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  1. Hi, So I tapered off my clozapine and I actually gained 5 lbs in 3 days! I'm on Lamictal, Abilify, and Lithium! I don't understand. Anybody else? Should I just bring clozapine back?
  2. My pdoc and I, after an extensive discussion over text messaging, decided to go for topamax instead. I cannot handle the risk for PCOS with depakote, as I am getting married next year. I took my first dose last night and I calmed down immediately. I hope the trend continues and that this works.
  3. I was on lithium for 4 years, with limited success due to my rapid cycling. This is why I'm going on depakote for now.
  4. Been zig-zagging across Google Scholar to answer my own question. Due to the weight loss effect of topiramate, I might go for it first. But I will wait for what my psychiatrist will say. If he decides to go down the valproate route, then there I go.
  5. oh. Well, I was thinking actually of topiramate instead due to these issues, and also for weight loss. Do you think that's a good move?
  6. I tried depakote before, but I gained weight and had bad skin. I was wondering if there's any chance that this time it might be different. That first trial was 8 years ago.
  7. Not to mention less motivated due to sedation. What was your dose of depakote? and how is it different from valproic acid?
  8. I get you. I haven't been eating carbs at all and the scale won't budge. I just keep thinking that at least i won't be adding more weight. I was ALWAYS 109 lbs before and I've ballooned to 133 now in 4 years.
  9. I didn't gain a single pound on cloz, actually. My weight stayed stabled and I was on it since 2017. I hope the depakote won't make me gain weight either. Just crossing my fingers. It's so hard to lose weight on these meds and I've been trying really hard.
  10. I was on 350mg cloz, but couldn't handle all the sedation. So my pdoc raised by abilify from 10mg to 15mg. I don't think I can go any higher for my clozapine. I just get too sedated. That's why I was thinking of asking for depakote. What was the weight gain like, if you had any?
  11. You mean you had less side effects from Depakote as opposed to cloz? I would need to raise my lamictal right?
  12. So I am on 200mg clozapine, 200mg lamictal, and 15mg abilify. But, I'm rapid cycling like hell! I read that divalproex is better for this than lithium. I'm thinking about suggesting it to my psychiatrist. I have hypomanic, mixed, and depressive episodes. I was diagnosed schizoaffective, bipolar type. What were your experiences on it? Any tips/points to remember? TIA!
  13. My cocktail: Clozapine 150 mg Lamictal 100 mg Abilify 15 mg PRN: Concerta and diazepam
  14. Hi, I am interested in trying the phen/tpm combo. However, I live in the Philippines and this is not available here. I wanted to ask if I can take phentermine in the morning and topiramate at night. We don't have the ER topiramate here, and i read that it exerts its action in a delayed manner. That is, phentermine is released in the morning and topiramate is released at night. Would anybody know if I can take phen at breakfast time and tpm at night? And at what dosages? By the way, my diagnosis is schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. My doctor agreed to put me on phentermine after my psychosis is gone (which it is). I gained 20 lbs on clozapine. I was thinking of mainly suggesting this combo to him. Can anyone chime in? (Meds I'm on: clozapine, aripiprazole, lamictal, and PRN diazepam).
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