... cymbalta for years abilify goedone lamictal
Geodne i never slept, abilify i gain 40 lbs in 3 mos.
While Cymbalta kept me level it also made me more depressed and lazy.
Now i take topamax with pristiq
I feel like a new person who gained her life back having energy having an interest in work again.
However it also has me feeling perpetually angry Im snapping at everyone and everything.
I told my doc and he increased the topamax to 2x per day.
I feel this isn't the answer... all these pills, and ups and downs.
I stopped taking everything its been 4 days
I'm nervous depressed. The only person I can stand being around is my hubby...
I'm crying now. I feel like my emotions are a tornado that will eventually turn into a volcano that will erupt leaving no one but myself left...
Can anyone relate? My doc certainly can't
plz help me :'(
Bipolar Disorder - I don't know where to turn anymore. I have been diagnosed with bipolar, I took?
- 16 Feb 2013 by plzhelpme
- abilify, cymbalta, lamictal, topamax, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, agitated state, borderline personality disorder
... cymbalta for years abilify goedone lamictal
Added 18 Feb 2013:
Thanks everyone so much for this support and all this feedback has been golden. I wish.i could personally throw my arms.around all of you for all this guidance! For the first time in my life I'm getting insight from others who understand and have been here too.
It's important to listen to your body. Mine was telling me this medicine combo of topamax & pristiq is going to cause you to lose everything if i continued. But i took one topamax on Sat. I was still very angry.that emotion continued.
I felt maybe topamax was the culprit so sunday i tried the Pristiq w/lamictal...
My emotions were just crying and frustrated but by evening i felt calm and somewhat normal. Just a severe headache.
I'll try that combo again today and see what happens.
Big hugs to all of you! You added value to my life but being here. I appreciate it
16 Feb 2013
Bipolar disorder can be very difficult to treat. Your dr may not have been bi polar but he certainly has learned what is going on and what to try to treat it. You should not stop your meds like that, its dangerous. These meds have to be tapered down to get off of them. Tell your doc your feelings and he will try to help you.
16 Feb 2013
It does take time to find the right combination of medications to treat bipolar disorder. I, too, have this disorder and went through many medications before finding the correct ones for me. Unfortunately, it is a trial and error sort of ordeal, but well worth the effort once determined. Stopping your meds is probably not the answer. Stopping and starting and stopping only causes more problems for the chemicals in your brain and trying to get them balanced. I would stick with the program as prescribed by your doctor. Give each new med at least a month trial before making any decisions as to its efficacy. I take Pristiq and have found it to be a very good antidepressant. I also take Abilify along with the Pristiq. It took me many years to find this combo of meds and it has been successful now for many years. Hang in there, the depression and mania cycles are not worth the risks involved. There is a better way of life awaiting you.
16 Feb 2013
Hello dear and welcome to our group. You've received answers from some of our wisest, most experienced members and I don't have much to add to those replies. I just hope you feel supported and clearly understood how important it is NOT to stop taking your meds. Very serious consequences can arise. It sounds like you're a bright, loving wife and a successful professional. Please talk with your Dr and work out this medication issue.
16 Feb 2013
Hi, plz! I can't give much more advice than what the other's have, all I can say is hang in there. It's difficult to treat and it takes time to find the right meds. There are almost always side effects but they usually get better with time.
I was treated for MDD for years until I started having manic episodes. By trial and error my PDr and I arrived at Effexor, Geodon, and Lamictal. It works for me and I'm feeling a lot better overall.
But I'm replying because I still have anger issues occasionally. I'm one of those BPs who don't feel high and euphoric, but rather, angry and irritable.
I just feel like slapping stupid people! I'm a little like that today and what I'm doing is "practicing random acts of kindness". It really takes the edge off for me.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know you're not alone today!
