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  1. I somehow ran out of Dexedrine before my next prescription was labeled to be able to be filled this past weekend... Don't know how. I never abuse my stimulants. I take them as prescribed, religiously and meticulously, dispensed in my pill planner every week. I have heretofore never taken "drug holidays" though. So anyway, this forced me to take a one-day drug holiday from my usual 60 mg/day Dexedrine, and I can say that it was absolutely dreadful. I'm taking it mainly for ADHD-PI, but also for treatment resistant bipolar depression and hypersomnia unspecified, as well as to assist with weight loss. Just one day without, and I slept practically all day, and when I wasn't asleep, I was either a weeping, ugly-crying mess, or I was binge eating. I gained 3 lb the next day, which I know isn't a whole bunch, but, you know... I'm pretty sensitive about weight gain. I filled my Dexedrine a day later than the day was indicated so as to not look like I was "looking for a fix..." especially since I'm trying to get a job at the pharmacy at which I fill my prescriptions, start back on my Dexedrine, and two days later (today), I am feeling better than I've felt in about in month or so (before I switched to Rexulti and ruined everything good I had going for me). I felt like I did right when I switched from 40 mg to 60 mg, my mood was shining and gleaming, I was talkative and laughing, I wanted to do things and wanted to go out of the house, I didn't want to eat everything in sight. TL;DR: I was back to my normal self +1. My question is, would there be some advantage to taking some sort of "pseudo-drug holiday" wherein I sort of alternate between 30 mg and 60 mg each day, or take 30 mg on the weekends and 60 mg during the week days or something like that? Or no? Has anyone tried this sort of regimen? I don't want to NOT take my Dexedrine, that was pretty damn terrible the day I went without it. I guess it does show how dependent I am on it though... But any input would be appreciated.
  2. Hi, I've been on and off of Risperidone for years now and every time I was taking it I would gain a lot of weight and quickly lose it when I went off. Now I've been taking it for almost a year and a half now and I've gained over 50lbs. I have decreased my dosage over the months and now I'm taking only 1mg. However, I am still not losing weight. And FYI I have a personal trainer whom I've been training with for over 4months now and still I haven't lost weight. I was wondering, if I take 0.5mg or 0.25 a day, would that stop the weight gain or help me lose it and go back to before? Is that even possible?? Or do I have to cut it completely to lose the weight like I've done before? Has anyone lost weight by taking only 0.5mg?? Help please!
  3. Hi I started serequel not long ago..a few days ago. Titrated to 200 mg but too strong. Can I drop to 100 mg? I get anxiety when switching doses or start a new med.
  4. Hi, Was wondering if anyone takes 10 mg of Latuda. 20 mg is the lowest mg it comes in tablet so in order to take 10 mg, it would have to be split. I have Akathisia from taking 20 mg and my physiatrist suggested splitting it to 10 mg. Wanted to see if others found this to be an effective dose. Thanks!
  5. I have been on Wellbutrin 150 mg on 3 weeks and 5 days, just 4 days ago i started to feel the positive effect. My depression has definitely lifted, i enjoy life again and i've got more energy and motivation. But the depression is still there, i'm still not where i used to be. So i want to try increasing the dosage of Wellbutrin to 300mg to make the positive effect even stronger. But my doctor has told me she's seen patients get emotionally flat/lose their creativity on 300 mg, so i am here to ask any of you who are currently taking Wellbutrin 300 mg or have been on it before. Did you feel any sign of emotional flatness or lost creativity? Or did it make you feel even better than on 150 mg? No negative stories about the medication in general please, i'm only interested in hearing how you felt when you were on 300 mg of Wellbutrin.
  6. Hi everyone Does anyone split the Latuda 20 mg pill to only take 10 mg? Thanks!
  7. I currently have a sample pack that says "Days 1 and 2 take 20mg, Days 3-7 take 40mg". But then it doesn't say anything about the first week? Should one continue to take 40mg, or should dosage be bumped up again?
  8. Hi everyone, I'm new here, but have been reading a TON from the various forums over the past week. I've been struggling with major depressive disorder for 20 years - since I was 16. I typically have around 3 severe depressive episodes per year, each of which tends to last anywhere from 1 to 4 months. I've been on a ton of different medications, been hospitalized 3 times, done outpatient programs at least twice, and have been in therapy for 19 years with the same wonderful therapist. With my most recent episodes (of which I am in the middle of one now), my psychiatrist and therapist both are describing me as treatment resistant. We are considering ECT (I have a consultation with the ECT doc next week - I've been basically living in the ECT forum all week). In the meantime, my doc has increased my dosage of Lexapro and added Wellbutrin. I have been on Lexapro for several years and we thought it might have been working, even though I still had 2-3 depressive episodes per year. I started out at 20mg of Lexapro, and now I'm on... wait for it... 100mg. I've never heard of anyone being on such a high dose, and I'm wondering if anyone here has heard of it. I asked my pdoc if that was a safe dosage and she said it all depends on the individual and their tolerance and side effects. I haven't had any major side effects. To complicate things further, my hubby and I have been trying to have a baby for 2 years (have had 3 miscarriages). Everyone agrees that it would be far less harmful for the fetus for me to be on an antidepressant than for me to be as severely depressed as is my norm. Pdoc did say that we'll stop the Wellbutrin as soon as I know I'm preggo, but I've stayed on Lexapro during my last 3 (failed) pregnancies. I can't help but wonder if the meds are contributing to the miscarriages, though I know 100% I cannot be off them. Whew! That's a LOT of info. I'm sorry for the novel! I'm thrilled to have found this forum, and you guys seem like a very intelligent, supportive, and well-informed group. Thanks so much for reading and letting me know your thoughts!
