It’s official Edronax also known as Reboxitine didn’t work for me.
It didn’t help with any of the reasons I took it, fatigue, sleep dysfunction, pain or depression. I struggled along with it for two months. A decent trial period if ever there was one.
That was two months of not sleeping more than 5-6 hrs a night and never longer than 4hrs straight. I woke up on average three times a night.
So after a decent cooling off period I am on a new pill, Doxepin (Deptran) and I can tell you already I know I’m in love. I still have trouble getting to sleep but once asleep I stay asleep for at least 8 hours sometimes I even get 10 hours.
I love, love, love you Doxepin, and hope to never tire of your effect on me.
I’m still however on the fence to whether Doxepin helps as an anti-depressant. I have secondary depression as do most people with M.E. and find that most days I cry a little and seemingly mild questions can set me off.
Nurse: So are you working or studying?
Nurse: why’s that?
Me: (sob, gulp) umm I can’t. (sob gulp.) I have M.E.
Nurse: oh chronic fatigue
Me: (sob sob...how embarrassing I am crying AGAIN)
So it would be nice if the Doxepin takes the edge off the tears a little. I am wary though because last time I was on a different tricyclic anti-depressant (amitriptyline) it made my emotions worse if anything. You can read more about that here.
So this time round I am taking it slowly on a low dose of Doxepin (10mg) and hoping to keep this delightful old friend, sleep, in my life.
Oh beautiful sleep, how I have missed you.
It might be a bit optimistic to report this already as I am only seven days in, but I think I am slowly improving overall. My heart rate average has dropped and today I wasn’t as light sensitive as ‘normal’. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Well that’s the latest news in my drug experimentation.
If you are also experimenting then I wish you the best of luck.
Disclaimer: My body and body’s chemistry is no doubt different to yours (unless you are my clone and also have acquired M.E. which would make you doubly unlucky) so what works for me may not work for you and what hasn’t worked for me might still work for you. Talk to your doctor before trying anything new.