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Re: To finish Neuroscience degree in psychology B2chica

Posted by SLS on December 10, 2008, at 11:38:47

In reply to Re: To finish Neuroscience degree in psychology SLS, posted by B2chica on December 9, 2008, at 11:41:05

You can prattle away all you want!


What I'm about to say is a bit of an overgeneralization, but, if you can stop the mania, you can stop the depression that follows. Most rapid cycling people follow the pattern:

normal -> mania -> depression -> normal

Cutting off the mania often cuts off the depression. It is a good place to interrupt the cycle. You might want to look into:

1. Add lithium and Lamictal.

2. Add Trileptal

3. Add Trileptal and Lamictal

I would recommend trying Lamictal if you haven't already. It can help buffer the switch from mania to depression. Lamictal has properties that seem to halt rapid-cycling when combined with lithium, but has no true anti-manic properties. I am hoping that Trileptal would be effective in place of lithium.

My doctor and his colleagues are of the opinion that there is a special therapeutic synergism between Wellbutrin and Lamictal when used in combination.

Just a few thoughts.

I am currently taking:

Parnate 80mg
nortriptyline 150mg
Lamictal 200mg
Abilify 20mg

Abilify has a unique property that renders it a "smart-drug" (partial agonist at DA receptors), in that it "knows" when to act as an antidepressant and when to act as an anti-manic. It is sometimes labeled a dopamine system stabilizer (DSS). If you find Abilify intolerable, there is another DSS drug coming soon called asenapine.

Get well soon.

- Scott




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