Ah, I finally trekked back here to see what's going on. Sorry for being gone so long. Bipolar sucks big time. First, I had a lousy therapist who didn't recognize the warning signs that I was slipping away into a deep hole to a point I needed to be re hospitalized. This time I was sent to a different hospital than the one I go to locally. It turns out to be a blessing in disguise because they were stricter than the other hospital and it was more goal oriented. I did get meds adjusted and changed. I still live in a group home which helps me keep track of my meds.the new combo is tegretol 200 2times daily =400 daily then they increased my seroquel daytime dose from 3 50mgs to 3 100mgs while night time meds remain the same. I forgot to add that they switched me from Lexapro to Celexa. I'm doing O.K. I've had some rough patches since I've left the hospital. Family relationship became estranged. I guess they can't handle the ups and downs of mental illness. I have two friends whom sticks around which is fine with me. It's been hard. Thanks for listening.
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I was talking with someone today about my dilemma of not being able to wean off Nardil because of getting so sick. She mentioned something interesting, but I don't know if is possible.
Maybe there's something in Nardil that causes me to get sick when weaning off it. If that is the case, would it be possible to remove 15mg (or half a pill) of Nardil, but at the same time, add the same amount of Parnate, another MAOI, and do that until I'm completely off Nardil and fully on Parnate. That might "trick" my system and so be able to get off Nardil. Then, after a short time, wean off Parnate. If Nardil was the culprite, making it impossible for me to go off it, then I should be able to go off Parnate just fine. Then once I'm totally off Parnate for 2 weeks, have a NON-MAOI anti depressant ready to start. There would be no guarantee that I'll find an anti depressant for me because I take Nardil because of being treatment resistant in the first place, but at least I would be able to try (if this worked and it's safe to do)
Of course, if during either the initial adding and taking away of Nardil and Parnate I get unbearably sick, I would just throw in the towel and accept that too, is not going to work.
But, is it medically possible and safe to try? I only assume that I could transition from one MAOI to the other because they are both MAOI's, but not being a doctor, I don't know if that's correct, but you do. lol
So what do you think?
And (if you have time for this question) what do you think would be a good, non-maoi anti depressant to try for someone who's been on Nardil and Lithium for about 23 years?
During a December admission for a severe manic/psychotic episode my longtime psychiatrist switched my...
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During a December admission for a severe manic/psychotic episode my longtime psychiatrist switched my Depakote to lamictal. I currently take 900 mg of lithium, 200 mg of lamictal, and 6 mg of Risperdal daily. It is now March (Pesach is almost here!) and I have had no manic or psychotic episodes since the switch. This is a record for me. I have had one depressive episode that was longer than usual but did not involve psychosis or a hospitalization. My question is: I thought lamictal was not as efficacious at preventing mania as Depakote is. I'm just curious why switching my Depakote to lamictal might have (so far) significantly improved the frequency of my manic episodes. I took Depakote for 20 years. I genuinely feel like my episodes are stabilizing, for which I, my employer, and my psychiatrist are quite pleased about. I'd just like to understand why.View Thread
Is there such thing as an equivalent dose of saphris to seroquel? I was on 20 mg of saphris and doctor changed to 100 mg seroquel pm and 50 am. Before going on the saphris I was on 500 mg seroquel pm and 200 mg am and that was just a maintenance amount. If I was having problems it was increased and I've been having big time problems. I decided without my doctor (he's not helpful and doesn't listen to my concerns) to do the saphris at night and 100mg seroquel in the morning. It seems to be more helpful than what he was doing. I don't see a doctor until April 8 and it will be a different doctor than changed the saphris to seroquel. I was just wondering if what I am doing is safe and makes sense.View Thread
Hi all. Its been along time since i was here, but i need some advice or help or something. My med list keeps growing and growing. From mood stabilizers to pain meds and now adderall has been added as an adjunct to tipromate and Lamictal. The thing is, i get akathesia really bad when an antipsychotic is added to my regimen... but I'm not on any now... i still feel like I'm getting akathesia again though. I have so many doctors that have lists of all my meds but don't say anything about this side effect being a possible concern. I swear it's terrible to deal with! I don't know if i can find someone here who knows or that i can ask, but i just want to give a list of my meds and see if my combinations are wrong or unhealthy. I completely trust my psychiatrist but i also know how relationships between psychiatrists and psychopharmacutical industries can go. I just need someone impartial to discuss this with.... if i can find it here it would be wonderful.... sorry for the repost, i forgot to ask for dr g in the title....View Thread
Hi all. Its been along time since i was here, but i need some advice or help or something. My med list keeps growing and growing. From mood stabilizers to pain meds and now adderall has been added as an adjunct to tipromate and Lamictal. The thing is, i get akathesia really bad when an antipsychotic is added to my regimen... but I'm not on any now... i still feel like I'm getting akathesia again though. I have so many doctors that have lists of all my meds but don't say anything about this side effect being a possible concern. I swear it's terrible to deal with! I don't know if i can find someone here who knows or that i can ask, but i just want to give a list of my meds and see if my combinations are wrong or unhealthy. I completely trust my psychiatrist but i also know how relationships between psychiatrists and psychopharmacutical industries can go. I just need someone impartial to discuss this with.... if i can find it here it would be wonderful....View Thread
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