  9. Since tapering down to .75mg/day (properly with no withdrawal) I have noticed my dissosiation symptoms gradually become obstructive the past month. Resuming 1.5mg/day has made me realize how much the med helps; it is worth going to see the p-doctor every 3 months. I don't consider myself to be overly anxious or prone to panic, so tapering down is easy for me to do. I am glad that I went down from 3mg to 1.5, but lower than 1.5 is not enough to have a benefit for me at this time. Doctor told me sometimes the demand changes, and a lower dosage can be just as well.
  10. This may be a very short thread, but this is the forum for lithium. When I started lithium, my pdoc said I could take nsaids once or twice a month. I probably didn't even take nsaids for the first year I was on it. But the headaches have been so awful, and every once in a while, I can stop them before they get started with an early dose of Excedrin. I also have taken Ibuprofen. I never do it more than two times a month (I even mark my calendar when I take them), even though my pdoc eventually said I could use them a bit more. I've noticed on CBs that when some people on lithium take nsaids (with Dr's permission) that they skip the dose closest to ingestion. My pdoc never told me to do that. Is that a common practice? I am wondering, because I just took some Excedrin, and I haven't taken my first daily dose. I do noon and midnight, because realistically, I will always be awake during those times, and my being awake at any other time is suspect. I guess it is also relevant that I split my dose, because my pdoc believed it would be easier on my kidneys (I know there are other opinions about that). Anyway, do you skip a dose when you use nsaids? Did your pdoc tell you to do this, or is it just something that is considered common sense? I understand it spikes your levels, but I was under the impression that was short-lived, less than a day. Also, I am pretty sure the answer to this is no, but could I use my two doses per month on the same day?
  11. Hi guys, just have a question or two about Lamotrigine. Whenever I've been reading up about people starting this medication, most people have said that they got a 5 week Starter Pack where they started at 25mg and went up from there slowly. I'm just wondering if what my GP and psychiatrist are saying is correct, as I've been started at 50mg and I'm to double it every other week until I'm at 200mg. I got a bit of a rash last week and half of my face was swollen, hot and going purple. Called NHS24 who suggested taking an antihistamine, and the GP doesn't seem that concerned about it. Should I be concerned that my dosage schedule is wrong or is this pretty standard practise to start off at that dosage? Many thanks x
  12. I'm just kidding of course about the Dr. thing. But I am home from fabulous 6 day, 5 night all inclusive stay at the psych floor of the local hospital, 'oooh--ahhhh' (does it just about kill anyone else to think about the 'real' vacation you could have with the co-pays these hospital stays cost?? OY!). I got started on Depakote and it's terrible. Anyways, I went in on the recommendation of my Dr. on the outside. I have been on and off about every dang drug for the last year and a half or so and I think she pretty much threw her hands up in exasperation. I went in, they discontinued everything I've been taking but the Lithium, also added Depakote at 1500mgs. I got siiiick. I don't think, now after reading, that you are really supposed to jump in to depakote at that kind of hit dosage! (of course in the psych ward not like you can access the outside world and find any of this out :\ ). They gave me one full day of 1500mgs straight off the bat. And then my ammonia levels went sky high (I guess, I don't know anything about it, kinda why I'm here). The 2nd day or so my ammonia was '93'. Then they backed the dosage off to 1000mg and it went down to '84'. Finally on Monday it was down to '32'....which was apparently acceptable and I was allowed to come home (I have 3 kids ages 12, 10, 8 and was adamant to be home for their first day of school). Anyways, mostly I'm looking for information on those ammonia levels. I've not found much about them except for with people with cirrhosis of the liver etc, not much directly correlating to depakote usage/dosage. I do know I felt very 'groggy' and still feel quite groggy on the Depakote. I think the only way it works to alleviate manic episodes is bc you still come up with the ideas, but no way you can get the gumption together to act on them LOL. So does anyone have experience with Depakote and their ammonia levels? TIA
  13. In the Lamictal prescriber guide pdf, the dosage for Lamictal says to start from 25mg dosage; then, double that after two weeks; then, double new dosage after two weeks. However, I recall in a trial package about six years ago that had increases in dosages that were much quicker than 25, 50, 100, 200 after two weeks each. I kind of guess that new trial packages prescribe dosages the same way the prescriber guide does. However, do any of you recall trial packages that are old and before these new prescriber guidelines? I think they are using more caution now as very slowly increases dosages results in less chance for itchy skin side and skin rash effects.
  14. Ive been on Seroquil for a few months now. My pdoc put me on 50mg when I was having my first and on Y psychotic experience to date. I'm now up to 150mg and she claims it should help my anxiety. I'm not going to take ot during the day though. I need that dose to help me sleep. I see her soon so I need to talk to her about it. I've read the recommended dose is typically 300-400 mg. I'm just wondering why she is keeping me so low...
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