So almost 2 weeks ago, my doctor added Remeron to my cocktail (Remeron, Effexor, Ambien, Tegretol, Klonopin), and laughingly said "the book says they call it "California Rocket Fuel! I guess we'll be having our next appointment on the moon Ashley, if this doesn't boost you, I don't know what will!!!" Of course, I took offense to her saying that, then upon taking it I have a sense of fear, because of my bipolar, what is this going to do to my head?? I mean, I'm having trouble because I can't really afford the mood stabilisers except Tegretol, because it's dirt cheap, and I've been having trouble already with hypomanic episodes....
So I came home and looked it up on the internet, and this was all I could find:
Essential Pharmacology of Depression and Bipolar Disorder by Stephen Stahl of the University of California at San Diego describes "California rocket fuel," a combo of Remeron and Effexor which can give a triple boost to the serotonin system, a double boost to the norephinephrine system, and a single boost to the dopamine system.
Courtesy of http://www.mcmanweb.com/stard.html
I was wondering if anyone else had ever been on this combination of medication, and what their experience had been with starting or discontinuing it, any input would be fantastic
California Rocket Fuel!
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