NEURONTIN FOR BIPOLAR

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Wotan
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 6/27/2005 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
     Anyone diagnosed with BP taking Neurontin??     Was reading about it---not "officially" approved ("off label")----but has a good track record & very little side effects (compared to Lithium-Tegretol & Depakote) yeah Get back--sounds really good---Wotan

HW_laura_s_2002
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   Posted 6/27/2005 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to Healingwell.

I take neurontin as one of my meds. Neurontin doesn't work well on it's own for bipolar. You usually need a mood stabilizer to go with it but it does have little side effects and it does help make me tired but it also seems to help out some with anxiety.


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Wotan
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 6/28/2005 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for your response.    I was reading up on Neurontin--some sites say that it is used as a "mood stabilizer".     For me---I am not BP (even tho the one shrink thought i was----"BP 2"---in only 15 mins of talking)----Yesterday---saw a pschologist (Ph.D)---we spoke over one hr.   She did not feel i was.   Also---called a great Psychiatrist i saw in late 1980s--when my mom was dying of cancer & i was having problems w my older brother (who is BP I---severe)---this guy i saw (twice/week--nearly 2 yrs)----diagnosed my as "General Anxiety disoder"---w panic attacks.   I spoke w him last nite ( I can not see him now--unfortunately--i'd luv to--as his practice is in upsate PA.--nearly 100 miles away from me)---he was adamant---that I was not BP!!!    And he saw me often--& took offense that anyone would or could make a diagnosis in 20 mins.     "Rob----you are not manic---panic? Yes...but not manic/deprssive!"     

    My friends here on this site---do you feel that i Psychatrist that saw me twice/week---(tho in late 80s----i was still an adult---&  he woulda seen something)---would know me better than this other "burnt out" "trist"???     Am curious what you all think--(see my other post----"excuse me for rambling")-----also--psych nurse--interested in your educated & well respected views.    (still interested in Neurontin---now, my friend might be BP----am curious about Neurontin as "mood stabilizer")......Thanks all----you are all so helpful----Rob 

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