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Bipolar and contraceptive pills

Posted by licorice on July 28, 2002, at 16:25:22

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers, posted by bluemariano on March 17, 2002, at 8:15:21

Cynthia, (and anyone else)

A girlfriend had a serious manic episode recently, was diagnosed with bipolar affective (?) disorder, was on zyprexa and valproate (dekaote in the US) initially and now just on the latter. Interestingly some time back she had a history of bad as well as weird reactions to contraceptive pills, and doesn't use them now. But she also feels certain that monthly hormonal shifts negatively impact her illness. She's not that happy about the prospect of endless medication - and was very very unhappy on zyprexa ! We're trying to research whether she should experiment with contraceptive pills to see if it might helps with her mania (in her case, the depressive side of things is hard to discern) Is there anyone out there who has a take on this ??

I myself have cyclothymia and am thinking about going on low-dose valproate myself But I can only find one study on the net indicating its possible effectiveness. Are there any others, or is it a bit of a thumbsuck ?




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