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Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro Phillipa

Posted by Quintal on August 11, 2007, at 1:18:36

In reply to Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro Quintal, posted by Phillipa on August 10, 2007, at 22:57:07

Those rocking sensations are something I recognize from my own benzo withdrawals, so from that I think it's fair to conclude that you have suffered withdrawal symptoms at some point. The sensations and feelings you experienced in April this year, when the doctor prescribed huge doses of benzos then reduced the dose suddenly, were also very reminiscent of benzo withdrawal symptoms. I think they were withdrawal symptoms because although there was a strenuous attempt to attribute them to the thyroid problem at the time, the next thyroid test turned out to be normal. When you quit benzos cold turkey many years ago the withdrawal symptoms might have been mild because you were taking only small doses, and they would likely have been mitigated by the sleeping pills you were also taking at the time.

If the benzos are no longer as effective as they were then that would suggest tolerance, and tolerance would be entirely expected after such a long period of continuous use.

The problem with raising and lowering the dose again rapidly, as the doctor did with you, is that (as I posted on the other thread) the benzodiazepine receptors can get locked into an inverse agonist configuration. This means that you can get withdrawal symptoms even in the presence of the drug, and I think this may be one reason in addition to tolerance why you still have so much anxiety despite taking benzos. This can be corrected so that the benzos regain their original efficacy - in other words tolerance can be reversed. I'll explain in more detail when I get up as I'm going to bed now myself. Sleep well.

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Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro Quintal

Posted by linkadge on August 13, 2007, at 9:04:57

In reply to Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro linkadge, posted by Quintal on August 10, 2007, at 15:40:17

>I am not trying to prove a totality. I *am* >saying the overwhelming body of evidence >demonstrates significant cognitive and memory >impairment at typical therapeutic doses of >benzodiazepines in the majority of subjects.

Sure, in the majority of the subjects studied. I don't know what the argument is.


Linkadge

 

Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro

Posted by linkadge on August 13, 2007, at 9:16:32

In reply to Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro Quintal, posted by linkadge on August 13, 2007, at 9:04:57

>Same again. None of this changes the fact that >therapeutic doses of benzos cause significant >amnesia and cognitive impairment.

I think this was the only statement I thought was a bit of a presumption.

Linkadge

 

Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro linkadge

Posted by Quintal on August 13, 2007, at 9:17:29

In reply to Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro Quintal, posted by linkadge on August 13, 2007, at 9:04:57

>I don't know what the argument is.

The good thing about opiates, link, is that they give you resilience, for which I am very grateful.

Q

 

Re: responce to misunderstanding

Posted by linkadge on August 13, 2007, at 21:55:27

In reply to Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro, posted by linkadge on August 9, 2007, at 9:00:13

I read the thread in which I was admittedly less than completly coherant.

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20070808/msgs/775011.html

Sometimes, I am responding to too many thoughts at once, which is as you suggest may be realted to my condition.

When I said that you are presuming to "read minds", this was not meant to be taken literally. I was really only responding to what appeared to be some generalizations about the way that medications affect people. While I agree with you about the possability of aformentioned side effects, I don't think it is fair to presume that everbody is effected (equally) by such side effects.

I also tried to make an analogy with SSRI's. I said that while they can cause sexual side effects not everbody is affected by them.

I was not presuming that you implied that SSRI's cause sexual side effects in all users, I was only indending to reinforce my point that it is not fair to assume all individuals taking a particular drug are destined to experinece a particular side effects.

I should have been more clear, and I hope this adds clarity. Please feel free to ask about any other issues that were less than clear.