Best wishes, WC
17 Feb 2013
No, going off your meds rapidly isn't a good idea. If you feel you might benefit from another doctor's opinion, it's fine to get a second opinion. I always found going with my "gut" instincts as to what meds were helping usually was right. Are you in therapy? Therapy saved my life, many times over. It's important to look at the coping behaviors we've learned over time with dealing with our illness. They've helped us survive, but aren't necessarily helping us now. Also, check out support groups in your area - check your local health department, psychiatric practices, hospitals, etc. it helps a lot to know you aren't alone - and you aren't. Best wishes to you - ElizaJane
17 Feb 2013
i really can't add anymore advice than that given by the others. i have, also, been in your place and i didn't know where to go or who to turn to... i still ave a lot of problems with that ut i have a good doctor who works with me (she is a family dr., i don't ave a pdoc or a therapist) as far as all my meds are cncerned..i now take seroquel to help me sleep, abilify, depakote and remeron (the generic)..i just started the remeron 2 nights ago, so i don't know ow it will work with the others..i have gained 150 pounds since being on some of these meds..which, i have learned, is par for the course..i just coast thru life sort of..i have eye problems now that need to be addressed, but of course, eing on ssdi, i am not able to take care of these problems..i need to have some one in my lower jaw removed so my teeth will fit and it just goes on and on and on..ut i figure that god will not give me any more than i can handle..it is the only way i can survive..after a really bad overdose in 1998, i promised god and myself that i would never do that again..it just isn't worth it and you lose a lot more than you even realized you had to begin with..so, all in all, know that you are in the right spot to get help from people who know what you are going thru..you will always feel loved here and will know that it isn't you... it is all those other people LOL!!! please don't mess around with your meds like that, you can really do some major damage to your brain, your body and as you know, your moods... anger, i know about..i used to get so angry i would finally just lash out..physically and verbally..ut then i realized that that wasn't me or the way i was raised..(ok, so i was raised to just ignore feelings and stuff)..i still get angry, but i realize that a little anger is a normal feeling..i talk to my best friend who is also bipolar and we deal with stuff together..i can't afford a therapist, so she is the next best thing..my live in boyfriend is also ipolar, but he doesn't talk about it or anything else for that matter..we just coexist, i guess that is a good word..anyway, you are not and never will be alone... hugs
18 Feb 2013
Dear plzhelpme, hey there hon. I'm sorry I wasn't able to get to answer you sooner, but just a very short few days ago, my little five yr. old had surgery. They put tubes in his ear, no real issue, but had to remove his Adenoids, so I've been being mommy nurse. I'm going to give you a little break and not mention the meds. I think you got the point about stopping them, lol. Not funny, but maybe you needed a little smile on your face. I totally understand the frustration about the meds. And all your going through. Not to sound like I need pity, because that's the last thing I want from anyone, but I'll tell you that pretty much most of my life has been full of Trauma, Abuse, Loss and Grief, etc...
I will tell you due to a very messed up childhood, living with an Alcoholic Father, and losing my favorite sister to Cancer at age 12, that I started drinking, smoking pot, and did cocaine and meth when I was 17 for a year, and quit that due to almost killing me, but kept the drinking and smoking up until just six yrs ago. And I'm 42 and started drinking at 14. You would think having an alcoholic father, I would want to never touch it, but I chose to. Was very young and had no father figure other than an Uncle. I have no memories of my father sober when I was young. So gradually my drinking increased and I became an Alcoholic, then when my momma died, it increased more. Then I was in a five yr marriage to a husband who was abusive in every way. That's when I became a chronic drinker. The only thing I knew about myself was, when I was very very young I was diagnosed by a Psychiatrist with what they call Night Terrors. I would have severe nightmares and be screaming and bawling, and it took my mom a while to wake me up from it. So I never got Psychiatrists involved until I became sober around six yrs , well now its closer to seven. Wow. But it was after that that I began the journey of mental health and mental diseases. I don't want to make this real long, so I basically have been diagnosed with PTST, ADHD, Major depression with Reoccuring episodes, Panic/Anxiety attack, etc... You've pretty much heard a lot from the others, but I was once told not to long ago that I was a Psychological Experiment I think is what was said. Very inappropriate as it was, yes, as many other people have to do, I had to try several medications. I mean, my body always just took alcohol. This was a new experience for me. But, I tried several, and then I found this Psychiatrist who put me on Pristiq. Now granted, everyone's different, but I noticed a major change for the better instantly. But my emotions, and moods were up and down, sideways, and back ways. I then started Lamictal. My Psych. Said you had to titrated up with this particular medicine, so at first you don't really notice anything. I started at 25. mg. but as he titrated me up, oh my gosh. I can't tell you how it improved my quality of life. Different people take different amounts. I'm on 300 mg and its unbelievable. I was on Invega, which is for Bipolor also, but for some reason he wants me off for a month. Probably because I was lecturing him about no weight gain. Lol. Oh, the poor man. I take Klonopin for my anxiety, and have for yrs. it's a Godsend for me. So just another response for you to throw around in your head, and mention to your Dr. Isn't it wonderful to have this site, and all the awesome people who respond to you. It's the best place you came to for help, and we're here always if you need us. Now please try and get yourself together enough to go back to your Dr., and just be totally honest. If he or she doesn't have very good bedside manners, maybe you need to find another that will perhaps be a much better one. Keep your chin up. Quit beating yourself up. You've already wrote in and admitted everything. So now keep putting one step in front of the other until your feet lands you at your Doctor's office. I pray and hope you will get back on the right path of recovery. Take care, my friend, and God Bless, Ruthie
20 Feb 2013
Hello plzhelpme, I'm really sorry to hear what your going through. I can very much relate. I was diagnosed w/bipolar 1 in 1986, so I won't go through all the yrs of this med, that med, etc. It is true that each individual reacts to medications very differently. The most important thing I hear you saying is "listening to your body." I'm glad to hear you reiterate that because in my view thats the number 1 most important thing you can do. You say you don't like your doctor and from your description it doesn't sound like he/she's hearing you. it's for you to decide but I'd get a second opinion if I were you and perhaps get a new doctor. And if you have bipolar 1 your psychiatrist should know that it's very careful about antidepressants. Antidepressants for someone with bipolar1 often induces manic and psychotic episodes.
thats happened to me years ago and it spun me into such bad manic/psychotic phases i was cycling in and out of hospitals. I haven't been hospitalized since 2001 and tho I'm on Social Security Disability I've been doing very well for quite a long time. OK, I'm going out on a limb here but theres a really good book called "Anatomy of an Epidemic," by Robert Whitiker oop's, think I spelled his last name wrong. Anyway, Most psychiatrists know now that antidepressants are not a wise choice if you truly have bipolar1.
