Re: any good and safe stimulants?
Regarding vitamins, I think any boost in energy you receive from them is actually
due to their co-enzyme action of enabling the body's metabolic enzymes to perform more effectively/efficiently. That's what the B-vitamins do, I think - they just give the body's natural metabolic pathways a little jolt which results in that common "boost" feeling (i.e. B12 shots for those feeling drained and tired).
There is one prescription stimulant I can think of that isn't harshly controlled - Provigil. I think it is more of a glutamate oxidation inhibitor than what we normally think of as stimulants (i.e. amphetamines, Ritalin, etc); the idea being to keep as much glutamate (excitatory neurotransmitter) from oxidizing into GABA (inhibitory NT) as possible should keep the excitatory characteristics of glutamate present for longer periods of time. Going by that, Provigil always results in funky messed-up levels of glutamate and GABA. I think I remember reading some patient reviews of this medication somewhere online, and most people complained of a noticeable increase in nervousness/anxiety (which makes sense being as there's ++glutamate and --GABA
), so I don't know if it would be the right medication for someone posting on a forum for SAD sufferers
Aside from that and, as you mentioned, Wellbutrin - I can't think of anything else except for the CII stimulants generally reserved for treating AD/HD (Adderall, Ritalin, Dexedrine, etc). That's not to say that they are out of the question, but being CII does definitely put somewhat of a damper on the likelihood of getting such a prescription. I don't suppose you're willing to delve into SNRI's like Effexor or Cymbalta, are you? They're mainly indicated for depression (just as Wellbutrin is), but I think they're supposed to give an energy boost with that norepinephrine kick, so who knows.
By the way, you do realize that the jolt you're getting from those cough & cold gel caps is due to whichever nasal decongestant is present in the formula, right? I imagine it's phenylephrine
- both of which happen to be sympathomimetic amines, which are basically a few atoms away from being amphetamine itself
. It's really not all that healthy to rely on cough & cold gel caps for your energy needs, as I'm sure you're aware. Well, to be honest, it's not exactly healthy to rely on anything other than a well-balanced diet for your energy needs - not caffeine, not cough medicine, not vitamins, not anything synthetic. But obviously there is a point where the potential benefits outweigh the potential consequences so much that something needs to be done about it. The best advice I can give you is to talk to your doctor about this. If the solution to your problems lies in a prescription medication, then an MD is the person to see!
Wellbutrin SR 300mg, Eskalith CR 900mg, Luvox 100mg
Things I have tried:
Lexapro, Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Effexor XR, Remeron, Wellbutrin SR, Eskalith CR, Topamax, Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Ambien, Restoril, Desyrel, Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, Inderal, Lopressor, Thorazine, Lamictal, Abilify, Depakote, Geodon, Seroquel, doxepin, chloral hydrate