What Are The Best Meds For Bipolar I ...
Dee

Rochester, MN

#44 Sep 17, 2012
Abilify
psm

Jamshedpur, India

#45 Dec 15, 2012
Hi,
It has been interesting to read all the posts here . I am 51 and came to this site while looking for medicines which work in case of bipolar disorder.
I was diagnosed two and half years back although I now know that I have been having it for the past 15 years. Depression has devastated my career and manic phases just felt short of ruining my married life ( married for last 27 yrs now).I consult our company psychiatrist during a bout of depression 2 and 1/2 yrs back , was diagnosed and prescribed a series of medicines since my depression refused to go away. It affected my gut thru appetite loss and persistent constipation and ruined my libido. A year after starting medication I still felt no improvement and nearly lost my job. The last combination I took was Flouxetine & Paroxetine and then the depression lifted . I am not sure whether it was through medicines . I was then hypomanic ,put on Olanzepine which quickly controlled my "high" but then landed me into depression again in a few months.
I have become wary of drugs as a result and am trying the regular exercise (brisk walk) route now which I do everyday.
So far over the last one month it seems to be helping and has largely controlled my depression symptoms and anxiety.
I strongly recommend that this route is worth trying out
zaneyrain

Charlottesville, VA

#46 Jan 3, 2013
Im bipolar 1 ...anxiety/ panic disorder
on abilify 2mg & lorazapam 2mg
I feel its not enough to. Control my moods & thoughts
just saying im tired

Rupert, WV

#48 Jan 20, 2013
HELLO everyone i,m manic /bi polar 2 , i am in such disstress rite now , i go for weeks not sleeping and then crash and burn for a week . feels like my doc does not care. i have no energy to even care any more . i,m am so ready to just give up. and pray not to wake up. i have befor i was dig , almost killed my self on at least 12 times . every thing i loved to do family and gardening and pets no longer seem to matter , been on prozac and so many other meds and i,m tired of feeling like this. i am worn down from this . i read so many off ur post and it was nice to not feel alone. i,m am thankfull the man in my life trys to understand sex is out for me. i lost a daugther in 07 and a husbandin 09 . and seems like this has gotten worse synce then . i have issues with pancriase and bleeding ulcer and chrohns along with my nerves in my back are in bad shape. ,, on top of this so some meds i can,t take. any help would be appr, to help me figure this out of what to do to at least find a way to get some energy . i have had this synce i was 12 and now 47 . wish there was a cure b/c nothing is working. i,m no longer even wanna eat it comes rite back up. just so very tired , i would never wish this on nobody not even my enemies.when i try to sleep i cant shut my brain off . so i toss untill i give up. thanks for sharing and letting me post , needed to talk to somebody.
Nutz to You

Columbia City, IN

#49 Jan 20, 2013
just saying im tired wrote:
HELLO everyone i,m manic /bi polar 2 , i am in such disstress rite now , i go for weeks not sleeping and then crash and burn for a week . feels like my doc does not care. i have no energy to even care any more . i,m am so ready to just give up. and pray not to wake up. i have befor i was dig , almost killed my self on at least 12 times . every thing i loved to do family and gardening and pets no longer seem to matter , been on prozac and so many other meds and i,m tired of feeling like this. i am worn down from this . i read so many off ur post and it was nice to not feel alone. i,m am thankfull the man in my life trys to understand sex is out for me. i lost a daugther in 07 and a husbandin 09 . and seems like this has gotten worse synce then . i have issues with pancriase and bleeding ulcer and chrohns along with my nerves in my back are in bad shape.,, on top of this so some meds i can,t take. any help would be appr, to help me figure this out of what to do to at least find a way to get some energy . i have had this synce i was 12 and now 47 . wish there was a cure b/c nothing is working. i,m no longer even wanna eat it comes rite back up. just so very tired , i would never wish this on nobody not even my enemies.when i try to sleep i cant shut my brain off . so i toss untill i give up. thanks for sharing and letting me post , needed to talk to somebody.
Please consider seeing another doctor. You have every right to have happy, healthy, and productive live.
just saying

Camp Creek, WV

#50 Jan 20, 2013
Nutz to You wrote:
<quoted text>Please consider seeing another doctor. You have every right to have happy, healthy, and productive live.
thank you i,m looking for 1 just havent found 1 yeat.
Nutz

