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Re: AME SANS VIE Paulbwell

Posted by Ame-Sans-Vie on August 11, 2006, at 6:30:21

In reply to AME SANS VIE Ame-Sans-Vie, posted by Paulbwell on August 11, 2006, at 3:02:28

Hi Paul, good to see you again!

Actually, I haven't been on that combination in a good while. More recently I was on Concerta, Xanax, Klonopin, and the occasional barbs for sleep. But then I developed thrombocytopenic purpura and erythema multiforme because of methylphenidate hypersensitivity, immediately stopped the Concerta and started giving the amphetamines a try again. They didn't quite work out as well as they had the previous times, so I stopped Desoxyn last month and have now been on Emsam for 14 days.

I also have been working on cutting back the benzos... well, that's a bit of an understatement. I now only take 2mg Xanax. No clonazepam. Now that I'm down to such a low dose, my tolerance seems to have reset quite dramatically -- I've been able to cut out the barbs entirely, and now just use Dalmane 60-90mg as needed for sleep.

So to sum it up, my current regimen is:

Emsam 20mg qd
alprazolam 1mg SL bid
flurazepam 60-90mg hs prn
Avapro 150mg qd (I may be able to stop this now that I no longer take stims, but I'll wait to get with my GP on that issue)

All in all, I'm feeling great. Not a panic attack in sight, no social anxiety problems, and no real depression to speak of. I'm taking the Emsam more for energy and motivation, which it [thusfar] is helping with quite a bit (though I know two weeks is probably far too early to really judge).

I'm in therapy for a newfound diagnosis - Asperger Syndrome. High-functioning autism. Receiving that diagnosis has seriously changed my life; I finally understand the issue that underlies the vast majority of my psych problems! And of course I also still watch my diet carefully, avoid caffeine, and exercise every day. Things are looking wayyyy up. :-)

So how have things been for you lately?





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