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Re: What works well for rapid cycling? holymama

Posted by nmk on May 21, 2004, at 11:08:29

In reply to Re: What works well for rapid cycling? griswald, posted by holymama on May 20, 2004, at 19:59:03

Your situation sounds very similar to my own. I first tried trileptal with zoloft and effexor which made me cycle like crazy. This was coupled with depression and intense anxiety. My doc then tried Lamicatal and zoloft, increasing my Lamictal dose up to 300 mg. I became agitated, anxious, depression, you name it.

I am now off the mood stabilizers and AD's and am only taking 5 mg of zyprexa at night for sleep. I have not cycled once since discontinuing most of my meds. AD's can definately cause rapid cycling and I would talk to your doc about weaning off one or the other. I would also do ONE thing at a time. I have learned that this is the only way to figure out what med is causing the problems. It takes patience but is well worth it.

Regarding the zyprexa, it does have a calming effect and AD properties but the downside is the weight gain. My pdoc has prescribed glucophage to counteract this effect and thus far, I have only gained a few pounds. It is a small price to pay for my sanity.

Please keep us posted and hang in there....you will find what works for you.

Nicole


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