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Re: I got up at 5pm..... ed_uk

Posted by Bob on April 3, 2005, at 13:43:58

In reply to Re: I got up at 5pm..... Bob, posted by ed_uk on April 3, 2005, at 12:03:34

> Hi Bob,

>
> How far into your course of ECT are you? How often are you having it? 2-3 times a week?

I believe tomorrow's treatment will be number 13, but I'm not sure. At first they were M-W-F, and then they switched to M and F.


> The MAOIs have a different mechanism of action to all of the other other antidepressants. Tranylcypromine (Parnate) would certainly be worth considering. Have you asked your psychiatrist about trying an MAOI? Since the MAOIs are completely different to any of the antidepressants you've tried so far, they could be very beneficial- you might be surprised. Optimist is currently doing well on a high dose of Parnate with no side effects at all.
>
> Ed.

No side-effects at all? Uhhhh, I dunno. Anyway, I have discussed MAOIs, but we decided to try this first. I have had such a terrible time with medecines, that I wanted to take a break. I realize that MAOIs may prove to be a magic bullet, but I've got to believe it's a long shot. What I'm really afraid of is what has always happened before: I get on a therapeutic dose of the stuff, and then a very unpleasant side effect develops, such as anger, agitation, or sexual obsession, or excessive weight gain, extreme lethargy/drowsiness, or whatever else. Then, I can't get off it quickly, so my life becomes a daily, living hell as I try to taper down. Past experiences like this have been nothing short of life threatening. Even if the med does work, I've never been on one that keeps working. Nevertheless, I won't rule them out.


 

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