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Quit lithium (eskalith) cold?

Quit lithium (eskalith) cold?

Let your Dr. Guide U: Depending on how long you've been on it, your dr. May recommend different discontinuation regimen. Also, you'd wanna talk to your dr. About your reasons to get off of it. Be open with your dr. Good luck! ...Read more

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Divalproex (Definition)

Divalproex, is a seizure medicine, the generic name is valporic acid, it has been in the market as an antiseizure medicine for long time, it is a good medicine, helps to control almost all types of common seizures, partial, generalized, absence, myoclonic, atonic, ..Etc.It can be used as a mood stabilizer in psychiatric patients. It has adverse effects on the liver, ...Read more


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Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Yes: Sure, it is (was) a very common medication. If you are in il, call me. Most of the times, however, I use wellbutrin (bupropion) - less side effects, additional benefits and the same likelihood to quit. By the way, it is better to be used as a part of a "cocktail" and with a couch-like person. ...Read more

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Bipolar(controlled -lamictal, carbamazepine), anxiety-semi-under control (lorazepam, temazepam, cymbalta) and ADD problematic- considering Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) ?

Bipolar(controlled -lamictal, carbamazepine), anxiety-semi-under control (lorazepam, temazepam, cymbalta)  and ADD problematic- considering Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) ?

So much medication: It might be necessary to take some drugs but I question the risks already and adding the new one is especially bad w/ cymbalta (duloxetine). It can cause severe anxiety! Also serotonin syndrome. Almost all of your meds combine to cause a host of symptoms like dizziness, confusion and general impairment. Please consider a good psych eval and adding good psychotherapy to lower need for Rx and help them work! ...Read more

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Have tried pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) wellbutrin, paxil, celexa, effexor, lexapro, etc. With lithium, haliperidol &abilify. A couple improve mood. Still anxious!thoughts?

Have tried pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) wellbutrin, paxil, celexa, effexor, lexapro, etc. With lithium, haliperidol &abilify. A couple improve mood. Still anxious!thoughts?

Many meds: You've tried many meds already, although there are some you haven't mentioned that often help anxiety: buspirone, beta-blockers, other mood stabilizers besides lithium, etc. But after a person has tried so many medications and still has symptoms, i'd suggest non-medication approaches: psychotherapy, mindfulness, relaxation training, exercise/yoga, etc. ...Read more

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Side effect of stopping Abilify (aripiprazole) cold turkey?

Side effect of stopping Abilify (aripiprazole) cold turkey?

Depends upon illness: If it is being used to treat depression, you could go right back into it the very next day. If it is for psychosis, you might eventually rek\lapse, same with bipolar disorder. These medications should generally be tapered and never stopped without a discussion with your treatment provider. ...Read more

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28yo fem w/ depression, anxiety. Zoloft for ~10 yrs, 50mg then 75. Added welbutrin. Zoloft quit helping, tried lexapro (escitalopram). Big weight gain. Rec new drug?

28yo fem w/ depression, anxiety. Zoloft for ~10 yrs, 50mg then 75. Added welbutrin. Zoloft quit helping, tried lexapro (escitalopram). Big weight gain. Rec new drug?

Antidepressants best: Another antidepressant, possibly snri like Effexor (venlafaxine) may be more helpful at this time. Add ons such as gaba- calm and natural anxiety aids can help. They do cause weight gain usually. Therapy is always an important treatment modality for depression and anxiety, don't think it is not helpful! ...Read more

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Do any of these drug combinations work? Prozac abilify, (aripiprazole) Prozac zyprexa, wellbutrin zyprexa, for schizophrenia.

Do any of these drug combinations work? Prozac abilify, (aripiprazole) Prozac zyprexa, wellbutrin zyprexa, for schizophrenia.

Yes: Antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotic medications are often combined to treat schizophrenia. The decision is best made by the treating psychiatrist and the patient. ...Read more

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Can I quit lithium (eskalith) cold turkey?

Can I quit lithium (eskalith) cold turkey?

You shouldnt: If you have been stabilized by lithium or even if you have only had patrtial resolution of symptoms, you should wean off of lithium and other mood stabilizers as there can be a rapid and severe mood change into depression or mania. ...Read more

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Lexapro, celexa, keppra (levetiracetam) xr, Depakote ER for racing thoughts, which is best?

Lexapro, celexa, keppra (levetiracetam) xr, Depakote ER for racing thoughts, which is best?

Racing thoughts: If the racing thoughts are from bipolar disorder, Depakote is probably the best. Keppra (levetiracetam) has been studied in bipolar depression, but the results have not been so good. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21034692 Lexapro and Celexa are both antidepressants which could worsen bipolar disorder if given by themselves without a mood stabilizer like depakote. ...Read more

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Taking 225mg Effexor&Clonazepam 4 Major Dep Dis&anxiety¶noid thoughts. Had Olanzapine&Respiridone before but is Abilify (aripiprazole) ok2take with Effexor?

