I'm currently on Epilim Chrono, which is Sodium Valproate which is a mood stabiliser.
I'm only on 500mg which helped a lot at first, then tailed off and is only keeping the extreme mania away, though I am getting some episodes of it.
The dosage isn't high enough really, but I think that when we've got it right it will work pretty well.
I've just been put on Lofepramine (Feprapax or Gamanil) 70mg at night. I only started it last night so I can't really say how it is. That one's a tricyclic antidepressant. It's considered to be a weak one by most doctors but we went for it because the sedative effect is much lower and I need to be awake for Uni. I was on amitriptiline once and that just knocked me out.
I felt the medicine working, that odd feelingyou get in your mind and head, last night.
I couldn't sleep at all though :-(
Let's hope it starts working properly and helps lift me out of my funk soon!
I'm on Quetiapine (Seroquel) when needed.
This is for when my mania is really bad.
My pdoc didn't want to increase the Epilim AND give me a new antidepressant at the same time as we wouldn't be able to work out which one was helping.
But I had to get something for when I'm bad manic-wise. It's more because I'm scared of who I become. I can't cope with wanting to hurt people and myself. It's not me at all. So he gave me a supply of seroquel that I can take if I feel myself getting bad. I've not had to take it yet, I got those at the same time as the antidepressant, so only yesterday!
This probably isn't much help, because I've barely taken the recent ones.
I do like the Epilim though, and it has less side effects than lithium, though I think more than something like carbemazepine (which is what my Mum is on).
I've not had any side effects though, other than some weight gain *sigh*.
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Epilim Chrono 500mg at night (Sodium Valproate)
Lofepramine (Feprapax or Gamanil) 70mg at night.
Quetiapine (Seroquel) when needed.