I am currently on two medications, Zoloft 100mg and Lyrica 300mg, and had sort of a weird bought of mood swings over the last two weeks that may have been just work related though I was feeling agitated one day, and flat and depressed the next few days. Now I am sort of about as normal as normal gets, for now.
Different medications have been suggested to me for managing bipolar II and I am sort of hesitant to try something in addition to what I am already on because what if my medication trial goes side ways and it makes me worse? I know start up can be rough but I just don't know if things are bad enough now to start messing around. I was feeling anxious and scared about work (enough that I took a day off to reset myself) and wondered if I could benefit from different meds that are more in-line for treating bipolar disorder.
I feel kind of stuck and wish I was starting from where I am on no meds to transitioning to 1st line treatment for bipolar.
Any thoughts? Anyone start out on meds for MDD and anxiety transition well to meds for bipolar? Med changes are never fun in my experience.
Does anyone else have experience with Rexulti completely destroying their depression? For me, Rexulti almost had a same day anti-depressant effect and controls depressive episodes acutely and astoundingly fast. I literally feel anti-depressant effects in as little as 3 hours after I take it. When I look back to when I was on it, I now realize that I didn't have a single bout of depression during that time, it just was not super effective in controlling mania. I think Rexulti is a hell of an anti-depressant, a way improved drug than abilify with less than half the side effects, no lethargy or cognitive impairment either which is always surprising to find in an antipsychotic. I know it has an indication for adjunctive therapy in adults with MDD but none for bipolar depression... maybe Lundbeck is just waiting for close to the expiration of the patent before the release new clinical trial data and extend their patent after they get the bipolar depression indication approved, but that's just a thought.
Anyone else have a similar experience with Rexulti, brexpiprazole? Please let me know about your time on the medication and if it sat well with you or not so much. Interested in if others are also getting this rapid and significant anti-depressant effect from this drug or if it's just me
Hello all. I am newly diagnosed with Bipolar II. I have dealt with major depression and anxiety for most of my life. After being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37 and undergoing 6 surgeries in 4 years along with 16 chemo treatments, my depression got much worse. I started going to to counseling and was eventually referred to a doctor for medical management of my symptoms. She has recently diagnosed me with Bipolar II. Have any others been diagnosed later in life (I am 42 years old) or after a life changing episode like cancer?
I was already taking Effexor 150mg and she added Zyprexa. However, due to sudden weight gain and dizziness, she has changed that to Latuda. Is anyone else currently taking Latuda? From what I read it is a newer med.
I've been reading some of the older posts here about people's experience on Lamictal. I was just put on this drug last week (starting week two of 25mg and will increase to 50mg next week). I have always been terrible about going to the doctor, but finally had enough of the panic and anxiety and luckily found an NP I really like and get on well with (of course it's just been one visit).
She diagnosed me as bipolar II, which is a new diagnosis for me (though makes perfect sense). The first couple of days taking the lamictal was good, but I think it was the 'yay, I sought help' euphoria. Now I'm having a really hard time doing anything. Part of why I made the appointment in the first place was my not wanting to leave my house, feeling like I can't or shouldn't, and now that feeling is worse. I also take prozac 20mg daily. I feel like I'm in a fog, or looking at the world from the outside. Is this at all normal? I surely know these things take time, but I'm minimally functioning and it's maddening.
Thanks for any feedback.
I am depressed. I usually am watching out for mania, mixed and psychotic episodes. I haven't been depressed in awhile.
I am safe. I'm not going to hurt myself in anyway.
However, I need to help myself while I still have the motivation. Before I sink too low. I have been there. It's horrible.
Im so "rusty" on depression. I want to help myself. I'm a reader, a researcher, an information-gatherer, by nature.
I want to gather info and strategies to help me get better. I just need to figure out where to start.
Google is always my go-to, but I was wondering if anyone had a source they like or things that help them.
I thought about reading all the threads in this section, but I don't know if it will help or trigger me.
I guess I need a "depression toolbox." Any tips or sources are appreciated. I know this will pass. Thanks.