I was talking with someone today about my dilemma of not being able to wean off Nardil because of getting so sick. She mentioned something interesting, but I don't know if is possible.
Maybe there's something in Nardil that causes me to get sick when weaning off it. If that is the case, would it be possible to remove 15mg (or half a pill) of Nardil, but at the same time, add the same amount of Parnate, another MAOI, and do that until I'm completely off Nardil and fully on Parnate. That might "trick" my system and so be able to get off Nardil. Then, after a short time, wean off Parnate. If Nardil was the culprite, making it impossible for me to go off it, then I should be able to go off Parnate just fine. Then once I'm totally off Parnate for 2 weeks, have a NON-MAOI anti depressant ready to start. There would be no guarantee that I'll find an anti depressant for me because I take Nardil because of being treatment resistant in the first place, but at least I would be able to try (if this worked and it's safe to do)
Of course, if during either the initial adding and taking away of Nardil and Parnate I get unbearably sick, I would just throw in the towel and accept that too, is not going to work.
But, is it medically possible and safe to try? I only assume that I could transition from one MAOI to the other because they are both MAOI's, but not being a doctor, I don't know if that's correct, but you do. lol
So what do you think?
And (if you have time for this question) what do you think would be a good, non-maoi anti depressant to try for someone who's been on Nardil and Lithium for about 23 years?
During a December admission for a severe manic/psychotic episode my longtime psychiatrist switched my...
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During a December admission for a severe manic/psychotic episode my longtime psychiatrist switched my Depakote to lamictal. I currently take 900 mg of lithium, 200 mg of lamictal, and 6 mg of Risperdal daily. It is now March (Pesach is almost here!) and I have had no manic or psychotic episodes since the switch. This is a record for me. I have had one depressive episode that was longer than usual but did not involve psychosis or a hospitalization. My question is: I thought lamictal was not as efficacious at preventing mania as Depakote is. I'm just curious why switching my Depakote to lamictal might have (so far) significantly improved the frequency of my manic episodes. I took Depakote for 20 years. I genuinely feel like my episodes are stabilizing, for which I, my employer, and my psychiatrist are quite pleased about. I'd just like to understand why.View Thread
Is there such thing as an equivalent dose of saphris to seroquel? I was on 20 mg of saphris and doctor changed to 100 mg seroquel pm and 50 am. Before going on the saphris I was on 500 mg seroquel pm and 200 mg am and that was just a maintenance amount. If I was having problems it was increased and I've been having big time problems. I decided without my doctor (he's not helpful and doesn't listen to my concerns) to do the saphris at night and 100mg seroquel in the morning. It seems to be more helpful than what he was doing. I don't see a doctor until April 8 and it will be a different doctor than changed the saphris to seroquel. I was just wondering if what I am doing is safe and makes sense.View Thread
Hi all. Its been along time since i was here, but i need some advice or help or something. My med list keeps growing and growing. From mood stabilizers to pain meds and now adderall has been added as an adjunct to tipromate and Lamictal. The thing is, i get akathesia really bad when an antipsychotic is added to my regimen... but I'm not on any now... i still feel like I'm getting akathesia again though. I have so many doctors that have lists of all my meds but don't say anything about this side effect being a possible concern. I swear it's terrible to deal with! I don't know if i can find someone here who knows or that i can ask, but i just want to give a list of my meds and see if my combinations are wrong or unhealthy. I completely trust my psychiatrist but i also know how relationships between psychiatrists and psychopharmacutical industries can go. I just need someone impartial to discuss this with.... if i can find it here it would be wonderful.... sorry for the repost, i forgot to ask for dr g in the title....View Thread
Hi all. Its been along time since i was here, but i need some advice or help or something. My med list keeps growing and growing. From mood stabilizers to pain meds and now adderall has been added as an adjunct to tipromate and Lamictal. The thing is, i get akathesia really bad when an antipsychotic is added to my regimen... but I'm not on any now... i still feel like I'm getting akathesia again though. I have so many doctors that have lists of all my meds but don't say anything about this side effect being a possible concern. I swear it's terrible to deal with! I don't know if i can find someone here who knows or that i can ask, but i just want to give a list of my meds and see if my combinations are wrong or unhealthy. I completely trust my psychiatrist but i also know how relationships between psychiatrists and psychopharmacutical industries can go. I just need someone impartial to discuss this with.... if i can find it here it would be wonderful....View Thread
I give up. I tried and tried and tried. I am "always" wrong. It can't be possible. I visited my mother at the nursing home she lives at due to dementia (alzhiemers?). She is very coherent when I am alone with her. She knows how to have me call other family members and tells them how she would do anything for them and they are called sweetheart and honey, etc. I sit there aching for some unconditional love. I'm 50. I will never get it. WHY can't I accept that?? I am ruined by the constant put downs. My father said I was an embarrassment and that was the last straw for me with him. I won't talk to him. I finally saw him and he said in front of other family "why don't you stop by". I said because I'm busy. He said he might as well blow his head off. He's trying to twist things around like I'm hurting him. He's manipulative and plays dumb. He's said the nastiest things to me. Even gave me a Christmas present back to me on christmas and said he didn't want it. All because he wanted me to marry someone at 19. I can't believe my life. Someone else would be totally insane. I do feel like I'm on the brink and I'm ready to jump. Ever listen to the song "Loser" from 3 Doors Down. Do it. That's my life. My mother told me she wishes my father will live forever as I was trying to decorate her room for Easter. I dropped what I was doing and told her good luck. Left with a lump in my throat and lost it at the front desk telling them I wouldn't be back. Now I have to face a wedding and stuff. How can I go. I'd rather disapppear!!!! I am shunned even by my sister-in-law who has 4 mos. to live. I've been bringing her to the drs and hugging her and telling her thank you for loving me. She didn't call me for over a week. Said she didn't feel good. This coincided with my fathers thing at her house. She sticks up for him because "he doesn't know what he does to me". OMG....I can't take it. I just want to sleep all day and do nothing. I'm so bored with life because I don't care about anything. I have a dog and bunny to live for and thats it.View Thread
Thanks for all your support. My mom had her surgery yesterday and had a full hip replacement. She's doing well recovering. The doctors want to send her to a rehab facility directly from the hospital instead of going home. To be honest, I am quite relieved about that. I wasn't sure how I was going to handle a long stay over there with her husband. I am more than happy to and willing to help my mom, but the difficult part is her husband. I have been trying to mentally prepare myself for not letting him get under my skin while I was there, but underneath, fearing that I might not do so well. I an normally do fine when around him, but the incedent from christmas is still lingering a bit.
Anyway, I will likely go to my mom's a day before she comes home from rehab so that I can get the house nice and clean before she arrives, and then stay with her for probably a week, or longer if she needs it. So I'm a bit more relieved about it.
My and my oldest brother will be visiting her tomorrow. I'm going to try to find some things that she might like to bring so when she goes to rehab, she have have a little something to keep her occupied in between resting and watchng tv.
I'm just thankful that she made it through surgery because I was worried due to her heart issues.
You know, I used to detest my mom. I couldn't ever talk about her in therapy for more than 5 minutes before the angry Joanne part of me came out and was reacting. Even in my teenage years someone who knew both me and my mom said to me oen day, "It's weird, whenever your mom comes in the picture, you because a different person" lol My mom could call me on the phone at home and as soon as I knew it was her, I because a differen't person - an angry person. It too my and my therapist about 10 years before I was able to heal from that, and now I love my mom, and the thought of her dying makes me feel like I iwll die. Before, I never thought I'd feel a thing if she died. Amazing what love and healing will do.
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