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A 38-year-old female asked:

i'm bipolar meds i currently take are well but run xl 300mg daily and abilify (aripiprazole) 15 mg daily these meds are no longer giving results need new ideas of meds i'm manic usually?

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Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Talk to psych: Tell this exact thing to the doctor who is prescribing these meds to you, he/she will help you with an adjustment of your meds as there are many to choose from or titrate on your dosages.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Bipolar maintenance: General info like the following does not take into account an individual's bipolar/health history & is in the absence of an ongoing therapeutic relationship, & so cannot take the place of advice from the prescribing physician. General info: Common treatments for maintenance of controlled bipolar disorder include Depakote, lithium, quetiapine, lamotrigine, or whatever controlled an acute episode.

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Must my child eat a balanced diet every day?

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A 39-year-old female asked:

My boyfriend & I are trying to get pregnant. I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) & my doc is having me get off it slowly; 1 pill every other day for a month & then 1 pill every 3rd day until gone. Does this sound reasonable?

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Yes, it's great.: It's best to taper off the zoloft (sertraline) and your doctor has an excellent plan.

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