South Africa

#51 Jan 20, 2013
Yeah, it took me a while to find a psychiatrist who truly wants to help. Initially I was seeing a highly respected doc at a clinic after one of my unsuccessful suicide attempts. I had no idea that I had exhausted my funds, and one day I drove all the way to him and his secretary said the doctor won't see me unless I settle the R3500 account! At no stage had I received an account, she didn't mention a thing when I made the appointment and he just refused. He knew full well that without my meds it can literally be a life or death situation and he wiped his butt with it. Honestly, if I had known I would have paid the bills as they arrived, there was no way I had that kind of money spare. I found someone else, half the price, 35 yrs experience and I am a different person. He even took me off about half of the meds the other doc had me on because I was always tired which in turn makes the depression worse. I am now engaged, see my daughter often and I am a little bundle of joy! Hahaha. Nutz to You is right, find a good doc, don't give up, just keep looking, once you have found a good one, he can turn your life right around, doesn't seem like it now because your vision is obscured by the depression, but look at me?
Nutz

South Africa

#52 Jan 20, 2013
Oh, and I made a huge mistake, its not 5mg of rivotril, its 0.5mg! Its an anti-anxiety anti-depressant, but don't think that's for you right now. Prozac made my depression ten times worse.
rhiannon

Trenton, FL

#53 Jan 30, 2013
Hello, I am bipolar with anxiety, borderline and add. I'm waiting to see a psychiatrist to get on proper medication since my reg Dr doesn't know how to medicate bipolar. Currently I'm on Zoloft and buspar and they've significantly improved my depression and anxiety, however the Zoloft seems to have triggered rapid cycling on some days and high manic episodes as well. I kind of like the manic episodes bc I feel so energetic and happy but not so good for bed time or when I crash. I would like some suggestions for additional medications so I can ask the psych about them. I already plan to request my buspar to be increased and possibly add another anti anxiety med for prn for panic attacks. I wish cymbalta had a generic because it worked pretty well. I was put on lexapro and abilify but stopped taking them when I became very suicidal.....as far as my bpd I'm seeing a psychologist to work through the childhood trauma.
rhiannon

Trenton, FL

#54 Jan 30, 2013
just saying im tired wrote:
HELLO everyone i,m manic /bi polar 2 , i am in such disstress rite now , i go for weeks not sleeping and then crash and burn for a week . feels like my doc does not care. i have no energy to even care any more . i,m am so ready to just give up. and pray not to wake up. i have befor i was dig , almost killed my self on at least 12 times . every thing i loved to do family and gardening and pets no longer seem to matter , been on prozac and so many other meds and i,m tired of feeling like this. i am worn down from this . i read so many off ur post and it was nice to not feel alone. i,m am thankfull the man in my life trys to understand sex is out for me. i lost a daugther in 07 and a husbandin 09 . and seems like this has gotten worse synce then . i have issues with pancriase and bleeding ulcer and chrohns along with my nerves in my back are in bad shape.,, on top of this so some meds i can,t take. any help would be appr, to help me figure this out of what to do to at least find a way to get some energy . i have had this synce i was 12 and now 47 . wish there was a cure b/c nothing is working. i,m no longer even wanna eat it comes rite back up. just so very tired , i would never wish this on nobody not even my enemies.when i try to sleep i cant shut my brain off . so i toss untill i give up. thanks for sharing and letting me post , needed to talk to somebody.
Losing loved ones is hard enough but when ur bipolar its so much worse. I lost 2 close friends in 3 days in 06 09 my mother passed, 2010 I lost a dear friend and 2011 I lost my father. I've been on several diff meds, some ok some bad, for me Zoloft and buspar has zapped most of my anxiety and depression but I have rapid cycling and increased maniac episodes. Seeing a psychiatrist to get u on medication that will work for u will be trial and error and visiting a psychologist will help out a lot too and there's probably support groups you can join as well. Simply knowing you're not alone helps a lot. I hurt myself again in August, became suicidal and got baker acted in Dec and it really made a difference. Seek out help from caring professionals and other ppl who are in the same boat.
Sumwotlost

