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Re: only benzos ? francesco

Posted by Chairman_MAO on February 10, 2004, at 17:15:59

In reply to only benzos ?, posted by francesco on February 10, 2004, at 16:12:54

Glad to see you're feeling better. Sure, you can take only benzos. But their use long-term carries some risks that will creep up on you over time, namely depression and memory impairment. Xanax has some subtle antidepressant qualities, though, as does adinazolam, which I would suggest you try if it is available in your country. For what it's worth, I think clonazepam is the best benzo for long-term use: really long half life, excellent anti-OCD action that is not found in any other benzo. After being slightly familiarized with your issues, I'd recommend starting with _low_ dose selegiline to augment a benzo for your ADHD symptoms. We're talking like 1.25mg/day or 1mg/day of the liquid, titrating up only as needed. It has MANY antioxidant, neuroprotective, and nootropic properties that accrue with long-term administration, totally unrelated to MAO-B inhibition. Excellent for mild focusing problems.

I'd use it again if my pdoc weren't so conventional. Today I started 150mg Wellbutrin XL. I must say, in the past when I tried it it made me EXTREMELY agitated, skittish and irritable. However, I am also taking 900mg/day of Trileptal and am pleased to say that its preventing the agitation thusfar. I will only be able to say whether it's working out for sure at this dose until 10 days from now, but so far so good.

But I've gotta say, Wellbutrin has such a lame buzz compared to even selegiline. If I were able to get a benzo prescribed, I'd probably still be on 15mg/day of selegiline and the benzo--that's it.

P.S. You've got be on benzos for at LEAST a month before you see whether they help; there is a 'honeymoon' period after which they don't seem quite as amazing. Stay on them and you'll see what I'm talking about. Also, be aware that if you want to get off of them for any reason, it very well might be disabling, even with a slow taper.


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