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sometimes maintenance is best...

Posted by Krazy Kat on June 18, 2002, at 11:55:55

In reply to Re: adding t3 Krazy Kat, posted by Ritch on June 18, 2002, at 9:54:01

isn't it? especially during a depressive episode. i am sorry you are not feeling well, and appreciate your continued correspondence despite it.

> I noticed you backed off the single 36mg dose of Concerta and are taking two 18mg doses-that is probably a LOT smoother.

It does seem to be. My pdoc was O.K. with it. He wants the depakote all taken at once for some reason. I said i'd try it in the afternoon, but if it doesn't work, i'm going to be sneaky and divide it again. actually, i don't think he really cares. who knows what his thinking is...

>> I have never tried T3/T4 augmentation. My endocrinologist is very conservative and is against it-since my TSH was 1.4 last time we checked it. He is worried about loss of bone mass.

Hmmm, I don't know about that.

>> Well, the imipramine bombed because it was too sleep disruptive. After taking it just two days I started having early morning awakenings. I kept up with it for a full two weeks, and the EMA's kept happening (and associated with increased daytime fatigue).

That's a good trial, I would think. Aren't you sick of trials? :)

>> I can't handle the antihistaminic effects of TCA's or Remeron, for that matter. Tiny doses just completely wreck my ability to focus and concentrate.

This is good for me to know b/c Remeron has been on my "list".

>> The Depakote, Neurontin, and Klonopin I take are all low-dose and pretty much a permanent fixture in my med regime. I still need a low-dose of a stimulant or an AD so I can focus and go through the day without yawning, napping, etc. So..I am now back on a low dose of Effexor (just 12.5mg in the AM). Much more than that will make me hypomanic. I just started it yesterday. My sleep duration was shortened, but it wasn't broken.

I do like Neurontin. I don't think I've taken it with Dep. before - it certainly has more of a calming effect for me than alone. So, for now, this regime will at least help you get those everyday tasks accomplished. ;)

Take care.

- kk




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