Hi, Ive just been told I have PTSD,OCD,BPD. My doctor gave me Zoloft, but pharmacy substituted for Eleva50.
As I was only told I have these conditions, I have read that Eleva50 is for OCD, and PTSD... Is this medication for BPD as well??? Im award that the medication is trial an error, and that it may need to be swap or given a higher dose... Is zoloft(Eleva50) a recommended drug for PTSD,OCD,BPD??? What would be the best medication for these three conditions i have because i believe everyone has an opinion and would love to get some feed back or advice...
Hi jsmuzz - Wow, you got a triple whammy. I'm sure it feels devastating, but don't worry and don't give up, please. I have bipolar 1, had many bad depressions, a manic break; and ADHD; compulsive in many areas, but not clinically. So, I can only speak to the BPDO. And, it will make a difference if you are BP II. It took me a couple of yrs., about a dozen meds. to find the right combo of 3 meds. for my symptoms. But, its like a light switch goes on, and you feel pretty "normal" when you find the right ones. Well worth the patience & trials.
Its important for the Dr. to start with one med. @ a time, to make sure of each one's + or - effect on you. Zoloft is one of the 40+ meds. that can be used to treat both OCD and PTSD... Dr. will treat the most pervasive clinical symptom(s) first. Seems bipolar will be treated next. That's okay. It must be done this way for it to be correct. I've only treated patients with PTSD, but don't personally have it. So, hope this helps a bit. You'll be okay if you don't lose faith or patience with the trials! Everyone is a unique bio-chemical combination of "hardwiring" in the brain. Good Luck! You'll get good feedback from the people here.
12 Sep 2011
Wow ceterferge I hope I spelled it right} that is great advise I gave you a thumbs up and jsmuzz I really don't have much else to say I think its cover by ceterferge but I hope you do find the correct comb for you and I wish you relief of your suffering you take care and stay in touch let us know how you are. Sorry if this message is hard to read on lots of meds but wanna give my supprt luck litlmommga-
12 Sep 2011
JSMUZZ, I am surprised that your doctor just put you on zoloft alone for BPD. As I know that an anti-depressant on it's own can be dangerous for people with bipolar (as verified by the NIMH), I was unaware that it would be used for the treatment of bipolar, in the absence of a mood stabilizer. The reason cited for this is that an anti-depressant alone can trigger symptoms of mania, and so it's necessary to balance it out with a mood stabilizing drug. Speak with your doctor about this, as I would certainly not second-guess him on this point.
Hi, by BPD do you mean Borderline Personality disorder or Bipolar? There isn't much difference but just wanted to check... Anyway, i have Borderline Personality disorder, ADD, PTSD plus depression, anxiety, etc. My psychiatrist played around with a few meds and dosages before he settled on what i'm on now. I take Citalopram (Celexa) a.m. and Seroquel and Amitriptyline p.m. I have found this to be a great combination for me, but of course everyone is different. Do you have a counsellor or similar you can talk to? Talking is really important in addition to the meds, you need an outlet for you 'pain' and worries. Bottling it up will make your condition(s) worse. Do you have a supportive family? Please write again if you want more info or want to answer any of my questions
Less Than Human
12 Sep 2011
Your doctor will likely add a mood stabilizer such as Abilify or Seroquel. There are quite a few to choose from nowadays. These medications that are added to antidepressants to help with things such as Bipolar and BPD are very helpful. If you feel your medication isn't doing enough, do a little research and bring it back to your doctor and have an open discussion about your best treatment plan.
Hi JSMUZZ, The other posts gave you great advice! I understand what you've just been diagnosed must be alot to take in for you right now. Your doc is probably just starting you off on the zoloft to see how you tolerate it,then he/she may add a mood stabiliser to enhance the anti d. I was diagnosed with anxiety/panic disorder,ocd and depression,doc's still trying out meds for me to find the right combo,it is indeed a matter of trial and error but stick with it,you will find the right one that will suit you and make life easier on you. Also i agree with what delila suggested,you might well benefit from therapy,to help you deal with what you were diagnosed,talking along with medication can work quiet well! I wish you the best of luck and we are all here anytime to talk or listen,whatever you need! Take care and keep us updated,we do care and are all in similar situations one way or another!!
12 Sep 2011
Dear JSMUZZ, Good answers from many people with experiences similar or wanting to offer their support. I can only offer support and share a bit of 'me'. I was diagnosed with clinical depression in 1993. The psych doctor had to try several anti-depressants before finding the one that caused the 'light to come on' as was stated in an earlier post. It took several weeks to get the meds figured out (as I was also struggling with anxiety disorder and was agoraphobic). Once he got me stable on the right meds, I took them for another month and then was able to begin therapy. Up to that point it would have been mute to try to work with me as my illness had me to such a point that I had to be carried in to the doctor's office. I was not able to function at all.
Once I was stable, and the proverbial light went on, I was well enough to absorb what I was hearing and proceeded to heal. It was an experience I will never forget. Many years later I suffered another depression (not nearly as severe) and I went straight to the Prozac (which is what worked the first time, after trying 5 different anti-depressants) and learned then that not every depression is the same, therefore not every med works the same. This time the medication that worked best was Paxil. Long story short (or longer??) You WILL get better, there IS hope, you just need to be patient and let the doctor and the meds do their thing.
I hope this was some help or at least a comfort for you.
Please let us know how you are doing.
Best wishes! ~Jillynnie
10 Oct 2011
Dont have an answer but have a ?, why r antidepressants the cause of more anxiety, panic attacks? Zoloft caused more suicidal thoughts and caused me to cry for 3 months I was on it and was committed due to suicidal threats. Any antidepressants I have been on have caused more side effects, in fact when I was on effexor it caused panic attacks and i have never had one prior to that. Currently I am on prozac which doesnt have as much side effects but doesnt seem to be doing the trick either. The more I see a psch the more problems and labels they put on me thats why i dont go to them anymore.
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