Hi there are many people on this site that have bipolar so hopefully they will also respond to your question with their personal experiences...
I take seroquel and it is working very well for me. I would warn you though that some people can be very sensitive to this med. I was started on 200mg at night which definitely stabilised me but i was half asleep most of the time. My doctor reduced it to 150mg and i felt so much better. Sometimes a combination of medications works better than just one. I have bipolar 2, so suffer from more hypo's than hyper's. For this reason i take citalopram (celexa) and amitriptyline also. This combination works brilliantly for me. Obviously medications can work differently with different people but this is just my story. As i said hopefully you will get more responses...
There are so many medication out there. I can recommend Lamictal and Abilify from personal experience. There is also Geodon and Saphris to add a few to what Delila shared. It really best to have her evaluated by a psychiatrist and let the specialist decide the best med as there are so many to choose from each with their own mode of action.
Hello Stepturner, as the last two answers stated, there are so many drugs to find the mix you need. Myself i prefer to be manic to a degree because i have spent most of my life un-diagnosed, living in mania. I too take seroquel, but only 50mgs at bedtime. This knocks me out and i can get 5hrs sleep, sleep i beleive is one of the key's to getting back on track. Also having that proper diet is another key, drinking 5 pint's of water per day, exercise, and heaps of love, without it bipolar is a destroyer of everything. Never give up, let your doctor become a trusting friend and tell him / her if your meds are working against you, they can't guess and they understand that each person needs different combination's of meds to get the right mix. Sorry to go on but i'm pasionate about people who have this illness and i try to give helpful advise as if it was for me. Good luck and try any avenue's to put this illness on the back burner. Go girl. Best wishes. Brewstercharli.
Why isn't she consulting a psychiatrist (assuming here)? That is the person who (presumabley) knows about her particaular BP.
That said... DO NOT take an antidepressant with out a mood stabilizer, and add an anti-psychotic if she experiences anxiety or gets delusional/has hallucinations. As to reccommending pills - I am not qualified, especially since everyone's brain chemistry is unique to that person. What I take (and it is a lot) might not be beneficial for your daughter.
Finally - please do not get your psychmeds from a GP. They simply are not qualified to play at psychiatry, just coz they took a two-week seminar on the topic in med school.
Hi. I've had a manic episode that lasted six months. I was homeless for six. I'm 62. This happened when I was 56. I was out of my mind. I was committed to the court for one year. I was in a psych ward for 6 weeks. I lived in a foster home, and I cried all the time because of the horrible conditions that I was living in. I got down on my hands and knees and asked God for help. I sat by my bed and cried. I had an " An Extreme Manic Episode." These medications seem like a miracle combination for me. Please understand I am not a Dr.. and these medications are what work well for me. Each person is different. What works well for one, may not be effective for someone else. I take four 1 mg Klonopin per day, Four 100 mg Lamotrigine per day. One Zolpidem at bedtime. I'm now taking four 300 mg of Gabapentin per day. The Gabapentin is for both, pain and an anti-depressant.
I'm telling you this because it is my desire to discuss what helps each other and this site Drugs.com gives us the opportunity to support each other. I've asked a few questions. Given a few. I take my questions and answers seriously, so I'm unable to answer as many questions as others. I do love the support. A dozen roses, Anna
when you are manic you are not depressed.My son was taking ambilify which is for depression. and was acting manic for months. He was prescribed another medication for" Mania" . So if you are asking for just the manic medication I would say Seroquel. It is called the miracle pill in our house. A dose of seroquel calmed him down instantly
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