Medicines keep quitting on me....

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harleybluz
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/9/2010 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been through the gambit of meds and they work for about 2 months and then quit on me.  How am I supposed to deal with the depression and mood swings if I have to change meds every 2 months.  It's doing a real number on my head.  I know sooner get off one med and then I've got to get used to another one.  All this takes time.  Time that is absolutely miserable.  Do others have this problem and if so have you found any solution?  I'm so tired.  Tired of being depressed when I have everything that everyone would kill to have. 

mogli
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/9/2010 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi harley,
 
((hugs)) I have dealt with this ever since my diagnosis five years ago. One year I quit meds because I was so frustrated, which I don't encourage as it was not helpful at all.
 
I have been on everything except for lithium and I feel what you are going through. I try to rely on coping methods as much as I can and figure I am almost treatment resistant with meds...but they do better for me than not being on any. I don't know if that makes any sense. But I go from med combo to med combo every few months as well.
 
I may do some research on this later today and if I come across anything I will pass it along.
 
Hang in there and be open with pdoc and chart your moods daily...very important for those of us who go through this.
 
Mogs
Mogs

Bipolar II
Anxiety Disorder/Panic Attacks

Meds-Lamictal 300 mg, Seroquel XR 100 mg, Clonazepam .5mg as needed

mogli
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   Posted 9/9/2010 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello again....

So I entered treatment resistant bipolar into a search engine online and there is a lot of info on it, but might be best if you can search if possible, just so you can read for yourself....

It seems there might be a link from antidepressant treatment causing the trouble. My pdoc took me off of antidpressants permanently once my diagnosis changed from depression to bipolar type II. Bipolar is best treated with antipsychotics and mood stabilzers as antidepressants are known to cause cycling and manias. It looks like since antidepressant treatment is not the best route in bipolar disorder for some patients,  it may be a cause to worsen symptoms.

I was told that with me being on antidperssants for four years could lead to a rough road to recovery since it seemed I should have been treated for bipolar disorder for that entire time, rather than depression. Long term antidepressant treatment for myself in my pdocs opinion has led to a more complex fight since it caused me to cycle so much for so long. And with all of that, my pdoc said I would be at more risk of recurrent and severe episodes of depression and cycling. Basically it sounded to me like, because I was treated for the wrong illness, it was going to make my bp harder to treat. (but this was linked to the antidepressants specifically)

If you research this, it happens so so much. Diagnosis and treatment of depression and then some time later, a bp diagnosis and then things change.........

This is not the case for everyone. Most of the people on this board are on at least one antidepressant; I am one of the only ones around here who is not, I believe.  And I know how the antidepressants affected me then and now.......

This is only one theory....and everyone is different


Mogs

Bipolar II
Anxiety Disorder/Panic Attacks

Meds-Lamictal 300 mg, Seroquel XR 100 mg, Clonazepam .5mg as needed
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