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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/16/2006 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to my general practitioner today (I know some of you think I should go to a psychiatrist but I never really felt comfortable with them and I really like this dr. she is young and a pretty amazing person), she thinks that I might have bipolar. She said that when wellbutrin doesn't seem to work (worsens condition) like what happened to me they are often bipolar... she wrote me a script for zyprexa. Know anything about it? Anyone have any experiences with it?

She wants me to wean off of the wellbutrin and start it in a week or so, I think I might just wean for 3 days and take it next week.... I've always been one to stop drugs cold turkey and never had any physical issues from it so I think I should be fine.

I really hope that this is my saving grace. I can't wait to feel better. I just hope I don't gain weight, it can be a side effect....

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   Posted 11/19/2006 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Zyprexa is an antipsychotic medication used to treat acute manic episodes in bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia.  What worries me about your post is that you said "she thinks that I might have bipolar".  Fact of the matter is that Bipolar often times takes years to diagnosis by a Psychiatrist through analysis and behavior patterns, not just your GP saying "OK, well the antidepressants didnt work so lets try an antipsychotic".  Your moving into a very dangerous realm of medication, I understand that you like your doctor but I would seriously consider getting a second opinion here.

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   Posted 11/19/2006 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I took Zyprexa for an eating disorder, and I had a lot of side effects.  I was getting extremely weak in the leg muscles, and I also was extremely dizzy and orthostatic, so much so that I couldn't even walk around a store, I had to use a wheelchair.  I decided that the side effects were too horrible, so I stopped taking it.  Lots of other girls on the eating disorder unit took it though with no problem, so you may not have any side effects.  I guess I should also mention that while I was on the Zyprexa, I was hyperthyroid, so I don't know how much that played a role.  I hope you feel better soon.  Take care.
"Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing - peace is the measure. ~George Melton~"

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