Thanks for the insight. Did you lose the weight easily after getting off of the depakote? ANd are you only on Lamactal and seroquel. I do take some Lamactal but only 100 mg. i'm definately considering going off of the depakote with my doctors approval- it is a risk but, I will never know if anything else will suit me better if I don't try it. I actually haven't tried Lithium- my doctor thinks its really similar to Depakote but has more negative side affects in the long run- so thats why. Have you heard of Geodon- my sister is on that- instead of Depakote (yeah she was blessed with BP at 18 just like me!) I'm not sure what I think of it- she seems to be like a walking Zombie. Unfortuantely she has a different doc than me provided through a crappy HMO-while I pay for a private specialist out of pocket. Well thanks again and best wishes.
Losing the weight was hard! I just quit eating junk, only healthy food (forget ridiculous low-carb diets), smaller portions and lots of aerobic excercise. Once I got it off, it has stayed off, of course, I still follow that lifestyle, but I cheat 1-2 times a week.
I take Trileptal, Seroquel, 200 mg Lamictal (optimum for antidepressant effect) and Welbutrin.
If you can avoid it, don't take lithium. Its side effects are unpleasant and it isn't designed to be taken forever.
Geodon, not usually the most effective stabilizer out there, but works well for some people. It sure didn't touch my mania, even on the highest dose.
You are extremely lucky to be able to afford quality care, talk to your pdoc about trying something else, if it works, you will wonder why you didn't sooner!
Best wishes to you, too! Stay well.