Medications for BP; Wellbutrin? Please respond.

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ofathaigh
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   Posted 8/15/2007 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently on 450 mg of Wellbutrin for "Manic Depression." (Which, I know, is just another name for BP.)
 
I was diagnosed with BP when I was hospitalized a year and a half ago.
 
But, I'm not sure if I am being treated for it.
 
(I am a teenager...this is the cause of my inability to understand if I am being treated for the right disease or not.)

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   Posted 8/15/2007 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I take wellbutrin in addition to several other drugs.  Wellbutrin is one of the few Anti Depressants that are effective for Bipolar Depression.  I'm not sure I've heard of it being used alone but I'm sure someone else will chime in on that subject.  You might want to ask the prescribing physician if you're being treated for depression or bipolar disorder.
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   Posted 8/15/2007 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ofathaigh, welcome. Most of the time bp patients are given some type of mood stabilizer like lithium or lamictal or something like that. Then sometimes doctors add other medications to help ease the depression or manic symptoms (like your wellbutrin).

Do you have a regular psychiatrist whom you see? Just because you're a teen doesn't mean you're not allowed to ask questions--get those docs to explain what they're doing!

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   Posted 8/16/2007 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
ofathaigh,

Welcome to the HW family, I hope you find the support you are looking for here!

I agree with Ellie and Serafena about ADs, they are usually given with a mood stabilizer. They are usually not give alone because they can make your BP symptoms worse. Ask your doc about wellbutrin the next chance you get.
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Honey Bee
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   Posted 8/17/2007 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ofathaigh

I agree with Olivia, if you have been diagnosed with BP they don't just give you an Anti depressant as there is a danger over time of it raising you up to become manic (too high) which is equally as bad as being too low. So the doc will often give you an AD to lift the depression and then something else to make sure the high is kept under control.

So I would definately ask your doc about your diagnosis and why he has prescribed only an AD.

Honey Bee

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   Posted 8/19/2007 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I have bipolar 1.. and I was given Wellbutrin but it made me go manic so had to stop.. now taking

Zyprexa.....( but doesnt help depression_

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   Posted 8/19/2007 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Wellbutrin made me feel like I was losing my mind, and even was suicidal on it.  I am now scared on ADs and that was the 3rd one I have been on.  I was on Lexapro, and that drove to a manic state.
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