First, he was very concerned about my taking Sertraline at the same time. I was happy to tell him I was off of it.
Second, he said no drinking while I was taking it.
Third, he said there was a bit of a build up time for this to level out ... I actually wish I'd been taking notes. But he advised for me taking a softly-softly approach, and just aiming (eventually) for one every other day so I could keep a certain amount active in my system. He said I could take one or two depending on what worked for me.
Fourth, he said the side effects were likely to include a certain amount of grogginess in the morning, and a dry mouth - rather like a hangover, as my doctor said.
Anyway, we'll give this a trial run this weekend, and if things go okay, start transitioning on to it in two weekends, over the 12th. And the other stuff, based on what the doctor and I came up with, I'll be done with it some time around the end of the month.
Overall: urgh. And I still need to see the specialist about the urticaria. Bleah bleah and bleah.