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I am Bipolar 1 and Borderline personality disorder with anxiety disorder.
I take Saphris 20mg at night
Tergretol 200 mg 2x a day
Doxepin 50 mg at night
Klonipin 1mg 3x a day

Some of them seem to be helping but they are mostly all new meds and I am not at mixed moods as I use to be.
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I don't know if I'm bp1 or 2. I've never asked and my docs have never told me. I don't know that I care so much. I just need to know what my symptoms are and how to deal with them. I have tried what feels like a gazillion meds. I hate med changes/trials. I don't know if I'm oversenstive, but it really disrupts my life.

My current meds:
Lamictal 300
Klonopin PRN
Cymbalta 60
Seroquel XR 50
Lithium 1500
Synthroid 112 - not because of lithium, but because of hyperthyroidism caused by Graves disease.

I was on seroquel for quite awhile, but it made me obsess about foods and crave it just as much. That was torturous. Saphris gave me akathesia (inability to sit still), once again torturous. Latuda gave me akathesia as well.

I just wish there was an easier way to get the right meds.

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I have been diagnosed as bipolar, but my psych nor therapist have told me which type. I agree with others who have said that sometimes our doctors keep us in the dark. Sometimes I am telling them what is going on with me currently and they scribble away and look at me like poor thing doesnt realize how bad she is. I honesty dont think I did realize until I was at my lawyer appt and saw the letter my therapist wrote. It was a shock to me to see my "issues" in black and white. !On a positive note the lawyer jumped at taking my SSDI case! I have been diagnosed as bipolar for almost ten years but only treated for one. I just didnt want to accept it. I have visual and auditory hallucinations, extreme anxiety, and have both manic and deppressive states that seem to flip somewhat frequently. I am on Seroquel non XR 300 right now for an antipsychotic to take away hallucinations and stabilize my mood, and it is not going so well. I was on Seroquel 400 XR and improving but my lovely insurance decided not to cover it anymore and it is EXPENSIVE!!! My psych told me to give the change of meds a full 4 weeks so my body can adjust and I am 2 weeks in and its not good. I am becoming very depressed again, seeing things again, and not sleeping. I think I may need to take it more than once per day since my symptoms get worse after it seems to wear off. I take Trazadone 100mg for sleep but it will work one night and not the next. I havent slept in almost 40 hours now and I am struggling. I also have pain meds tramadol and liquid lortab for my TMJ that keeps getting worse despite 4 surgeries and frequent migraines from the TMJ and lack of sleep. I go to therapy every week and it helps me to get through one day at a time and week by week. The positive atmosphere of this team I think will help me greatly as well. You can NEVER have too much support.

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I am bi-polar I Rapid Cycling with an anxiety disorder. I don't tolerate meds well. I have a wonderful doctor, and he understands me and my odd reactions. Meaning I get the ones least known. I have taken all of the meds you describe. However, not as a single cocktail. Depakote is actually in the class of anti-seizure medications. They have usually worked well for me. I took it the longest before it turned on me. It really took me out of some rough places. However six years later...
We all are different, and different things work. If you don't think your Doctor is helping, I would suggest trying another or getting a second opinion.
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My P-doc keeps lying to me. He says he gave me Atarax for the OCD part, but now admits it's just to help me sleep. I take 200mg of Lamictal for Bi-polar2 w/ OCD. Now he wants me to add Lithium to bring down the highs (manic)...and wants to add an antidepressant (Depacote ?) Which he calls a sleep aid (huh? he thinks I'm stupid I guess). I can't find a better P-doc...he IS one of the best...I actually have to drive to another state just to see him. It just makes me angry that they think we are dumb OR...can't handle it if they are honest.

BTW...we used to lie to my Grandfather telling him that the Xanax he was taking was his "itchy pill" emoticon Karma, huh?

* I HAVE tried almost every pill for the depressive part including MAOI inhibitors...all with weird/ bad side effects. Doc says I am VERY sensitive to meds. They always start me on the "geriatric" dose emoticon

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I have taken all of those at one time or another. I am medication sensitive,so we work on keeping things to a minimum. I am a Bipolar I with rapid cycling. Secondary anxiety. I take
xanax 1 and xanax ER2 in addition to 1/4 abilify twice a day. Talk about difficult-getting that pill cut equal. My Dr. wanted me to try the liquid, but insurance won't pay. Cost way too high-so cut them I will.

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10/29/12 7:33 P

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Hey all! I'm Bipolar I with more manic and mixed episodes...my current cocktail is Depakote, Serequel, vistral (I think that's spelled right??), Paxil, and the new one that is added back on again due to my recent episode my old friend saphris. Saphris is the one that puts me to sleep and I can actually sleep through the night.

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9/15/12 2:08 P

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Try Sinequan, it knocks me right out now! 50 mg is double the prescribing dose, and when I do that dosage, I'm out for 10 hours. Old school, non narcotic. Can also be found under the name doxepin.

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I am bipolar type I, with rapid cycling mixed in there (it's fascinating, really, lol). I'm on abilify, lamictal, and sinequan.

Interestingly enough, I do much better on less medication than I do on several different kinds.

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9/7/12 12:18 P

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I'm type 2 and currently on lamotrigine, citalopram, and trazodone.

Working on a healthier, happier me.


