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  1. Thank you everybody for your helpful advice. My pdoc changed my medication around a bit and in the last week I have been sleeping better. She doubled my flurazepam to 30mg, and because I was clearly hypomanic she increased my valproate from 1800mg to 2000mg, increased my haloperidol from 5mg to 10mg and started me on lorazepam 2mg 3 times daily. My mood has been stable for the past 5 days but now I feel myself slipping into a depression. That always seems to happen after mania and even hypomania. Is that common?
  2. Current medications: AM: fluoxetine 40mg Lorazepam 2mg Haldol 2.5mg Esomeprazole 40mg PM: lorazepam 2mg Nocte: Sodium Valproate Chrono 2000mg Quetiapine 800mg Lorazepam 2mg Lamotrigine 75mg Haloperidol 7.5mg Flurazepam 30mg
  3. Was on flurazepam 15mg which wasn't helping and i doubled the dose which still didn't help so I got through to the crisis team this morning and they decided to come out to me with some ativan to tide me over until i hopefully see my pdoc or the community psych nurse tomorrow
  4. I took lithium for over 13 years. It was very effective but unfortunately damaged my kidnys so im now on depakote. Definitely made me gain weight but im slowly losing it, and it works well for me for the most part
  5. Ok so my sleep has ben disturbed for no reason over the last 5 days. I've been getting 2 or 3 hours each night. But last night i didn't shut my eyes at all but I'm not really that tired. It's a holiday here tomorrow so i wont get to speak to the nurse until Tuesday. I don't feel hypomanic yet but wondering if another couple of sleepless nights would tip me over the edge
  6. I had 12 ECT treatments in December and January and i responded really well. One thing i note to be different between us is that my pdoc took me completely off Valproate and lamictal as she said that i wouldn't have a proper seizure and the ECT wouldn't work. But i was on a high dose of Valproate......1800mg and was on lamictal 275mg, so maybe that was why. I also stopped my benzodiazepine flurazepam the night before. Expect some peaks and troughs. I had them. After my 3rd one i felt great but went downhill and uphill a couple of times after that. All the best! Hope it does the trick for you too
  7. I have just finished a course of 12 ECTs and i went really well and i had no memory problems at all so you might not either. I was scared before my first treatment but was lucky to have a very reassuring nurse with me. All the best. Hope you get good results
  8. I take Seroquel xr 800mg and prozac 40 mg and it works well for me. I have Bipolar 1
  9. Good luck with the haldol. It works well for me. I take 2.5mg in the morning and 5mg at bedtime.
  10. My pdoc prescribed a small dose of kemadrin for the involuntary movements and they have gone away thankfully
  11. My nose was totally blocked when I started taking Seroquel but a few months later it went away. However in the past few years my nose was severely blocked again and my GP referred me to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist and he said I had lots of polyps in my nose and sinuses. He prescribed oral steroids and a steroid nasal spray which didn't help so I had to have surgery to remove the polyps. However the polyps grew again and 18 months later I had more surgery and this time it was very effective and I can finally breathe through my nose for the past few years. I do use a nasal spray though. Anyway I don't know if the polyps were linked to Seroquel. It was probably just a coincidence. However I definitely had a really blocked nose when I started taking it in 2005 and it did clear up when I was on it a while
  12. I started feeling calmer and less manic after being on a steady blood level of approximately 0.8mmol/l for a week or so and then bit by bit my mood evened out over the next couple of weeks. It worked really well for me I took it for 13.5 years but had to go of it to my detriment because I developed stage 3 chronic kidney disease. I'm now on Valproate
  13. Yes. I've just started knitting and made a blanket for my cousin's baby. Do you live or have ever visited a European country?
  14. I also agree that low dose chlopromazine could help with sleep. When I was in the psych unit a few years ago the pdoc prescribed 50-100mg PRN as I had severe insomnia and it did the trick
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