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Re: Amantadine Francesco

Posted by myclonic_jerk on December 4, 2003, at 7:48:34

In reply to Re: Amantadine myclonic_jerk, posted by Francesco on December 2, 2003, at 14:38:57

Hi Francesco,
> Do you have also depressive syntoms ? Maybe you have what Daniel Amen calls Limibic Adhd (you might want to have the subtype test at For this subtype he suggests the "stimulating antidepressants medication, such as desipramine, imipramine, buprion and venlafaxine (if there cingular issues as well".
> Have you have tried one of this ?

Yes,I have so called recurrent major depression, co-morbid ADD- I'd long suspected I was ADD before I was given a formal diagnosis which confirmed this;I tried the noradrenergic TCA's first, on my own initiative.Venlafaxine made me 'manic' in a dysphoric sense.As I mentioned, Amantadine helped a great deal with focus and clarity of thought-shame about the minor issue of its inducing suicidal thoughts(a rare side effect referred to as part of side effect profile)!I'll check out Dr. Amens take on things when I get the chance.
By the way, I also take 350mg Lamictal, and 60mg Prozac, and have my depression pretty much under control.

> I have Adhd too and I live in Italy. I managed to get a stim prescribed asking to a psychiatrist expert in adhd, who studied in the USA. Maybe you could try to do something similar (look also for pediatrists and child neuropsychiatrists). Anyway if you have also depressive syntoms a stim alone may not be enough.

I agree, I think I need to find a private consultant with a willingness to accept ADD as a seperate entity from inattentiveness caused by depression .I got sick of doctors taking the easy option and blaming severe inattentiveness(which persists even when the depression is in remission)on depression itself.

> I managed to get Wellbutrin in Italy. Here it's commercialized with the name of Zyban as an aid to stop smoking. I looked on the google if there was a psychiatrist in my city who had written something about 'adult adhd' and he allowed me to try Zyban.
>>>>How did you find Zyban?I take it it didn't help you a great deal for the adhd?I plan to give it a shot, prior to my last resort, ie. one of the stims. such as Ritalin.

Stay well.





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