I've been on Geodon for severe constant mood swings for about 8 months now and it has completely stopped working. It doesn't help me sleep and I'm averaging 3 day spans of ups then downs, a day of rest and then it starts up again. I am on 180mg/day and also on Klonopin for a nervous disorder. Looking at the different medications on the site is overwhelming. Can anyone give some advice on what medications they've tried and how they've worked for them? I'm tired of being a lab rat and I would really appreciate some honest feedback on what medications have done for others so I have more of an idea of what to talk about with the doctor.
Hi, Cheltzee! I can sure sympathize with you because I've been on different medications almost all my life. I had severe depression and so was on a barrage of antidepressants.
It was only about a year ago that I had my first manic episode. I tried Geodon and Lamictal which really did not much of anything. I'm currently taking Seroquel which controls the mood swings and lithium. Lithium has been around forever and I think it's by far the best med for BP (IMO). I've never had any side effects and it worked like a charm within just a couple days.
Hope this helps! WCV
Hi, i have BPD, not Bipolar, but some of the medications i am prescribed were first issued to me when I was initially diagnosed with Bipolar. I also take Seroquel and they have honestly changed my life for the better. My moods are much more stable, i sleep better, i am far less impulsive, and can make informed decisions now. I also take Citalopram (for depression), Lyrica (for GAD), and until recently, Amitriptyline (an antidepressant, used in my case, for sleep). I have worked with a few different psychiatrists, and they were mainly of the same opinion with regards to my medication combination. Although Bipolar and BPD are different psychiatric diagnoses, and the cycles are of different speeds and frequencies, they carry a lot of the same symptoms. I hope you find the correct medication very soon!
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