SSRI + NRI = SNRI?
For quite a while, I've wanted to try an SNRI (like Cymbalta or Effexor, etc) because I've read that they can rocket a person out of depression, and that they can also help with some of the physical pain associated with depression and anxiety (caused by stress, tension, etc.) Unfortunately, Cymbalta and Effexor are too expensive for me, so I have to look for an alternative.
I'm currently taking 40mg of Celexa (citalopram) per day. As you probably know, Celexa is an older yet potent SSRI that's a cheap alternative to Lexapro because it's available in generic form.
Anyway, this morning, I was browsing Wikipedia, and I came across an old tetracyclic antidepressant called Ludiomil (maprotiline). It is supposedly a very strong norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. It's a pretty old antidepressant, but it's supposedly pretty effective. Because it's so old, it's available in generic form (so it's pretty cheap).
Do you think if I combined Celexa with Ludiomil, I would get the same effectiveness and benefits of one of those newer, more expensive SNRIs (like Cymbalta or Effexor)? Has anyone here ever tried anything like this before? Tell me what you think of it, please. I'm open to all comments. Thanks!
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