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Neuropathy News

Posted by john h on 6/29/02 at 08:54 (088755)

I am copying this out of the June 2002 Neuropathy News as it seems revelant to many who have PF:

Medications For Depression

Drug Weight Sedation Sexual Comments
Gain Side Effects

Prozac +/- Minimal High Stays in body 5 weeks after
stopping.

Paxil Moderate Minimal High Very effective in multiple
anxiety disorders and
depression; more weight gain
than other serotonin
reuptake inhibitors.

Zoloft +/- Minimal High Good safety profile

Celexa +/- Minimal High Look for 'es-citalopram.'
a cleaner version to it the
market

Wellbutrin Loss Low Low Same ingredient as Zyban.
Little effect on anxiety

Elavil Moderate High High Lots of side effects, only
real use is for pain control
Caution in combining with
other anti-deprfessants,
caution regarding cardiac
side effects.

Pamelor,
Imipramine,
other
tricyclics Moderate High High 2nd line choice because of
multiple side effects and
toxity in overdose.

MAOIs-
ParnaeNardil High High High Should only be used in very
compliant patients under
care of psychiatrist-require
special diet and many drug
interactons. However, can be
powerfully effective.

MEDICATIONS FOR ANXIETY
Drug Onset of Action Habit Forming Comments

Valium Rapid Yes Very safe and most effective
Ativan for acute anxiety
Klonpin

Sleeping Rapid Possible Patients should also be
pills: taught behavioral techniques
Ambien to enhance sleep.
Sonata
Restoril
Desyrel
Benadril

Anti-Depressants 1-2 weeks No Little effect on alertness
with anti- or coordination.
anxiety Properties:
Effexor,Paxil,
Remeron,Serzone

Buspar 2-4 weeks Little effect on alertness
or coordination.

THIS INFORMATION PUT OUT BY THE NEUROPATHY ASSOCIATION
Xnax

Serzone Low Moderate Good for anxiety-depression
but caution for multiple
drug reaction.

Remeron In 30% of Moderate Helps sleep,appetite,anxiety
patients may be rapid acting.

Effexor +/- Minimal Powerful drug for severe
depression, also controls
anxiety. watch blood pressur

Vestra ? ? Not yet released, but very
promising in improving de-
prssion and social function.

Elavil Moderate

Re: Neuropathy News

john h on 6/29/02 at 09:02 (088756)

When I wrote this it was in a easily readable format but it was compressed and not very readable now. The major Headings for Depression are: Drug, Weight Gain, Sedation, Sexual Side Effects, and Comments.

The major headings for the Anxiety Drugs were: Drug, Onset of Action, Habit Forming and Comments.

Sorry this did not come up in a readable format.

Also an excellent article on 'Depression,Anxiety, and Fatigue in the Neuropathy Patient'.

Re: Neuropathy News

john h on 6/29/02 at 09:02 (088756)

When I wrote this it was in a easily readable format but it was compressed and not very readable now. The major Headings for Depression are: Drug, Weight Gain, Sedation, Sexual Side Effects, and Comments.

The major headings for the Anxiety Drugs were: Drug, Onset of Action, Habit Forming and Comments.

Sorry this did not come up in a readable format.

Also an excellent article on 'Depression,Anxiety, and Fatigue in the Neuropathy Patient'.