Australia

#57 Feb 4, 2013
Hi kindred spirits, i have had a depression/anxiey,bipolar, borderline personality disorder and lastly ptsd ( post trauma stress disorder) :( perscribed most meds from ssri ssni anti psycotics sedatives and have honestly had a decade of experimental medication all of which has led me to self medicate with alcohlol and cannabis purley for escapism reasons.. I dont want to be a zombie trapped anymore. Sometimes i querie being an alien i feel that unhuman and different. All of this has cause me to feel ashamed and pathetic, lost and constantly confused and suicidal. Im sorry
Sumwotlost

Australia

#58 Feb 4, 2013
Forgot to ask but ive been reading and thinking of asking to be prescribed lithium, its something ive never taken. Also can anyone recommend? I clearly have bp1and ptsd from my reasearch and studies
Nutz

South Africa

#59 Feb 4, 2013
Howdy Sumwot. Ok cannabis and crap actually makes your condition(s) worse. I was not a fan of lithium but I know a lot of people are happy with using it. Either way I seriously hope you find the right cocktail, its hell being where you are at right now xxx
Tammy

Regina, Canada

#60 Feb 18, 2013
Hi i have bipolar mixed and borderline personality disorder, wow what a big lable! my doc put me on lithium and sertraline no big changes now my new doc has added risperidone to the lithium in place of the sertraline has anyone been on this befor i feel like a ginny pig with all the changes
Tammy

Regina, Canada

#61 Feb 18, 2013
Sumwotlost wrote:
Forgot to ask but ive been reading and thinking of asking to be prescribed lithium, its something ive never taken. Also can anyone recommend? I clearly have bp1and ptsd from my reasearch and studies
Hi i have been on lithium for about 1 year i am at 900 now and will just start to introduce risperidone as lith alone was no help for me i still have the rapid moodswings
curious

Tucson, AZ

#62 Feb 24, 2013
ive been diagnosed bi-polar and also have lupus and fibromyalgia and others i am having a very hard time finding anything that works. My anixety levels are at an all time high level and so are my moods. The depression is horrible. right now they have me on lamictol 250mg cymbalta 60mg and propanol twice a day and its not working. Ive told them this many times but im not getting no where im about to give up i just want to be happy does anyone have any suggestions tht i would be able to bring up to them? ive taken lots of diff meds but cant remember all of them
Jane

Dearborn Heights, MI

#64 Feb 27, 2013
I am tired of the drugs I have been put on. I am on the latest and greatest, but I still suffer from extreme anxiety.

I am going to try stem cell regeneration next...Maybe that will help. Nothing else has worked. My problem is that I have bipolar type I, and there seem to be break thru symptoms periodically, even though I see my doctor regularly. However, I have been under inordinate stress lately; one of my parents died recently and I work for an Agency that does not appear to care about its people. I get bullied at work continuously, not a good situation for someone with anxiety problems.(My immediate manager recently threatened physical violence.) Note that my current combo is better than depakote, but I am not happy to be tethered to a doctor.
I am on a combination of Seroquil and Lamictal. The only side affects seem to be a little fatigue.

Since: Mar 13

Sacramento, CA

#65 Mar 6, 2013
curious wrote:
ive been diagnosed bi-polar and also have lupus and fibromyalgia and others i am having a very hard time finding anything that works. My anixety levels are at an all time high level and so are my moods. The depression is horrible. right now they have me on lamictol 250mg cymbalta 60mg and propanol twice a day and its not working. Ive told them this many times but im not getting no where im about to give up i just want to be happy does anyone have any suggestions tht i would be able to bring up to them? ive taken lots of diff meds but cant remember all of them
Hi Curious,
my MD and Psychiatrist both suggested that if anyone in my family has a similar disorder and is taking meds that work for them, then those meds would be the place to start. Outside of that suggestion, I encourage you to continue to advocate for yourself! Find another doc if you have to. Be aggressive, you are the one living with these symptoms and you shouldn't have to.

Since: Mar 13

Sacramento, CA

#66 Mar 6, 2013
Just wondering if anyone has experienced jaw pain as a side effect of Lamictal? I titrated up to 100mg on March 1st. On March 3rd I had a painful cramp in my jaw muscle and it has been sore/tender ever since. I can bring it up with my psych (he's fantastic)but he has read about side effects, not had them. If you have experienced this, did it go away? when? Thanks for any input!
Beth

Columbus, OH

#67 Mar 9, 2013
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.
I too am bipolar and anxiety disorder and PTSD . I too have no insurance but through north key they have pharmacies they are joined with where I get my meds for $5.50 each.

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