you mention it, I have had some intense dreams when tricyclics (amoxapine, nortriptyline) or neuroleptics (Risperdal, Seroquel) were added to MAOIs (Nardil, Parnate, Marplan). I'm having vivid dreams on desipramine (no MAOI), but that could just be the return of my original sleep problems. (Interestingly, I haven't had problems with abnormal movements in REM sleep since I've been on desipramine, though I have been dreaming.)

One other thing I thought of...I did once have a surprise dream while on Parnate when I had taken Xanax (2 mg) the night before. I spoke to a professor about it, and he had a possible explanation but I can't remember what it was. (It might have been a non-REM dream, anyway, although it did have some of the features that are generally unique to REM dreams.) I'll see if I can find my notes.

Trazodone is known to cause nightmares for some people. It might restore dreams for some people on MAOIs, although I've used it for MAOI-associated insomnia and I didn't have any dreams.






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