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Re: Ritch rainbowlight

Posted by Ritch on January 18, 2003, at 9:38:13

In reply to Re: Ritch, posted by rainbowlight on January 17, 2003, at 23:43:18

> Taking the Zoloft at night didn't help with the sleep at all. I only slept 5 hours last night. I am one of those people that need 8 hours to function properly. At this point I am so tired I would take ANYTHING to get to sleep! LOL! I'm just afraid what is going to happen to my moods when I get chronically sleep deprived. Last year I discontinued Celexa cold turkey (BIG BIG mistake!!), went sleep deprived for weeks and ended up hallucinating and being put into a psych hospital for the first time in my life. I don't need a repeat of that, if ya know what I mean. I have read quite a bit about AP's. What is your opinion on using them daily? I used to take Risperdal for anxiety, but gave it up, it wasn't helping that much.

Oh, I see. Well, I like to get 7 hrs in myself on a routine basis! As far as AP's go-that is highly individual. If *you* are fully aware of the risks of long-term use then give them a go if they are clearly helping, IMO. Just bear in mind that the high-potency ones like Haldol and Risperdal (i.e.), have a much higher risk of EPS symptoms. Seroquel is fairly mild in that respect-however I *still* got some dystonia from taking that one. In my case, I am just as concerned about their effects on hormones (thyroid/prolactin), cognitive functioning, and weight gain issues. If I was trying to get to sleep and that was my primary issue (and we are dealing with bipolar here), AND any psychosis is secondary only to the sleep deprivation, I would try Neurontin or Topamax before I went to an AP--just an opinion here. ;)




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