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Re: a little bit of this and that susan C

Posted by Ritch on December 21, 2002, at 8:46:24

In reply to a little bit of this and that Ritch, posted by susan C on December 20, 2002, at 21:07:40

> hi, ok, here goes:
> I have been taking the same amount of Depakote 500mg 2x day for almost two years. That amount did not change.
> In July,I stopped taking Ambien, because I was only sleeping 4 hours with it, this is in context of a long story of med trial....but I had stopped taking it before I started Verapamil. My sleep is acceptable now, better than when I first started using it. (another story)
> I have contemplated that perhaps stopping Ambien lead to some improvement, but the time frame doesn't mesh.
> I then started September and am now at 120mg am and 240mg pm
> The ONLY other variable possible would be the hormones I had been trying to control hotflashes...but, in light of the previous trials, I am very familiar with what is and isnt working in that area, so I doubt it had anything to do with how I feel now. Simply, manipulating that component has never had any effect on my mental state.
> Have I mentioned the constipation side effect with V? I seem to be effectively controling it with water, milk of magnegia or ground flax seed (good ol' fiber).
> I hope this answers your questions...In general, I am very pedantic about med trials, I try to flush one before beginning another, doing one at a time, give each one a real chance before giving up. I REALLY want to know what works and why.
> Mouse appreciating little blue pills
> "Inquiry is evidence of a sound mind"
> S.I. Clark

Susan, thanks for the info. From reading your posts in the past I know you are vigilant with your med trials (I am mostly opposite-I document things fairly well, but I switch too quickly). I am looking at your Depakote dosage at 1G daily and my "spot" with it is 250mg daily. It seems that the "1/4 rule" seems to work out fairly reliably for me (dosage-wise on practically anything). I generally never needed more than 5mg/day of Prozac when I took that. 300mg of lithium worked about as well as 1200mg. 600mg of Neurontin probably worked as well for me as 2400mg does for many. So, you are taking 360mg total verapamil now, let's see that would likely be about 40mg twice daily for me to get similar effects (the lowest dose at the least often dosing schedule bid). I noticed your higher dosage at night. Does it make you drowsy (i.e. help your sleep)? Yes, I read your post about the constipation. That is rarely ever a problem that I run into. Do you have any problems with heart rate slowed excessively, or postural hypotension (dizziness)? thanks...Mitch




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