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What's your mood stabilizer?


What's your favorite mood stabilizer?  

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  1. 1. What's your favorite mood stabilizer?

    • Lithium
      15
    • Zyprexa
      2
    • Seroquel
      9
    • Depakote
      8
    • Lamictal
      37
    • Topomax
      4
    • Tegretol
      4
    • Other
      9


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2000/day of Depekote seems to do the trick, although the effects seem like they may be weakening. Seem to be taking some dips in mood that, while not nearly as bad, are still more than they were when I started the Dep.

Hmm

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It got to the point where I couldn't tell the difference between being on the Lamictal or off of it.  So instead of upping the dosage, I was given Seroquel.  That fixed me right up.  So though I liked the Lamictal in the beginning, I've got to go with Seroquel.

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LOL.  All of the above?

Seriously.  I'm on Seroquel, Topamax, and Lamictal.  You couldn't get me to give any of them up, and I couldn't pick one's efficacy over the other--each one works on a particular facet of my disease. 

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seroquel for the mania

lamictal for the ups and dips

depakote for the real swings (but I hate it...making my hair fall out!!)

abilify.........which when I first took it was magic and lifted me out of depression and controlled the ups, now I want more!!

that's all my meds, all stabilizers.  and yet I still had a meltdown last week.  well, I was trying to get off depakote b/c of the hair thing and then had a manic episode (quickly squashed by seroquel) and the super-badness of last week.  guess I'll have to go bald.

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I agree with the poll -- Lamictal is the best as long as you can get past the rash-stage.  I'm on 150mg and that works just great.  I've never been on the old school stuff.  I'm very thankful for my pdoc as she is only using the newer/atypical meds on me and they've all worked well.  YMMV, though.  (I just learned what that means ;)

Also, I have been St John's wort for 10+ years.  Every time I would run out or go off of it, I would invariably experience intense panic attacks.  So I'm never going to go off of it again. 

I had been on zyprexa for my mania, but it makes me too much of a sloth.  So now we're on to Abilify.  I'm titrating up and it works great for my anxiety and paranoia. 

I'm very thnkful for my pdoc

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Ok I'll admit it, i'm a lithium lover.. haha ;)

I'm on 900 mg on even days and 750 mg on odd days.. pretty low level of 0. 6 and that's it..

Was on Zyprexa after hospitalization but briefly.. maybe 8 months?

The lithium works pretty well for me.. will get slightly hypomanic and also depressed for a few days here and there but other than that it's great!!

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