Posted by AzureBay on March 14, 2004, at 15:03:09
In reply to Re: Expert Opinions Please on My ADD/BPII Med Cocktail, posted by HappyGirl on March 14, 2004, at 14:47:09
> As you're saying, Abilify is a 'three-in-one' AP med., then yes, it has mood-stabilizer effect, along with some AD effect. For that reason, some of Bp folks are taking 'Abilify' as "mono-therapy" and quite happy about its effectiveness.
Very succinctly put. I agree that I could probably use Abilify as monotherapy for Bipolar II. And I say that based upon my experience with Lithium as well as Gabitril. Abilify works far better than Lithium in my case and seems to have AD properties.
> Celexa, about which you're SO concerned, ... this is one of SSRIs and normally, if you're under Bp II, it's better to avoid, although you may need other form of AD for its replacement.
Agreed. From everyone's input, great links, and my own person feeling about it... CELEXA IS THE PROBLEM. I think it tends to "switch" me, particularly into mild manic states where I do stupid things. It also makes me extremely unmotivated. At least by all accounts Celexa is the only med to which I can attribute these problems.
> In your med. history, you've been already on Ritalin therapy due to ADD for the past years, then Bp med. therapy might be different from those who has no-history in regard to psycho-med. therapy. Until Bp II dx'ed, I had NEVER experienced any psycho.-med., then when I was on Depakote at the beginning of my dx'ed with Bipolar, it worked WONDER on my symptoms that happened just within few days. However, once my system used to Depakote, the chemical of my brain asked more med. and more efficacy/potency. During five-six years, # of my med. changed from one to four, as my system used to psycho.med.
> In your case, there has been already 'Ritalin' in your system before taking current med. combo., then the reaction along with the effectiveness of your med. combo. might NOT be as same reaction as first-timer psycho.-med. takers, such as my case.
Thanks a bunch!! Thanks to PsychoSage and everyone else too!!