meds for rapid cycling?~~

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GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
So .. now that the forum has decided i'm rapid cycling..
what meds do they prescribe for that? and more importantly what are the side effects of those meds????
I don't want to see my pdoc ( devil ) without knowing waht i'm getting into!!

tortoise11
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm BPII, ultra-rapid / ultraradian cycling.
 
Lamictal 100 mg (very low dose) works for me without any side effects.  cool   I haven't had a mood swing since starting this dose (34 days ago).  I have never been stable before - not even as a kid.
 
Now I'm a stay-at-home momma!  I couldn't take care of my son before.  He is almost 3 and had lived with my parents since he was about 6 months old.  I always wanted to do this, but I couldn't because of the BP.
 
I can't explain how happy I am.  It's very strange to feel this way outside of hypomania.  It's good - even better than hypomania, because I know it will last. 
 
There is hope out there.  smile
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GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 4/1/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay so its lamictal :)
That sounds wonderful.. no mood swings for a MONTH!!! it sounds unbelievable..
so now you get to have your son, wonderful :) congratulations ~~

Tainted
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   Posted 4/2/2010 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Careful greentea! Remember that we are here to help, but we can't "decide" that you are anything. Even if we were doctors we wouldn't do that on a message bored. I cycle very rapidly and am very frequently in a mixxed state. I am up to 37.5 mg lamictal and have started to see some benefits. Lamictal does not help so much with tru mania, but it keeps mood a little more stable. Specifically it helps a lot with the depressed mood. For me this is great since my depression is very bad and kicks in very quickly. Lamictal is a good starting place, and it apparently has the fewest major side effects for many people, so I'd bring it up to your pdoc, but there are so many more drugs out there you should be open to.

Tainted
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   Posted 4/2/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
p.s. One thing that treatment has helped with immediately (maybe just psychological) was my desire to abuse drugs and self medicate. It might be sort of like a kind of replacement therapy, lol, but I have not used anything except for a  few drinks since starting on it.
 
I am sorry but we are not allowed to discuss illegal substances even if it is prescribed for you.
 
Hugs, Karen
 
Thanks in advance for understanding...

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GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 4/4/2010 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
thats true, tainted.. i just meant that most people who have rapid cycling i've talked to are on lamictal..
i'll keep an open mind to other suggestions if they're not unreasonably expensive..
and thats good that treatment has helped the desire to self-medicate - i know that when my mood swings are frequent i am more likely to do so~~

take care and thanks for sharing with me~~

Tainted
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   Posted 4/6/2010 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Speaking of expensive... I have no insurance, but I somehow (without signing anything) got signed up for some prescription plan. My prescription for lamictal is like fifteen dollars, and underneath it it says "your insurance saved you $85". Is Lamictal really that expensive?

tortoise11
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   Posted 4/6/2010 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes - but it is one of the less expensive ones, I think.  I was on Lamictal and Abilify for a while - $800 a month!
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GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 4/8/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah, abilify is i think 300 a month...

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   Posted 4/8/2010 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Abilify is what I take and it is a very good mood stabilizer, there is also risperdol, but I gained weight on it. Though not everybody does.

Hugs, Karen
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GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 4/12/2010 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I am already on abilify.. its been upped to 20 mgs and i Think its gonna work at this level.. but i was just wondering what was out there if it doesnt work
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