Taking 225mg Effexor&Clonazepam 4 Major Dep Dis&anxiety&paranoid thoughts. Had Olanzapine&Respiridone before but is Abilify (aripiprazole) ok2take with Effexor?

Abilify (aripiprazole): It appears that you are also experiencing paranoid thoughts, and have been treated for depression. At the same time, if your doctor prescribes the Abilify (aripiprazole), (aripiprazole) with or without the Clonazepam, there is no contraindication. The Abilify (aripiprazole) might also augment the Effexor as an antidepressant, which is another advantage for this recommendation. ...Read more

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TOPAMaX (topiramate) 25 Q.O.D. RE-TRIGGER EPISODE SEVERE CLINICAL DEPRESSION IN COMBO W/ PAXIL60,CYMBALTA60, DEPAKOTE 1000, PTSD, &OTHERSTRESS&PCOS% PAINFL OVULTN?

TOPAMaX (topiramate) 25 Q.O.D. RE-TRIGGER EPISODE SEVERE CLINICAL DEPRESSION IN COMBO W/ PAXIL60,CYMBALTA60, DEPAKOTE 1000, PTSD, &OTHERSTRESS&PCOS% PAINFL OVULTN?

Meds : With severe depression you must see a Psychologist. Along with that you must check with your primary doctor if you really are using the meds you listed. Please let me know how things are going. ...Read more

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Will wellbutrin (bupropion) Lexapro lithium or nefazodone cause weight gain?

Will  wellbutrin (bupropion) Lexapro lithium or nefazodone cause weight gain?

Sometimes: The side effect profile for most mental health drugs indicate appetite and weight change. This is almost always a possibility. If you are prescribed these medications, discuss this concern with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is bettrer chantix or zyban (bupropion) for stop smoking?

What is bettrer chantix or zyban (bupropion) for stop smoking?

Different approaches: Congratulations on your inquiry regarding smoking cessation! Chantix works by occupying the nicotine receptors in the brain. Zyban is bupropion (welbutrin) - an antidepressant that makes more of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine available. Both meds are effective. Both diminish cravings for smoking, and both can be started before you actually stop smoking.Neither med can stop smoking for you! ...Read more

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How to quit effexor (venlafaxine)?

How to quit effexor (venlafaxine)?

Common: commonly can cause discontinuation syndrome. best to come off of it slowly. discuss this option with your physician as stopping it abruptly can lead to discontinuation syndrome. ...Read more

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23f, bipolar ii, added lithium 1200mg to lamictal 300mg last year. Miserable, apathetic, depressed, considerable weight gain. Is topamax (topiramate) an option?

23f, bipolar ii, added lithium 1200mg to lamictal 300mg last year. Miserable, apathetic, depressed, considerable weight gain. Is topamax (topiramate) an option?

Bipolar: You describe a very troubling situation. You are not doing well. You may want to ask your doctor if you should have a second opinion concerning your treatment or to change the treatment in order to get better. ...Read more

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Friend takes 2000 depakote/20 zyprexa/4 mg klonopin/15 abilify (aripiprazole).For bipolar schitzophrena..Does this seem like a heavy regime..Always craves chocolates?

Friend takes 2000 depakote/20 zyprexa/4 mg klonopin/15 abilify (aripiprazole).For bipolar schitzophrena..Does this seem like a heavy regime..Always craves chocolates?

Zyprexa, Abilify (aripiprazole): And Depakote and all cause stimulation. It's difficult to say what is overkill when it comes to a polypharmacy situation with someone with bipolar schizoaffective disorder. The use of two antipsychotics is indeed sometimes necessary. However, great attention should also be paid to the weight issues. If the weight gain is on going then perhaps a different medication will need to be tried, but all of that will need to be left up to of the prescribing psychiatrist.Best wishes and i hope that you are not freezing as badly in madison as we are here in racine. ...Read more

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Anyone used zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking more than once?

Anyone used zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking more than once?

Yes: You can use it multiple times. More important question is why you relapse. Are you using smoking to calm down? To help concentrate? Just a a time filler? Are you anxious or depressed? Instead of using the same zyben again, try to solve the main probelm first. ...Read more

Depakote (Definition)

Depakote is the brand name for a medication known as valproic acid. It is most commonly used to treat seizures, though it can also be used as a mood stabilizer in certain psychiatric disorders. It is used to treat multiple seizure types and can be used alone or with other seizure medications if needed. Common side effects include nausea, dizziness, ...Read more