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I hope this thread doesn't cause problems but I want to use it to help educate.

Here's the pro/con part of the topic.

Pro - a benefit that the medication has for you. What does the medication do for you that's of benefit.

Con - what's a side effect that you dislike or something else you don't like about the medication.

Of course be honest but please no using this thread as a means of scaring people away from considering a medication. It's to help educate them about what other people liked and disliked about taking that particular medication.

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And with that I will give you my fair example -

Clozaril (Clozapine) -

Pro - removes psychosis when no other AAP (other than FANAPT or SAPHRIS) has. Doesn't cause akathisia like the other APs I've tried.

Con - blood work weekly for first 6months, then biweekly for 6months, and then monthly thereafter... I just hate how I'm still in the every week period but it will pass...

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Abilify

Pro: got me out of a "mood episode" QUICK and I felt better. Works well with Bupropion to keep me stable

Cons: probably doesn't do anything for my anxiety, I've gained five pounds because I can't stay away from sweets (I never gain weight on meds) and it makes me sort of drowsy.

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Seroquel

Pro: Makes me sleep great, kills the anxiety and depression. Pretty much a silver bullet for me.

Con: Two words: weight gain

Celexa

Pro: Helps with the depression and possibly some of the obsessive stuff.

Con: Makes me edgy and anxious, sexual side effects, weight gain

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Seroquel

Pro: Reduces and almost eliminates psychosis and paranoia

Con: Tardive dyskinesia, extreme somnolence, blurred vision, sexual dysfunction, weight gain (at least all of these in my case)

Lexapro

Pro: great at reducing anxiety and depression

Con: sexual dysfunction, mild somnolence

Abilify

Pro: con caused me to be taken off immediatly

Con: Severe akathisia

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Zoloft:

Pro: Helps with the anxiety and somewhat with the depression.

Con: Sex drive? What's that?

Zyprexa:

Pro: Controls borderline symptoms (so far; we'll have to see long-term), calms down hypomania.

Con: Probably going to make me fat. Oh well.

Old meds:

Cipralex/Lexapro:

Pro: Not many side effects.

Con: Made me agitated and somewhat mixed.

Effexor:

Pro: Took care of anxiety and depression great!

Con: I got a little too happy.

Trazodone:

Pro: Made me sleep like a baby,.

Con: Probably messes with my serotonin, and god knows that's fucked up enough.

Clonazepam:

Pro: Took away my anxiety.

Con: Made me super depressed, or at least helped the depression along.

Seroquel:

Pro: Slightly lessened mood cycling, controlled borderline symptoms.

Con: Wasn't effective enough to prevent hypomania or depression.

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Lithium

Pro - stability and even mood (most of the time)

Con - I pee all the time, hourly. twice during Avatar

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Abilify

Pro: Helps with sensory shit, agitation, probably depression to some extent, the crazy-crazies [paranoid/delusional shit]

Con: I think it's one of the ones that makes me a little shaky and can't increase the dose too fast.

Wellbutrin

Pro: Helps with depression, doesn't put on weight, doesn't effect sex crap, helps with attention shit

Con: Another one of those that probably adds to the shakes when it's powers are combined.

Concerta

Pro: Helps my brain work.

Con: ...?

Topamax

Pro: Helps with anger stuff, migraines, mood instability

Con: At a certain dosage makes me sometimes forget where I put my words and time gets a little funny [er]

Lamictal

Pro:Helps with depression and mood instability

Con: headaches and acheyness for a while and slow titration.

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Sodium Valporate (Epilim/Depakote/etc):

PROS: Caps mania and is a good mood stabliser.

CONS: Doesn't do as much for depression as it does for mania, weight gain, regular blood tests to check liver function.

Invega:

PROS: Stopped my delusions very quickly.

CONS: Increased anxiety and lowered cognitive functioning.

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Lithium

Pro: Takes the edge off my manias and depressions so the highs aren't so high and the lows aren't so low; increases time between episodes.

Con: Thirst, Thirst, Thirst. Hand tremors.

Topamax

Pro: Decreases my frequent migraines.

Con: My short term memory is crap.

Prozac

Pro: Took care of my last depressive episode.

Con: What little sex drive I had is completely gone.

Zyprexa

Pro: Decreased not only bp mania/depression, but also anxiety levels considerably. Gave me new feelings of stability.

Con: hunger, hunger, hunger feelings - I could eat all night long.

Xanax

Pro: Controls my anxiety when my mind warps out of control.

Con: I have control issues with xanax, so I use it sparingly.

