Bipolar Disorder - I have been on probably 20 different medicines in the last year as I had a manic episode a year ago after being misdiagnosed with ADHD where I was put on Vyvanse which put me in the hospital. I have not been able to tolerate any of the various medicines. I have been taking Zyprexa 7.5mg for a while where it is still not effective and has horrible side effects for me. I was put on Trileptal as kind of a last resort 4 days ago. Can anyone please tell me how long it takes to work as I am very impatient at this point and want relief ASAP. I appreciate anyone's response
from what i have been able to tell, it is very similar to a lot of other drugs you have taken... you should notice some relief at about two weeks and full force coming on one month. i have been where you are and i know the misery a manic attack, episode, whatever you want to call it can bring. good luck with this medication. i myself am on lamictal after stopping depakote (allergic to that at 2000 mg it seems). the generic of your medication is oxcarbamazepine... you need to wear medic alert bracelet if you continue it as healthcare providers need to know that you are on it (even if you don't have seizures). i have to get one too, so i'm getting me a 14K gold one... might as well...
good luck and keep it between the lines,
the sweetest hippy
I'm so sorry you're going through all that. You aren't alone, that's for sure! I've also been on what feels like every single psychotropic drug in existence. I think that tends to be common for a lot of patients. It can be very frustrating. It's hard to find a doc that really jells with you also. Just know you're not alone! :) When I was take to the hospital with full blown mania, I was immediately injected with Haldol and felt relief for the first time. The main drug they used to stop the mania was Seroquel. The gave me a large dose (at least in my opinion) and by the 3rd day I was calm again. It was doubled after I got out of the hospital because it seemed like I was relapsing. Once that was done, however, I felt much, much better. Haven't had full blown mania in about 6 years (yea!). I know a lot of psych meds do take some time to fully kick in. It seems like some hit right away, probably the minor tranqs like Ativan, etc.
and others need to build up in your system. Eventually I was also put on Neurontin and Lamictal which have worked very well. But Seroquel is what saved my life litteraly. I also take some antidepressants. A lot of people are really against this, but I've had electro-convulsive treatments. They are really good at curing depression and I think they can be used to stop an acute manic state. They are completely painless and your brain feels fuzzy for a while, but that's it. The only memory loss I experienced was just stupid thing, like remembering if I saw a movie, etc. After 18 treatments, they were discontinued and everyday I feel like the memory is returning. Just know I never forgot my name or important events or anything significant. All it takes is someone to remind me of something and I remember it. I just wanted to let you know your options. I hope it helps. Hang in there!
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