Symbyax for BP

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   Posted 8/21/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Since my last manic episode that I was hospitalized for, 2 years ago... my Pdoc has been trying to find the right combo of meds that will help me. I have been extremely depressed for this past 2 years and it seems like nothing is helping. I am currently on 300mg Zoloft, 300mg Welbutrin, 200mg Lamictal.

The Zoloft and Welbutrin are both relatively new... I'm shaking quite a bit from the Welbutrin... doc wants me to call her if it hasn't stopped by next week because she wants me to stop if it hasn't passed since then. I have been through so many med combination's and nothing seems to work. I am to the point where we are almost out of options and one of the last possible solutions is ElectroConvulsive Therapy... but I don't think me health insurance covers it and I'm afraid of the side effects.

Anyway... I have been reading BIPOLAR DISORDER FOR DUMMIES, which is very informative. Just last night I read that SYMBYAX (which contains Zyprexa & Prozak) is the first and possible only med that is FDA approved for bipolar depression...

Is anybody taking it? Has it helped? How are the side effects?

I would greatly appreciate the info.
Thank you.

red lightening
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   Posted 8/21/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
My heart goes out to you. I've also been going through
the med cocktail challenge. Wish I knew something about symbyax
but I don't. I have just prayed for you...wish I could help more.
Hang in there.

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   Posted 8/21/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Um, I don't think that it is the first and only FDA approved drug for bipolar, i could be wrong, though. The first is probably lithium, which has been effective since its birth. A lot of doctors will try to put you on all of these designer drugs because they get kickbacks. Just be sure to do your home work before launching into a med regiment.

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   Posted 8/21/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry... I misquoted the book. Should have said... SYMBYAX THE FIRST FDA-APPROVED MEDICATION FOR BIPOLAR DEPRESSION. More recently, March 2009 FDA aprroved Symbyax for acute treatment of treatment-resistant depression (defined as an episode of depression that hasn't responded to trying three or four different medication).

It's hard to tell who to trust... docs pushing designer meds, non-conventional medicine such as herbalists that want to sell you supplements. I just want something to finally work... I have lost 5 years of my life.

Thank you for the encouragement!

Diagnosed Bipolar
slow cycling with long periods of extreme depression
have had 2 manic episodes that led to hospitalization
Currently Taking: Zoloft, Welbutrin, Lamictal, Klonopin

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   Posted 8/22/2009 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   

 Hi bluestbird,

Yeah, I know finding the right cocktail combination can take a long time, but that is something that most people with bipolar have to deal with.  Please hang on!

If your doctor feels that he/she has run out of options I would suggest that you find another.  There are many combinations of drugs out there that he/she can try.

I know nothing about Symbayax but I wanted to offer my support and hope that it starts to kick in for you.

Keep us posted on how you're doing. blush

 Bipolar - 2004
     Crohns disease - 1995 
Arthritis & Fibromyalgia 
Leo Buscaglia

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