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What Are The Best Meds For Bipolar I Mixed/Anxiety/Borderline?

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Since: Apr 07

Norristown, PA

#1 May 25, 2007
Hi all. I am about to go see a new Psychiatrist and would like to know what worked for those of you out there with a similar diagnosis. That way I may have some input for the Doc as I like to have some knowledge in what they are prescribing before agreeing to take it as I've been down this road many times before and have taken many things.

I know there's a right combo for me out there somewhere, I just have yet to find it. So I would like to hear from people who actually have experience in dealing with taking (not just prescribing) these meds so I'm a little more informed.

Please I ask for your help as I have been dealing with "being sick" my whole life and I finally want to be able to lead a somewhat normal life. So far I have yet to do that because I went so long without being properly diagnosed and was given SSRIs and SNRIs without Xanax or Mood Stabilizers.

I apologize for this being so long it's just I am so desperate and really need someone's help. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
hue

United States

#2 Jun 9, 2007
definitely lamictal
shugahsveet

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Jun 15, 2007
Hi there. I am biopolar type I with anxiety problems. I've taken just about everything, and it took me a long time to find the right combination of drugs, too. My tip to you is to check out the websites for different drugs and read up on them - not the cheesy stuff, the actual pamphlet that comes with the drugs. See what the side effects are and ask yourself if you could live with them. Then pick out a drug you would like to try and talk to your doctor about the pros and cons. At this stage, you should already know everything there is to know about the drug - you are just fishing for his or her experience with patients who have taken it. Look for a psychiatrist who wants to work with you - NOT one that says, "Here, take this," without explaining what the drug does and what the side effects are. If after two months you really can't stand the drug, tell your doctor you want to switch to a new one in the same family. Every drug works differently on every person - So it's impossible to say what might work for you. All I know is that psychiatrists, while they know about drugs and side effects - they don't know any better than you do what will work for you. So get involved in your own treatment and read everything you can about every medicine out there. I personally like a doctor that will whip out that huge book they all have and look up a drug if he or she doesn't know everything about it - It reassures me that they want to make sure they know everything about it, too, before they put me on it. Personally, I take the following: Abilify, atypical antipsychotic - stops my obsessive thoughts and mood swings; Lexapro, SSRI - helps stop my depression; Wellbutrin, a newer class of antidepressant different from SSRI's - helped me stop smoking and was the final piece in ending my depressive episodes; Buspar - anti-anxiety; helps me relax and makes me feel less afraid all the time. If you feel like you need a mood stablizer, and I agree with you that you do if you are bipolar type I, here are some that I've tried that you should research: Depakote, Risperdal, Seroquel, Geodon, Neurontin, Abilify, Topamax, etc. Good luck. I really admire your attitude toward your illness - Your refusal to give up and your courage in the face of a very debilitating illness is what will help you reach the end of a long road, on the right medication and finally happy. Never give up, because the next combination you try could be the one that will save your life. Good luck and best wishes.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#4 Jun 15, 2007
shugahsveet wrote:
Hi there. I am biopolar type I with anxiety problems. I've taken just about everything, and it took me a long time to find the right combination of drugs, too. My tip to you is to check out the websites for different drugs and read up on them - not the cheesy stuff, the actual pamphlet that comes with the drugs. See what the side effects are and ask yourself if you could live with them. Then pick out a drug you would like to try and talk to your doctor about the pros and cons. At this stage, you should already know everything there is to know about the drug - you are just fishing for his or her experience with patients who have taken it. Look for a psychiatrist who wants to work with you - NOT one that says, "Here, take this," without explaining what the drug does and what the side effects are. If after two months you really can't stand the drug, tell your doctor you want to switch to a new one in the same family. Every drug works differently on every person - So it's impossible to say what might work for you. All I know is that psychiatrists, while they know about drugs and side effects - they don't know any better than you do what will work for you. So get involved in your own treatment and read everything you can about every medicine out there. I personally like a doctor that will whip out that huge book they all have and look up a drug if he or she doesn't know everything about it - It reassures me that they want to make sure they know everything about it, too, before they put me on it. Personally, I take the following: Abilify, atypical antipsychotic - stops my obsessive thoughts and mood swings; Lexapro, SSRI - helps stop my depression; Wellbutrin, a newer class of antidepressant different from SSRI's - helped me stop smoking and was the final piece in ending my depressive episodes; Buspar - anti-anxiety; helps me relax and makes me feel less afraid all the time. If you feel like you need a mood stablizer, and I agree with you that you do if you are bipolar type I, here are some that I've tried that you should research: Depakote, Risperdal, Seroquel, Geodon, Neurontin, Abilify, Topamax, etc. Good luck. I really admire your attitude toward your illness - Your refusal to give up and your courage in the face of a very debilitating illness is what will help you reach the end of a long road, on the right medication and finally happy. Never give up, because the next combination you try could be the one that will save your life. Good luck and best wishes.
Well said!!
seti

Chicago, IL

#5 Mar 26, 2008
I have tried everything: Lithium, Depakote, Geodon, Neurontin, Zyprexa, Risperdol, Abilify, Trileptal, Lamictal... Nothing has been appropriate. The anticonvulsants have no stabilizing effect. As a matter of fact, I was higher on two of them than I've ever been off of meds. The atypical antipsychics all cause extreme blood sugar elevations that only go away once I go off the medications. I've gone on and off of them while my psychiatrist and I have tried other medications.(Diabetes and kidney failure runs in my family.) Abilify had me up moving around constantly. I couldn't sit down. I've even had Haldol and needed a shot of Congentin after three months.

