in the past year ive been on bipolar and schizophrenic med also they have changed my meds 10 different times this year alone. i want to stay on lamictal along with my trazadone but there changing my seroquel to something different friday.. theres nothing really left for me try ive been on about everything. can someone please help me with suggestions.. here are some of the main meds ive been on. seroquel (2 times) zyprexa (2 times) lithium depakote( 2 times) trileptal geodon saphris amitryptaline lamictal ansd ive always had 2 be on one main bipolar med and a secondary now schizophreic med too. im so tired of never being normal cuz my meds fail about every 4 months. i cant even enjoy time with my children anymore
Can someone offer some advice to me on Bipolar and Schizophrenic meds please?
Added 28 Aug 2012:
in 2 years i have been on 21 different bipolar meds also the dr says were coming to a closing on new meds out there for bipolar/scizophrenia meds i usually get really bad side effects 4 months int the meds or the stop working without any sing. i also have intermitten rage disorder too
Sorry to hear that you have had such a difficult time finding the right combo of medicines. I can only suggest some you may have not tried:
Abilify, Latuda, Invega, or Stelazine or Thorazine if the schizophrenia is uncontrolled.
Unfortunately, it is a trial and error sort of ordeal. Hang in there!!
Hello barhydtgirl. Its a complicated diagnosis. I can only add to what Laurie suggested. Perhaps Navane, Proloxin, or Loxitane or Moban. They work very effectively but do carry thier share of side effects. Best of wishes to you, hopeing you do find a combination that will help you, pledge
I am on several ive tried soooo many but for me Wellbutrin and abilify have been great I only take they seroquel to sleep i cannot take trazodone. They gave me BusPar I dont think it works xanax work sooooo much better. I have been on pretty much all the meds mentioned over the years and i finally found some that work... I also take 16 mg of suboxone daily
I understand you're frustration. I have tried every medication you've mentioned plus some. I am not a doctor, Nurse, or Pharmacist. This is my own opinion from my own personal experience.I'm glad you want to stay on Lamictal and Trazadone. I take both of them, and they both worked for the problems i was having. I had severe insomnia. Took several top name sleeping pills. Nothing worked, but Trazadone did. I'm bipolar and was depressed and crying all the time and having moods swings galore and Lamictal and Wellbutrin did the trick for that. Plus I take Klonopin for my anxiety. Laurie mentioned a few that were very interesting. Actually I was on one of them about three years ago, and it worked very well. It was the one called Invega. Geodon, Seroquel, and Saphris didn't help me much at all. But it works wonder's for some people. I know how frustrating it is to come up with the right combination. And... I know what it's like to not be able to enjoy being with you're children. People who have never suffered from this condition have no clue how overpowering it can be. And to have someone tell you... You may not need medicine at all. Uhhh. Have they ever Truly walked down the road of Real Severe Depression, and being Bipolar??? And try and control it by meditation and not medicine. Don't even listen to that mess if you truly need medicine for a while, maybe a very long time even, to get you're disease under control. And it is a mental disease. If you were Diabetic, you would take insulin. Well, you have a different kind of disease that need's to be treated just as bad. I'm not saying you'll need it forever. But take care of yourself. Get the help you need so you can not only be good to yourself, but to those precious children that need their momma.I don't know if I helped. I sure hope I did. At least mention those medications to the doctor. Wouldn't hurt anything. I sure hope you get to feeling better soon. Get yourself some willpower, and a little bit of hope, and you can do more than you ever thought you could. I did. You can too. Take care, Best of luck, and God Bless You, You're friend, Ruthie
I have no ideas on other meds, but I know Laurie and pledge are pretty good with those, some others are too. I read a great book on schizophrenia though and it opened my eyes up to this condition. It is called " Living with Schizophrenia, " it was written by 2 artists who have it qnd commented on by 2 psychologists who did NOT treat either artist, but do explain what is going on. One of the artist had a rough road stabilizing on the meds, despite being hospitalized for a year, but once he got stable, he remained stable. He is also the one who figured out something was wrong and took himself to the hospital. I thought maybe reading this book might help, I have misplaced the paper with the authors names, but I think. One of them was named Stuart and one named Emmons. It's a great book and I got it at the library, you might look for it there, first. Patti
Hello barhydtgirl - Welcome to the site and I hope that someone here resonates with you so that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am wondering if you should change doctors because the number of different meds that you have been on alone can totally screw up your body's chemistry. I have been through the changes and in the beginning, my doctor did it the "smart" way (as far as I am concerned, anyway). I was always hospitalized when drastic changes were made due to patient safety concerns. I believe with my whole heart that doctors should continue that practice today but unfortunately INSURANCE PLANS or lack of insurance won't allow for that type of proper doctoring and monitoring any more.
Maybe you need to try a different approach here because you could be experiencing backlash and adverse repercussions from all the different med introductions and then changing too many times. Sometimes, NONE is better in between these changes so that the body can adjust and readjust to something new or different or combinations of meds to help. I do want to say that just because a med has been used for people dealing with schizophrenia doesn't mean that you have that illness. Meds can bring out symptoms of other mental illnesses and I have had that experience to know that can happen. I have never been bi-polar but did experience components of it with some of the med changes and that is why being in the hospital was suggested with certain of those med changes. It is a safety thing and for good monitoring to see how the patient adjusts to it.
Just some food for thought for you. Maybe the best change you can have right now is a change of doctors. Just my thoughts and I wish you nothing but peace and calm to you in your world...
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