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   Posted 6/15/2010 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Is anyone being treating "without" an antidepressant?  Such as just Lamictal or another med?  antidepressants don't work for me and I'm wondering if there is a way to treat BP without using one?

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   Posted 6/15/2010 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I take zyprexa without an antibiotic 
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   Posted 6/15/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
   I take just respirdal with not anti depresent. I have antidepresents for when i do get blue, but that is normaly in the sever winter months.
   My hypomanias seem to help control my depressions.
   "If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade"
   "It isn't my fault that i am BiPolar, It is my responsibility how i treat it so that i don't hurt others or myself."  Happy Bill
   Meds. Respirdal  0.5 a day, more if needed.

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   Posted 6/15/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Mirapex which is a drug used for parkinson's disease but has been helpful for bipolar depression. It helps me for the most part. I take it with 400 mg of Lamictal
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as neededMethoprazine 12 mg/day, Mirapex working up to 2.25 mg/day, Lamictal 400mg/day

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   Posted 6/17/2010 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for you responses everyone. I appreciate it.

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   Posted 6/18/2010 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't been on an antidepressant for years, but now on 200mg of Lamictal.  My pdoc is very cautious and is afraid that an antidepressant will send me into some crazy manic attack.  I always have underlying depression and am researching some other srugs that have antidepressant qualities;  about 3-4 years back I was on a baby dose of provigil, which is a stimulant and it pretty well wiprd out depression for me.  My good, old pdoc was afraid it was making me a tad too happy so he rook me off it.  But my opinion was (and still is) I felt my best ever on the provigil (and far from being manic)  I swear ny pdoc panicks if I start feeling the least bit good.

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Bi-polarII; rapid cycler; Lithium 600
Requip XL 8mg; Lamictal 200 mg; seraquel 450mg, klonopin 4mg

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   Posted 6/28/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Horse Crazy: I've been reading up on Lamictal since I was just recently put on it. It's gaining a great rep for battling many things like anxiety, depression and Bipolar among other things. I'm still only on 75 mg and uping it by 25 every 8 days. Also take clonazapam but in small doses. Thanks for the reply.

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   Posted 6/30/2010 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on a tiny amount of antidepressant--5 mg of Lexapro--and the rest of the stuff I'm on is mood stabilizers and anti-anxiety meds. My doc is very hesitant about me being on an antidepressant at all, but he leaves me on this tiny amount of Lexapro.
Hope all goes well with you.
Invega, 1.5 mg; Clonazepam, 0.5 mg prn; Lexapro, 5 mg; Mirapex, 2.5 mg; Topamax, 50 mg

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