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Re: Any Borderline Personalitys taking anything? Klon?

Posted by Elizabeth on January 8, 1999, at 15:11:34

In reply to Any Borderline Personalitys taking anything? Klon?, posted by San on January 6, 1999, at 9:10:06

Hi. I don't have BPD but here are some things that are used sometimes:

- mood stabilizers - lithium, Tegretol, Depakote, Lamictal, Neurontin, Topamax. Can help with frequent mood swings, "rages," impulsive behaviour.
- antipsychotics - Zyprexa, Seroquel, Risperdal, Trilafon, Mellaril, etc. Can act as mood stabilizers; the newer ones (the first three listed) also seem to have antidepressant effects.
- naltrexone (ReVia) - seems to reduce self-injurious urges. May also help with eating disorders and of course substance abuse problems (alcohol, narcotics, possibly cocaine).
- buspirone (BuSpar) - can also help with "rages" as well as anxiety, hypersensitivity, tendency to ruminate.

Prozac and other antidepressants are used *very* often. Tricyclics (imipramine, amitriptyline, etc.) are not likely to help with BPD and may even make it worse, though.

Prozac and similar antidepressants may help with anger, impulsivity, and emotional sensitivity/reactivity as well as depressed moods and anxiety. (If they make you more anxious initially, try a lower dose.)

Klonopin is a good drug for anxiety, which is something a lot of people with BPD have. Xanax may not be a good choice, as some studies have shown that it causes people with BPD to become disinhibited and more impulsive.

Good luck, eh?




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