So it is not true that there is something on the market for everyone. Plus, I think the disease--mainly the risk of suicide--has to be measured against the risk of dying from side effects of the meds--heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure. I believe death is death.

Further, I've developed a TB infection and the drugs I need to take for that are hard on the liver.

I want to try Omega-3 Fatty Acids and B vitamins. Why not at this point?
Eric

Topsham, ME

#7 Aug 5, 2008
Kava (herb) is the best thing out there for my bad anxiety.

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Since: Jul 08

Welch

#8 Aug 6, 2008
I'm in my mid-twenties and I have Bipolar and Panic Disorder's. Is there any one who could give me advice on how to deal? I can't afford health insurance, and a doctor has put me on Geodon, Lexapro, Seroquel, and Kolonopin. Is there any help for me, or am I just loosing it. I've hurt so many people in my life, and i just thought that everything was my fault for years. I've tried to explain it to my family, and they think that i'm just projecting my problems with substance abuse as reasoning. All those years, and all i wanted to do was like myself and those around me. I spent 16 days on a psych ward, and these meds dont help that much. Though they do help a little, but i can't afford to buy them. My samples are running low, is there any advice i could get? Any will be greatly appreciated.
the trumpet of reality

Noblesville, IN

#9 Aug 6, 2008
golden goalie wrote:
I'm in my mid-twenties and I have Bipolar and Panic Disorder's. Is there any one who could give me advice on how to deal? I can't afford health insurance, and a doctor has put me on Geodon, Lexapro, Seroquel, and Kolonopin. Is there any help for me, or am I just loosing it. I've hurt so many people in my life, and i just thought that everything was my fault for years. I've tried to explain it to my family, and they think that i'm just projecting my problems with substance abuse as reasoning. All those years, and all i wanted to do was like myself and those around me. I spent 16 days on a psych ward, and these meds dont help that much. Though they do help a little, but i can't afford to buy them. My samples are running low, is there any advice i could get? Any will be greatly appreciated.
Most drug companies will send you free meds if they are not generics and if you qualify for them based on income. Usually if you make less than the twice the poverty level, you can qualify.

I used to get free meds from drug companies until I got on a county paid health service. Now my meds are 2.50 a month per script but I see a doctor for only ten dollars.

I have bipolar II and it has been a struggle my whole life. I was born with this condition, so the pressure is off in the sense I didn't do anything to cause it. It is my dharma, not my karma.

Hang in there, forces are out there to help you but you must be proactive and persistent. Nothing is "free". You must expend time, energy, and emotional capital to find the help out there.

I meditate. I find a quiet spot. Set comfy, close my eyes, relax, breathe deep and slow, and then make my own vibrating "M" softy and repeat this effortlessly in a comfortable rhythm. THIS HELPS.

I take Cymbalta, Lamictal, and Xanax when needed. I know the pain you feel. I have decided to choose life and the pain be damned. I affirm, that even with my medical condition, I am going to live my life...come what may. This existential decision on my part is the strongest card I hold in my hand. When I am really low, I retell myself that I am going to live my life, in spite of the stress or pain. Soon after, I calm down and begin to feel better.
Maribee1cd

Hollywood, FL

#10 Aug 8, 2008
Hi...I just want to add 2 cents here.

I have Bipolar... I used to take Topomax and Paxil. But at the start of the Topomax I also was starting college online. The problem was I could not concentrate and had to immediately drop college.

Then I still took the Topomax but then I could not play my organ for my band even half as well as before.

Later I stopped taking it because of finances and just kept the Paxil going for depressions.

Well...I got my organ-playing back in spades. So I know it was the Topomax that was messing up my head!! Wow!

Peace...
Maribee1cd
shugahsveet wrote:
Hi there. I am biopolar type I with anxiety problems. I've taken just about everything, and it took me a long time to find the right combination of drugs, too. My tip to you is to check out the websites for different drugs and read up on them - not the cheesy stuff, the actual pamphlet that comes with the drugs. See what the side effects are and ask yourself if you could live with them. Then pick out a drug you would like to try and talk to your doctor about the pros and cons. At this stage, you should already know everything there is to know about the drug - you are just fishing for his or her experience with patients who have taken it. Look for a psychiatrist who wants to work with you - NOT one that says, "Here, take this," without explaining what the drug does and what the side effects are. If after two months you really can't stand the drug, tell your doctor you want to switch to a new one in the same family. Every drug works differently on every person - So it's impossible to say what might work for you. All I know is that psychiatrists, while they know about drugs and side effects - they don't know any better than you do what will work for you. So get involved in your own treatment and read everything you can about every medicine out there. I personally like a doctor that will whip out that huge book they all have and look up a drug if he or she doesn't know everything about it - It reassures me that they want to make sure they know everything about it, too, before they put me on it. Personally, I take the following: Abilify, atypical antipsychotic - stops my obsessive thoughts and mood swings; Lexapro, SSRI - helps stop my depression; Wellbutrin, a newer class of antidepressant different from SSRI's - helped me stop smoking and was the final piece in ending my depressive episodes; Buspar - anti-anxiety; helps me relax and makes me feel less afraid all the time. If you feel like you need a mood stablizer, and I agree with you that you do if you are bipolar type I, here are some that I've tried that you should research: Depakote, Risperdal, Seroquel, Geodon, Neurontin, Abilify, Topamax, etc. Good luck. I really admire your attitude toward your illness - Your refusal to give up and your courage in the face of a very debilitating illness is what will help you reach the end of a long road, on the right medication and finally happy. Never give up, because the next combination you try could be the one that will save your life. Good luck and best wishes.
Floyd

