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   Posted 7/17/2007 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
So popular for treating bipolar disorder? My doc just put me on gabitril for anxiety. Isn't that kind of odd?
Dianosed Bipolar I: On abilify, prozac & trazodone. Mom to 3 little ones. Wife to a great husband.

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   Posted 7/17/2007 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   

If you look up almost every single drug ever invented, they almost all have elements that are used to treat several different things.  Some things I have found common for example is what you mentioned, the anti-seizure used for bp.  Another one, some anti-depressants are used for sleeping aid...it goes on and on.

Almost all drugs are used for more than one thing.  Always make sure you voice all of your concerns to your doc, and read the drug information from the pharmacy.

Take care, hope this med helps you.

P.S. Just noticed you are on trazodone, that drug helped me so much with sleep at night and b/c it has anti-depressant properties, it helped my depression (when I was dx years ago w/depression).

Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
--currently not on meds for bp--

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   Posted 7/17/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Just as trazadone is used for sleep even thought it is an AD, as stated in the link below Gabitril is an anticonvulsant but it is used in panic disorder.
This is also the manufacturer's website  http://www.gabitril.com/
I hope you find this helpful.
Best wishes on your new med, and keep us updated on how things are going.

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Post Edited (Olivie) : 7/25/2007 9:49:27 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/18/2007 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
ws panic,
very preceptive of you to notice this "inconsistency."  olivia and ther other posesters have provided you with excellent information. 
now i would like to present my more cynical view.  all medications are actually poisons which affect erery cell in your body.  no poison attacks only one thing, or, if it does, it affects that one thing  which causes other things to happen.  sometimes the drug companies find a poison with a side effect that is considered "beneficial,"  the other side effects don't go away.  that's why a drug first used for one illness is used for another illness.  initially, prescriotions for the "secondary" side effect are "off the label."  a drug rep convionves a dr to try the drug for an illness not listed on the label of the drug.  the more side effects teh drug companies can use for a drug, the more the drug is prescribed, and the more money the drug companies make.  nothing wrong with that unless one of the other side effects is heart failure or cancer. 
the fda must approve all uses of a drug, so "off the label" prescriptions are on the head of the dr.  of course, you must remember that about 80% of the fda's budget comes from pharmasudiocal companies and that many heads of fda departments are often hiored at obscene salaries by pharmasudical companies.
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   Posted 7/25/2007 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I believe I have heard a somwhat decent explaination for this. They have actually done brain imaging studies on people with seizure disorders and people with bipolar disorder. Interestingly enough during a manic episode the brain patterns look similar as someone who is having a seizure. I think they disocovered anticonvulsuants as somewhat of an accident. Rather they noted people with bipolar who then went on anti-seizure medication had reduced episodes. So, much about bipolar is not really known though. Like they still don't actually know why lithium works, just that it does. Hopefully with modern medicine we will have these answers.

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   Posted 7/25/2007 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the great resource, I never knew that. I have taken some anticonvulsuants as well as lithium. And never really knew how they related.


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