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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.
i have hyperprolactinemia and i'm a male. it's probably risperidone induced. does anyone have any idea on how to cure high prolactin levels? i am currently using american ginseng and vitamin b6 (p5p) to naturally cure myself but i haven't noticed a difference though it's only been a couple days.
btw it's been 5 months since i stopped risperidone although i had long acting injections (not sure how long they act)
please help as some of you may know, the low energy and low libido is killing me.
Hi, im new here. I have my intake appointment tomorrow and I have been researching medications. I just wanted some people's experience on taking Geodon. Im currently in a hypomanic state right now. Losing sleep as the summer drags on, having incredibly creative ideas but so distracted by such small things that I can't seem to do anything. Still social, I still get out, but can't handle excess stimulation. I was previously on Lithium 900mg and Abilify 30mg. This combination helped with my manic episodes but I would still have trouble sleeping, despite taking this combination of medication for several years. I was foolish enough to stop the medication though and have been off of it the past 9 months. I guess Im having a hard time accepting the fact that I may need to be on medication the rest of my life. I was wondering though, does anyone have any experience of Geodon? What do you like? What don't you like? Common side effects? Combining it with Lithium? Does Geodon help you sleep? Lack of sleep has always been my main trigger. Thank you.
I am on lithium 1125mg/day & Abilify 7.5mg-15mg (with doc's approval that it varies between that amount) for bipolar. I am wanting to get off Abilify because it has been causing me mild resting head tremors, unpleasant and intolerable. However whenever I come down too low I predictably experience despondent mood and feel paralysed due to low mood. I've been down to 7.5mg for last five weeks and this has successfully flushed most of it out of my system and reduced side effects to tolerable levels however I decided to increase to 15mg last night due to the return of acute depressive symptoms. This made tremor return by today.
My psych is not forthcoming with any other options, I have lobbied for alternatives (there must be some!) for the past year.... nothing just "stick to your meds regime".
I need to substitute Abilify with something which won't cause shaking and I'm thinking about Seroquel (because I've been on it before) although hesitant due to weight gain. Still... rather be eating more and than have tremors if I had to chose :/.
Are these (Abilify and quetiapine) in the same class of anti-psychotics? It is feasible seroquel/quetiapine could have the similar beneficial impacts on my depression? What about off label anti-convulsants like Lyrica? I've tried Lamictal before but it made me "too happy" and I ended up in hospital so wondering if other anti-convulsants would be risky. Any suggestions?
I'm seeing the doctor in August (earliest appointment). As the shaking is coming back I will stick to the lowest dose he prescribed (7.5mg) to avoid tremors and supplement it with 25mg seroquel (which I still have a supply of from when it used to be a PRN so it is prescribed) hoping my mood will improve. I can't wait for pdoc to see me to begin to try this combo as he's away for three weeks, first appointment I could make with him is scheduled for beginning August... and another doc I want to see for a second opinion is apparently booked up for two months... my GP could be a third option for a sooner consult. To be clear this has been an ongoing issue which has been ignored by doctors as it is not noticeable to them however is clearly noticeable to me and those close to me... things have come to a head because it is getting harder to control by reducing the Abilify.
Abilify too high = tremors (intolerable side effects)
Abilify too low = depression (need something to supplement lithium)
I suffer from bipolar I. I have had a series of hospitalisations for mania, mixed moods, psychosis over past 11-5 years with no hospitalisations in the last 4.5 years, I have experienced an "episode" (pronounced drop or elevation in mood symptoms) maybe about once every six months over the past 5 years.
Thanks for any help, it helps just to talk about this stuff and know some people are listening who have experienced similar things.