My husband and I are both Bipolar. We both deal with the depression side much more than we suffer from mania. In my area I have 2 neighbors that are Bipolar. Nancy was telling me of her husband who dealt with manics that caused him to be hospitalized about every 2 years. She told me of chasing him down the street, having to hide the cash and the keys to keep him from getting in trouble. Now, you would never know that he suffered from mania. He is very down to earth, I don't see much of him. His wife Nancy is the social one.
I do have to admit that after getting onto my medicine I feel like I am consumed in a FOG. I have thoughts, but I can't get them out clearly. I also sometimes miss the high creativity that happened in the beginning of the mania I experienced. I sometimes feel like I am trading flashes of genius for stable monotony, but most of the time I am grateful for being spared the out of control feeling of being in an extreme. I am now in control of my thoughts and reactions. When I have a swing I can recognize it and have coping techniques to keep it from being too destructive.
Bipolar treatment-Lamictal, 200mg, Mood stabelizer, daily(main side effect: brain fog) Bipolar treatment-Cymbalta, 40mg, Antidepressant, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting, insominia) Anemia, Fatigue treatment- Iron supplement, 65mg, daily(main side effect: constipation) Insominia treatment- Ambien, 10mg, daily(main side effect: amnesia eppisodes between taking pill and falling asleep) Mania treatment- Alprazolam, .25mg, Very rarely(main side effect: fatigue, slowing of thoughts, depression of CNS, can't take ambien or vicodin when on it) RA treatment- Plaquenil, 400mg, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting) RA treatment- Methotrexate, 25mg, 1X weekly(main side effects: hair loss, stomach upset, mouth sores, sore muscles, fatigue, brain fog, compromised immune system, decreased Folic Acid absorption) GI upset treatment- Leucovorin Calcium, 10mg 1x weekly(main side effects: ?) Folic Acid defintioncy- Folic Acid, 1mg, daily(main side effects: ?) RA treatment- Prednisone, 8mg(and decreasing...)daily(main side effects: increased manic eppisodes, constipation, brain fog, bone density degeneration, compromised immune system) Multi-mineral Supplement (main side effects: constipation, GI upset) Constipation treatment- Docusate Sodium, 200mg, daily(main side effects:?) pain control- Motrin, 800mg, PRN Q6hours daily(main side effects: GI upset, decreased clotting) Pain Control- Vicodin, 5-500mg, PRN Q12hours regularly (main side effects: brain fog, fatigue)