Originally Posted by Iwillovercomeanxiety1
I've been on it for almost 4 months and I've only had mild relief from anxiety and depression. I've been back on 60 mg for about 4-5 weeks now. I tried 75 mg for like 6 weeks, but the side effects were too much. What should I do? Should I try going back up higher on the dosage or is this mild relief all I can expect from Nardil? Do I need to give 60 mg longer, go up to 75, or even try going up to 90 mg? How do you know when you've given Nardil a full legit trial and know which dose you truly need?
I've been on a straight 60mg for about 5 weeks now and I feel a light euphoria every morning. It's definitively helped with my SA although it didn't make me fearless in social situations, just a little less scared. As far as my depression goes, it's helped tremendously. Again, I'm not Mr. Happy Go Lucky but my days are brighter and I tend to dwell a little less on negative thoughts. It didn't do much for my anxiety but I have clonazepam for that. I think I still have some more weeks to go to derive the full benefit.
Side effects so far - No insomnia, thank God, I take my full dose at 6am in the morning to help with insomnia. One time, I took my full dose at 9pm and couldn't sleep. Constipation is there but I have suppository laxatives that work great. I feel drunk most of they day but it's more of a light happy drunk. Can't explain. The biggest side effect I have that I praying will go away is sleepiness and lethargy. I have been sleeping 12 plus hours a day. All I want to do is sleep. And I'm just slow. I don't much motivation to do anything. It's like I'm content. I hope this passes. But definitely not a dealbreaker.
This is the most effective AD I've tried and I've tried all the SSRI's, you name it. After a trial on Citapram, I quit believing in AD's but since Nardil was a totally different drug I wanted to give it a shot. My current psychiatrist was a little hesitant to prescribe it but we set up a consultation and I brought paperwork to prove to her I knew what the risks where so she agreed. My old psychiatrist flat out said no and was rude about it and was acting like I was asking for heroin or something. He's a little *****, he under prescribes medication to all his patients out of fear of litigation and all he wants to do is talk during the sessions. He doesn't believe in medication to help the suffering. He wouldn't prescribe me the amount of clonazapem I needed and told me that I can deal with it even after I told him I was sufferring. I would just shut me down when I tried to talking about my suffering. I have disdain for him as he should not be a medicine doctor. He wasn't underprescribing because he cared about out well-being, it was out of his cowardly fear of litigation, he even admitted this in one our sessions. I saw him for a year and half because my SA kept me from seeing another psychiatrist. Seeing a new doctor gave me heavy anxiety. I finally made the step though and I'm glad I did. My new pdoc is more open-minded and she believes in medication which is what pdoc's are supposed to be, doctors of medicine.
Anyways, to conclude, Nardil is AMAZING so far. I can't say I'm 100% but I feel SO much better pre-nardil. Pre-nardil was living hell for me on earth.
And my advice to you, Iwilloveranxiety, unfortunately by this point, I feel you should have felt a big difference already. Everybody's different and reacts differently to different medications. I know you want it to work so badly for you but sometimes it is what it is. Although I COULD BE WRONG here. I've only been on it for 5 weeks so I can only give you my experience. If any else has long experience, help this guy out please.