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What are good over-the-counter mood stabilizers?

What are good over-the-counter mood stabilizers?

WHY DO YOU WANT THEM: If you're considering taking them its likely you've seen difficulty you can't fix alone. Work with someone. A therapist can usually help with these things and if it seems tobe serious trouble a therapist can recommend someone who can really help. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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Are there mood stabilizers that do not cause increased appetite?

Mood stabilizers: Yes there are meds that don't cause much weight changes. Your psychiatrist can also combine meds in a ratio that weight gain does not become an issue. While all said diet and regular excercise is still important to consider while on these sort of meds. ...Read more

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If someone with no mood disorder takes a mood stabilizer. What happens?

If someone with no mood disorder takes a mood stabilizer. What happens?

Not a lot, probably: If someone without a mood disorder takes a mood stabilizer, there is no benefit. You would be exposed to the side effects of the medication, with no reason to take it and no symptoms to track for "improvement." seems like a waste to me. I wonder why you would want to take it? ...Read more

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Is it common when a mood stabilizer to constantly unmotivated and kind of flat?

Yes: Mood stabilizers tend to be sedating, causing flatness of affect. This occurs in some people more than others, and with some medications more than others. If you are unhappy with your affect on this mood stabilizer, don't stop it, discuss adverse effects with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any anti depressants or mood stabilizers that don't cause you to gain weight?

Are there any anti depressants or mood stabilizers that don't cause you to gain weight?

Yes: It differs for each patient. Wellbutrin can be helpful for overweight depressed patients who desire to lose weight. Topamax (topiramate) can impact appetite. Lexapro is overall considered weight neutral. However, each person responds differently to medications. You may not have weight gain with any antidepressants or mood stabilizer or you could with all of them. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to lithium that are just as good of a mood stabilizer but don't require the blood monioring?

Provider check: There are different alternatives like depakote, lactimal, etc but each one has own set of side effects and specific instances for which one works for which person Talk to you mental health provider and determine which one would help you They need to know your symptoms and your other medications in order to provide the best care ...Read more

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Would like to try the Ablifiy, but do I just take him off the Zpreza? And can we start that dose out higher because of how severe he is right now? And is the Ablifiy a mood stabilizer? Sorry lots of questions! He's just crying one minute and hitting the n

Why?: Changing from one medicine to another is really not a casual matter. You need to involve your prescriber. Is there sufficient reason to change? How long, and what doses have been tried? Is there a side effect? Is Abilify (aripiprazole) the best choice to switch to? What are the risks and benefits? You need your prescriber's involvement in this. ...Read more

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What is a mood stabilizer?

Mood stabilizer: Mood stabilizing medications are often needed for bipolar or schizoaffective disorder, conditions where mood lability causes big problems. Medicines like lithium, plus anticonvulsants such as depakote, lamictal, and topomax are in this category and can help greatly. The idea is not to eliminate all mood changes, but to prevent mania and depression -- very painful and personally disruptive states. ...Read more

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How do mood stabilizers make you better?

They help to: Balance neurochemicals in the brain so that your highs are not as high and your lows are not as low. ...Read more

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What could I do to make a homemade mood stabilizer?

Mood stabilizer: If we have answer to that, we would make lot of people happy! . ...Read more

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What is a good mood stabilizer for bi polar1 disorder?

There are: Many. Commonly used mood stabilizers include: Lamictal (lamotrigine), lithium ; Depakote (divalproex). Other meds can that can be used include seroquel, trileptal, geodon, (ziprasidone) abilify, risperidone, zyprexa ; tegretol. Why are you on cymbalta? ...Read more

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Just started lithium. Is lithium a good mood stabilizer?

Lithium is: A good mood stabilizer for many people. Although I don't see a mood disorder listed, I believe you may have indicated in one of your past questions that you have a bipolar spectrum mood disorder. Your psychiatrist will likely select your mood stabilizer depending on which type of bipolar do you have, side effect profile ; response to previous medications. Take care. ...Read more

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Are there any mood stabilizers that do not increase appetite and are safe to take long term?

Is it that drug?: Often people taking mood stabilizers are also receiving 2nd generation antipsychotics which in themselves can cause weight gain. Check with your physician. Data on side effects for valproic acid and specifically depamide indicates less than 1% may have weight gain. Asimilar number may have weight loss as well. ...Read more

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Can topamax be used as a mood stabilizer?