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It's funny to say but the Seroquel no longer makes me sleepy. It's been at that dose now for about a week and it's making me jittery--not exactly jittery just awake, I guess u could say that's why I take it in the am. It used to make me sleepy when I first started but not any more. The mirtazapine my psych prescribed no longer works and so much for the melatonin. I had tried ambien before and it did work. I think I was on 10mg (does that sound right?) but my psych doesn't like prescribing me narcs cuz of my history. So, I'm kinda stuck. I'm gonna bring it up to my primary on Tues. though. The best sleep I ever got was when I took a Restoril--it was in the hospital the night after I had my daughter. OMG,,,I had such a great nights sleep. I would love that for a sleeping pill but I know it's an old school narcotic so I'm pretty sure there's little chance of that. Anyway, the search is on for a good old fashioned nights sleep!!

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you might have not been able to sleep last night - even with the 1/2 a tab b/c you'd slept all day. our bodies - despite how they sometimes act - can only cope with so much sleep. eventually you get enough and it's like hey hey - wake up - we're gonna be up now - get out of bed!

the past i dunno week maybe - def the past 4 days .. i've taken PM meds around 9pm-ish ... go through my routine to settle down and get into bed ... eventually try to lay down and sleep about 11p-ish ... then i'm wide freaking drugged awake at 5:30am ... i go to pee .. it's not even daylight yet ... i fiddle on my phone for 2 or 3 hours (not actually remembering anything I did or looked up it seems) ... then lay back down for some tossing and turning 7:30-10am-ish.

last night i was a little later .. pills around 1130p and sleep about 1a .. i don't think i woke up in the night but i just got up at 10am. so i guess that could be considered progress.

it's so hard to figure out a sleep pattern. a lot of docs keep trying to ask me but i'm like it's hit or miss ... sometimes i take the meds and i fall right asleep .. othertimes i'm lying awake all night ... etc ... so many combinations of lackluster results.

also the allergist had added a zyrtec each morning - supposedly to help with evening hives - which gee it hasn't helped one single bit and didn't actually answer my direct question and reason for calling them which was "what do i do or take in the evening to combat 730p hives and swelling?!" ... and i think the zyrtec is making me kinda sleepy through the day.. but it's only been a couple of days.. so i'll try it a little longer.

oh - i take 10mg ambien for sleep and either 1 or 2 melatonin ... not to mention the other several meds that also supposedly cause sleepiness like hydroxyzine and whatnot.

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I am now on 450mg of Seroquel a day.

Still searching for a sleeping pill that works!

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You are so right! Our bodies react differently. emoticon

As I related yesterday I was taking 1/4 of the lowest dose tablet. It mostly made me sleepy, and didn't result in desired effects. I agreed to take 1/2 tablet, which as we know very quickly about side effects and effectiveness for a week. However, Yesterday, I divided it 1/4 in a.m and 1/4 in p.m. Slept all day long. Zombie. Last night I took the entire 1/2 tab and have been extremely wound up. Can't lay down, and jittery. This is going by the wayside. I have tried it before. None of this class of drugs have ever done well. I don't want to be non-compliant, but things turn on me so quickly. My doctor is great. I will probably take it back to 1/4 until I report again.

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wow - this is a major example of how we are all different especially when it comes to meds

i was on Abilify from like 2004 to 2011. i forget what I started on .. but i took it in the mornings for years and years ... even as dosage increased. i know from like 2006 to 2011 i was on 20mg per day and most of that time i was taking it in the morning. i think it took until my last psychiatrist in LA in 2009-2010 to say uhm try taking that at night b/c it causes drowsiness. ... wow that was an eye opener... really? criminey!! no wonder i was fighting off sleep every minute of everyday with caffeine pills and double and triple sized Monster.

enjoy the rest :-)

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I, too, hope you find the balance your need. The line is so fine between these issues it takes time, and even though you have been with the same psychiatrist many years, and they know you well, it is trial and error. emoticon

I am a bi-polar type 1. Medication sensitive. If it works, it might turn any minute. My Dr. is good to realize this. He put me on 1/4 of 2 mg tab. of ablilify to stabilize my moods. I was to go up to a half, but didn't because of the side-effects. He usually leaves it up to me, but is encouraging me to go to the half and try. I am an insomniac, so the good thing is I can't stay awake. I will be sleep walking through the next few days. Today, I will take the plunge.
It is only another try, perhaps the sleep will be beneficial. However, there are a few times I need to be awake during the day! emoticon

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I spent years being told I had depression as a teen. Then I was diagnosed as having borderline personality disorder. 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Biploar 2, but I think that I am a rapid cycling bp and possibly more bp 1 because I do have what I would call as hallucinations... I also have social anxiety and ptsd. I just started working with a psychiatrist so I am hoping to get everything balanced.

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Lamictal 175...

I was on a few anti anxiety medications but my family doc wanted me to go off of those.


