actually"doctors" aren't sure if my son is bipolar, but they're giving him both risperdal & depakote. they say he's delusional, paranoid and bipolar
Ask your pharmacist. Risperdal is what they give people to "make the voices stop" and Depakote is usually what they give to people who are manic or have symptoms such as road rage. The truth is, there really is no "common" treatment for bipolar disorder. I've heard of all kinds of different combos being used. The doctors themselves don't even know how the medicines work exactly. Just watch your son's behavior and look for noticeable side effects. If he doesn't respond well to one combination your doctor will most likely change medicines. Remember you have to give them at least a month to start working properly and you should never stop the medicines abruptly because coming off of them is sometimes worse than starting them. I've been diagnosed as bipolar with paranoid delusions and the best medicine I've tried so far has been zyprexa. Risperdal knocks me out and Depakote seems to suck the color out of life. I hope this helps.
Sure you can use risperdal with depakote. Just two months ago, that was my doctor's plan, and he thought that for me, that was the safest bet. For health reasons, I had to come off abilify, which I think many will tell you is a good drug, with few side effects. My doctor knows that this is a biggie for me, and he thinks along the same lines as myself. His second guess in terms of safeness and fewest side effects was risperdal, which in the end he opted out upon, and decided to see how I would succeed on depakote alone. So far, so good.
But the poster before me made an excellent point that this is all a very individual and subjective thing. He cited something which floored me... that he had very good feelings about zyprexa. Contrary to his thoughts, my six-years with zyprexa/depakote ruined my life literally. Won't go into specifics, but zyprexa turned out to be toxic for me... slept six years of my life away, gained 100 lbs, and was a walking, barely talking zombie. So I just can't find any kind things to say about that drug. If you asked me, just couldn't recommend it, and probably would say to steer clear of it. But that's just based on MY findings, and the previous poster found something completely different about it... which proves the point that what's a gem for one, is arsonic for another. So my feeling is that the docs aren't misadvising you about the risperda/depakote combo... yes there's no inherent reason why you can't combine the drugs, and if I were to go with my doc - which I always do... he's a really cool, cautious guy... it mightn't be a bad idea at all.
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