Weaning off meds

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Mr.T
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   Posted 4/22/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys,
 
I was just wondering if anyone has tried to wean themselves off of their medication and what the side effects were.  I am taking Lithium, Serequel, wellbutrin and rohypnol.  I was shaking all of the time and very foggy and forgetfull so that is why I decided to quit. I just always wonder am I really bipolar or is it just bouts of depression which everyone gets.  Yes I had a couple episodes, but just wonder how they know the difference.  I guess being in a country where language is a bit of a problem I just don't really understand.  I know I will still have to take sleeping meds, but hope I can stop the rest.  I am supposed to see the doctor this week and am worried he will want me to stay on them.  It's just too expensive to keep taking the meds and seeing the doctor if I really don't need to. Any ideas or experiences with this is greatly appreciated. 

yana
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   Posted 4/22/2008 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mr T,
My bf is bipolar ,and i am depressed myself( just a lil background).Pls don't stop medication on your own,that's risky.Consult docs and meds help you to be stable .Be patient though its hard i know,but long term it will be good for your well being.Keep us posted.

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serafena
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   Posted 4/23/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Which "episodes" do you mean? Were you manic or depressed? If you were ever manic, you're definitely bipolar.

Yana is right -- it is dangerous to wean yourself off. But then I've never tried to do it. I imagine it's a little different for each med. Tell the doc you want to get off them. He'll probably try and get you to stay on, but ultimately you get to decide. Tell him you want his help titrating off the meds.

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Mr.T
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   Posted 4/23/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your comments.  The episodes I talked about were severe depression to the point of taking a handful of tylenol one time and inflicting 2nd and 3rd degree burns to my leg.  Stupid I know.  No one knows these things were done on purpose.  I think it was probably a cry for attention.  I am not sure.  My mother was diagnosed with cancer when I was 12 and she of course received alot of attention while she was ill and after she was clear I realize she played that or some other illness on through her whole life for attention and maybe I do the same.  It seems like when I am down that is the only way to get anyone to care or take interest in me is when I am sick.  I have really been thinking about this and think this is it. It's strange though because if I am in the hospital or sick, I do not want to see anyone, period.  I always try to play the strong in control guy and push people away.  I can do it myself and don't like people in my space.  Anyway, I just think this is depression and I have figured out the possible why I am this way, but I cannot, or should I say will not, speak to anyone here including the doctor about it.  It's to shamefull and embarrasing.  I am going to the doctor today and get my meds reduced and hopefully stopped soon.  I'll see what he has to say.  The good thing is here they usually just agree with you, but we'll see.  Thanks again

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   Posted 4/28/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Mr.T

I just read your post today. How did your appointment go with your doctor last week? I'm very interested  to hear what he had to say.

I agree with a lot of what has been said in previous posts. It is your decision if you want to stop your meds but you really do have to do it under a doctor's care. Some meds need to be weened off and not abruptly stopped. This could cause more problems for you.

Mr.T do you see a therapist? I ask this because a lot of times I think I have myself all figured out as to why I do what I do or have a certain perception of myself at times and my therapist tells me that I am completely wrong and shares her interpretation of my situation that makes me think twice and understand that most of the time I am wrong. I think therapy will make you feel better. Don't give up on yourself. There is help for you out there. You deserve to get the proper treatment for yourself and a second opinion would probably be a good thing to get right now.

(((Hugs)))) Keep us posted.


Mr.T
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   Posted 4/28/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Sukay for asking.  I did go to the doctor and he just kept shaking his head as I told him.  He asked me what I was taking at that time and I told him and he immediatley upped the dose. He told me I may be feeling good now, but I can't go off them that quickly.  I asked him If and when I could stop and he just avoided the topic.  I told him I do not want to take meds and want to stop, to no avail.  I will still keep weaning myself just at a slower pace.  If I start to feel bad or hazy I will let him know other than that mums the word.

So That's life right now. 

 I wish they did have therapists here. What kind of therapist should I look for? I think I would have to drive about 2 hours to Bangkok to see any therapist, and that is not going to happen.  Not with one day off a week. I am glad it works for you and sure it would probably help me, but it's just not going to happen anytime soon.  I will keep my eye out for one though.  Thank you


serafena
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   Posted 4/29/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck, Mr. T. Take it easy on yourself. Be really ultra aware of triggers in the meantime too, just in case.
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Mr.T
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   Posted 4/29/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Serafena,

I will try to keep a close eye on the triggers.  Right now I can't sleep because I got a new job and have to tell my Boss.  I am having nightmares.  I know I work things up, but I am expecting a big blow up.  He will feel like I am making him lose face.  Maybe it won't be so bad, but as always I think of the worst case scenario.  He doesn't come back to town until Monday. UGHHHHH. Instead of being happy I found a new job I am tense, nervous and feel sick to my stomach.  I'm such a wuss.  Such as life.  Anyway, I appreciate your advice.  Thank you


olivia of course
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   Posted 4/30/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Mt. T,

Best wishes on your decision. I hope that things get better soon for you.
Olivia
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sukay
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   Posted 5/2/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mr. T,

How's it going for ya? Just touchin base. Hope everything is going fine.

Try not to worry so much. Just admit that you're making the best decision for YOU right now regarding your job situation. It doesn't matter what your boss thinks. You have to do what you have to do. Wish him all the best!
 
P.S. What is your new job? Somehow I missed that one. eyes
~sukay~
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mogli
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   Posted 5/3/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   

Mr. T

I'll tell you the same thing I tell everyone else with this question.  When you wean off the meds, make sure you take it easy, and drink lots of water. 


Mogs
 
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Mr.T
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   Posted 5/4/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey guys, I am doing fine.  My stomach is in knots because I am giving my notice this morning, but will just have to suck it up and do the best I can.  I just hate confontations or anything to do with screaming at me.  I know that is coming.  It's just the type of person he is.  I just hope he doesn't stop my pay, which is due today for last month.

The new position is pretty much the same.  I will be working as a salesman for a local development company.  They want me to also take on the position of project manager in a few months once they see how I do and how quick I learn their system.

I have still been cutting my meds, but feel fine.  A little bit shakey, but not too much.  It seems that I can think more clearly.  I hope it lasts. 

Thanks for your concern


olivia of course
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   Posted 5/4/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on you new position. I hope your transition goes smoothly and things with your current boss goes well. Trust me, no one likes confrontation, it's just some people handle it better than others.
Olivia. Bipolar Co-Moderator

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