And, like everyone above has said it's not wise to go off your meds, but if you do decide to go off one of the meds or all of the meds, get a doctor thats willing to work with you on tapering down. I'd really hope that you getting therapy in conjunction with meds as well. You need to get a doctor that will work with you... b,t,w, did you first present with depression and then when you went on a antidepressant and then get diagnosed with bipolar1? I wish you well and understand the horrible suffering. keep close to this wonderful support group theres a lot of wonderful people here to listen and try to help you along the way. Keep us posted on how your doing~
23 Apr 2013
u may be going through antidepressant withdrawal. It happened to me this past summer and I was hospitalized 4 times before realizing this was causing psychosis. I was much better when I increased dose to what it was initially. know your meds. research pristiq. Please know your meds. It may save your life. I am going through med changes now too and it can take forever sometimes to find the right combo.
10 Jun 2013
I agree with the post about SSRI withdrawal. u said u were on Cymbalta. I take Celexa and reduced my dose this past summer by half. I became psychotic[ illusions and mania] and put myself in the psych unit 4 times. It wasn't until I realized that I was taking 20 rather than 40 mg of Celexa and went back up, that the situation resolved. It is called something other than withdrawal but, that is what it is and can last for months. I am also a psych nurse for the past 23 years so I do have some knowledge about meds. I should add that I hit a tree head on and sustained a brain injury which impaired my memory thus the dosage mix up.
11 Jun 2013
Have u tried lamictal? It is a more effective mood stabilizer then topamax. I have used both. Had to stop lamictal because a doc in hospital increased my dose from 150 mg to 300 mg in a 7 day period. I was worried but, thought that it would not be a problem since I had been taking it for 11 years. The increase is supposed to be 25 mg over a 7 day period. I ended up having to stop it because I developed Stephens-Johnson syndrome which can be a fatal rash. I don't want to scare u away from this med. Many people take it and as long as it is titrated up SLOWLY, they don't have a problem. It works well for bipolar depression too. I am now on Saphris. It is a new 3rd? generation antipsychotic and I have not felt this normal in years. I have treatment resistant bipolar so this is a godsend. I don't have to take trazadone or klonopin any longer since I have been on it and my mood is good. I have energy now without mania.
People complain about the taste. It is sublingual. That only lasts for a few minutes and it is a small price to pay for feeling alive again. peace and love to u
11 Jun 2013
I just want you to know there is hope. My friend who is bipolar was a mess few months ago. Totally depressed and did nothing. She went to her psychiatrist and he added abilify to her celexa and depakote and there was a complete turn around in two days. Now she tries to go out everyday and cleans some everyday. She is more involved with her family and friends. We now speak or text everyday and she is back on fb.
It was the abilify add on that did it. Maybe u can talk toyour dr and see what he says.
You r in my thoughts and prayers and I will be here for u if u need me :-)
2 Nov 2014
I agree with al of the above. You are a bright lady, and knowing the reasons for all the advice we give may help you. Drugs take about 2 weeks to reach therapeutic levels in your blood. then it takes 2- 6 weeks to see how your body responds. You may need to make one change at a time to know the side effects that one drug. Then if there are undesirable side effects, the Dr. may decide to decrease or increase the dose, or/and add another drug/s, which in combination will be symbiotic. And again, any change can take 4-6 weeks to evaluate. Thus it is a slow process. It is helpfuful to read about the drug on trusted websites, such as mayo clinic, John Hopkins, WebMD, drugs.com, and www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo is an excellent one. Always report effects to your Dr. so the drug effects can be monitored by a professional. I wish you the best in your journey to Peace.
2 Nov 2014
In relationships what you are experiencing is, unfortunately, a frequent fallout of the BP disease. It is a personal and professional crisis. when you realize you cannot function as your normal self, Alienating others who do not understand, and seeing the potential permanent damage. There are classes, groups, and books to help families understand, and learn how to support you. The workplace is not so kind. I am not sure what your job situation is, But know that It takes a long time to get the right combination medication, even up to 1- 2yrs. And then the meds may still need to be changed if it is no longer effective. Meanwhile you can do irreparable damage your professional reputation, resulting in job loss, and added depression. Most take disability leave. And even once they are on the right med regime, there are times of instability, not to the extent as before the meds, but maybe the meds need to be changed.
I noticed that many become consultants, or own their own business in which they can be flexible, around mood changes. They usually work a one to one with clients, which is less complicated relationship wise. You must find a BP group to join. so as problems arise each week, the group can give you helpful, creative ideas towards resolution. I know this may be daunting information, but it is better to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Although many adaptations must be made, Don't give up hope. You can find Love and peace. We are here to give you Love and support.
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