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Old 07-15-2008, 01:25 AM   #1
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Best mood stabilizer?

What mood stabilizer do you find most helpful for you?

I need to try to convince my psych to prescribe something different. Right now, I'm taking 100 mg Neurontin three times a day...but it makes me REALLY dizzy and I pass out at times if I stand up too fast getting out of bed. I've been taking it for several months and the side effects aren't getting better.

I've tried Trilptal, Topamax, Geodon, Abilify...and a few other antipsychotics but I'm not sure if those were mood stabilizers as well. I can't take anything that will interfer with my birth control. And I really don't like antipsychotics... they seem to make things worse.

Any suggestions?

 
Old 07-15-2008, 10:13 AM   #2
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Re: Best mood stabilizer?

Depakote (valproate semisodium) worked wonders for me. No side effects either.

I think its generally different strokes for different folks, but it would be a good one to try if others are not right for you.

 
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Re: Best mood stabilizer?

What are your primary symptoms?

I'm asking because Lamictal has been a miracle drug for me, but it works best on depression, and that was my really big problem. If you have different primary problems, something else might be better for you.

 
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Re: Best mood stabilizer?

Well, up until early this year, I had very very bad highs and lows...more lows than highs though...now I feel fine mood wise, but I think it's the medication. I still have constant racing thoughts that never stop....and really bad anxiety.

 
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Re: Best mood stabilizer?

Obviously, talk to your doctor, but my symptoms were horrible, unrelenting depression, combined with racing thoughts at night, and anxiety (for about a decade prior to diagnosis). Not much typical hypo-mania. Anyway, what's worked well for me (although I'm still adjusting dosages), is Seroquel and Lamictal.

 
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Re: Best mood stabilizer?

I think I might ask about Lamictal...Seroquel made me suicidal >.<

Have you gained any weight on Lamictal?

BTW, I love your screen name I have two rabbits. hehe

 
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Re: Best mood stabilizer?

Nope, no weight gain on either drug. (I don't know if that's a known risk with Lamictal or not). Actually, really no side effects with Lamictal at all.

I have 2 bunnies two, one of them is a huge help and sits with me when I'm having a panic attack, I call her my therapy bunny.

 
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They are great animals...very loving. My Jellybean is constantly giving me kisses and follows me around every where. LOL I love my animals more than anything in the world...they're the one reason I keep going. They need me and I need them.

 
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