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Re: Hospital over, but med. advice seriously needed gpznos

Posted by ChicagoKat on February 2, 2013, at 19:04:24

In reply to Re: Hospital over, but med. advice seriously needed ChicagoKat, posted by gpznos on January 31, 2013, at 15:12:40

> > p.s. Are you still on Lithium? Why did your pdoc put you on that? Are you diagnosed as bipolar, or are you experiencing mood swings? Or is it just for augmentation?
> >
> > If it's the latter reason, I'd give it up if you switch to another AD like Wellbutrin, at least for now. Chances are a new AD will really help so there will be no need for Lithium, and Lithium does have some potentially bad side effects. Good luck and speak soon!
> > Kat
>
> Thanks for your input
> No, I am not bipolar. The hospital doctor put on Lithium as augmentor or as extra AD on its own. I have a history of mood swings as you might recall.
>
> Do you think I should have a new TCA like Imipramine AND Wellbrutin or just Wellbrutin on its own?
>
> I will add a small dose Lexapro as this is my only possible move right now. Managed to get hold on the pdoc today and he is convinced that the Lithium wll kick in sometime soon - I have been on Lithium for 8 weeks by now...

I was put on Lithium once. It did squat for me. And I experience mood swings too: depressed to anxious, back to depressed, to - and this is the best one of all - depressed and anxious at the same time. So fun!
Please excuse my sarcasm. My day today has been pretty bad. But 8wks seems long enough to give a med a chance. I would think if it's not working by now, it's not gonna. And seriously, don't take Lithium unless you need to or if it does help. It can have some pretty bad side effects.

As far as a different TCA as well as Wellbutrin...well, I think it would probably be smartest to try Wellbutrin on its own first, give it a few weeks to see if it kicks in, or if you can't tolerate it, before I would add a second new agent. That way, you'll know for sure what is helping and what isn't. Just my opinion, of course. But if you are one of the lucky ones who doesn't get anxious on Wellbutrin I'm willing to bet it will really help you. Good luck!
Kat


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