My appolgies,

Linkadge

 

Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro Quintal

Posted by Phillipa on August 13, 2007, at 22:03:06

In reply to Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro Phillipa, posted by Quintal on August 11, 2007, at 1:18:36

Quintal where did you get this personal info about me which happened years ago today is today tomorrow is tomorrow. Please do not discuss my past as I did not disclose this to you either on the board or in private. If you read something said to someone else does this allow you to bring it up? I don't know. Love Phillipa

 

Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro

Posted by Phillipa on August 13, 2007, at 22:15:13

In reply to Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro Quintal, posted by Phillipa on August 13, 2007, at 22:03:06

Quintal my apologies you switched threads my mistake yes that happened when I was 27 many moons ago and I cold turkeyed valium, booze as I drank then, and placydyl as I was prescribed them by my OB-GYN before they knew they affected fetuses. I was determined to breast feed and knew I needed them out of my system before my child came home from the hospital. At the time they kept them for quite a while after hernia surgery. Well I no longer drink ll years ago was my last drink, no sleeping pills and the same dose of valium as then so according to my pdoc I'm well within the limit. And on the other thread my therapist agrees with that pdoc and wants me to see a rheumatologist from the chronic lymes and elevated ANA which of course leads to the hasimotos which she feels strongly is the reason for the anxiety. Hope I cleared it up and my deepest most sincere apolgies for the post of mine above as I am also tired and am heading to bed myself. Nighty night. Love Phillipa

 

Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro Phillipa

Posted by Quintal on August 14, 2007, at 4:45:03

In reply to Re: beta carbolines to reverse benzo cognitive pro Quintal, posted by Phillipa on August 13, 2007, at 22:03:06

How could I know about this if you did not disclose it to me? You posted this information to the board some time last year. That's how I know.

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Re: responce to misunderstanding linkadge

Posted by Quintal on August 14, 2007, at 4:48:33

In reply to Re: responce to misunderstanding, posted by linkadge on August 13, 2007, at 21:55:27

No problem link. I'll connect the two threads since what I posted to you on the opiate thread is much the same as what I'd like to say in response to your post here.
http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20070808/msgs/776148.html

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Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates Quintal

Posted by FredPotter on August 14, 2007, at 15:30:08

In reply to Re: responce to misunderstanding linkadge, posted by Quintal on August 14, 2007, at 4:48:33

Right so how do we manage this? In this country they mix codeine and paracetomol in a cunning ploy to prevent the codeine doing anything, since paracetomol is dangerous, but codeine not particularly. I think there needs to be a shift away from the notion that the greatest harm a Dr can do is make a patient an addict. In my view there is greater harm, viz removing one's sex life, causing weight gain and even diabetes, and worst of all allowing a hypocampus-shrinking condition like depression to continue
Fred

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates FredPotter

Posted by Quintal on August 14, 2007, at 18:57:02

In reply to Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates Quintal, posted by FredPotter on August 14, 2007, at 15:30:08

I'm not sure how you'd go about asking a doctor to prescribe you opiates for depression. I suppose you could take along one of those bupe studies if you think that would help. I think you'd need to have a pretty good relationship with your doctor for them to seriously consider something like this, obviously. I have a feeling that by far the majority would still refuse though.

In your country there is a high-strength preparation of dihydrocodeine and paracetamol called Panadeine, more info here: http://forum.opiophile.org/showthread.php?p=152432#post152432. I use a similar one called Paramol. I combine it with an ibuprofen-based codeine preparation called Nurofen Plus, I don't know if you can get it where you live. You need to use high-strength preparations because those 8mg tablets are useless for most people, though personally I can detect the effect of 16mg codeine.

You could always try for some real grown-up strength ones by developing the old bad back, or arthritis pain. Tramadol is an interesting opiate having SNRI-like action, and I prefer it to codeine.

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Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates Quintal

Posted by Quintal on August 14, 2007, at 19:01:21

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates FredPotter, posted by Quintal on August 14, 2007, at 18:57:02

Sorry Fred, Panadeine actually contains codeine, not dihydrocodeine - had my wires crossed. Good news is that it contains 15mg per tablet according to this article and Wiki: http://forum.opiophile.org/showthread.php?t=7098.

