What Are The Best Meds For Bipolar I ...

Winona, MN

#22 Oct 25, 2010
After 8 years of being on meds I can say it comes down to a personal "cocktail". For a few years I was on a combo of Trileptil & Wellbutrin, next was Lamictal, Wellbutrin, Trazodone, and Lexapro, now I'm on Zoloft, Lamictal, Trazodone, Geodon, and Xanax. The biggest thing is to find a doctor who is willing to navigate the medication waters with you. There will need to be increases and decreases along with changes in meds. Don't take pills from someone who says "call me in 6 months" - this type of doctor is not concerned enough about your health. You want a doctor who will see you every few weeks AND give you a nursing line number to call so meds can be adjusted over the phone. This is about YOU and YOUR needs to feel stable (normal)- stand up for your right to feel good!!!!

Chesapeake, VA

#23 Mar 21, 2011
Thanks to all for sharing your pain and experiences with meds. I am so sure we will all find what we need to go on living. It is so hard to explain to someone how it feels. I am not sure I even know how I feel. IT JUST HURTS. To have thoughts of suicide constantly is so scary. I am afraid to live and afraid I won't die. Does that make any sense? I believe when our chemistry is off we actually emit an energy that repels others at a time when we need someone to understand and reassure.

Clayton, NC

#24 May 11, 2011
i have try every thing almost but the medicines for bipolar and it runs my sugar up so is there any thing i could do

Renton, WA

#25 Oct 22, 2011
Maybe if you have blood sugar issues on meds that help it would be worth adding a med to control the sugar.. metformin, maybe?

When I was dx'd bp in 2003, I ended up w/ a psych that I swear mustve been getting kickbacks from drug co's cuz I was at one point on 12 different meds at once. Uppers, downers, mood stabilizers, sleep meds.. it was insane. I eventually went off of everything and for a long time only had mania w/o any serious depression ad got by on mild antidepressants, but now its all depression and no mania. I'm scared to start bp meds again.. ugh.

Erie, PA

#27 Feb 5, 2012
I have bipolar disorder q mixed, and have had it since I was 14. I've been on everything, and have had to get off of the meds due to side effects.I've taken Abilify, Lamitcal, Wellbutrim, Bursbutrim, Seroquil, Geodon, Zoloft, Prozac, and Depocote. I don't remember how to spell them because I took them in my teen years, and am now over 21. I am on Trileptal and Lithium, which is the strongest med. They have worked well for me, but everyone is different and needs different types and dosages. I'm going back to counseling because I haven't been seen one in a few years, and need my meds adjusted to newer ones because ever since I've been in my third semester of college, I can't concentrate, am having major episodes, hating everyone and everything, wanting to disappear, angry, hostile, sad, and etc. By far though, Lithium has proven to be one of the most effective drugs and sworn the best for bipolar disorder. Look online about it.I also have panic/ anxiety disorder, so I take Zanax for it. Also, Ativan does good, too. You need to either go or stay in therapy so you can get a correct diagnosis, and one on one help for more accuracy. I wish you the best, take care!

Johannesburg, South Africa

#28 Feb 6, 2012
It sucks - been stuggling for my whole life. Surely there must be something or someone who can help??????

Helplessness, anxiety - feels like im beig attacked - smaal little creature sitting on my head beating me with hammers.

Johannesburg, South Africa

#29 Feb 6, 2012
Spend lots on vitamins and supplments - vit b, minerals, etc.....but it doen't help.

I hate this. Enough!


#30 Mar 11, 2012
I bipoler 2, diagnosed in 2010. I happened by accident that I got diagnosed. I'm cry for nothing, spend sleepless nights cleaning the house.

I was hospitalized for 1,5 month my first time. Now I'm on Abilify, Convulux 500,lamical 100, zonnox for sleeping.

I want to a topiromax in my combination. To take the appetite away.
Lesson Learned 1

Somerset, KY

#31 Mar 11, 2012
I am bi-polar and have been doing ok, not great, but getting by until recently with my topomax, effexor xr, lamactical xr and xanax sr, coctail until recently. But the last few weeks I have stopped functioning I get up, eat, use the bathroom and go back to bed. I don't respond to my surroundings and most of the time I am not aware of what is going on around me. I feel no anger, no sadness, just extreme isolation. I have called to admit myself into the hospital and they said if I was suicidal to come in immediately. To be honest, I am numb, I don't care. I have thought about suicide, several times. Then I think of something else with even less detachment. Has anyone else ever been through this?

United States

#32 Mar 13, 2012
i am also in my mid twenties and have bipolar 1 mixed with a panic disorders as well. i just as of a couple of days ago got out of an intense inpatient hospital as a result of poor medicine stabilazation on my doctors part. i am currently on seraqual and it seems to have a positive effect on my rapid cycles. i know how you feel and it can be very hopeless and overwhelming feeling trying to find a combination of meds. don't give up hope and my suggestion is to go to the NAMI (national alliance on mental illness) website and find a supprort group in your home town. just talking about the disorder and all the underlying problems associated with it helps alot. there is a light at the end of the tunnel, never stop trying to get there. hope i have helped a little bit, and i hope you get the help and the peace you need. God Bless!
sherry scott

United States

#33 Mar 31, 2012
I'm bipolar 1 I've been taking anti-depressant medicines for 3 yrs and nothing worked I'm just going to try anxiety pills and see how that work.

