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Re: Question about Bipolar disorder}}Brusell

Posted by Maxime on January 11, 2004, at 10:59:23

In reply to Re: Question about Bipolar disorder Maxime, posted by brussell on January 10, 2004, at 20:27:40

> > Brusell - I know isn't it interesting. It has a very short half life so I suspect that is part of the reason. What I like about Parnate is that because I am bipolar, if I feel a manic episode coming on I can decrease the Parnate and I know that the decrease will have an immediate effect. It has stopped me from going into full blown mania on two occasions by doing this. No other AD will do this.
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> > Maxime
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> Wow! That's VERY interesting. I don't have any experience dealing with manic phases.
> I always thought the idea with mood-stabilizers was to keep bipolar people around the "center" of their mood spectrum, which hopefully was more or less normal mood.
> In my case, lamictal alone just stabilized me in a dysthemic state. I really needed a strong AD, and setting off mania was never an issue.
> Do mood stabilizers work as antidepressants for people with BPI and II? What do people with Bipolar Disorder do when deeply depressed? Are lithium and Depakote the only options?
> Thanks a lot for any answers you can give me.

Hi there.

You are right about mood stabilisers ... they are suppose to keep one more level. The reason I go hypomanic/manic is because I haven't found the right stabiliser yet. Right now I am increasing my trileptal slowly so hopefully it will work. It doesn't seem to be that the Parnate is making me manic (which happened with so many other meds).

I think lithium is the best for BP. It wards off deep depression and mania. I don't know if Depakote is as good for depression. I am allergic to depakote and I go toxic on any amount of lithium.

I know some people with BP who only take an anti-depressant when depression hits. I have to take one all the time otherwise I slide into a deep depression. Wellbutrin seems to a common AD for people with BP (but it made me psychotic).

The only mood stabilisers I have heard working as anti-depressants are lithium and lamictal. Zyprexa is used as a mood stabiliser for people with BP and some have claimed it keeps depression at bay.





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