new to this bi polar thing

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/13/2006 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I'm new to this site, not new to this bi polar thing, unfortunately. Thought it would be nice to talk to people who understand I really do have a problem, ( so do most of them they just don't recognize the symptoms, ever notice that? lol)

I was wondering if any of you are finding that Seroqel is being almost forced on you? I refuse to take it after gaining 30 pds from it. I have been taking zonogran, but am going to start taking abilify. I have taken almost every anti pyschotic drug out there. any ideas? The thing that is bothering me the most lately ( you probably can tell, is that I'm all over the place) my mind that is, I also am feeling anxious. My doctor always gives me one drug to counteract the bad effects of another drug. This has been going on for 10 years. I refuse to take them then after destroying my life I realize I need to start taking something. Sorry I guess I had a lot to discuss with you !


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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 160
   Posted 5/20/2006 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't know that I can help you much but I don't want you to feel alone so here goes.
A couple of meds that have helped my anxiety were Effexor and Lamictal.  I'm pack on Prozac along with the Lamictal, but did find Effexor very helpful with the anxiety.  Even got to the point driving on the freeway didn't scare me to death.
With meds being forced on you, if it's not something you're willing to take, tell you Pdoc.  It's your body and you're the only one who knows what side-effects you're willing to endure till you get used to it. 
There are lots of great sites about meds and their side-effects.  Do a Google search on the drug and side-effects through the Google advanced search. 
By researching stuff, you'll be prepared to discuss them with your Pdoc and won't be at his mercy telling you what you'll take.
One last point.  The drug companies push meds on doctors who then push them on us.  It's a business.  You're the consumer and need to choose the 'product' that you feel most suits your needs.
take care.

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