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Re: Encouragement - Emsam lepus

Posted by floatingbridge on July 3, 2011, at 18:57:57

In reply to Re: Encouragement - Emsam, posted by lepus on July 3, 2011, at 18:37:55

> How does this patch work anyway? Does the medicine enter the bloodstream at a continuous rate, cross the blood brain barrier and then do its magic? I wonder if what I felt was the meds crossing the BBB?

Well, it is supposed to enter continuously. The BBB is over my head. :-/

Exposure to hot water (a shower is o.k.), excessive heat from a heating pad *directly on the patch*, or a blazing hot prolonged exposure to sun (which sounds awful to me) can speed the delivery. I experienced this only after I went into a hot tub and heated pool like
a dodo bird. But again, the intensity remitted. The response in my own case was delayed, not immediate. So it took me a few minutes to think back and say, hmmm, it was the pool. Like 12-24 hours later. Everyone is different.

Likewise, removing the patch. It will *slowly* tone it down. But I think that's good for me because I do best with slow ascent and descent. But let's say I felt like I could feel the descent begin within the hour, and that was enough to reassure me. Me and a xanax :-/

> It does make me feel a bit better knowing I could stop the drug just by ripping off the patch, but then I'm not sure that is how it works.




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