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Hi everyone!! My name is Kelly. I was diagnosed with "mood disorders" including Bipolar I & II as well as (some) cyclothymia(a form of bipolar disorder), & dysthymia(major depression). I was also diagnosed with panic disorder(anxiety resulting in full blown panic attacks at times)& PTSD. A lot of meds do not agree with me as I am so hypersensitive to them. So I just pay attention to my symptoms,triggers,try to get enough sleep,watch what I eat,etc. I graduated counseling nearly 3 years ago. I find myself in a different position than most of you here.For the past year(as of next month) I have been helping "peers"-(we do not use the terms "consumers," "mental health recipients," etc.).- I work for a non-profit that advocates & provides mutual support for peers in-(as well as some peers outside)-the community as a Peer Respite Advocate. We are an alternative to the traditional mental health system.We have a respite house. We are against ECT,forced hospitalization,drugging,etc. We are also working on being able to help peers come off psych drugs/harm reduction as well as assisting with advance directives & more! Some of the trainings I have attended so far were for peer support,human rights,working with voices 1:1 support, & hearing voices network(HVN). We refer to it as "hearing voices" or "voice hearers" rather than "schizophrenia." We are grass roots-human rights based. We promote independence & not using your "diagnoses/labels" as a crutch.We are not our diagnoses after all. That would be like saying my name is "cancer." After reading much of what has been discussed in the group my question to many of you is-do you have someone to advocate for you? This would be someone that can go with you to talk to your doctor,social security,court,etc. as well as to educate you. Many do not realize that this FREE service is even available to them or it may not be in your area yet.Hopefully one day your community will provide this great service to you as it is much needed.I hope I have not overstepped in saying all this.I do not know what all we are allowed to speak of here.But it is very important to know as much as possible about your diagnoses & treatment plan. It is not a death sentence. It is not just about taking your medications & seeing doctors...It is about so much more than that! I thank you for reading this & hope that it may have helped you or someone that you know in some way.

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Hi. I actually have been feeling pretty good most of the day. Not too sure I've actually accomplished much besides coloring my hair and showering... but damn it sure did feel great to feel great and happy - at least for a few hours. i listened to the new Green Day single and it really popped me into a happy place.

uh - this got a little long and out of order but i can't concentrate enough to fix it

I'm 36. will turn 37 on sept 16th.

i think my official diagnosis is bipolar I. i would personally say it's mixed and rapid-cycling bipolar I. i usually am suicidal and homicidal at the same time. i tend to live and think in multiple-facet-angles which is great for seeing different sides to things, different opinions, figuring out plot twists, and for playing tetris. LOL. and nowadays i can cycle in a matter of minutes or hours or stay up or down for hours or weeks. i think i feel baseline about 5 times a year. and like today i got worried that i felt too good... just b/c i was happy. my FB status says i hope it was reward for getting through the lows over the weekend and that i wasn't hopefully headed to mania.

also listed in the adjudicator decision are polysubstance dependence, adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety, borderline personality disorder, poor coping skills, affective instability, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, achilles tendonitis, migraines, obesity, TMJ, depression. been diagnosed since 2001 i think and have constantly seen a stream of docs and psychs and counselors since. apparently they recognize that i'm sick - just not sick ENOUGH. what the F*** is that BS. i remember my rage and public bemoanings that *i was gonna show them!* *eeps*

My favorite was the last psychiatrist i had when i was living in Pasadena. i saw her 2009-2010. She was attentive and talkative and took the time to listen. but alas a mental and life breakdown forced me to quit my job and pack up.

I've been back in SE Ohio since Aug 2010 and go regularly to the local mental health place. i have medicaid. so all visits and meds are covered. i have to keep an open social security disability case to keep the medicaid. in march i had a hearing and about a month or two ago I got decision unfavorable and i put in the last appeal. when that gets denied i'll have to open a new case and likely get a lawyer involved.

i only get to see this shrink every 3 months for about 15 minutes. it's practically useless. he's very old and set in his ways, quiet, slowly scribbles notes. there is ZERO rapport. last month i was recommended a different psych that was an hour away but long story short it didn't work out b/c of some policies i'm not able to follow right now. i finally get to see this shrink on Wed. and have to face him after he knows now that I don't like him and tried switching. hopefully it'll open a dialog and we can figure out how to make this work and get me on some meds that help.

i don't know what to expect or think anymore. i think i was spoiled by docs that actually listen and care and around here that seems to be rare. i've seen excessive number of different docs for different reasons and treatments just don't seem to be working and there seem to be no cause or fix for a lot of my ills. it's beyond frustrating.

not to mention each doc seems to mention something contradictory to a previous doc ... and their notes don't accurately reflect my conditions. (I've read them b/c of collecting them for the disability case.) then there's side effects to meds - OI! - like the prednisone I take occasionally for the hives triggers the bipolar ... wow that was news to me for sure! ... and wellbutrin .. well it was causing the excessive sweating i've been putting up with for years. i can't even begin to remember the # of shirts I've ruined.. and when in Pasadena (2006-2010) I walked a mile to/from work .. so yea, not pretty. ... and i forget which one - maybe abilify - found out it can make me sleepy and to take it at night - uhm yeah i'd been taking it in the morning for YEARS. no wonder I was chronically taking naps wherever i could lay my head down.

and yet they all agree i can't be on prednisone everyday for life. and that i shouldn't look up the side effects and just concentrate on taking the meds to heal. WTF!

so yea, before Wed afternoon i gotta try to put together an appointment game plan. I looked up some meds yesterday but by last night I forgot what I'd learned. I know I'll have to suggest stuff otherwise it'll be the same old lithium, depakote, and wellbutrin he pushes onto everyone.

a lot of times i wonder why i'm asked for my opinion on treatment and options. i'm not the doctor. i'm not the expert on these meds. i don't know what all the options are. but since they all seem to put me in this position i've tried to research what i can.