United States

#11 Oct 13, 2008
I have manifc depression (bipolar) symptoms and i tried geodon and it ran my sugar levels up. I didn't realize that that so many meds for this disorder had such a high risk for diabetes. I am currently taking effexor xr, trazadone, and klomopin. I wish there were a med like geodon that didn't have high risks for diabetes because it runs in my family very badly. If any one has been through this please E-mail me at [email protected]
linda

Woodstock, GA

#12 Oct 28, 2008
I was once on anxiety medication that melts on your tongue, and i don't recall the name of it.
Lisa

Pittston, PA

#13 Feb 3, 2009
I am biploar type 1 and 3 months ago I started taking tegretol, celexa and perscription benedryl I feel great so I am on a good combination for me

Since: Dec 07

Helltown

#14 Feb 4, 2009
I have Borderline Personality Disorder, Major Depression With Psychosis, and sometimes they also say SchizoAffective instead of Major Depression With Psychosis. While i'm by no means doing very well with my illness I did notice a small improvement with one of my meds, Topamax. Now when I first started taking Topamax the side effects were absolutely unreal, terrible, in fact. But if you can somehow get through them, they do go away. It has good mood stabilizing effects and also has the added benefit of helping you lose a little bit of weight, with most people.
tbr

Nepean, Canada

#15 Mar 2, 2009
i'm on cipralex (like celexa) for my bipolar II + anxiety, and have been for almost 2 years. its been very good for me. although up until then, i had been misdiagnosed with depression so was on, basically, the wrong type of med anyway.
interested to hear what the o.p. ended up with....
shoma

Belgrade, Serbia

#16 Aug 7, 2009
i used lithium,lamictal (lamal) and prozac for 3 years. this spring i went "high", doctor put me off prozac and added Zalasta (olanzapine,zyprexa). i felt good soon and still do. since i felt stable enough i decided 3 years was enough drugging with those meds. im off all medications, but i do sense when somethings wrong and i take zalasta, and ,when nervous xalol (xanax). im doing pretty well so far.
bipolarbear27

Brooklyn, NY

#17 Feb 10, 2010
I have a very similar diagnosis to you. I have been on medication for 10 years for all of this stuff. I used to take a different medicine for each thing. I was once on 8 different medications! It was to the point that one was helping combat the side effect of the other. It was ridiculous. Now, I take Lithium and an old anti-psychotic Trilafon. All of the mania and everything was making the anxiety worse. Now I am ok with just those two medications. Does the doctor have to tweak the meds sometimes? Of course, but I have been able to work at a very good job and things are looking up. Good luck! Just remember, sometimes simpler is better and don't be afraid of the "older" medicines.
wondering

Harrison, AR

#18 Mar 29, 2010
The best combination of bi-polar meds is something that will be have to be worked out between your doctor and you. Every person has to find their own combination. What works for one person might go absolutely against you. You may have to try several kinds before you get the right thing, ask the dr. for samples.
Cynthia

Cape Coral, FL

#19 Sep 12, 2010
I have the highest level of bi-polar and it ruins all my relationships and my life period... i was on tegretol,celexa, and trazodone at the same time.. it was all good and all but i felt as if i was out of my body. like i wasnt myself.. i didnt kno who i was anymore... it began to scare me... i got weak and dizzy n randomly i would stare in to space and people would have to call my name to get me from being stuck.. i didnt kno what to do so then i completely stop taking my med and then again my life became difficult... so its either i take my meds and dnt feel as if im here or dnt take them and lose everybody i love. ... what do i do...
Tylar

UK

#20 Sep 13, 2010
Excuse my spelling... Im not sure if i have bipolar yet.. Ive bn told im phycotic, with elated moods, along with severe depression, anxiety, ocd an social phobia, im now on epilim, quetiapine-seroquel and fluoxetine, can sum1 give their view, because im so confused, ty

Since: Oct 10

Oklahoma City, OK

#21 Oct 13, 2010
Hi there I enjoyed all of everyone's posts. Good reading. I am Bipolar 1, mixed episodes, panic attacks all my life I am thking depakote, wellbutrin, buspar and ambien and klonopin as needed for anxiety. I get my drugs thru the Dept of Mental Health My psyc is free and my meds are about $22.000

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