Posted by KrissyP on March 6, 2003, at 23:57:24
In reply to Re: Do Psych meds really work long term for BPs? » catmint, posted by Ritch on March 6, 2003, at 10:11:02
Hi Amy, I was just diagnosed with BP in 1999. The only med that has ultimately helped me is Lamictal at 50mg-I was also taking Celexa and Seroquel. Now, I am taking Effexor, Seroquel, Lamictal, and Klonopin-all at night. I have juggled meds endlessly!!!
And ya know I DO wonder what long term effects they are doing to my body-that is why I always say "LESS IS BETTER"-BUT some need to take a lot to satabilize. Wouldn't it be awesome if yes, people with BP could take just 1 med and maybe 1 other instead of all this BS in combining this to help that, yada yada yada??? Right now, I just take as little as possible if I am able to function. I hate meds. But it's what I need right now, at this time in my life to function.
May I ask what dosage of Lamictal you are taking? When do you take it? Do you take any other meds? Your diagnosis?
Hope this isn't too much to ask:-)
I would love to hear back.
How many BPs have been successfully treated long term? Do most of us keep juggling medications endlessly?
Does anyone worry what these drugs are doing to our bodies? Are side effects like nausea and headache a precursor for something worse later in life? What about the inert ingredients in all those pills?
All of us just tolerate all those annoying side effects like headaches, weight gain, and worst of all sexual dysfunction, just 'cause depression sucks so bad.
Still have blurred vision and headaches from Lamictal, but hey, I'm not depressed.