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So a year ago, let's just say I was... not well, and after a million drugs that didn't work, the doctor put me on Risperdal. For me, it is a miracle drug. No other medicine had ever made the slightest difference, but after taking Risperdal everything changed and I could live my life. I desperately don't want to give it up.
That's why I was horrified when a few weeks ago I woke up in the morning with a milk stain on my shirt. The lactation has continued and I am female so it could be worse (I would hate to be a man and have this happen) but it still freaks me out. The doctor checked my prolactin level and I'm at 157, when normal is less than 23 and a breastfeeding woman's is like 100.
I'm wondering if anyone else has ever been through this and been able to stop the lactation without stopping the Risperdal? The gynecologist said she could talk to her endocrinologist about a drug to stop the lactating, but she didn't want to do it if I didn't insist because it was just adding medication on top of medication. So I didn't insist. I read about it and I heard that mint and sage can dry up people's milk supply so I've been consuming lots of them, but so far it hasn't worked for me. I'm wondering if they work by making the body stop producing prolactin, which my body isn't, instead of countering the prolactin I'm getting through the Risperdal.
Is there any other kind of herb or home remedy that anyone has had success with? At this point I'm ready to just lactate for life if it means I don't have to change medications, but if there were a way to stop the lactation and stay on Risperdal, that would be even better.
Thanks in advance for any insight you guys can offer!
I've been taking lithium carbonate ER for 2 years. The pill was manufactured by Glenmark, Inc. It is a pink round pill with 233 stamped on it.
I have to do mail order prescriptions, and the company just sent me lithium carbonate ER pills from a different manufacturer, Rising. They are pink and round and have P 300 screened on them.
I'm a little wary to be changing manufacturers, even though my doctor and pharmacist have ensured it will be OK. Is it possible that my lithium levels or side effects will change?
Ever since I started Lithium about 4 weeks ago, I developed something like a neck twitch where my head tenses up and spazzes, kind of like a little shake back and forth (I don't know what this is called). I don't know how noticeable/subtle it is but I feel like other people can notice it. It only happens when people say words that grab my attention for example if I hear someone say bipolar in my support group or at my job, my head does It. I was watching Homeland (female lead has BP and on lithium for anyone who isn't familiar with it) and she was talking about her Lithium and my head/neck did it, every time the word was said! This was very embarrassing because I was with my girlfriend.
I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else or what it could be from? How did you fix it?! It makes me so anxious every time it happens and I'm scared that someone at my job or class will notice!!
PS- Since I have started Lithium, I have also been startled more easily (I am already a very easily startled person before). I also notice that my public speaking anxiety has risen- after I was just beginning to get it under control. My voice gets shaky and I feel like I can't talk when talking in front of people, which is much more severe than it was before.
I'm not sure if these 3 are related but I REALLY REALLY appreciate any input/experiences anyone can share!!