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20th-Mar-2014 03:50 pm - Lunesta
So roughly 30 days ago my doc switched me from ambien to lunesta because the ambien stopped working. I was also switched to Saphris at the same time. I have noticed that I am so so tired in the mornings like I am still drugged. I seem to need 14 or so hours of sleep to function and no amount of caffeine can help with this, only sleep. Is this a side effect of saphris or lunesta? Cause this is getting ridiculous. I would very much like to wake up refreshed and able to function normally. If I switch to days at work I am screwed. My next appointment isnt until April 1st so I will push through until then. Has anyone experienced this with either drug? I honestly think it is the Lunesta.
5th-Mar-2014 04:48 pm - Mood Stabilizer Alternatives?
Dx: Bipolar 1, sometimes rapid cycling, psychotic features
Rx: Lithium, cymbalta, wellbutrin, risperdal
Tx: Every other week talk therapy - cognitive behavioral

I've been stable on lithium therapy for about 10 years. This has unfortunately taken a toll on my kidneys and I need to stop taking it. We're stepping down the lithium and amping up the risperdal in the hopes that I won't fall apart. I'm looking for some alternatives for mood stabilizers.

I've tried many in the past:
Depakote - made me gain 80 lbs
Tegretol - made me a zombie; frequent blood tests
Topamax - negative cognitive effects
Lamictal - might have broken out in a rash; not sure (I have a lot of acne and it's hard to tell)
Seroquel - this was rat poison and I'll never take it again
Saphris - Made me sleep, hard
Abilify - akasthisia

Which ones am I missing?
13th-Feb-2014 02:21 pm - Adjusting
So It's only been a since November that I got my bipolar diagnosis. This nightmare finally has a name. I haven't been told what form of bipolar I have, but at least it has a name now and can be treated. Well this is what I am hoping for, clarity. I was on risperdal, and while it did a decent job with the highs, the side effects were too much. I was enjoying the increase in breast size, but they said lactation was a bad thing..lol SO I am going through the transition from one drug to another and the last month has been pure hell. I am on saphris now along with lamictal and a sleeping pill. The last month I was all over the map with emotions, I was manic for 3 weeks or so. SO bad that I couldn't tell an instructor what CPR stood for. That was a bad bad day. I have been suicidal and wanting to self harm. Then I tanked to the dark pit of hell. The self harm thoughts and urges only got worse.

I have never experienced anything like this past month. SSRIs and SNRIs cause issues, but I can't remember them being this bad. IS it always like this when switching meds like that? I saw my PDOC Monday and she upped everything and switched me from ambien to Lunesta. I just want to sleep before this gets any worse. I have been told that I can't work right now, which makes my fear and triggers worse with financial issues. I am not a spender, I freak about every penny that has to be spent whether we have cushion of money or are down to our last $10.

I recently lost my job because of all this. I have been trying to get on a leave of absence, but every time I sent in paperwork they rejected it. I guess they didnt like why I needed time off and how often I may need to just cal in sick. SO after months of this I got a letter stating I had voluntarily resigned. I am at a loss on what to do. I am interviewing and applying to new places, but how do you answer the question of why you are leaving or have left your old job? When do you bring up your diagnosis after you are hired on? How do you deal with this while working? I wasnt dealing well at all with my work environment even before I knew what was going on. I guess I am just under a lot of stress and don't know what I am going to do with all of this. I am reaching out in hopes of finding someone who has dealt with all of this and has advice on what I can do with it all. The meds are messing with me and I just want to be stable and not have to worry anymore. I apologize for the rambling and all. I just can't take much more of this and my husband only understands so much. Thanks for listening......
20th-Jan-2014 06:38 am - Tossing Cookies
Before Diagnoses
I have to say that I do not follow the doctors orders, in terms of what is says on the bottle. For some reason I'd always start out taking a new med at night due to the fear of side effects. In all the years of meds taken I've only have had two major side effects to medication. One being Wellbutrin in which gave me seizures, and lithium gave me major hives on feet and on my palms of my hands. Weird I know, but honestly besides those two I hadn't had any major side effects.

I always thought that if I take my meds all at night then I would sleep through the side effects. My current meds that I have taken for the past three years are Clonopan, Lamictal, Lexapro. These three in combination had in my opinion kept my bipolar at bay, no side affects that i could see that was effecting my daily life.

Then it hit me, Though I had been taking my meds opposite of what the bottle instructed some clear signs that doing that had in fact changed my symptoms and my daily life. Like for instance I had been for three years tossing my cookies every morning, I wake every nite about 3 to 4 a.m., and smoke a cigarette while dosing off. Yeah I know dangerous and stupid and why would i put by body through that for so long. The truth is the main fear of the side effects and i remember telling myself that I will only take my meds at night for the first three weeks cause statistics say your getting used to any medication could take up to that long to level out in your system.

So yesterday I took my meds in the day time all except the clonopan that I only take PRN(only when needed), and so far so good slept through the night and felt alert when i woke up today, and best of all i haven't tossed my cookies.
11th-Jan-2014 11:24 am - SNRIs
This might be a narrow subject but I'd figure I'd try anyway

My long term med cocktail now has been Wellbutrin ER 400mg and Lamictal 300mg. My new psychiatrist added Fetzima just a few days ago, an SNRI. Just last year I was put on Cymbalta, also an SNRI, and it destroyed me physically and mentally. I've started feeling all the exact same physical side effects as the Cymbalta (already called up my doc, waiting on a response to my message on what I can do).

