nardil update

Wow! It’s already been two weeks since I last posted. So much has happened.

I’ve been on Nardil for about a month now. I’m currently taking 45 mg a day, which is still considered a small dose. It seems like the “magic” dose is 60 mg. I say magic because most people say that unlike most anti-depressants, you actually know when it’s working; it’s not a subtle change.

Although I haven’t experienced anything dramatic, I still have seen some benefits–

  • The best thing about Nardil so far is that it’s kept me from binging on food or alcohol, namely because I don’t eat out and have to avoid many foods or else I could go into a hypertensive crisis. I no longer suppress my negative emotions with food and/or alcohol. This has helped break the binging cycle I used to feel trapped in.
  • I’ve also noticed a slight decrease in anxiety and depression. I don’t over think things too much, which helps with the anticipatory anxiety. I’m also doing things I wouldn’t have done in the past because of my anxiety, like get a tattoo, and saying things that I would normally keep to myself.

The side effects haven’t been that bad so far. I have experienced afternoon tiredness, restless sleep, and loss of libido–all of which are normal–but they’ve all been fairly manageable. I’m scared about increasing my dose, though, because after reading a lot of peoples’ experiences on Nardil it seems as if that magic dose–of 60 mg–is when the major side effects hit, which include weight gain and insomnia.

I’m scared of both of them, but I am mindful of the fact that those side effects are not nearly as bad as the side effects from suicide. I just need to hang in there.

I hope everyone is doing well. :)

8 responses to “nardil update

  1. Great to hear that you feel like Nardil is helping you – that’s already a lot of improvement within such a comparatively short time. I hope it stays that way and that the benefits continue outweighing the side-effects – best of luck, fingers crossed! :)

  2. I’m glad that things are softening up a bit for you. I’m glad you’ve taken such a proactive and positive approach. I hope you can increase without any significant side effects, or that if you have them, they are manageable. Glad to hear from you :)

  3. I admire you for making the dietary changes needed to take this medicne. I read through the list again and stopped reading after bacon and avocodo. Glad this is working for you!

  4. Ha! Yeah, the dietary restriction aren’t really so bad. I can have avocado as long as it’s fresh. But now bacon for me. Before I started the diet, I ate pretty much a vegetarian diet so I’m used to not having bacon. I still dream about it, though. :)

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