Posted by cybercafe on March 18, 2004, at 17:46:02
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.
> 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.
> 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.
i was taking 2.5 mg zyprexa, lorazepam and ritalin.... and depressed.... when i added celexa, i noticed it made me a little psychotic (so i increased zyprexa to 5 mg)
so there is definately some synergy going on there