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Then, about 2 ½ years ago I had a near-psychotic meltdown, mostly about the devil and evil spirits, and was diagnosed with OCD and prescribed Anafranil and Zyprexa, which helped with the irrational thinking and obsessive thoughts a little. Between now and then, I have been diagnosed with OCD, Social anxiety disorder, GAD, major depressive disorder, ADHD, and most recently, aspergers/high functioning autism.
When I called the surgeon's office to check on the EKG, the nurse told me to cut out the caffeine before surgery. So I'm down to 1/4 cup of regular coffee mixed in 3/4 cup decaf this morning, and will try all decaf by Friday. The nurse told me to talk with the anesthesiologist Mon. morning (just before surgery) about my concerns with the Phenergan & Reglan; but I think I should talk to somebody about it before then! Of course, I don't want to throw up after surgery, either!
Maybe first just look at your lifestyle and see if there is anything you can change or stop first. I recently learned that caffeine really aggravates depression and bipolar. How is your sleep? How is your diet? Maybe looked into all that first before starting meds. I can say I am already noticing a HUGE difference in my sleep, anxiety and depression since cutting out caffeine. But everyone is different. No matter what, I know you will get through this and get it all figured out.
, I've learned that if I feel it coming on, I can get a book and start reading, and it will ease off. I guess it works by bringing my blood pressure down, or something(?). Anyway, to get to my main point. I have recently been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma on the right side of my tongue. I will have surgery Aug. 11 at Baptist Hospital, Jackson, MS. When I went to the surgeon's office on July 25, he scheduled the surgery and ordered blood work, EKG and a chest X-ray.
Is that because of weight gain? It's weird that you say that because I was on Geodon for a long time and constately complained about fatigue. My pdoc said that smoking was a stimulant. It seemed he was insinuating I start smoking. It doesn't make sense to me. We in the US love our Red Bull as well. I don't drink it (don't consume caffeine) but just about everybody I know does. They do have a sugar free version. But what's the fun in that?
I was prescribed Topamax along with an appetite suppressant (Adipex) for weight loss a bit over a year ago and stopped taking them after two and a half months. I did not lose all of the weight I had wanted to, but most of it. I had gained 55 pounds while on Paxil over the course of two and a half years. By taking a combination of the two medicines, I lost 22 pounds the first month, 10 pounds the second month, and 8 pounds the first half of the third month.
The antipsychotic I gained absolutely no weight on was Geodon and I gained some weight from Abilify but as ILADVOCATE says, this is different for everyone. My psychiatrist told me Abilify was probably the one to cause the least amount of weight gain and Geodon not causing it was just by chance.
I had similar symptoms as you. I went to ears nose and throat doctors and to eye doctors (to look for the tumor that I thought was there...it wasn't..thank God) and Neurologists. I had CAT scans on my head and even begged my doctor to give me an MRI! (Took a while to find a doctor who would approve this!) IT WAS ALL DO TO DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY.....I truly believed that it was physical and it wasn't.
30 in evening and 40 mg of citalopram.
However, there are ways to alleviate that, namely drinking plenty of water and cutting down on caffeine. Some of the medications are thought to trigger a "need" for either more salty foods or more sugary foods and this is where you need to be good at watching out for any changes in your patten/type of eating. You mention seroquel, I've heard every story - some gain, some stay the same and some even lose weight on it so it really is an individual thing.
In the past month, I started taking 1200 IU of Vitamin E a day, and one mg. of Melatonin at bedtime. I have also routinely used caffeine as a drug, but not in high quantities. I normally drink coffee or take caffeine pills that are equivalent to two cups of coffee a day. I found one web site that thought that coffee had helped in a rat study.
Also read social isolation contributes to symptoms of schizo related disorders and although I haven't been able to find info on social isolation and bipolar disorder, they are clinically related somehow and can be set off by similar things such as specific triggers and stress and even excessive amounts of caffeine so I think probably there could be a link there as well.
Take it early in the morning and avoid caffeine. The only problem was that it made me soooooooo happy. My son was in a serious condition in the hospital and I was way too happy about it so my pdoc had me go off of it. There are other things that work for depression for me. A small piece of dark chocolate 60-70% cocoa daily. Omega 3 Fish Oil daily. Bread it has serotonin. Sunshine before noon for a half an hour. B complex vitamins, a lack of B12 leads to feelings of guilt.
I think it's because it made me start eating more however and it can also lower the metabolism. Geodon however didn't make me gain weight at all.
