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Re: PLEASE Help please - Causes of irritability... Sheilac

Posted by herpills on September 12, 2013, at 12:42:47

In reply to PLEASE Help please - Causes of irritability..., posted by Sheilac on September 12, 2013, at 12:17:27

> Been off Geodon & Trileptal since July. During August I tried just Buspar.
> Now I'm on nothing but 2mg Klonopin with 3mg melatonin at night and then 1mg Klonopin in the morning. Problem is severe irritability still! Klonopin helps for a little while.
> What causes this? Is this a symptom of hypomania?

Irritability can be a symptom of a hypomania or a mixed state. have to look at what is going on in your life too, are there any triggers right now for irritability? Are you under a lot of stress right now?

> I'm taking all the Klonopin I can and it isn't fixing the irritability.

For me Klonopin only worked for anxiety. It is one of the best meds for that though.

> My doc suggested going back to Geodon (because at some point in time the depression will come back - soon - that's the way the cycle goes). And of course, I would have to go back to Trileptal with Geodon.

Why do you have to take Trileptal if you go back on Geodon?

> Trileptal seems like a stronger Klonopin to me, but like every mood stabilizer I've taken it makes me depressed, so the Geodon helps with mood & energy.

Trileptal made me depressed as well, that's why I stopped taking it. Why would you want to go back it if it made your depression worse?
> My doc suggested starting a dose of a geodon of anywhere from 20mg - 60mg at night. It tends to give me daytime energy then.
> In the past I took 40mg and really had a hard time waking up in the middle of the night (which is why I stopped due to a family emergency & having to be at the hospital at 2:00am with a family member). I've heard a higher dose might not have that effect.

I never took more than 60mg Geodon (40mg at night, 20mg in morning) I do remember sleeping very well.

> Thoughts on what causes irritability?

I would look at life stressors first, but if you are having a mixed state then this could be a symptom. Geodon works good for mixed states, but for me it made my depression worse.

> Starting dose of Geodon that won't make me comatose?

I would talk to doc about this. The dosing of Geodon is tricky. It has a short half life so it should be taken twice a day, but I think some people take their entire dose at once.

I remember you saying you tried Lamictal but I can't remember what dose. Did you ever get up to at least 100mg? Lamictal might be a good choice for you. What does doc say about this med?

> Thank you!
You're welcome I hope you can figure the meds out soon and feel better! herpills




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