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Re: EMSAM, alcohol, and dizziness

Posted by TexasRVer on September 26, 2008, at 9:10:14

In reply to Re: EMSAM, alcohol, and dizziness, posted by Mirabella on September 25, 2008, at 20:25:51

> It is great to hear of someone doing so well on Emsam (and gives me hope). Do you mind my asking you what dosage you're on and what meds you tried before Emsam?

Over the past 45 years or so, I have tried numerous meds. Before Emsam, the best, really only thing that seemed to be effective was Effexor. I was on 375 mg./day. Over time, I got better and gradually tapered off, and finally was off of it and doing fine. Things happended, mainly losing my mom then getting breast cancer, and I needed help again. When I took a 75 mg Effexor, I became violently ill---but at least I quit crying for a while (LOL) Later I tried again, and 1/2 of the 37.5 mg tablet made me sick. I think the cancer made me overly sensitive to several different meds.

I struggled along for years--not depressed enough to be debiliating, but just a struggle to do things and always the "little black cloud" hovering around. I had every reason in the would to be super happy, but ,,,,,,,, So, I had a friend seeing a pdoc and was very happy with her, so I made an appointment. Second visit she put me on the Emsam and gave me the liberty to adjust the dosage to find what worked for me. What I have settled on---I put on 6 mg each morning, but leave the previous days patch on. So, each one is worn for 48 hours. I figure that way, I am getting about 9 mg/day since the older one is using up the med. This has worked for me for a few months. If I leave one off for a day, to sun, swim, etc. the next day I put on 9 mg, and then go back to the six.

I have 12 mg patches and cut them to what I need.

If you are paying out of pocket for this stuff, this cuts the expense considerably.

Hope this helps.




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