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Old 12-05-2000, 07:25 AM   #1
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The Medication Merry-Go-Round ( Or How Many Drugs Changes Does One Have To Go Thru??)

Hi Folks

Was diagnosed with bi-polar disease (cyclothermia)this past summer, and am playing medication roulette. I had initially gone to see the doctor for symptoms of depression. After the initial assessment, the doc started me on depakote, which I took for a month. A month of hell to be honest. I was more depressed, lethargic and confused. He then put me on Zoloft, which made a definite difference. I had more energy, was more focused and on target. And, I could get out of bed. About 3 1/2 months after I started the Zoloft, I had a rousing bout of cycling, where on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I could barely move. By Friday I was bouncing off the walls. He now has me started on Effexor, which I don't feel is doing much for me. I don't have much energy, and I can't get organised. I'm tempted to ask him to put me back on Zoloft, as the Effexor is making NO difference in regards to my PMS; at least the Zoloft helped there. Anyone have any idea how med changes the average BP patient goes thru till things settle??

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Allison

 
Old 12-05-2000, 07:27 PM   #2
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Re: The Medication Merry-Go-Round ( Or How Many Drugs Changes Does One Have To Go Thr

You need to get yourself educated on your illness. Do a search everynight on it and read or store as a file anything that looks good or has info you want or need.
The only thing I can say is that it appears that the doc you are using is not giving the meds enough time to see if they are going to work. Another thing you got to watch out for is mixing meds. It can be bad news.
You might look at your "Lifestyle" thats a new word that is "in" right now.
Are you taking care of yourself?
Are you Working too hard?
Do you have a sex life?
Do you have other physical problems?
Do you get enough exercise?
The mind effects the body but the body also effects the mind. Good luck...Take care.

 
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Old 12-08-2000, 05:01 PM   #3
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Re: The Medication Merry-Go-Round ( Or How Many Drugs Changes Does One Have To Go Thr

thanx tricky for the response <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

i have to admit...i am well versed in the BP diagnosis and its variants. besides being exposed to it IRL (my best friends mother used to swing like a pendulum), i am also a health professional, although my specialty is in pediatrics. i have done a TON of research on BP once i was diagnosed. problem is...the doctor is not positive i have "classic" bipolar disorder. lately, hes thinking i may be hypomanic or cyclothermic (i swing VERY rapidly, and my ups are not so severe that they interfere with my function, rather its the lows that are presenting the biggest problem).
i also happen to be rather sensitive to the medications. i wanted to stop the depakote after the 1st 2 weeks, as i could NOT function at work and was more depressed then ever; the doctor convinced me to give it at least a month. within days of starting the zoloft i could feel the difference in my affect. the reason he changed me to effexor is i managed to break thru the zoloft and had a 3 day binge of the blues, where i couldn't get out of bed. the doc wasn't comfortable with increasing the level of zoloft as he is afraid, if he were to increase it, i may suffer a full blown manic attack.
my biggest problem stems from patience is not my virtue *grin* i figure, if something isn't working, and instead is making things worse, why waste time? i do understand the meds take some time to become regulated in ones system, however, 3 weeks to a month is plenty of time to determine if the response is appropriate.
finally, the main reason i'm anxious to settle the med issue, is i am terribly disorganised to begin with. bouncing back and forth on the medications is stressing me as i really need stability and continuity.

again...thanx for the response <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
allison

 
Old 12-08-2000, 10:04 PM   #4
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Re: The Medication Merry-Go-Round ( Or How Many Drugs Changes Does One Have To Go Thr

Allison, Can you help me a little on the Zoloft med. I just started it 4 days ago and I read you say you had more energy or could get out of bed easier. That is my problem. I can't seem to get interested in anything or get out of bed you might say. I was on Remeron but the depression wasn't getting any better at all. doc put me on Buspar also for my anxiety. I got that too. Isn't it wonderful having all these mental problems? I hope the Zoloft makes me feel better. I don't see any difference yet but it's only been 4 days. Please give me some info if you can. Thanks
Kyle

 
Old 12-10-2000, 06:06 PM   #5
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Re: The Medication Merry-Go-Round ( Or How Many Drugs Changes Does One Have To Go Thr

Hiya Kyle

Well..as the doc told me, not everyone responds to the meds in the same way, so i don't want to get your hopes up TOO high in case zoloft isn't for you. i do have to say, in my experience, it took about a week before i noticed a difference. and it wasn't an obvious "woohoo i feel great!" difference. it was more of a "oh wow...i didn't have a crying laying on the floor break down" when something went wrong. i wasn't taking everything personally, and was actually able to put things into perspective a bit better. for me, this was a BIG sign something positive was going on.

good luck!
let me know how its going <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
allison

 
Old 12-10-2000, 07:42 PM   #6
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Re: The Medication Merry-Go-Round ( Or How Many Drugs Changes Does One Have To Go Thr

Hey Allison. How much did the doc start you on with the Zoloft? My doc put me on 25 mg. for a week then it's going up to 50mg. It hasn't been a week yet but almost.(2 days left)My biggest problem since I switched from Remeron is I can't get a good night sleep. I'm up every hour and go back to sleep in about 20 or 30 min. At least with the Remeron I could get to sleep but it was so exspensive and I didn't think it was working very good on my depression. So I had the doc switch me to Zoloft. Which he gave me because he had tons of it in samples. That is good but not if it doesn't work for me. The bad part of it is, you know you have to wait for a while to give the new med a chance to work. I don't know it's driving me crazy. I hope the Zoloft gives me a feel good kick to get me going like it did to you.Write soon and tell me what dose you are on. Thanks

 
Old 12-18-2000, 11:12 PM   #7
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Re: The Medication Merry-Go-Round ( Or How Many Drugs Changes Does One Have To Go Thr

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by kyleheckenberg:
<B>Hey Allison. How much did the doc start you on with the Zoloft? My doc put me on 25 mg. for a week then it's going up to 50mg. It hasn't been a week yet but almost.(2 days left)My biggest problem since I switched from Remeron is I can't get a good night sleep. I'm up every hour and go back to sleep in about 20 or 30 min. At least with the Remeron I could get to sleep but it was so exspensive and I didn't think it was working very good on my depression. So I had the doc switch me to Zoloft. Which he gave me because he had tons of it in samples. That is good but not if it doesn't work for me. The bad part of it is, you know you have to wait for a while to give the new med a chance to work. I don't know it's driving me crazy. I hope the Zoloft gives me a feel good kick to get me going like it did to you.Write soon and tell me what dose you are on. Thanks</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Kyle:

I'm having the same problem with the Zoloft that you are having accept I'm waking up every 3 to 5 hours instead of every thirty minutes. It has really helped with my depression though but seems to have worsed my panic disorder! I've been on it three weeks today.

Your original post was on 12/10. It's now 12/18. How you doing??????? Has it kicked in?

 
Old 12-19-2000, 05:48 AM   #8
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Re: The Medication Merry-Go-Round ( Or How Many Drugs Changes Does One Have To Go Thr

No it hasn't kicked in and I'm doing horrible. I go back to see the doc this morning at 9. I hope he can come up with something else. I still don't sleep good at all, I wake up like you said about 4 to 5 hours and can't go back to sleep. Makes for a long day.
as ever
Kyle

 
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