Q

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates Quintal

Posted by FredPotter on August 14, 2007, at 20:41:04

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates FredPotter, posted by Quintal on August 14, 2007, at 18:57:02

Yes you're right we have Panadeine and Nurofen. Unfortunately I've never noticed anything when I take them. They can't even take away a headache

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates FredPotter

Posted by Quintal on August 14, 2007, at 21:01:53

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates Quintal, posted by FredPotter on August 14, 2007, at 20:41:04

Yes, it's unfortunate you've had such a poor response to them Fred. They can take away a headache. They work for me. Have you taken them together?

Q

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates

Posted by linkadge on August 14, 2007, at 21:56:13

In reply to Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates Quintal, posted by FredPotter on August 14, 2007, at 15:30:08

>In my view there is greater harm, viz removing >one's sex life, causing weight gain and even >diabetes, and worst of all allowing a hypocampus->shrinking condition like depression to continue

Bingo. And who says you can't become an SSRI addict? There are certain consumer driven rating systems that rank SSRI's more difficult to quit than opiates.

For the 2 cents it is worth restating, I have gone on and off opiates before, one time upto 120mg codine a day (Wisdom teeth), and found SSRI withdrawl to be more profound.

I honestly think this is why some doctors are revisiting the idea. They may be thinking that all thing considered, its worth a shot.

There is a lot more history devoted to the use of opiates for depression than there is SSRI's.

It took us 100's of years to conlcude the opiates were habbit forming, but only 20 years to conlcude the same about SSRI's.

Linkadge

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates

Posted by linkadge on August 14, 2007, at 21:58:18

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates FredPotter, posted by Quintal on August 14, 2007, at 18:57:02

It is not hard possable to separate the codiene from the ASA or tylenol.

I cannot say more as I am not sure about board pollicies on such issues.


Linkadge

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates FredPotter

Posted by FredPotter on August 14, 2007, at 23:04:07

In reply to Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates Quintal, posted by FredPotter on August 14, 2007, at 15:30:08

Sorry of course I meant "hippocampus". In "Against Depression" Peter Kramer devotes a large part of his writing to describing the physical changes in depression eg hippocampal shrinkage and decrease in glia cells in the pre-frontal cortex. Perhaps if a Dr can appreciate the physical harm correlated with depression, s/he might be more impressed than by the usual depressed persons' complaining and see opiates as a viable alternative. I'm not clear if the physical effects cause the depression, are caused by it, or are merely associated or if they have a functional relationship (a two-way effect) Fred

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates Quintal

Posted by FredPotter on August 14, 2007, at 23:09:26

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates Quintal, posted by Quintal on August 14, 2007, at 19:01:21

ah I'm been taking a generic with only 8mg

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates FredPotter

Posted by Quintal on August 15, 2007, at 1:09:49

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates Quintal, posted by FredPotter on August 14, 2007, at 23:09:26

The Paramol + Nurofen Plus combo contains the equivalent of ~50mg codeine in total. Because codeine needs to be metabolized in vivo there's a ceiling effect to the amount that can be processed as a single dose, and 60mg is usually given as that amount. So we're getting pretty close to that using my combo, and if you can metabolize codeine properly (some people lack the enzyme) then you should feel some effect at that dose. If you can't, then you may be deficient in the liver enzyme CYP2D6, which according to Wiki, is the one that does all the donkey work in converting codeine into morphine.

Q

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates linkadge

Posted by Quintal on August 15, 2007, at 1:29:22

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates, posted by linkadge on August 14, 2007, at 21:56:13

>It took us 100's of years to conlcude the opiates were habbit forming, but only 20 years to conlcude the same about SSRI's.

I'm not aware of any research that concludes SSRIs are habit forming. It's been known since time immemorial that opium is habit forming. There were some spurious claims about lack of addiction potential of morphine when it was first isolated, but that was disputed fairly quickly. It's been a pattern repeated with cocaine, barbs, amphetamines and benzos.

>For the 2 cents it is worth restating, I have gone on and off opiates before, one time upto 120mg codine a day (Wisdom teeth), and found SSRI withdrawl to be more profound.

Some questions link. How long were you taking codeine for? How long were you taking SSRIs for? How did you withdraw from each? This feels like a recurring theme.

