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Re: Keppra (levetiracetam) for bipolar disorder? SLS

Posted by theo on August 27, 2005, at 14:30:49

In reply to Re: Keppra (levetiracetam) for bipolar disorder? theo, posted by SLS on August 27, 2005, at 11:37:20

> Hi Ted.
>
> Thank you so much for your input. I'm going ahead and raising my dosage to 1500mg (500mg t.i.d.) as per your suggestion. The studies that I have seen used b.i.d. dosing. It was even suggested to me by one doctor to take 2000mg h.s.
>

I would definitely try 1500mg t.i.d., at least you should know in a few days if t.i.d. dosing helps.

> I'm glad you were able to isolate Lamictal as the culprit. It must have been torturous for you to be on nothing for awhile. What are your current plans?

Believe it or not, since I was currently on nothing, I wanted to try Wellbutrin XL to see how I respond. I've been taking it for 8 days with a little stimulation and not much anxiety, which surprised me. Looking back, I think a lot of my anxiety was caused by SSRI's.

The only negative factor, flatulance!! No loss of libido, but shrinkage. Back in my party days, I remember some stimulants (cocaine) causing this, very sexual but no blood flow in that area, very bizarre. I found in the Wellbutrin XL PI where it states low sexual side effects, but then goes say "AT LEAST 1% of males experienced flatulance." Needless to say, this is not going to work for my girlfriend and honestly, I don't know if it's really doing much anyway. It is strange because on SSRI's my reaction would be delayed ejaculation, but this is flat out zero erection. Some stims like Concerta don't cause this, but if I were to take let's say a diet pill or even Provigil, it would. Have you ever heard of this with Wellbutrin?

I'll probably retry Keppra. Keep me posted on the t.i.d. dosing. Are you starting t.i.d. dosing today?

Ted



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