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Wow Kimberly! How old are you? I would def go see your psych. If u don't like him/her I would find another one ASAP and try to establish a good rapport. It sounds like u really need some good treatment. Sometimes, we as bipolar (and other diagnosis) need to try too to initiate a good rapport. I've been diagnosed since I was about 16 and I'm now 37. I too have gone through several psychs. therapists, MDs, u name it. I know myself and therapy doesn't work for me so I don't do it and just have extended sessions with my psych. and she prescribes my meds as well. We have a good rapport but it wasn't always that way. U have to let someone in. Be open and honest. Try to give them as much med info as u can. Trust them. I know that takes time. i know it's tough but u need to try. I would also see an MD about some of your physical ills. Again, rapport. Trust. Just get out there and do it. Hopefully u have a good insurance. Do u work? It sounds like u need help and u must be so tired of the way u are feeling. The mania is good but the crash and burn is hell. Reading your post, I can tell you are not happy. My best advice is to get out and try. Try to find someone u trust and just let go and leave it up to them. Be involved in your treatment. Don't let them just pile stuff on u. Find out your diagnosis and what each med they want to give u is for. Find out side effects. Don't just stand by and take it. You have a voice too, use it. I don't mean to sound motherly or condescending. It's just that I've been where u are and I know it's not a nice place. I just don't want to see anyone go through it alone. You need help now it's time to go out and get it. Best of luck. Keep me posted....Courtney...PS..I'm on 11meds and know what each and every one is for and psych and I work closely to make sure I'm stable and not having side effects or "episodes" while I'm on them. You'll find a doc like that too. You just have to try...

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i joined awhile ago but am just now getting around to reading some posts. sorry if this is too scattered for a topic about meds... i'll try to take more time reading some other topics.

i'm not entirely sure which diagnosis i'm listed as but i'm pretty certain those doctor notes aren't completely accurate. I was diagnosed in 2001 i think and that doc put me on a different med practically every month. i gained so much weight. i really wish I'd kept track in a diary or something each med, dosage, and reaction. I'm trying to do that now.

i've been off my psych meds since Dec 2011. i needed to go off them to see if they were causing the inexplicable hives i've been having since aug 2008. the hives have calmed down a lot but i just had a bout yesterday.. so they're probably not from the psych meds.

i feel like i've wasted 7 months in bipolar hell. i've been angry, irritable, manic, excessively spending money i don't have, depressed, suicidal, sleepy, unable to fall asleep, unable to stay asleep, lethargic, unmotivated, unfocused, hyper-focused, homicidal, etc... basically i've been living on the edge of disaster. i feel lost and lonely. and the past couple of weeks I've been compulsively cleaning, eating, and teeth brushing. and my TMJ pain has come on strong.

i've tried eating better and bought a bunch of workout gear but then my fitness buddy cancelled on me, i had an ingrown toenail removed (another week before i can wear shoes), it's miserable hot and humid out there, i keep sleeping through the mornings and am not getting out there when it's cool.

since feb 2011 i've attended bimonthly DBT skills training which helps some but lately we haven't had many people attending and I'm not getting as much out of it as I used to. Recently i tried finding a new psychiatrist b/c i'm really unhappy with the rapport and scheduling of mine.. but it didn't work out. I've actually been really unhappy with all my "treatments" from various doctors. i'm sick - physically and mentally - and i just want to feel OK for more than 1 day a year.

at the end of last year i went off wellbutrin b/c it was causing me (for years) to sweat excessively and not sleep. even switching from XL to SR only helped some - it did reduce the jitters.

i'd been on various doses of abilify since 2004.

most recent doc had me on lithium ... started at 300mg and went up to 1200mg by the end of a year and a half. i don't think it really did anything for me cept add to a mountain of pills i had to swallow daily.

i have taken doxepin, ceterizine, benadryl, cyproheptadine, zantac, prednisone, hydroxyzine for the hives ... some of which, especially the prednisone, really flare up the bipolar. sadly the prednisone is about the only one in that list that actually reduces the hives.

I finally have a psychiatrist appointment this Wed (last saw him in April) and need to discuss medications and options with him. I don't want to relive all the hell of initial diagnosis and trials but I think that's what it will come to. Do you all have advice on doctor-patient conversations and medication talk?

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I'm Bi-Polar II and am on:

1000mg Depakote
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I'm also Bi- polar 1, I have very bad mood swings. I have been on Alot of different meds. I have to becareful of what ones the doctor gives me, I staring seizures. I also have taken depakote 1,500 mgs it made me shake like I had Parkinson's , it took for me mom to finally get the doctor to change my meds. What had happened is that they ( doctor) never had done a liver check test on me. That means liver level. My doctor I have now listens to what meds work for me what doesn't. Right now I'm on lamatil 200 mg, vistirl 25 mg 5 x day , doxpen 50 mgs. I hate living with my other side of my life( dr jackal & mr Hyde) I have so many bad days now then I have good, it is causing problems between me and my boy- friend. Every day I hang in there, cause I know I'll have good days again. It hurts when you want so badly for you're partner to get educated on the matter , I just want to be understood by people who think that people with Bi Polar are CRAZY people. Were all normal just like they are but special. Thanks for the group

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I am Bipolar Type I.

