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Re: SSRI's and psychostimulants... IsoM

Posted by Ritch on March 9, 2002, at 22:53:25

In reply to Re: SSRI's and psychostimulants... Ritch, posted by IsoM on March 9, 2002, at 19:45:54

> Mitch, I think it's more than pstims that cover the SSRI withdrawal. I had been using Dexedrine previously but it made no difference to my brain zaps & other symptoms. Sometimes, I even think it made it a little worse or at least, more noticable.
> I can't explain how but the effects of adrafinil for me was as if my brain was 'fogged up' or my head was full of cotton stuffing & the adrafinil cleared it up. It not only helps me stay awake during the day (from the narcolepsy) but gives me an over-all clearer feeling. My mind feels swept clean of all the cobwebs cluttering it before. Sadly, it doesn't really help me fall asleep better at night - I was hoping it would. So I still rely on Gravol a hour or so before I want to go to bed. Once asleep, I do sleep pretty good.
> My 79 year old Mom loves adrafinil but when she's tried any AD in the past, she felt horrible & wouldn't take them. I'm actually glad she didn't. She tells me she feels happier, more alert & bright too.
> I wasn't thinking that all stims caused problems with bipolars, just adrafinil/modafinil. You didn't try them or did you?


I actually was intending to try Provigil when I saw my pdoc last time. But the half-life issue and insomnia thing got brought up. I had to stop Wellbutrin due to dysphoric hypomania and insomnia. If *anything* causes sleep disturbance for me it WILL aggravate mood disturbances. Over 25 years I can see that it is *THE* link. Sleep good/mood good.

Anyhow, I brought up Provigil and it immediately flipped to "can you afford it?", and I said "it doesn't matter to me-whatever works". Well, I got written a script for dexedrine right off the bat and after my insurance paid the copay I had to fork over .... $2 bucks. SmithKline still makes the stuff-amazing-no incognito 3rd world pharmaceuticals.





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