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Re: Very interested to hear more details of your story

Posted by nutjob on April 26, 2007, at 22:15:23

In reply to Very interested to hear more details of your story nutjob, posted by UgottaHaveHope on April 26, 2007, at 19:02:35

Michael,

I have social anxiety. At 45 mgs I got absolutely no relief. Though I only took 45 mgs for 4 days. But after increasing the dose to 60 mgs the anxiolytic effect was almost immediately apparent. Granted, I might have had a response at 45 mgs if I had waited longer--but quite honestly I was too impatient to wait around and find out when the chances were far greater that at least 60 mgs would be required. Why suffer needlessly for any longer? If at some point I back down to 45 mgs and I find that 45 is all that I require, then what I will have lost by having gone up to 60 so rapidly? I guess the side effects might be worse. But sexual dysfunction and a little fatigue are nothing compared to the suffering I've endured on a daily basis for so many years.

My psychiatrist doesn't even know about my decision to go up to 60 mgs. As far as she knows I've just increased my dose from 30 to 45 as of three days ago. Unfortunately I've had to take matters into my own hands, because after 11 years of trying virtually every treatment available, I've yet to encounter a psychiatrist who actually knows what the f*#$ they're talking about.

I'm still quiet and withdrawn in social situations. I guess part of my problem is that I don't enjoy engaging in trivial conversation as much as most people do. But suddenly I don't feel overwhelmed when I have to interact with people. I can speak up when I need to.

I take no other meds, although I've tried a good number of other meds in various combinations over the years, including SSRI's, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, and psychostimulants. And of course I've relied on alcohol and marijuana a great deal. But the effect of Nardil is so unlike anything I've ever experienced that I find it difficult to draw comparisons.

After I've been on Nardil for a while longer and had more time to gauge my response I will try to elaborate more on my experience with the drug.

--job

> NJ:
> For the record, despite controlled studies, I know plenty of people who get a theraputic effect of Nardil at 45 and even at 37.5 mgs. Every med affects everybody differently, but on a whole yes I agree from following posts on here it takes at least 60 to hit the mark.
>
> I appreciate you sharing your experiences and I was wondering if I could ask you some questions:
>
> 1. What is your primary diagnosis? (Mine is GAD)
>
> 2. How did Nardil affect your anxiety at 45 compared to 60?
>
> 3. Have you had ANY episodes of anxiety at all (even for a few minutes) at 60?
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> 4. What made you go up to 60? Your own instincts or pdoc's advice?
>
> 5. Do you take any other meds with Nardil?
>
> Again, thanks for sharing. It encourages me to read 60 took away your anxiety. Thanks for the hope. Michael


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