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Just Stopping in to say HI

Posted by Jedi on December 30, 2021, at 19:04:29

Hi Guys,
I haven't been on the site for years but just wanted to say HI. I used to post a lot back in the day, mostly about MAOIs, treatment resistant depression, atypical depression, and my experiences in general.

I still see a few of the old names out there and just wanted to let people know I'm still alive and kicking.

I still take a small maintenance dose of Nardil, usually about 30mg and some clonazepam as needed. I've tried to stop Nardil altogether many times but the major depression always returns. So I'm probably a lifer. Been on Nardil most of 24 years now. I know it has changed my brain chemistry, but hey I'm alive! Had some minor scares a year or so ago during the supply shortage, but was always able to acquire enough medication to get by.

Many of the side effects of phenelzine have gone away over the years. My worst was the weight gain, as I put on over 100 lbs when first on high dosage phenelzine (90 to 120mg). I've taken most of it off now. I no longer react to the tyramine in foods and pretty much eat anything I want now. Don't take this as an OK not to be careful. Everybody is different. And my dosage is tiny compared to what I used to take. I still never take any cold meds. They are pretty much placebo anyway. Ha, Ha

I was probably on about 45 different combinations of medications trying to get off the Nardil. Nothing else worked for me. Worst scare was when, after 9 months of different med trials, one psychiatrist refused to put me back on Nardil. I needed it to save my life, but because I adjusted my own medications, he refused to get me back on Nardil. I started a letter writing campaign and finally found a GP that would prescribe the medication I needed so as not to die. I've always tried to keep a life saving stash since that happened. I'm still with the same GP and that was over 10 years ago.

I know the pain that many of you suffer. When you are in severe depression it is hard to even get out of bed, much less fight with Drs about life saving medication. Just know there is always hope. One very well know psychiatrist (he helped develop Prozac) wanted to use ECT, but I'm saving that one for a last resort. Hoping it never comes to that.

Anyway, I'm wishing everyone the best. No matter how bad you feel, there is hope!

Take care and be well,

Treatment resistant, atypical, double depression with social anxiety.
Nardil + clonazepam




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