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Re: MAOI - Is insomnia a good sign of future response? SLS

Posted by JadeKelly on February 11, 2009, at 2:13:49

In reply to MAOI - Is insomnia a good sign of future response?, posted by SLS on February 10, 2009, at 11:22:58

> When I was most responsive to MAOIs early in my treatment history, this was a sign that I would eventually respond to the drug I was taking, whether it was Parnate, Nardil, or clorgyline.
> * Clorgyline is no longer available.
> Would anyone like to share their experiences with MAOI drugs and insomnia and whether they eventually responded to the drug?
> Unfortunately, quite a few people abort MAOI trials because of insomnia instead of being aggressive in remediating this side effect. I took two different benzodiazepines at the same time to treat the insomnia when it appeared.
> Thanks.
> - Scott

Yes, I would like to like to share. First, to be fair, I would not have quit my trial with Parnate if I had Insomnia every night and puked every day, so I may be a little biased.

For me, insomnia was pretty bad most of the time in the beggining, I did find some relief when I took 2-3mg Klonopin plus 6mg melatonin. I'd have periods of total relief. Then at dose time it would come back (its 2:53am where I am, My pDoc increased my dose to 80mgP and Ritalin to 40mg.)

The funny thing is tho, once that original insomnia wears off, I sleep like a baby, like I can't wait to climb in bed and dose off. It almost then has the opposite effect. Its excellent because I have a buzy day with tons of energy, then just at the right time I'm closing my eyes and can't wait for sleep.Parnate is a med, in my experience, that s/e's almost diappear the higher you go. I'm at 80mg and I have no BP issues, insomnia with dose changes is it.

I don't mean to judge anyone, but if you are hyperfocused on side effects, IMHO you probably don't need an MAOI.

So in answer to your question, I've been on Parnate for 3 months, I'm at a relatively high dose, and couldn't be happier. It was not always easy, i probably set a record for how long to respond to a med, But I'M THERE. PARNATE SAVED ME





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