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Re: SAM-E for panic disorder ?? Caitlin

Posted by Viridis on August 18, 2003, at 13:42:37

In reply to SAM-E for panic disorder ??, posted by Caitlin on August 17, 2003, at 5:22:53

Is the Prozac really helping? I ask because I've taken it several times, sometimes for months and at various doses, and always found that it intensified the anxiety. My pdoc considers Prozac the most anxiety-inducing of the SSRIs, and generally avoids it for nervous types. Everyone's different, but if you are having problems with it, you might discuss alternatives with your pdoc.

I've also taken Sam-e (but not with Prozac), and it seemed to have a mild antidepressant effect, although it was so subtle that it may just have been my imagination. I now take 750 mg TMG (trimethylglycine = anhydrous betaine, NOT betaine HCl). It's part of the pathway that leads to Sam-e production, is much cheaper, and is safer in terms of the potential for homocysteine buildup, which can be a concern re: cardiovascular problems etc. It seems to help out a bit.

This is just my experience, but for anxiety --especially panic disorder -- benzodiazepines such as Klonopin and Xanax are the most reliable meds with the fewest side effects.




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