Calgary, Canada

#34 Apr 5, 2012
First off Im not whinig I just need to get it out. I have bipolar 2 with rapid cycling with a severe case of bipolar rage, which has lost me the fam.... twice. 2marriges done. I was finlly diag. in 2009 After commiting suicide cause not 1 doc could help me, To get help or diag. with bp disorders in canada is a lost cause, thats why i when to the extreme cause going insane within your self and not be able do any thing is just wrong.When I got out of the hospital with my diag. and meds.
My life was new, but stting here today everything is crahing, my lithium & cyriquil just about a month ago my meds quit working after 3 yrs of complete peace. now every pill does nothing and sometimes make me brutally worse. I lost my job of 3yrs & it is the job i got the day out of the hospital, tell ya what this starting over thing is really scary. any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Jeff

Berkeley Heights, NJ

#35 May 23, 2012
hue wrote:
definitely lamictal
I agree Lamictal first then i would try ambilify or cymbolta they go well with lamictal good luck

Pleasanton, CA

#36 Jul 1, 2012
Anna77 wrote:
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Well said!!
yes thank you I'm having a really bad depressive episode. I'm bipolar I mixed type and had a hospitalization.

Melrose Park, IL

#37 Jul 5, 2012
I just visited my doctor about this and she believes I may be bipolar II. Scheduled my first psychiatrist visit later this month. Basically tracked a 4 week depression followed by this amazing high like someone flipped a switch. My good friend noticed the change when we were out that night and I was stepping in front of oncoming cars like they weren't a concern. The depression sucked but the manic behavior is what scared me. I don't know what they'll prescribe but the side effects and risks sound terrible. We'll have to see. Best wishes to everyone. Jim
I quit

San Clemente, CA

#38 Jul 9, 2012
Those drugs only made me sicker and ruined my health, I will take something to sleep as needed.

That "finding the right meds" scam to keep me on drugs and ripp off my insurance almost killed me.

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Pittsburgh, PA

#39 Jul 11, 2012
Hi there, I can see by your post you're looking for some definite answers. I can give you a bit of experience from myself but what I say may not work for you. This is the bad thing about the mental health side. One medication may work perfectly on one person but then on another in may intensify the effects. It's always very difficult to see what will and will not work as far as medication. Xanax is a very popular drug given to those who have not just bi-polar but depression as well. The best thing I find to do is to find a healthy outlet to the highs and the lows. I found a bit of information that might actually help you out. It's about how to handle the anxiety of the bipolar disease yourself when you feel your meds aren't doing enough or if you're trying to just stabilize yourself by yourself.

I hope this helps you as it did for me, I know after I read it I found a lot of ways to handle myself that I don't think I ever would have thought of on my own. Good luck dear!


Brockville, Canada

#41 Jul 29, 2012
hue wrote:
definitely lamictal
Lamictal is for epileptics
edward matson

East Wakefield, NH

#42 Aug 10, 2012
I have bipolar I with psychotic features. Most recent episode mania and I also have a borderline personality disorder. The bpd cannot be medicated due to the nature of the illness, but the bipolar I can because I feel it's more of a pervasive illness ..is the only way I can put it.. Anyway, I take the following..for mood stabalizer I take Lithium, for an anti-psychotic I take both seroquel and thorazine.and these also help mania.For anxiety I take buspar ..The depression is nicely managed with Lexapro. I have insomnia so I take Trazadone. I think that covers it. Also I am an addict, and doctor's for some reason do not seem to understand the consequences this can manifest when they liberally prescribe benzodiazapines, i.e. klonopin , ativan, xanax,etc....It can help the anxiety and insomnia that mania can cause, but if you have a hint of a chemical dependancy issue, you are asking for trouble..TRUST ME..ideally, these potentially addictive drugs are supposed to be used for a matter of weeks, but undoubtedly patients end up on them indefinitely. I'm 45 years old, and it took me years to find the correct med combination..Lithium literally saved my life..many doctors hate it ok..But listen , back when it was first introduced, it was hailed a miracle drug because it save so many of "us" from the suicides that can come with bipolar, particularly with type I. One doc told me it doesn't matter what type, bipolar is bipolar/ Nothing could be further from the truth. Bipolar I is the most severe, the hardest to treat and usually comes concurrent with psychosis and drug and or alcohol abuse. Also, thorazine is an old drug but it works well for me as did haldol. Some of the old drugs still. to me. work the best.And in everything we do in life, isn;t there an element of risk?? I've found that life can be beautiful but basically consists of trading in one hell for another >>lol..also, when seeking out help, make sure you get a Board Certified Psychiatrist with experience in drug and alcohol addiction. this is crucial. And make sure the doc has some tenure under his/her belt and didn;t just get out of residency.and give Lithium a shot because 50 years after it's development it is still a miracle drug and the gold standard for bipolar..It is to manic depression what ritilin is to adhd..good luck and God Bless

Hickory, NC

#43 Aug 12, 2012
with a diagnosis of bipolar - you are elgible for disability andget s.s .then you will qualify for medicare and sometimes for medicade this will then assist in the money for your meds.
I also had to end up filing bankruptcy to pay for all medical bills ,drugs recieved before going on disability but after you are on disability your income is counted as 0.00 and you qualify for Chapter 7 where you owe nothing also check out SELECTIVE CHAPTER 7 this was life saving for me and my family
yes the first serveral years with a newly diagnoised bipolar is hard they just have to experiment until they find the correct med and doseage SO JUST HANG IN THERE AND KNOW YOU ARE O.K. AND WILL MAKE IT THROUGH IT ALL.
You are special and they will find the Special meds you need.
I have found that lamotrigine and quintripel has ben the perfect match supplemented with melatonin.
however for my husband it has been geodan and lamotrigine supplemental with melatonin.
we have lost 5 pregnacies due to bipolar meds .
but God has been there to help us through it All and still remains to be faithful in suppling all of our needs
God Bless

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