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Re: GHB(xyrem) vs. ALCOHOL Michael Bell

Posted by zeugma on May 28, 2004, at 21:01:16

In reply to GHB(xyrem) vs. ALCOHOL, posted by Michael Bell on May 28, 2004, at 19:43:08


Have you never tried alcohol? As a social phobic, I find tolerance to the anti-phobic qualities of alcohol builds up frighteningly quickly- that 'comfortable feeling' i get around others after several drinks tends to be the signal that A) I am getting very drunk and B) that 'feeling' is in the process of dissipating, resulting in either resignation to the fact that social phobia/inhibition- though hardly sobriety- is about to descend, or a higher- and soon much higher- 'dose' is required. This shows that 'intoxication' and anti-phobic effects are discrete, and for me at least, alcohol is a promise that never really delivers.

GHB has been mentioned to me by my therapist, since although I have never been formally diagnosed, I seem to have a pretty bad case of narcolepsy. Its anti-cataplectic actions can be mimicked by TCA's and by Strattera, and its anti-social-phobic- though not pro-social- effects might be in the same league as clonazepam's (wouldn't it be great to have these two go head to head in a study?). I probably will never take it for my narcolepsy or social phobia, so I will probably never get to compare the two. I have heard that it is one of the most unpredictable of molecules. But I also cannot imagine alcohol 'working' for social phobia. Are there any social phobics who got more than momentary relief from their SP, before they wound up on the floor?




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