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Re: serzone, manic

Posted by jzp on July 26, 2000, at 3:56:10

In reply to Re: serzone, manic..iden, posted by yona on July 25, 2000, at 21:29:31

It's so helpful when a thread appears here that has
direct bearing on my own experience.

I've also been working my way up to dose on Serzone
over the past couple weeks. I have been increasing
it 50mg every four or five days, with an ultimate
goal of 300mg. I just started 250mg today, and am
feeling pretty good. No major side effects, which
is wonderful, since SSRI's and Wellbutrin have given
me constant horrible stomachaches.

However, I'm also a little concerned that I'm starting
to feel TOO good. Although I'm bipolar, I have been
in a pretty severe depression for about 18 months,
so it could just be that "normal" is just so alien
to me after such a long depression. My pdoc is
planning on starting me on a stabilizer once I have
stabilized on the Serzone, just in case, though.

Still, it feels like I'm finally starting to see things
in color, after 18 months of looking at the world
through an icky gray haze. It's still kind of
precarious, but I'm definitely feeling better.
To be honest, it's kind of scary, just because it's
been so long.

Speaking of long, this post is much longer than I
intended. It's very reassuring to see that other
people are going through a lot of the same thing
that I am.

Oh, and on the caffeine issue: I've never been able
to handle much caffeine. Even one cup of coffee
makes me jittery and sleepless. Frustrating because
lack of energy and sleepiness are the two major
features of my depressions; it would be nice if caffeine
actually helped.

Thanks for plowing through this long post.





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