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I have a dual diagnosis as bipolar 2 and borderline personality disorder. I lean more towards depression but have had bouts of extreme anxiety, daily suicidal thinking, anger, and risky sexual behavior. I am on 300mg of Lithium and 25mg of Lamictal and tapering up to 50mg soon. I feel exhausted all the time currently with episodes of intense anger and general sadness. I'm looking for other people with this dual diagnosis to share what meds they have tried and what has worked for them. I cannot currently say that my meds have helped. I know I am at a very low dose. In my mind I have tried so many meds (seroquel, Lexapro, Lithium, Lamictal, Nardil, Parnate, Abilify, Topemax)....all of these in various combinations with one another. I have and still feel like an outsider, a weirdo, mentally unstable. I would like to find others with my same struggle who are perhaps finding relief. Please share with me.
New here and have a couple of questions about lithium.
Has anyone here developed resistance to lithium? It has been a wonder drug for me these past 2 years, but very recently my old mood instability has crept back - this time it's depressive with mixed symptoms - really unpleasant. Blood levels remain the same at .7/8 I take 900mg.
Other question: with the return of symptoms, there's also been an increase in EPS-like side-effects, especially worm-jaw as I call it, muscle rippling and tightness along the jawline: haven't experienced since I tried AAPs (EPS disasters!)
I have an appt with PDoc, who's not the greatest for listening, so would really appreciate and feedback.
I had to quit lithium because my kidneys are damaged. I have been reducing the dose over the last month under the guidance of my pdoc and took my last dose of 200mg last night. My ddoc warned me that I could become manic as the lithium level drops very low and goes out of system altogether.
Has anybody become manic on the discontinuation of lithium? If so did it occur gradually or very quickly
I'm already having trouble sleeping and am not tired and a bit concerned that this is the start of mania, although I have no other symptoms. Maybe I am being paranoid!! It's just that my mood has been very stable for a long time now, so I am a bit worried.
Also do you think that the introduction of valproate may help help prevent mania??
So l saw my pdoc today and he has decided to discontinue my lithium totally. This is due to the latest blood tests which shows I have grade 3 (out of 5) chronic kidney disease.
He started me on Epilim Chrono (sodium valproate) which most people know as depakote. My starting dose is 400mg. I was on this several years ago with a lot of other medications so cannot recall side effects. I know that weight gain can be a problem. My pdoc also said that I may feel sedated on it.
Any side effects I should be aware of??
Also, going off lithium is of great concern. I was on it for 13.5 years. I have been tapering off it and I know there is a real risk of me becoming manic. My pdoc will be seeing me more frequently to keep a good check on things and the community psychiatric nurse will be in close contact with me.
For anyone who has had to taper off lithium...... Was it a rocky road??
For anyone switching from lithium to valproate..... How did it go?
Boy do I HATE change!!!!!
has anyone taken risperidone/risperdal AND stopped and fully recovering from the after effects? its been over 5 months since stopping and i still feel lifeless, blank, and weak plus a zero libido. i took risperidone for 3 weeks and had a horrible reaction to it and a horrible withdrawal but i still feel the effects....has anyone recovered or heard a recovery story? need some hope here.