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  1. Haloperidol 5mg twice daily added to the above cocktail
  2. I'm hypomanic and very agitated. I'm on my usual meds...listed below. Now also on clonazepam 1.5 3 times daily. Also flurazepam 30mg at night. Just home from pdoc appointment and she has added in haloperidol 5mg 2 daily. Is this a good enough dose? How long does it take to kick in.
  3. Seroquel XR 800mg at night ( mood stabiliser ) Sodium Valproate Chrono 1600mg at night ( mood stabiliser ) Lamotrigine 150mg in morning and 100mg at night ( mood stabiliser / bipolar depression ) Changes Fluoxetine reduced from 40mg to 20mg ( bipolar depression ) Clonazepam 1.5mg 3 times daily added ( agitation, manic symptoms ) Flurazepam 30mg at night ( insomnia )
  4. Didn't sleep at all last night again. That is 3 nights in a row. Definitely manic now. Rang community mental health nurse this morning and he arranged an appointment with my pdoc. She prescribed Clonazepam 1.5mg 3 times daily and flurazepam 15-30mg at night and nurse will visit me tomorrow to check in with me.
  5. I live in Ireland an have just returned from a 10 day trip in the U.S (Massachusetts....crossed 5 time zones). Despite being awake for 36 hours I am far from tired. I'm alert and busy and haven't been able to relax since I got home this morning. I'm starting to have racing thoughts and am becoming really restless and a bit irritable. Anyone else experience this???? Don't want to develop full blown mania.....I am a bit worried!!
  6. You are going through just what we have been through. Last Tuesday 1st May we said goodbye to our precious little dog Freddie. He was such a cheeky lively bold noisy cute and adorable little fella. He was diagnosed with a heart murmur almost 5 years ago but that didn't prevent him from enjoying life...he lived it to the full. He also had epilepsy which again didn't have an impact on his life. Even though his heart was failing this year he was still in great form although he slept more...but he was 15 years old!! He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. We had to bring him out to pee regularly as he was having accidents in the house. 3 weeks ago he started collapsing on exertion but bounced back each time. Last Monday his health deteriorated rapidly and Mam and I stayed up with him all night hoping he would just slip away but that was not to be so on Tuesday we brought him over to the vet where he went to sleep quickly. Many many tears have been shed and we miss him dreadfully. We knew it was time to let him go when he was just too tired to do anything, he couldn't poop and was retaining fluid even though he was on a high dose of frusemide. He was like that from Monday evening until Tuesday afternoon when we brought him to the vet to get put to sleep. It was very peaceful. It's so hard to know what to do and I really feel for you but there are no easy answers
  7. It is activating for me. I am on 40mg and I take it in the morning
  8. The finger prick test showed up as 7.5 mmol/ or 135mg/dl. I'll let you know what the blood results reveal when I get them. She said she would contact me on Friday evening. According to this UK website (I live in Ireland but the guidelines are the same) https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes_care/blood-sugar-level-ranges.html Normal: Below 42 mmol/mol (6.0%) Prediabetes: 42 to 47 mmol/mol (6.0 to 6.4%) Diabetes: 48 mmol/mol (6.5% or over) She put me on 500mg 3 x daily for now
  9. So I saw my GP this morning and told her about the massive increase in my weight since going off Metformin 7 months ago. She agreed to restart me on it. She also took a finger prick blood glucose test which was quite high considering I was fasting. She then did a range of blood tests including the HbA1c test. HbA1c is a marker that reflects your average blood sugar levels in the previous 3 months. It’s also called glycated hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1c or just A1c. Anyway I'm glad that I went to see her because not only am I VERY obese, I may also be diabetic. I will get the results on Friday evening. Time will tell whether the Metformin will help with weight loss
  10. Thank you so much for replying and being so informative. I really appreciate it! My GP took me off it because she felt that it wasn't helping me lose weight as the weight loss was so slow. But at least I was losing, albeit rather slowly, and not gaining. I can see now that it was helping because the weight is piling back on. She feels that I shouldn't be on unnecessary medications due to kidney impairment due to long term lithium use. Apparently metformin should not be used when the kidneys are damaged...but my health is going to suffer dramatically in other ways if I don't lose weight. I'm just thinking actually that when I saw the nephrologist he never mentioned that I should not take metformin!! I am definitely going to see my GP this week to discuss my huge weight gain and the possibility of going back on to metformin
  11. I had been on Metformin 500mgs 3 x daily for about a year. I asked my GP would she put me on it as I had heard that it could help with weight gain caused by AAPs. I had been losing weight slowly while taking the Metformin alongside some exercise and healthy eating. However since I have gone of it about 6 months ago I have been gaining weight and am now the heaviest I have ever been. My clothes don't fit me and I am living in tracksuit bottoms. I hate myself for getting so fat again. I had lost 35 lbs in a year and now have gained that with another 4 on top of that and now a massive 246 lbs. No matter how hard I work at it I cannot shift the weight and am miserable. Is there anybody else out there that feels that Metformin is helping them with weight loss. Also is there anyone who stopped taking it and gained weight again. And if anybody knows anything about Metformin and it's role in weight loss due to taking AAPs I would love to hear from you too. This weight gain is making me depressed
  12. I have always needed a lot of sleep too, even before I started taking medication. 12 hours is my minimum and i could sleep a lot more if I didn't make myself get up
  13. When you lose your camera on holidays and go to the store and, buy 5 identical cameras...just in case you might lose one again.....