I take:

Abilify
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I used to take Buspar (and really liked it), but I'm not on it anymore.

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I have been on all of those at one time or another.
I don't tolerate medication, so it is a delicate dance. I am bi-bolar Type one with an Anxiety Disorder. I take a fair amount of what most would consider of xanax. I am now trying half a starting dose of a Norwegian medicatiaon called Viiydan (not certain of spelling) Of all the medications I have tried, it is the most unusual. However, side effects are mild, and seem to vary with my day. It is extremely long-lasting so they don't really bother me much until evening.
They were designed for Depression and Anxiety which for a bi-polar, as you know is difficult to treat. I am crossing my fingers that something will help until I get up and going again.

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I know this is an old thread but I was just browsing around so I thought I'd answer too:

I'm on;
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6.)Risperdal 2mg
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It is often irritating that we must take another medication to deal with the side-effects of what is supposed to be helping. I have had to do this for numerous reasons. I, too, am taking medication for hypothyroidism. However, I had no risk factors known or history. The need was discovered after I had been given various strong cocktails for the bi-polar. emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2- I understand about being med-sensitive. Risperdal gave me breast milk (and no, I wasn't pregnant), and it also made my hair fall out. I gained 70 lbs on Zyprexa, and have had numerous instances where the med made me just feel worse than the bipolar makes me feel. I hear ya!

I've already answered this post about what I take, however I'll answer again, because my med line-up has probably changed a lot since I wrote that.
I take-
Saphris- 20mg, Concerta (ADHD)- whatever (it's new, so I forget the dose), Lamictal 400mg, Lithium (Eskalith)- 900mg, and Klonopin 1mg.

Now for physical issues I take: Nexium 40mg (acid reflux due to the Lamictal), and Levothyroxine (generic Synthroid, for my underactive thyroid).

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I am extremely medication sensitive. I have been on a huge laundry list of medications. My Dr. has learned that extremely small amounts work best for me. Currently, my depression symptoms came on early. I am now taking 2.5 milligrams of lexapro. I also take a significant amount of xanax for the anxiety.
The drugs that have worked long-term in my acute phases have actually been the anti-seizure drugs. Depakote and a few others. As usual they eventually turned, but they were a God-send.

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I have a diagnosis that basically means bipolar symptoms due to my epilepsy. I take Lamictal XR, venlafaxine, trazodone, and Abilify. Deb

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I think they told me I have Bipolar type II. It's a mild type I guess with more depression than the highs. I have tried many types of meds but my current meds I have been on for about 2 1/2 years now. I take Wellbutrin, Seroquel, and Lithium. The Lithium has affected my thyroid so I also take synthroid for that. These current meds are working great for me. I wanted to lose weight but my Dr. said my meds would prevent it. However, I have been working really hard at what I eat and have lost 45 pounds in the last year. The Lithium is not supposed to be a long term med (no more than 10 years) because it can hurt the liver. In this next year I am going to try and get off the Lithium and hopefully it won't have to be replaced. One piece of advice I have for anyone going through med changes, TALK TO SOMEONE WHOM YOU CAN TRUST AT ALL TIMES ABOUT HOW YOU ARE FEELING. A lot of meds can make you suicidal with only a few days of taking them regardless of what the Dr. may say about it taking several weeks to "be in your system". Someone who knows you best and can be honest with you because you can't observe yourself from the inside. Med changes can also make you very sick (going off and going on). As long as it's not making your moods worse stick it out and the sickness will go away. I hope this helps.

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I am a rapid cycling bi-polar. My doctor believes I am atypical. Medications do not agree with me, or they turn after a period of time. If he believes I need something he gives me an incredibly small dose. Currently, I am on half of a 5 mg tablet of Lexapro. I take a 3 mg ER xanax 1/2 in the morning in addition to 1/2 1 mg and another whole 3 mg in the evening with another 1/2 1 mg. I also have prn as needed.



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I'm not sure which Bipolar I am, I never asked and no one ever told me. I am on Lamictal and Wellbutrin. These two seem to work for me.

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Not sure what bipolar I have but i take geodon and cymbalta

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My life absolutely came crashing down when I was diagnosed, Bri. I went from being super successful at everything I ever tried to having a pretty serious suicide attempt. Things will get better... it's just a different kind of better, if that makes sense. My prayers are with you!

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I'm BRAND new to this group. Bipolar 1 mixed episodes and Mania. Rapid Cycling. Auditory and visual hallucinations. I was diagnosed 3 months ago and I'm 26. I take 60 mg of Geodon and 1mg clonazepam 2xday. Im still not under control and feel trapped. It hit me suddenly with no warning. I was on 10mg of Saphris before but they just changed me 3 days ago.

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Thank you for your response and your thoughtfulness. The withdrawal is difficult also. I will never give up, eventually I will find a doctor that I feel comfortable with.

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I am so sorry to hear that story, having medicine that works is terrific but it alludes me as well. Never give up keep trying.

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Sorry to sound so negative but this is a real sore spot for me.

