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Hi does anyone here have a problem with alcohol. I use it to self medicate in the evenings but now my dose of prozac has been upped to 60mg and ive been started on tegretol I would really like to stop. Not that easy though! Your advice would be very much appreciated.
[QUOTE=sharonamy;2944556]Hi does anyone here have a problem with alcohol. I use it to self medicate in the evenings but now my dose of prozac has been upped to 60mg and ive been started on tegretol I would really like to stop. Not that easy though! Your advice would be very much appreciated.

Me again sharonamy....
I'm 28 now, but at about 20 (undiagnosed) I used to drink (very very little) and do the (very) occassional psychotropic drug to try to escape my reality. It worked at the time - but looking back it elongated my struggling.

Now diagnosed and medicated, I would never ever touch anything again. Whilst I don't long for anything, it can't get a tad monotonous leading a completely sterile life. However, its stable!!!!!

Stablisied on my meds, to lose this for a night of fun is far too dear a price to pay. I feel that if I took a glass of wine it would put me out of control of my emotions - and that, no matter how small, means possible, and probable, instability (for anyone). At the end of day, alcohol affects everyone by changes of emotions, so no matter what meds you're on, it's still going to alter your med&non-alcohol state. We seem to share the 'BP Rages' in common - alcohol only served to magnify those too! If you stopped drinking I am sure your rages would become less often and or less severe, although meds are needed to eliminate the rages completely.

You sound like your looking to be stable, and are trying to get medicated - good on you!!! Well done!!! But, can you honestly say that you're giving it a fair crack of the whip if you stay drinking a depressant????? Give yourself the best chance you can - believe me, the freedom is worth it!


Very best of luck,
Nut.
hi tsohl, its good to hear that it is possible to stop. didnt succeed last night unfortunatly! but did manage to replace half a zopiclone with and extra half a tablet of tegretol and take all 60mg of prozac this morning, rather than 20mg at night and 40 in morning. Goal is to wean myself of zopiclone - sleeping tablet. and just take tegretol at night so am getting somewhere! I might try drinking a lower percent wine each night until ive got it down or out??
Tis 7.30pm here and I have a pint glass of 1/2 wine , 1/2 diet lemonade. Am very pleased with myself! But got a few hours to go before bed yet! Hope I can stick to the watered down stuff.......will report back in the morning. Felt v. weird today and not altogether sure I should be driving. Dont know if its the prozac and tegretol increase or the zopiclone decrease! And now a lack of alcohol.. oh well, have been fretting about drinking / or not drinking tonight all day so this seems to be a compromise.
[QUOTE=sharonamy;2949311]Tis 7.30pm here and I have a pint glass of 1/2 wine , 1/2 diet lemonade. Am very pleased with myself! But got a few hours to go before bed yet! Hope I can stick to the watered down stuff.......will report back in the morning. Felt v. weird today and not altogether sure I should be driving. Dont know if its the prozac and tegretol increase or the zopiclone decrease! And now a lack of alcohol.. oh well, have been fretting about drinking / or not drinking tonight all day so this seems to be a compromise.

Hi Sharon-

Good job! Hopefully you're in bed by now (not sure what time it is over there) and were able to do well on the "watered down stuff" (what is that, like a wine spritzer?) Like Ts said, keep up the good work!! Sorry your meds made you feel weird, when I try new meds I always feel out of it for a while. Take care!:wave:

Cassie
I am gutted. Started off with my spritzer last night, good as gold. Then........my teenage daughter had a big row with her mate and took it out on me, so................like a mature adult (not)! I drank the rest of the bottle neat. Was still less than id normally drink, but I feel horrible today. Useless, depressed (supposed to be less depressed due to increase in prozac and introduction of tegretol). When will they work? Help!