Hi Wonderangel, I think I have been on every medication known to mankind
It all started with a therapist who quite illegally told me to go see a MD to get some Paxil. I was a high manic person with only a few deep suicide type depressions that I was able to dig my way out of after a couple of months. The Paxil alone with Bipolar1 caused rapid cycling that when I was down I was convinced I needed the Paxil. Finally I was diagnosed by a Stanford grad Psychoparmecutical (Way sic) who over time had me on so many pills I can't even recall them all. One of the meds was Xyprexa, he didn't warn me about the weight issue. Nothing got better except the suicidal urges weren't as extreme. I read Kay Redfield Jamisons book and was wondering why he didn't have me on Lithium, so he wrote out a prescription to add to my cocktail mix of growing meds. Finally I could no longer afford his services and the high expenses of the meds so I got in touch with **** for a service provider in my area. I met with the county Psychiatrist and walked out with all the same meds, still not getting any better or leveled out. The horrible part was I felt relief walking out with about $400 in meds was great, then I returned the next month and I was feeling sad and crying, never mentioned the suicide word and before I knew it I was locked up, talk about an experience. After they released me I went to see the county Psychiatrist and within 10 minutes she said that maybe I had a personality disorder!, here again I walked out with the same meds.
Things were way from being on track so I had to leave California to be with my family in Arizona, the only service I got was a Psych nurse. Once again I walked out with the same meds. I started attending a Bipolar support group and it clicked why I had gained 40 pounds when the manufacturer of Zyprexa had hand outs about dieting, what a crock, I have never had a weight issue my entire life.
I then refused to take Zyprexa and the same meds were prescribed. It took one of those pill boxes to keep them straight. Finally I left Arizona still feeling as bad as I did when I left California.
I had the good fortune to finally after over 10 years of searching and begging for help to find a top notch Psychiatrist. He didn't just write down what everyone else kept doing and revised my med program. Now I take Lamictal at night instead of the day which has helped my memory problem.
In the morning I take 2 Zoloft, at night I take Tarazapan for sleep and Soma due to the years of tension along with 2 Lithium (the other people had me on 4) and Diazapam (Valium) as needed for anxiety.
The only reason I was given the SeroquelXP to help with some anxiety issues and it was only for a short time so I wasn't concerned about the weight issue.
The first night on SeqoquelXP I woke up and felt really weird, by the 3rd night I was out of my mind, that is when I made it by hanging onto the walls to get to the bathroom which adjoins my bedroom. I was grasping the sink when all of a sudden I took a dive face forward into the tub, I could barely figure out how to get out.
My personal opinion is that unless we do our own advocacy things just don't work out.
Have you read Kay Jamison Redfields book? She is the defining authority on Bipolar and has Bipolar1 herself.
I feel that I lost many years of my life from the wrong information from "authorities". I still have slight depression and mania but now am at least aware of my actions and can stop them from going to the extreme. I have also accepted that this is a mental illness that will follow me throughout my life.
Just because someone has more degrees than we do doesn't mean that they are leading you in the right direction. Being your own advocate is what will lead a person to the right solutions. I feel like my brain has been used as a chemistry experiment and the relief of finally after all these years have a Psychiatrist who actually knows what he is doing is a miracle.
Your Dr. saying that by taking just those two medications would be a concern to me. Is he saying to dump the Lithium?