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Old 07-13-2008, 11:11 AM   #1
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I've just recently moved to another state and am having a very difficult time finding a doctor who will see me. I will be returning soon for a visit to where I previously lived, and I will be seeing my doctor there.

My question is: Could anyone give me some ideas for bipolar meds with the least amount of side effects? The side effects that I absolutely will not tolerate are: extreme drowsiness, weight gain, and facial twitches.

Any help would be so appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 07-20-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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Re: med question


I couldn't agree more with Luanne. I take Lamictal, 250, and that enabled me to get off Luvox. I have almost no side effects, save some agitation, esp. at each increase, no weight gain (loss, for me, but I have an ED). and it has almost entirely stopped my migraines, which tortured me. I am less depressed than in my entire life, my moods are so much better and I am so much more stable.

I can't say enough for this med. That's just me, of course, but I'd really recommend you might give it a shot.

Let us know what you decide,


Old 07-21-2008, 07:09 PM   #3
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Re: med question

Let's see, here's a list of what I'm on and what side effects I've noticed if any:

Lamictal 250mg, target 300mg in 11/2 weeks - agitation at onset of starting of med, but nothing now.

Seroquel 300mg - Does cause drowsiness, so I take it at bedtime. I have chronic insomnia, so it helps with that.

Zoloft 50mg - No side effects.

Neurontin 200mg - Drowsiness, once again causiness drowsiness, but I take this @ nightime to help me sleep so it doesn't bother me.

Topomax 100mg - Some hair loss, but Rogaine took care of that. I also use this for Cluster Migraines and Seizure Disorder.

I've never had weight gain with any of my meds, but I have other conditions that cause me to lose weight, so I can't vouch for that.

Good luck.

Old 07-23-2008, 01:04 PM   #4
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Re: med question

Lamectial made me gain a ton of weight. I'm now taking Geodon and it has really helped taking the weight off.

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