Every doctor I have seen gives me a different diagnoses. My medications are constantly being increased, decreased, and changed. No wonder I am so fully of anxiety and confused. I am to the point where I don't know where to turn. I have never found a cocktail of meds that really worked.
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I'm glad to have found this group. I have been showing symptoms of bipolar since I was about 16 but was misdiagnosed with depression at about age 25. Thus began the antidepressant dance (on the meds, spin up, off the meds, back to depression) which lasted until I was about 40, when I was diagnosed with Bipolar II. Mood stabilizers helped some, but I was still spinning up and stopping the meds. Finally, at age 47, diagnosed Bipolar I, taken off all antidepressants and am doing well on Geodon, Lamictal and Klonopin for anxiety.



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I understand that completely. The problem for me is then the physician that continue to harp on weight. I hate to feel guilty about my weight but am now trying to be very careful not to fall back into my pattern of eating disorder. yikes.

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I was originally diagnosed with Bipolar II about ten years ago. I started seeing another psychiatrist recently who went over my old records and determined that I'm actually Bipolar I. I've taken just about every drug under the sun, but the ones that work for me are:

zoloft 100mg
lithium carbonate er 900mg
seroquel 200mg

I have gained SO MUCH WEIGHT in the last few years because of these medications. I went from a size 8 to a size 16, and it makes me so depressed. I used to weigh 140... now I weigh 209. I've started running to lose the weight, but it's so frustrating....

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This is difficult for me to answer. I am a rapid cycler. I am also atypical. My doctor refers me to his medical challenge. I do not tolerate medication well at all. Less is best. When trying anything we begin in extremely small dosages. If possible we avoid medications, and he regularly checks my progress. Originally I had a mis-diagnosis by another physcian, and it wasn't until a manic episode with zoloft that I realized I was bi-polar. It is genetic for me.

I currently take a fair amount of zanax for my anxiety/panic attacks, and 1/4 of a ten milligram tablet of lexapro. There will always be ups and downs, but each one teaches me a new way to hang on until it passes.
Exercise is also one of my best tools. I have a lamp for the extra light. I have many questions this visit, and may ask again what he believes my type to be. He is extremely good.

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I swing from mild depression to hypo-manic usually but have had major episodes both mania and depression speckled throughout my history. I also have auditory hallucination when manic.

Tegretol 600mg
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Seroquel 100 mg as a booster when manic
Vitamin D 5000 u per day (helps with depression since I have a vit D deficit. Have Dr. test before starting supplements)

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I have Bipolar 1 with rapid cycling,MDD,OCD,andPTSD
Lithuim (2250mg)
zoloft (100Mg)
Anafrel (50mg)
Klopine (1mg)
Trazadone (200mg)


Things always seem to be changing.We are still trying to find the right combo.

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I have bp1 ultradian rapid cycling with psychosis and I take:

lamictal 400mgs
abilify 20mgs (and increasing)
effexor xr 300mgs
topamax 150mgs (and increasing)
trazadone (100mgs)

I'm playing the waiting game to see what dose works best. It's been a long wait. In the meantime the weight is packing on despite my efforts to lose. What to do, what to do.

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I don't know what type of bipolar I am. I know very little about the whole bipolar thing lol... I was recently diagnosed. My whole life its been depression, anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder...
Now as of yesterday I'm on lithium 100mg 3x/day, celexa, and trazadone 100-200mg @ bedtime.
Anyone know where I can get info on bipolar types, etc that isn't confusing?

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I have schizoaffective bipolar disorder (schizophrenia and bipolar mixed), have the symptoms of depressed bipolar 1 for the most part, and I'm on Risperdal, Depakote, Restroil, and Celexa. So far the Celexa is helping, and the other ones I've been on for a while. I'm not quite stable yet, even though I've been feeling good for the past couple of days.

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I've been bipolar 1 with rapid cycling for almost twenty years and taken everything under the sun. My current meds. Neurontian 900 mgs. and Klonipln 4mgs. Buspar 30 mgs daily.

I'm happy, healthy and stable for over two years now! (Woo Hoo) No hospitals!!!!

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Sorry I have never taken it. But try a spark web search to see what normal side effects are. Also some times these feelings pass as your body gets used to the drug. Hang in there emoticon

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I'm type one bi polar. Has anyone gotten nausea and vomiting from taking geodon?

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I had been diagnosed with depression for years but kept winding up in the hospital. I had so much anxiety and anger and I felt like such a horrible person. Finally one smart Dr. told me he felt I was bipolar 2 I tried serequel but hated it what works for me now is diavil proax otherwise known as valproic acid. The big difference is the valproic acid is a gel capsule and causes more heartburn. I also take prescription strength Zantac. to combat this. I use 2 mg. of clonazapam and 7.5 mg of Zopiclone to sleep and have 2 ,5 mg of clonazapam to take as needed for anxiety. I have been comfortable for at least a year with this combo I am actually working 4 hrs. a week for the first time in years. emoticon

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Hi all. I'm new to this team. I was misdiagnosed with clinical depression 20 years ago, then, after a severe rapid cycle episode, I ended up in the hospital, That was 12 years ago and that's when I was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder with PSTD and OCD. I take Trileptal as my mood stabilizer, zoloft for depression, and ativan for sleeping. Over the past 12 years I have been on so many different meds that I can't even begin to name them all. I don't feel as good as I would like, but I'm functional and my side effects are minimal - mainly tremors - so the doctor leaves my meds as they are, Having been non-functional for most of my adult life I've learned to live with "functional" and hope for "better" someday down the road.