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Lexapro

Pro - I think it's keeping me from being depressed/honestly not sure anymore though

Con - can be a bit numbing, causes me strange headaches, messes with sex drive

Seroquel

Pro - helps me sleep and with obsessive thoughts/anxiety

Con - makes me pig out. Could eat a gallon of ice cream on this stuff, not sure what it does but food becomes a priority

Ativan

Pro - relaxes me

Con - sometimes feel depressed and sluggish on it and aggressive

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Ativan

Pro: stopped me from crawling out of my skin

Con: Made me want to kill myself

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Paxil

Pros: Helps my OCD a little. Reduces anxiety.

Cons: Sexual side effects.

Cymbalta

Pros: Is really helping my OCD and depression, as far as I can tell.

Cons: Sexual side effects.

Abilify

Pros: Butchered my psychosis, massacred my mania and mixed states.

Cons: Weight gain was 15 pounds, did nothing for preventing depression.

Ativan (Lorazepam)

Pros: Gets rid of any and all anxiety.

Cons: Is very addictive and I always want to take more.

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Klonopin

Pro: Sort of helped my anxiety

Con: Also made me depressed

Remeron

Pro: Really good for anxiety and sleep, no nasty sexual side effects

Con: Hangover, weight gain, didn't do enough for my depression.

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Wellbutrin

Pros: works well with the Abilify for my mood, keeps me awake during the day

Cons: Raises my anxiety to ridiculous levels, might be worth dropping over this.

clonazepam:

Pros: I love this pill, it helps my anixety like nothing else ever has

Cons: tolerance, dependance, eventually withdrawal.

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Do you have any spare food? Oh, hit, I mean...

Risperdal

Pros: It works

Cons: ummm, I'm not a big fan of the colour, really it's good for me

Cymbalta

Do you have any spare food... oh sorry, I mean:

Pros: It works for my lows, anxiety reduction is a bonus

Cons: Do you have any spare food? Gastrointestinal upsets, constantly starving

Valproate

Pros: helps with seizures and manias.

Cons: Slow painful titration, or rather, you can go up 200 or 500, but I personally feel each increase for ages, I lose IQ, get fatigued... but once you're there it's OK

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Topamax

Pros: Reduces seizures, makes me less angry, some action on the bipolar stuff and it makes everything taste horrible.

Cons: They don't call it Dopamax for nothin'. It makes everything taste like hell.

Keppra

Pros: Karate chops seizures.

Cons: Oh depression, I <3 you! Keppra dust is barfadelic.

Lamictal

Pros: Reduces seizures, works on depression stuff, weight neutral.

Cons: Headaches, body aches, slow titration schedule. It tastes bleh.

Gabitril

Pros: Great for anxiety and pain! My sex drive was through the roof.

Cons: Absence status is not fun.

Remeron

Pros: Bye-bye depression.

Cons: Hello weight gain.

Ativan

Pros: Works great.

Cons: Less filling. (I have no cons w/Ativan.)

Adderall

Pros: Helps with focus and attention.

Cons: Can't sleep clowns will eat me. (had to discontinue due to crazy)

Saphris

Pros: Worked great! Squashed hallucinations and paranoia dead.

Cons: Burning mouth doesn't feel good and tasted like hell.

I may come back later to finish up with some of the other meds I've tried.

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WHY DO PMEDS HAVE TO TASTE SO BAD? Seroquel tastes like ass dust, and Remeron used to make my tongue go numb.

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Ibuprofen

pro: it works so well for arthritis pain

con: it is eating a hole in my stomach and causing me to have GI bleeding

Xanax

Pro: it nips anxiety in the bud and helps me sleep like a baby

con: it is addictive and enhances depression

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Abilify-

PROS- Mood swings, gone. Paranoia, gone.

CONS-WEIGHT GAIN!

Klonopin-

PROS- great for anxiety

CONS- not good for sudden panic attacks

Adderall-

PROS- the only thing that'll get me out of bed...like, ever. I concentrate better and am, in general, less add

CONS- none

Celexa-

PROS- great for depression, REALLY great for OCD, helps with anxiety in general

CONS- very minor weight gain

Wellbutrin-

PROS- helps with depression, doesn't make me super drowsy

CONS- I'm a recovering anorexic with tendencies to purge so have to really watch that. Am convinced that i'll have a seizure if I purge.

Lexapro-

PROS- worked well for OCD

CONS- can't afford it

Prozac-

PROS- none

CONS- made me gain tons of weight, serious sexual side effects, stays in the system a long time

Lamictal-

PROS- none

CONS- made me turn into the angriest person in the world. I locked myself in the room just so I wouldn't have contact with anyone and hurt their feelings....I have a laundry list of cons for this one.

Other drugs

Lithium, Depakote, Geodon, all other SSRI's, etc. - simply didn't work.

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Remeron -

Pro - Helps relive my bipolar depression symptoms and helps me sleep though the night.

Con - makes me hungry (increases appetite).

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