I hear so many issues of people trying all kinds of mood stabilizers (Seroquil, Depakote, Zyprexa, Geodon) and hearing all of their complaints. Maybe Lexapro would work instead of Zoloft or Celexa since it seems to work on anxiety more and is a cleaner version of Celexa. Maybe Lexapro won't make me so jittery. Celexa did work better than the other SSRIs for me, just jittery and Lexapro is the newer version. And, do I have just depression/anxiety, or do I have a mood disorder?!
Other commonly prescribed anit-depressants for folks treating for Hep C include Lexapro, Zoloft and Prozac (which is now available as a generic if cost is an issue.) I've also seen Geodon prescribed for some severe cases, but it is very pricey.
Dietary changes, particularly those containing caffeine and salt, may affect lithium levels and increase your risk of developing lithium toxicity." This is important info as many P-Docs (such as mine) will neglect to tell you this. Lithium is absolutely the drug that has worked the best for me, but it certainly depends on an individuals brain chemistry. Depakote worked for me for 2 years, until I had suicidal thoughts directly related to the drug.
I am on Divalproex 250 and Olanzapine 5 mg. I purchased Oxetol 300 (Oxcarbazepine) today which is I guess another name for Trileptal. I am going to taper off Divalproex for the next few days and start with Oxetol 300, maybe half of the tablet once a day. My question is can I have that with the Olanzapine 5 mg?
All in all it works wonders for me, I feel normal and the side effects are not serious and come and go, I take it with Lithium and Abilify and it seems to work well, just make sure you read the information statement - you can find one here : http://www.drugs.com/seroquel.html Hope that helps in some way.
So he took me off the remeron and wellbutrin, kept me on klonopin for anxiety and put me on geodon and celexa and so far the make me feel wierd too. Maybe one day these drs will get our meds right, i think it is all trial and error. Good luck!
I hear so many issues of people trying all kinds of mood stabilizers (Seroquil, Depakote, Zyprexa, Geodon) and hearing all of their complaints. Maybe Lexapro would work instead of Zoloft or Celexa since it seems to work on anxiety more and is a cleaner version of Celexa. Maybe Lexapro won't make me so jittery. Celexa did work better than the other SSRIs for me, just jittery and Lexapro is the newer version. And, do I have just depression/anxiety, or do I have a mood disorder?!
overpopulation, and too much caffeine..that's not even counting some of the street drugs. I'd say more are bipolar, more are aware, and some docs have no idea what they are doing...Historically with medical research done on men, we know they are just learning about women...Is it hormones? or manic/depression? Are we sick or just uncontrollable? Deep question, so many possible answers...
) is there anything I can do in conjunction with the taper to minimize my symptoms, such as eliminating caffeine, exercising, and eating better, etc.?
I am no longer on the beta blocker or any meds and excercising and eating better is really working out for me. Cut caffeine out a lot and don't drink much alcohol, as I find these two things often made it worse. Best of luck to all who suffer from this and hope these two methods will work for you as well!
) Second are Anti-Psychotic Drugs, AP's for short. Don't let the name scare you, they help with hypo and standard Mania, and can help with anxiety as well. ( a godsend to me) These being the safest and are First Line Meds: Olanzapine (Zyprexa),Quetiapine (Seroquel),Risperidone (Risperdal),Clozapine (Clozaril) and aripiprazole (Abilify), Though Seroquel, Abilify and Zyprexa from other studies I have seen, are more affective then Clozaril. Third Anti-Depressants, AD's for short.
I noticed that too much caffeine increases it though. If you drink a lot of caffeine, try cutting back for a while and see if that helps. Just don't go cold turkey, because you might get really nasty headaches and other unpleasant side effects.
I'm also now on Topamax for migraines, recently got put on a low dose of Klonopin to help with headache spasms, and then today I got started on 80 mg Geodon (which most people either lose weight on or stay weight-neutral), and 50mg Zoloft. I have severe PTSD, social anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and a borderline personality disorder. I manage to function on a mostly normal level daily but get easily stressed by loud noises, etc.
i was talking 70 mgs every night at one time so i can see how its possible, im down to 20mgs now but i also take 60mgs of tamazapam and 20 of geodon with it, that puts me to sleep. I think you should try and taper off, take 1 less every 5 days and you should be ok.
didnt have the money to go see no real doctor but in april they were getting so bad i had to do something as soon as i started topamax my headaches disappered of course i really them disapper but the side effects was the tingling in my feet i couldnt drink anything with caffeine and barely could eat but i kept taking it so now 8/09/07 i literally had to stop taking it cause i couldnt function at work.
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