Could it be interacting with the Wellbutrin? Since that as well inhibits the re-uptake of Norepinephrenine. Or could SNRIs just not be good for me at all? I didn't want to assume it'd be the same exact problems I had with Cymbalta, but I don't think I'd be willing to take any SNRIs in the future after this. Granted I've only been on the Fetzima about 4 days (2 days 20mg, then continued with 40mg) but on the Cymbalta the awful effects persisted for at least 3 months until I was able to get off of the stuff. Has anyone else had bad times with SNRIs? If anyone has taken an SNRI with Wellbutrin too can you shed some light on any possible effects you had?

Sorry if this isn't coherent enough, my heads not feeling the clearest right now .__.;

Just as a PS: anyone have benzodiazepams prescribed for sleep aids? I have Xanax for anxiety, but I more often use it every few weeks to get a decent night of sleep for a change. I've tried trazodone and ambien in the past, but neither helped like the xanax has. Is it hard to get an approved benzo prescribed for sleep?
25th-Oct-2013 05:41 pm - Insomnia while on Wellbutrin

I'm currently on 300mg of Wellbutrin XL and over the past few months I've noticed that I've had problems sleeping, falling asleep, staying asleep. I've been just recently prescribed 5mg of zopiclone to aid with the sleeping issues. Has anyone else experienced insomnia while on Wellbutrin?

6th-Sep-2013 09:59 pm(no subject)
I was just prescribed Xanax for anxiety and Zofran for nausea.  Can anyone tell me about their experiences with either of these meds?  Thanks!
24th-Aug-2013 05:20 pm - Sorry to bug you guys again
Ty || Eyebrows

Hey guys.
I'm sorry to bug you guys again but I am having some issues with the risperdone (rispirdone?). I expected a lot of side effects, but these are bad. I've been on it for about...a week or so now and not only has the paranoia become 10 times worse, so much worse that I am now having one of my roommates sleep in bed with me, but it also feels like my muscles are breaking down. I know that I am exaggerating, they are just weak and sore. Like, really weak. I had to use the motor cart at the grocery store today because I couldn't get my legs to move one in front of the other for more than a few steps. I expected the tremors and fatigue and all of that but this? I don't even know. Is this normal? Thanks.

I wanted to thank everyone who offered advice to my last post about options for depression that wasn't adequately being treated. As much as I hated to do it, I made the decision with my psychiatrist to discontinue my Cymbalta because even if it was relieving pain, it wasn't safe to remain on it when it ruled out any other adjunct therapies that I hadn't currently tried.

Trigger Warning of Suicidal ThoughtsCollapse )

Since SSRIs and SNRIs aren't really an option anymore since none of them have been particularly effective in the past, I was give instructions for a rapid taper off the Cymbalta and a prescription for Lithium with the hope that it will help "boost" the effectiveness of the generic Wellbutrin I've been on. She doesn't want to prescribe a TCA due to side effects without me trying the Lithium first. I also requested a prescription of the brand name Wellbutrin rather than the generic I've been taking, but I'm waiting to see if even with a prior authorization it will be covered by my health insurance. If not, I don't have a choice but to stay with the generic for now. I'm also supposed to hopefully start Lyrica to help with pain, but am having an issue getting a provider to prescribe it since the rheumatologist I saw doesn't feel a need to follow up with me since the additional tests she ran came back negative and said my psychiatrist can prescribe it, my primary care doctor is on vacation and the covering doctor said there's a note in my file from the rheumatologist that I should get it from behavioral health, my psychiatrist doesn't want to prescribe it because it's outside her treatment area and by the time I figured out that my primary care doctor was on vacation, since the first time I left a message they neglected to tell me, my pain clinic doctor had left for the weekend.

Does anyone have any experience using Lithium as an adjunct for unipolar depression? I was prescribed Lamictal about a year and a half ago for the same reason, but had to discontinue it immediately after I developed a rash after the dose was increased. I'm supposed to start it at 300 mg twice a day.
22nd-Aug-2013 07:04 pm(no subject)
TDG || Good Life

Hello, new to the community.

Diagnosed with bipolar 1, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, OCD tendencies, general anxiety and I've got some major phobias (one of them being agoraphobia).

I only recently saw a psych again for my problems because I was too afraid to leave the house (still was afraid but my best friend was desperate and afraid I would end up in an institution if I didn't see someone). They put me on (sorry for misspellings) lithium, risperdol, gapapentin and doxapin. I am also taking xanax. I also have serious thyroid issues that cannot be controlled by medication. They want to do surgery asap, but I can't afford it (working on getting the official 'disabled' note so that I can get government help for this). Until I get it removed, I don't have a choice but to work against a thyroid clock. Before I started taking the lithium (and other meds, started on Monday), I didn't know it had adverse reactions to thyroid problems - what I read was that it can make thyroid problems worse. It did and I was thinking I'd go in to see the psych again next week to get something else instead of the lithium. I looked online and found info on depakote and some others, I was wondering if anyone else had any opinions on the other mood stabilizers?

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