Posted by brynb on August 13, 2012, at 12:02:46
In reply to Re: RJ + Scott Re: lyrica - how does it work » brynb, posted by SLS on August 13, 2012, at 9:44:40
> > And although it's used as a mood stabilizer, I became manic on it.
> My doctor has seen the same thing occur with Topamax. Are you currently experiencing depression? Why was Neurontin chosen as a treatment?
> - Scott
Right now my depression is seemingly in remission (I'm on Lithium, Lexapro and Tramadol). I'm currently diagnosed w/ having MDD w/ GAD, though it's not definitive (meaning my pdoc has yet to rule out Bipolar). This is consistent with all of my previous pdocs, too (the MDD vs. Bipolar dx not being "clear"). Frustrating, but I'm going on what works (med-wise) as opposed to what's supposed to work for specific conditions.
I was given Neurontin several times in the past to help me while withdrawing from benzos. It didn't help my anxiety, but it elevated my mood. A little too much. At first, I liked it; I guess you could describe it as a euphoric hypomania feeling. But, I would get speedy, too talkative, hyper-sexual, etc. Eventually, the last few times I took it, I became really manic, like over the top with crying fits, spending and just feeling completely out of control. Here's the kicker: when I've explained this to any pdoc (including my current guy) the response is ALWAYS "hmm, strange" or "curious" or "I've never heard that before." I've read about others who had similar experiences, so it doesn't seem all that uncommon.
Topamax didn't make me manic, but it made my anxiety go through the roof.
I always thought that any kind of mania defaults you to the Bipolar spectrum. Or, if it's med-induced, does that technically not "count" as mania??