Not approved use: Topiramate does not have an indication as a mood stabilizer in the US, but has been used off-label by some physicians for this purpose. Sometimes, if an individual has another condition for which Topamax is indicated (seizures, migraine prophylaxis etc) and also has bipolar disorder, a physician may see if s/he can "kill two birds with one stone, " so to speak. ...Read more

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Do bipolars take mood stabilizers for life? Is it safe?

Yes, yes: Bipolar disorder is probably a neurodegenerative disease (as evidence of brain shrinkage on MRI at onset of illness), mood stabilizers have evidence of stopping if not reversing this process. I've noticed that after about 5 years of stability some can take a temporary break eg to have a child or maybe reduce meds to reduce long term risk eg lithium. These are issues to discuss with your md. ...Read more

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Is Trileptal approved by the fda to be a mood stabilizer?

Is Trileptal approved by the fda to be a mood stabilizer?

Not yet: Trileptal is used as a mood stabilizer "off label" from fda approved uses. This doesn't mean it's not effective, it means the fda hasn't seen enough research to approve its use as a mood stabilizer. Many clinicians have seen benefits from Trileptal in stabilizing mood. Ultimately it's up to your doctor consulting with you to chose the best medication for your individual problem. ...Read more

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Which mood stabilizer ssri will not aggravate my fibromyalgia?

Which mood stabilizer ssri will not aggravate my fibromyalgia?

Most SSRIs will help: Most of the ssris will provide mild to moderate help with fibromyalgia. The only one to avoid might be Paxil (paroxetine) which has a short half life and higher than average side effect profile. ...Read more

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Is stretch marks normal after gaining weight from a mood stabilizer?

Is stretch marks normal after gaining weight from a mood stabilizer?

Skin types: The cause of the weight gain would not be involved in stretch marks - Some folks have skin the creates them more readily or not. If you gained a lot - even w/o marks - you may want to find an alternative. Talk w/ Dr. And consider psychotherapy to optimize outcome and lower dose. ...Read more

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Is there a mood stabilizer that you can take yhat does not impact the liver?

Lithium: The excretion of lithium is primarily (95%) from the kidney, so that might be a choice. Lithium levels, kidney function, and thyroid function have to be followed carefully, though. It is the oldest mood stabilizer we have, and is a natural element. ...Read more

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Would taking a mood stabilizer instead of taking anti depressants and anxiety medication be a better option?

Would taking a mood stabilizer instead of taking anti depressants and anxiety medication be a better option?

Not enough info: A better option for what? It is not clear what symptoms you are experiencing or what conditions (s) you are trying to treat. Unless you have a bipolar mood disorder, a mood stabilizer would not be indicated. If you are dealing with common anxiety and depression and meds are not helping, your best option is psychotherapy, not another drug. Medication alone is not optimal treatment. ...Read more

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What is a good mood stabilizer for an 11 yo that won't effect appetite too much or have any bad side effects?

What is a good mood stabilizer for an 11 yo that won't effect appetite too much or have any bad side effects?

This depends: Upon your child's specific diagnosis. This is a question best answered by your child's psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can you suddenly stop taking Depakote after two weeks at 750mg? Medication was prescribed as a mood stabilizer.

No: Everyone's body chemistry and drug tolerance/sensitivity is different. Whenever possible is best to titrate off psych meds, meaning take one every other day for a week and then one every three days the following in your case. Additionally always let your physician know what you're doing so s/he can better assist you when you go back for your next apt. ...Read more

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I take 300 mg lamictal as a mood stabilizer and want to stop. Do you have to do this gradually? If so, by how much and for how long?

Don't suggest: You stop this important medication without medical advice. It can be stopped without tapering but if restarted must be slowly restarted again so be really sure about what you are doing. Have a real frank talk with your doctor!!!! ...Read more

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Are there any meds that could help during taper of Valium? This is my 3rd day at 15mg, and it's getting harder. Would mood stabilizers help?

Avoid other meds: Diazepam taper is hard due to its ling half life. Dose reductions need to be small and should be held for 10-14 days to prevent rebound. Pl see attached links for necessary guidelines. Good luck and keep up! ...Read more

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What are some mood stabilizer antidepressants?

An ideal, not a fact: Mood stabilizers, typically used to treat bipolar disorder, include lithium, several anticonvulsants, & several antipsychotics. Essentially all currently available meds are much more effective for mania than for depression. Many with bipolar disorder, therefore, find that depression is a recurrent problem. A mood stabilizer that truly helps prevent both is much-needed but elusive. ...Read more