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Re: Bipolar ll: Tried it all! Nothing works-Need HELP Michelle123

Posted by Ritch on January 8, 2005, at 16:49:13

In reply to Bipolar ll: Tried it all! Nothing works-Need HELP, posted by Michelle123 on January 8, 2005, at 12:30:41

> Hi, this site has been very informative, so first I need to say thanks.
> Now for the problem...I have tried almost everything with only limited temporary help (or such severe side effects, I had to stop). This list includes: Prozac (regular and weekly), Paxil (regular and CR), Zoloft, Serzone, Trazadone, Wellbutrin (regular And XR), Effexor (Regular and XR), Trycyclics (can't remember which ones, sorry), Depakote, Trileptal, Lithium, Lamictal, Topamax, Zyprexa, Abilify,Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall, atenolol, Risperdal, Provigil, Ambien, Buspar, and probably some I can't remember right now.
> My symptoms include IRRITABILITY, lethargy, lack of motivation, moodiness, insomnia and the need to sleep all the time (sounds weird but I am sure someone can relate)and did I mention irritability?
> So my question is: Any advice on where to go next? The SSRI's gave temporary with little relief (note: I did not ever get full relief) and the rest had such severe side effects, I can't tolerate them. But I need some help.
> Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Michelle

Hi there, your drug list looks like the list of meds I've tried over the eons (with some exceptions)! Could you tell us what meds you are currently on now, and what your latest change with meds was? I also have trouble with sleep maintenance at times and next day foggy head, and irritability spells. Have you tried any Neurontin for the sleep maintenance and irritability issues? Have you been checked out for a possible sleep disorder or thyroid trouble, etc.? One thing that I've found out is that good dense sleep = fewer temper problems. There has been *one* med that I've found in the last several years that seems to really work well on sound sleep and that was Keppra. Tried that one? I got a little grouchy from it though.. so I don't know if that would be a good fit for you or not. But everybody's different. What were the downsides of the mood stabilizers you mentioned.. particularly Depakote and Trileptal? Just curious. Hope this helps some.




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