Posted by HappyGirl on March 13, 2004, at 15:22:03
In reply to Re: Expert Opinions Please on My ADD/BPII Med Cocktail, posted by Azurebay on March 13, 2004, at 13:04:19
I've been on 5 mg. Zyprexa, 900 mg. Lithium, Wellbutrin SR 300-400 mg. and occasionally using Serzone for 'good night sleep.' As I said in my previous post, this med. combo. offerring me a great deal of relief, ... but I'm still VERY cautious NOT to get into any stressful situation, such as any new environment, even new neighbor makes me stressful, not to the extent I get nervous, but more than normal reaction that non-Bipolars exhibit.
In regard to Abilify, I've never been on, ... but in my knowledge from other's experience, this med. is one of newer form of anti-psycho.meds. and has some anti-depressant effect, thus some of Bipolars taking Abilify alone, a sort of 'All-in-One' med. regimen. But, ... for me, it's quite scary thing to do.
In my guess, the reason why your pdoc. keeps you on Ritalin is because he/she believes you need this med. for your productive activities. In most of cases, those pdocs. are willing to rx some of meds., including Ritalin if his/her patients persistently asking in favour for your emotional well-being or circumstantial reason, ... in my guess. Especially, those who need a great amount of concentration, either on study or at work. Not everyone afford to sacrifice their productivity for the sake of Bipolar. This is my personal opinion based on the experience along with other Bps.'s words.
Lastly, if you suspect about Celexa, then try to get the dosage down gradually to completely eliminate this med., as long as you think you can live without Celexa. Normally, for Bp II, any SSRIs could avoid as much as possible, due to the tendency of producing 'manic episodes.'
Besides this all above, you may ask your pdoc. whether your current med. combo. is truly for Bp II which you're suspecting. From there, you may get some good clue to find a med. combo. which alleviates the symptoms, both ADD and Bp.