I look at what others on the team have taken I realize how different we all are. Lithium caused my OCD to run rampant. Serequel knocks me out and keeps me groggy all the time. Elavil left me sitting on the sofa like a zombie. Abilify did nothing. Depakote and Effexor both worked well but became ineffective after about 2 years of use. Wellbutrin threw me into a manic rage that almost cost me everything and landed me in the hospital.

I've long since stopped worrying about weight gain and sexual issues. Just keep me functional and without tremors, that's my main concern!

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Lithium makes me a little tired, but not enough to negatively impact my day. I haven't had any weight issues with it. Lithium is the on drug I would keep if I had to give everything else up. My doc put me on welbutrin to counteract the sleepies.

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My main question - has Lithium caused you to gain weight? If so, was it over a period of years (like 2lbs per year) was it within a month, and was it because of appetite gain? I have worked so hard to go from 181 down to 165 (over two years of work) and I love to run. If I gain too much weight I can kiss running goodbye. I am trying to figure out what the heck to eat and lifestyle changes to keep the weight gain at bay but not sure that is even possible. What are your experiences?

Bipolar II
Normally severe and life wrecking mixed episodes where my anxiety goes through the roof.
Long bouts of depression
Shorter boughts of Mania
Sometimes rapid cycling which counts as "normal" for me.

Both parents were bipolar. I've been bipolar probably since birth with cognitive symptoms worsening.

I am currently on:
300mg of Lamictal taken in the morning
1 mg - 1.5 mg of Clonozepam (sp?) at night to sleep.

She added as of TODAY:
300mg of Lithium
5mg of Loxitane at night because I get very agitated when the sun sets.

I haven't heard Loxitane mentioned on here. I was on Abilify and Seroquel and had really bad reactions to them. It is interesting and reassuring that these medications have such diverse reactions with people.

So far, and oddly enough the Lithium made my tongue numb. I was on Elevril for awhile which had the same effect. I didn't know I was bipolar when I started Elevril which is a mild tranquilizer and it threw me into a nine month manic episode that was epic.

Thanks for any information at all regarding Lithium and initial side effects you may have experienced and weight gain experience. -regards Seven

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I am bipoar 1, mixed moods, rapid cycling.
1. 1500 mg lithium 2. 400 mg welbutrin 3. 30 mg Tomazapam 4. 400mg Serequel 5. 175 mcg syntroid
I have been hospitalized 6 times in 29 years.

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Hello there,

I can't remember for the life of me (side-effect of depression, that temps memory loss) if I answered this post or not. But I think not, so here goes:

I'm BP II, and I've been taking for several years now
tegretol 200mg - mood stabilizer that works fine for me - 1 in morning, 1 in evening
paroxetine 20mg - antidepressant - 3 in the morning
abilify 15mp - antipsychotic med - 1 in evening

I'm in the process of quitting an anti-anxiety pill : i'm currently taking 1 in the morning (Lysanxia 10mg). I used to take up to 6 per day !

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I,m Bi-polar 2, Was on Topamax, liked it except I couldn,t even remember how to spell. I,m on Pristiq, wellbutrin and focalin and my nite time sleeping meds. Doing pretty stable, I like it! Cherie

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5/24/11 5:37 P

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Hi.

I've been diagnosed as Bipolar 2 and ADHD. I was on Geodon and Lexapro but started getting an involutary muscle reaction and went off the meds. Decided I wanted to be off everything for awhile so I could get my imagination and my short term memory back. Went through withdrawl which was awful and also reverted back to some of my bipolar symptoms (like not being able to tolerate anything, especially my family and my job). Was tired all the time--sleeping 2-3 hours in the afternoons. Depressed and hopeless.

So I went to a new psychiatrist who is recommending either Lamictal or Topamax. I was excited about the Topamax, especially since it's supposed to help with weight loss, but then I read about brain fuzziness and hair loss, neither of which thrills me. Anyone on here had any experience with either Topamax or Lamictal?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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5/23/11 8:41 P

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Hi there.

I'm diagnosed with BP2, but I think rapid cycling should be added to that. Not so much now that I'm medicated... but def while I was off them. I also suffer from insomnia and anxiety...

I take:
Abilify 15mg every morning (mood-stabilizer)
Wellbutrin 150mg SR every morning and afternoon (for depression)
Klonopin 0.5mg with Wellbutrin (for anxiety)

As needed:
Ambien CR 12.5mg (for sleep)

Nutrition:
Vitamin D3
Vitamin B12
Calcium
Multi-Vitamin


Previously:
Trazadone 100mg (1-2 for sleep)
Tegretol titrating up (for depression, awful side effect of clenching my jaw... owwie)

Edited by: PRECIOUSE at: 6/8/2011 (14:03)
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1/24/11 10:47 A

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I am BP I

I take:

abilify 5mg
Celexa 40mg
Wellbutrin 150mg
Trazadone 50mg as needed for sleep




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1/20/11 6:24 P

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Oh WITHJOI, I'm with you! I have to sleep with my toes out of the covers and I can't stand to be too hot. My house is set usually to 60-65 and I live in an old Victorian.

