Posted by Azurebay on March 14, 2004, at 0:51:19
In reply to Re: Expert Opinions Please on My ADD/BPII Med Cocktail, posted by cybercafe on March 13, 2004, at 20:20:49
Thanks cybercafe (and everyone) ;)
It seems to me that I've got to stick with the basics for bipolar II and ADD. That probably means for me getting off the Celexa FIRST!
In looking back at some old journal entries I can see where it tended to make me slightly manic, and never much agreed with the overall "basic" mix of a neurostim and a benzo.
Given the profile of Abilify, I'm wondering if it's possible to decrease Celexa rather rapidly. I may try that and let you know how it goes.
It also seems that everyone has such different opinions of Abilify, different reactions. For me it seems to be almost like a mood stabilizer, taking the place of Lithium. And I have no side-effects, just a rather pleasant feeling of balance while on it.
I couldn't tell you if it "dulls" my creativity (which is very important to me), as I think the Celexa is likely a factor there.
And the perfect ADD/Bipolar quest continues...
> i have bpII + ADD
> valporate made me sleepy + tremors + didnt control moods
> tried zyprexa, very good, but made me want to sit down and be lazy (plus it blocks D4 and D4 is implicated in ADD)
> so i went to the states and not some abilify
> great drug.... was also on celexa but felt apathy and still some depression
> so switched to
> ritalin SR 40 mg tid
> abilify 3.75 mg od
> parnate 20 mg bid (may reduce to 30 mg)
> clonazepam 2 mg tid
> lorazepam 2 mg od
> and i'm pretty awake and able to concentrate.... just wish i could get rid of my acne (will probably reduce parnate to 35 or 30 mg)