| | Seroquel vs Zyprexa??? Lost.
So, I'm on 1g tegretol (carbamazapine) and take 10mg zyprexa (olanzapine) when i feel the need or when i hallucinate. The things I cant bear about the zyprexa are the amount of weight i put on and also the excessive tiredness - like sleeping 4 hours in the afternoon.
My current private psych is away from work for extended illness and i havent seen him, or anybody, since July. His secretary still hasnt heard from him so we dont know when he will be back
Recently i've started to be all over the place with my moods - from up to down to up to numb - i dont know where i am.
Therefore, i went last week to see an NHS psych who i wasnt very impressed with. He prescribed me 400mg seroquel to take in place of the zyprexa along with my antidep and tegretol. However, at work i have access to the professional scientific literature so i researched it.
My tegretol has the effect of lowering the presence of seroquel in the body by 5 times. Therefore, i will be on an effective therapeutic dose of only 80mg instead of 400mg, and he told me the therapeutic dose was 400mg (with no interaction between meds). Whats the point in taking it if i'll not be on the therapeutic dose?
The pharmacist wouldnt even give it to me without ringing the psych himself to make sure he hadnt made a mistake - but the psych refuses to listen to both me and the phramacist.
Right now I'm feeling completely lost with a cupboard full of different drugs. I've tried so many mood stabs before.
Do I trust the psych who both i and the pharmacist independently think is wrong, or do i just start the zyprexa again????
BP 2 + hallucinations:
(tried Prozac, Seroxat, Fluoxetine, Duloxetine, Abilify, Risperidone, Amisulpride, Stelazine, Olanzapine, Diazepam)