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Re: I really need some input Rainee

Posted by Sad Panda on April 17, 2004, at 9:29:49

In reply to I really need some input, posted by Rainee on April 17, 2004, at 9:09:07

> I'm depressed and full of anxiety they say I'n Bi-polar II.. Used to be major depression with anxiety disorder to incluse panic attacks and agoraphobia.
> Prozac was a life saver back in 1996 I never felt so good in all my life.
> I was able to function at the highest level I was ever at in my life.
> Then things changed My anxiety was still much better but I started to get lethargic and sleep alot and gained alot of weight.
> It lost it's zest.
> I guess it's safe to say it didn't hold the depression at bay.
> I could not tolerate wellbutrin as an add on.
> so I stayed that way for years.
> until the bipolar II thing emerged and that my intial euphoria could have been mild hypomania.
> hell I'd what I wouldn't give to feel that way again.
> any way no I just take klonopin.. now I have alot of life issues and start with anew therapist soon so fingers crossed that will help.
> but what med?
> This new doc tried me on topomax talk about making me stupid and clumsy.
> Geodon no... I'm petrified of that stuff.
> Abilify made me bounce off the wall.
> no more antipsycotics.. I won't take them
> Trileptal did nothing.
> How about a prozac & Lamictal combo?
> Thanks
> Rainee

Hi Rainee,

I'm not BP, but I think the general idea with BP'ers is to get the mood swings under control first. Lithium, Lamictal & Depakote seem to be the most popular & I have noted that some people even take a combination of two out of three of them. I think for you Lamictal would be the best choice to start with, make sure you go slowly to avoid getting the dreaded rash. After you are on a stabilising dose of Lamictal, then add Prozac.

Are you 100% sure you are BP2? I get some hypomania when the dosage of my Effexor gets changed, but AKAIK I am not BP. (I think they are trying to call drug induced hypomania BP3?)





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