I am applying for admission to TROSA, a drug recovery program. They will not admit me while on an anti-psychotic drug (olanzapine). I need to have a mood stabilizer for my bipolar 1, that is not an anti-psychotic. I am also taking Strattera for my ADHD and Escitalopram Oxalate, both of which are allowed.
Bipolar Disorder - I need to find a non psychotic mood stabilizer for my bipolar 1?
- 19 Jan 2017 by Virginiachick
- 8 May 2017
- bipolar disorder, olanzapine, antipsychotic, recovery, psychotic, disorder, drug
Added 19 Jan 2017:
I have tried lithium in the past and didn't like how it made me feel like I was in a swimming pool with everyone else on the outside in a haze.
Lithium, or one of the anti-convulsants ~ Lamictal, Topamax, etc. ~ are used in the treatment of Bipolar disorder.
Lithium, the only true mood stabilizer, is considered the gold standard. I've taken lithium for over five years with excellent results and no side effects. You do need to have periodic (every three to six months) blood work performed to manage your dosage and monitor for any imbalances.
Best of luck in your recovery. Been there and done that ~ successfully. It's much easier on appropriate psych meds which help you stop self-medicating! Wildcat
I have been on Lamictal twice both times had a bad reaction "the bad rash" so immediately taken off much worse the second time. I would say Depakote would be good to try I had good results on it but, we did end up using a antipsychotic for me with better results and lesser side effects. My body is very sensitive to meds.
Lithium is an acceptable recovery med but because it requires periodic blood testing, you might want to ask if the rehab would have an issue with it. The testing is only required every 3 or 4 months. If the rehab time is shorter than that you should be ok. I find lithium works very well for me. Especially with respect to curbing my anger and temper. It's an older but still gold standard drug for bipolar mania, depression and decreases suicidal thoughts. It does require periodic blood testing to determine therapeutic levels and to prevent any toxicity. The usual starting dose is 600 to 900 mg a day. I found 900 mg gave me significant hand tremors. I was cut back to 600 mg and my blood work shows that with that dosage, I am still in therapeutic range and I have no side effects. I don't feel tired on it. I don't believe it has caused any weight gain or caused me to feel hungry. Discuss with your doctor if you have any thyroid or kidney problems. My kidneys are fine.
It did give me mild hypothyroidism, but I take a med for it and everything is fine. It's worth it for me to be on this med because it has tremendously helped me to stabilize my mood. Be sure to stay hydrated especially in the heat of summer. Lithium is an elemental salt on the chemical periodic table along with sodium. The body perceives them the same. But at least lithium is just a pure element unlike the complex molecules of all of the other psych meds. Best wishes and welcome to recovery.
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