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Re: My pdoc suggests abilify, I am so confused Ritch

Posted by nmk on July 4, 2003, at 14:21:03

In reply to Re: My pdoc suggests abilify, I am so confused nmk, posted by Ritch on July 2, 2003, at 13:27:16

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> Just an opinion here, but... If you are scared to take the Abilify-don't. Even if it doesn't cause much trouble you will be vigilant about the side effects and that's a hassle in itself. You mentioned Ativan helping more than anything else. Maybe you just need to take Ativan twice-thrice daily (keep your money from the Xanax XR people)-lorazepam is pretty damn cheap. I'd go with the pdoc that is a specialist in hormones before I would mess with the holistic stuff-esp. if you are bipolar. If you go that route-you will be in conflict with your current pdoc-have to hide stuff-thyroid hormones-what a mess-just an opinion.

That is always a dilemma for me. Whenever I seek a 2nd opinion, I feel as though I am betraying my pdoc but it has reached the point where I don't care anymore. As Barbara stated in her response, what these docs don't realize, especially with women, is that our reproductive hormones play a critical role in our mood states, which fluctuate throughout the month and with every reproductive event in our lives (in my case, childbirth). To continue to throw psychotropic drugs at every symptom is not addressing the root of the problem.

I am always honest about what I am doing and although he has his own opinions about what is right for me, I must trust my intuition. Yes, I will pitch the abilify (although I hear they are 14 bucks a pill...what a shame!!) and stick with the ativan for now.

I will let you know what happens in three weeks when all of the bloodwork comes back and I meet with the doc. For now, I will stay on my current cocktail of meds and take it day by day.

Again, thank you for your understanding, support, and advice.






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