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Re: No motivation - Even Zyprexa no longer helping.

Posted by DStupid on March 30, 2007, at 16:37:39

In reply to No motivation - Even Zyprexa no longer helping., posted by deniseuk190466 on March 30, 2007, at 14:18:24

Stimulants or stimulant-like anti-depressants are, in my opinion, the best medicines to awoke motivation. Of the stimulants, I tried Dexedrine 5 mg. and Ritalin 10 mg. While I was taking them, I got a lot of good things done -- things I didn't even know I could do. The cardiac side effects, however, were brutal: high pulse, increased diastolic blood pressure, insomnia. Unless you combine them with a heart/blood pressure medication (like Toprol), I don't recommend taking stimulants. The next step are anti-depressants with a stimulant component or effect. Of these, I tried Welbutrin (150 mg for XL; 100 mg. for SR; and 75 mg for regular), Desipramine (10 mg), and Nortriptyline (10 mg). [The dosages I took are the smallest available because my heart isn't that good.] I can say that Welbutrin is a harsh drug on the body and isn't worth taking. Next were the tricyclic antidepressants: I lasted 2 weeks on Desipramine; I quit because I could no longer tolerate getting up 3-44 times at night to urinate. While I was taking it, I was motivated but not hyper. I've been on Nortriptyline for about a week now, and it works quite well: I have a purpose, I try to get things done. I take with Toprol XL 25 mg to keep my pulse in check. Although I read about drowsiness as Nortripline's side effect, actually I need Xanax to fall asleep. With Nortriptyline, however, you can get into a zone -- it's hard to explain -- it's as if you're in a tunnel and you do things or think about things without looking or paying attention to anything else. I'm for Nortripline.

Prior to the above, I had taken Lexapro 10 mg for about a year. It distanced me from troubles, but I wasn't motivated to change my life. I think this is the same when you write that you want to get motivated. I had also taken Xanax 1 mg for some time but I didn't get any motivation from it all.

Hope this helps.




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