>I am permitted to take upto 1mg of clonazepam on a daily basis.

Incidentally, if you are permitted to take up to 1mg clonazepam as required, why did you need to go to the ER for three nights of insomnia? Did the clonazepam not work?
http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20070604/msgs/762423.html

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Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates linkadge

Posted by Jamal Spelling on August 15, 2007, at 2:26:05

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates, posted by linkadge on August 14, 2007, at 21:56:13

> It took us 100's of years to conlcude the opiates were habbit forming, but only 20 years to conlcude the same about SSRI's.

With all due respect, Linkadge, I don't think it is generally accepted that SSRIs are habit forming. At best, they are recognised to have a discontinuation syndrome associated with them, which, I admit, is just a euphemism for withdrawal.

Jamal

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates

Posted by confuzyq on August 16, 2007, at 20:59:38

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates FredPotter, posted by Quintal on August 14, 2007, at 18:57:02

> I'm not sure how you'd go about asking a doctor to prescribe you opiates for depression. I suppose you could take along one of those bupe studies if you think that would help.

Yup, that's how it's done, it can work, did for me (tramadol). But actually there are quite a few seeds of earlier tramadol studies to be found at reliable sources; involving reputable researchers; whose findings were going in encouraging directions, to bring along also. Chances of succeeding are much better at someplace like a teaching hospital/research center also.

This may be a stretch but I even read once that chances can be better if you not only go someplace like the above, but to a pdoc there who specializes in addiction. Since, they may feel more in control, more capable of being able to spot any signs of trouble at any point. I get the logic of that, but don't know how well it translates in reality.

Aside from being able to show a "highly evolved" pdoc at least a decent amount of credible evidence, someone like that will probably also understand and factor in that a big part of why tramadol (for depression and/or OCD and more) research stopped going anywhere wasn't because early indications weren't encouraging, but because no one was willing to pay for it anymore. Since, little money could have been made from it either way anymore, as it was already out in generic form.

But yes, true that "by far the majority would still refuse though." And I'd imagine, almost definitely if it was anything besides tram or bup.

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates

Posted by jhj on August 18, 2007, at 4:06:55

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates, posted by confuzyq on August 16, 2007, at 20:59:38


If i were to ask my Pdoctor to give me Opiates and somebody informs the Police about our conversation,both of us would be find ourselves behind the bar.

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates

Posted by confuzyq on August 18, 2007, at 12:11:11

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates, posted by jhj on August 18, 2007, at 4:06:55

>
> If i were to ask my Pdoctor to give me Opiates and somebody informs the Police about our conversation,both of us would be find ourselves behind the bar.

Not in the U.S. It wouldn't be illegal, unless your doc was charged with and found guilty of acting as a mere drug dealer, prescribing when there was little rationale for it, or in quantity. But you, you would have a legal prescription from someone who was a licensed doc at the time.

But sure if you literally just walked in and asked a pdoc for an opiate, you may be seen as drug-seeking; and if he just gave it to you without knowing you or using much criteria for the decision, he could end up being seen as a doc who doesn't use his privilege lawfully enough.

So of course legalities can be related, such as the doc worrying what the DEA may think of a practice. While we hear occasional horror stories of docs being unfairly accused of basically acting as drug dealers, it's not that prescribing (in this case) an opiate in itself was illegal. Obviously a lot of careful judgment and moderation has to be used in the prescribing.

 

Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates

Posted by kingcolon on August 18, 2007, at 19:12:52

In reply to Re: Getting Doctors to prescribe opiates, posted by confuzyq on August 18, 2007, at 12:11:11

Here's an article from Elle magazine that another member referred to in a previous post. It's amazing that a Harvard psychiatrist who did a pioneering study on buprenorphine for depression would not prescribe it for this case of refractory depression because she wasn't an addict and doing so would be off-label dispensing of an opioid, which could arouse the DEA.

http://www.elle.com/featurefullstory/11334/beyond-the-valley-of-the-dolls.html


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