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    Old 02-13-2001, 10:16 AM   #1
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    Mood Stabilizers (Depakote, Lamictal, Neurontin, etc) vs. Benzos (valium, xanax, etc)

    Can someone tell me the difference between how you feel on a stabilizer vs. taking klonopin or xanax?
    My doc says I get "dysphoric hypomania" meaning it's like a mini-mania (not full blown biploar mania) where I am at an increased level of irritability and agitation. Stabilizers are supposed to help with manic, but I don't want to feel drugged. I currently take xanax when I feel like that, but I am up to almost 4mg a day and I feel like I am getting addicted.
    What does a mood stabilizer feel like? Will I be tired? drooling on myself? No energy? Never happy and energetic?

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    Old 02-13-2001, 05:00 PM   #2
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    Re: Mood Stabilizers (Depakote, Lamictal, Neurontin, etc) vs. Benzos (valium, xanax,

    Not sure about a mood stablizer, sorry <IMG SRC="">
    I also take Xanax when I feel like I need it but I am careful because it always makes me feel so "hungover" the next day & extremely lethargic.

    I am very interested in the feelings & side effects from these mood stablizers. My doc has never discussed one with me so if anyone has info from personal experience, please elaborate. Thanks!!!

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    Old 02-13-2001, 05:09 PM   #3
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    Re: Mood Stabilizers (Depakote, Lamictal, Neurontin, etc) vs. Benzos (valium, xanax,

    I haven't heard of using Xanax to control mania before...there's always a first! I'm hoping to get on a mood stabalizer soon. I'll tell you a little about what I know...

    Topamax(my first choice) No weight gain (weight loss actually) non-toxic, not supposed to give you that drugged feeling.

    Lithium(the big bad boy ;0) ) Wreaks havoc with your thyroid. If you take it you will most likely have to go on thyroid hormone cause it will permanent damage. A lot of people gain weight too. In addition, it may give you acne. You have to have your blood monitored while you are taking this cause it's toxic.

    There's also Depakote and Neurotonin (sp??) but I don't know too much about them. Just look them up individually and you will also get some more info.

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    Old 02-14-2001, 11:37 PM   #4
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    Re: Mood Stabilizers (Depakote, Lamictal, Neurontin, etc) vs. Benzos (valium, xanax,

    About the Neurontin--- oh what a relief it is!!!! Wow!!!!! I feel so good!!! I'm a little tired but I can taste my food, I'm getting things done- feel good about myself-my symptoms from my head injury have all but cleared up- when I start to feel wierd I just double up on my meds and then I'm great again. So far no side effects. I've gained 2 pounds in the last month - I attribute that to being able to taste my food again. I have done hard physical work all my life and many of my pain areas are not hurting at all anymore. I called my neurologists office and told them it was a miracle. Just like in the church services where you walk off and you're healed. They won't let you drive until you check out how you do on this stuff- I think I'd reccomend trying it if you're depressed. Sometimes just reminding yourself of how good you can feel wakes up something inside you and you want to go on and feel good every day. I'm not screaming in pain anymore and bashing my head on the floor. Head injuries can make you go crazy. If things are really bad for you this drug as my neurologist says "Will bring you back"

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    Re: Mood Stabilizers (Depakote, Lamictal, Neurontin, etc) vs. Benzos (valium, xanax,

    Hello K Lynn,
    I take Carbatrol for a mood stabilizer. It is actually used for siezures but it has worked really well for me. I had the same problem that you described in that I would go into terrible rages. I could be pretty uncontrollable and scary at times. I started on Tegretol first. It is also used for siezures. It worked well too.

    I have never heard of using Xanax in this way. I thought it was used for anxiety. I have taken it for that along with the Tegretol.

    Good luck,

    Old 02-15-2001, 12:45 PM   #6
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    Re: Mood Stabilizers (Depakote, Lamictal, Neurontin, etc) vs. Benzos (valium, xanax,

    HiYa K Lynn

    I take Neurontin for chronic pain. The only things I have really noticed with it other than some side effects, and that it is sort of good for pain, is that it gives me quite a hazy mental feeling and there is a lot of forgetfulness and loss of concentration on matters of some detail.

    This is quite common for this med, at least at semi-high dosage levels, but as to how it stabelizes mood per se, or feels to have in your system, I cannot really address as I am not bipolar and just function around a pretty solid modus operandi of depression.

    Some do consider it almost a wonder drug, and maybe it is for some, but the effects usually prevail anyway, to varying degrees.

    Sorry, that's the only info I can provide as its the only mood stabelizer/anti convulsant I have had exposure to.

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