Your schedule too...sounds familiar. I'm a lot better if things are nailed down, I need routine or I can't remember everything sometimes.

My entire routine has been off this week and it makes me really nervous. I'm going to try the melatonin again. For some reason it tends to make me a little nauseated but I have issues getting to sleep.

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1/9/11 7:59 P

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I took Lamictal when first diagnosed. Works great. Have been managing my environment so that I can be off meds. Tylenol helps with the pain. Melatonin 9mg 30 minutes before I want to sleep means that I can finally sleep after all these years of no sleep! Cod Liver Oil pills have helped my brain calm down. Black tea or diet shasta for the caffeine when my mind is racing. 2 individual packets of Crystal Light Fruit Punch in a bottle of water & drink it within an hour to bump me out of a depression.
My family is on a schedule. The kids all leave for school by 8am. 2 of my boys have develpmental therapy after school till 6pm. My other 2 kids go to the Boys & Girls Club after school till 6:20. Pj's, meds, dinner, brush teeth, prayers with daddy & bed by 7pm. Jim works evening shift with live news, so he is home for dinner, but goes back to work by 8pm. We have the day to ourselves so that we have a quiet home to do chores, plan errands, run errands, we pay most bills online. Jim runs most errands so that I can stay home & calm.
Our 2 older kids have bipolar. Jon is on Lamictal, Seroquel, focalin xr, clonidine, benztropine, trazodone, ddavp, singulair, melatonin, cod liver oil, vit d, multivit.
By the way, there is a Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation that sent out an email about doing research on melatonin & keeping the core body temp down to help. It made total sense to me. We never have our house over 70 degrees or we all get grumpy. I wear shorts & tank tops most of the time & even when I go pick up the kids in the middle of winter. I started taking otter pops with me when I get the kids if I think they are going to be grumpy. Helped a lot!!! Jon just calmed right down. Could be the temp & sugar/seratonin hit that helped, but I am grateful for it, esp with my oldest since he can get really combative.
I also hate wearing socks because I get too hot.
Hope some of this helps someone. It's been a long journey to figure this stuff out!

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1/9/11 1:01 A

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i HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE ADDERALL YOU TAKE, SINCE YOU TAKE IT TWICE A DAY WHAT TIME DO YOU TAKE YOUR LAST DOSE? i HAVE TROUBLE TAKING IT AFTER 2PM, IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO GO TO SLEEP. THANK YOU

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Hi all! I'm new here.

I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (NOS). As it was explained to me, I am mainly Bipolar II, but because I've had psychosis and mixed episodes, I'm more than just Bipolar II, and I'm not Bipolar I because I don't go into a full manic state, ever. Only hypomania.

It has also taken a very long time to come to this diagnosis. I've had a number of other diagnoses over the years.

Anyways, here's my current med list:

Lamictal 150mg 1x/day
Wellbutrin 150mg 2x/day
Abilify 5mg 1x/day
Adderall 10mg 2x/day
Klonopin 0.5mg 1x/day at bedtime and as needed
Ambien 10mg 1x/day at bedtime when needed

Geesh! What a list!

I take the generics for all of them, except for Abilify, since it is not yet available in generic form.

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11/29/10 3:59 A

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I have bipolar 11 with some hypomania and a whole lot of deep depression.
I am on seroquel and adderall
the seroquel quiets the roar in my head and the adderall has helped me get focued, stay with a task long enough to complete it and strange as it may see now when I take the seroquel at bedtime I find peace and am sleeping more then 2hrs a night.

I have been taking DBT skills training for a year now and that has changed my life for the positive. I would encourage anyone with bipolar disease or borderline personality to consider it.

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I'm Type 1 don't have hallucinations but my paranoia is so bad that I have anxiety or panic attacks usually this happens when I'm in a hyper or mania cycle. When I'm manic I'm usually dysphoric.
I'm a rapid cycler and I hate meds but I hate being in the hospital. Lamictal, Abilify, Effexor XR and Temazepam are my drugs at the moment but since I hit a manic cycle I need to go in later today for adjustments. Which will probably mean a few days of being sleepy and sick to my stomach but at least I won't be in the hospital. I know that I'm sick but man some of those people in the hospital are scary.
I don't remember but I think I was one of them once.
I've only been admitted once but I really don't remember much of it. Anyways this is today and I'm doing much better. I would love not to have to take meds but without them I can do a lot of damage to myself and anyone that crosses my path.
I think when I go back to the doctor on monday he's going to make some changes. we'll see what happens

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Well since my last post, I was taken off the Effexor XR and put on Cymbalta to see if this doesn't work. The Effexor just didn't seem to be working for me. Took awhile for my Dr to realize this. I have actually gained 20 lbs and has made me even more depressed. My pain from my arthritis causes me to come home in to much pain to exercise and I end up eating things I shouldn't. So am hoping this will work, am still on the mood stabilizer and that seems to work b/c you can tell if I don't take it. Even I can I will get really nasty with people. Not good in my line of work. :(

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11/3/10 9:15 P

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BP1 lithium, abilify, and zoloft

never hospitalized, close but always managed to avoid it
Lithium works wonders for me and I need need need my abilify...went off (docs orders) for 6 weeks over the summer and almost ended up in the hospital due to a major mixed episode....zoloft is there for the extra lift because im a depressive BP not a manic BP....

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