Neurontin and lithium

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She kept getting toxic and one psych doctor decided to take her off lithium and start neurontin, then it went to seraquil with a little lithium (doctor realized...hey, lithium worked for this lady my ideas did not). then another psych doctor decided to try depakote.
I'd read that it can help with anxiety too. I also take moderately high doses of neurontin and am taking the Lithium prophylactically to (hopefully) protect brain cells. I think the Lithium is helping with anxiety, but that could be strictly placebo effect. I also take Very Low Dose Naltrexone ( .25mg ) at bedtime and that helps with depression.
After a suicidal attempt almost 2 years ago, I was put on Neurontin and Cymbalta. It is probably the best combination of drugs that they have tried me on. I am still up and down but not to the extremes that I have experienced in the past. Good luck kiddo.
Hi, lithium didn't make me sleepy but it did make me slow on the uptake and forgetful. Lamictal kept from sleeping well but I think it's the combo of the both of them since my doc and I talked about it. I've been on both for about 2 years. It was the only thing that worked. Everything evened out after I got the doses right. What helped right away was taking both of them at night the entire dose of each. Don't take some in the morning and some at night.
I am currently stuck between a rock and a hard place. I am on 1600mgs of Neurontin (400mgs a day) and it has been working as a good mood stabilizer for me. In fact, we realized that the issues I was having in March were related to bouncing around on that dosage. I was given 1200mgs a day (mandatory) and 400mgs to take as needed to sleep. When I quit chewing I stopped taking the extra dose because I felt that I didn't need it; then I started cycling with the sun again.
I oppossed this greatly and explained that to me this was a function of her discontinuance of her previous medicene (lithium) and her not taking well to the neurontin. He agreed and now she is on the lithium and seroquel (again as a temporary bridge). She also currently and historically takes 10mg of lexapro and 3mg daily of clonopin. My question is - Is Nuerontin FDA approved for bipolar disorder and is it an effective monotype therapy for the disorder?
Lamictal for the depressive episodes and Lithium for the hypomania. I currently take Neurontin as a mood stabilizer, but it hasn't helped the cycling and it never really has. The Lamictal has been the best mood stabilizer for me. So, do any folks around here take a Lamictal/Lithium combination? I am really looking into it as I think it will be a good combination for me. I am also looking into it because I am also on Klonopin and want to get off of it.
I have rapid cycling bipolar as well as post traumatic stress disorder. He has me on Xanax for anxiety, Zoloft and Neurontin for mood stabilizer. Can anyone tell me what they think of Neurontin and if it words? I am very intrigued to know if I am on a good medicine or if this isn't good. I don't go back to him for 3 weeks.
Research is also underway regarding Neurontin (Gabapentin) and Lamictal (Lamotrigine). Many patients tolerate Depakote better than Lithium. A discussion with your daughter's physician regarding these various options may be helpful.
I started on 300mg of neurontin for bipolar disorder a week ago and was aware that another benefit is it would help with my migraines. I also take 500mg of magnesium for my headaches but I space it out so that it will not conflict with the neurontin. I had the strangest migraine last night and my aura was different and I have not suffered a headache for several months, last time being caused by Lamictil.
On the 5th day I felt as if there was a lump in my throat and got the worst tremors in my face and the front of my neck. It has been pure hell. It has been an absolute nightmare. I am under the care of a Neurologist for the tremors. My dx is Pscychotropic Tremors from Neurotin. He said they will eventually go away, doesn't know how long it will take and I am on medication for them. I would listen to your pdoc.
The information about usage of Neurontin throughout pregnancy is of particular interest and concern. Any comments and sources of additional information would be appreciated. Thank You Posted by HFHS.MD-D.E. on June 07, 1999 at 12:19:53 Dear Christine; Neurontin (Gabapentin) is indicated as adjunctive therapy (added to other anticonvulsants) in the treatment of partial seizures in adults with epilepsy. It is also used for many other neurological diseases.
A female relative, 81, was on lithium for two decades and had no psychiatric hospital. during that time. In 2003, she became toxic and was changed to Neurontin (300mg pm) and Exelon 1.5 mg am/pm. This occurred a month before death of husband of 50+ yrs. She did well for 6 months -was more mentally clear and focused than for sev. yrs. Lived independently. Psych. said he doubted that she had Alz, but didn't want to remove the Exelon bc she was doing so with w/the Ex./Neuron. combo.
However, when I was met with a slew of major life stressors within a short span of time, I did experience several very bad mixed episodes, and the Lithium wasn't enough on its own. I'm currently on Lamictal, but I was only on it as a monotherapy for a short time. It wasn't really yet a therapeutic dose, so I can't really give a proper rating to its efficacy alone. I wish I had a good, definite answer for you. But out of the two stabilizers I've tried, Lithium has been alright.
Also, I do not like the notion of fixing a drug-induced problem (if it is the lithium in the first place and not some other cause such as if I suffered a bad respiratory virus earlier) with another medication. What I'd like to do is discontinue the lithium and see what happens with my TSH. If it creeps back up to normal then we know the culprit was the lithium.
Actually I remember changing from lithium to Lamictal is 1998. I was wildly manic and psychotic as well and did some destructive and self destructive stuff I'd rather not post here but it started off seeming like fun. I was on Seroquel then as well as an antipsychotic and had to raise it just to keep myself out of trouble. The problem may very well be the slow titration dose of raising Lamictal but that's FDA required for reasons discused. As regarding Lithium generally 1200 mg.
If so how many milligrams a day did/do you take and how long does it take for the Neurontin to start working? I'm currently taking about 70mg of hydrocodone/day and I want to stop. I hate being on opiate painkillers for so long. I have a prescription for 100mg of gabapentin to take 3x a day. Does anyone know how much to take for cold turkey opiate withdrawal? And should I let the gabapentin build up in my body before I stop taking the hydro?
That left me to foot the bill (near $30) which I just couldn't afford this pay period. So me and my fiance decided I could probably survive without it for a couple weeks and it would be interesting to see how i faired with only lithium. So far it's hell! Boy was I taking my medication for granted, my mood has nosedived at every little thing so far What the heck should i do? I can't pay for it myself but without it I feel like I'm losing all my progress.
Medications such as Lithium, Depakote, Tegretol and Neurontin are used in the treatment of Bipolar disorder. I would think that Lithium can be helpful in controlling his mood swings. All these medications take a while before any positive effects can be noticed. If he becomes a threat to him self or others, he needs to be hospitalized. Seeing a counsellor on a regular basis in addition to the medication can be helpful Sincerely HFHS-M.D.
The standard of care in treating bipolar disorders is adding mood stabilizers either lithium or depakote. Some psychiatrists have also started using either neurontin, lamictal, or topamax as alternatives. You may want to discuss with your psychiatrist regarding your diagnosis and treatment. Being on antipsychotic does not prevent manic episodes and does not treat the mood swings (manic and depressive episodes) evident in bipolar disorders.
I have been taking lorazepam for 10 years. I also take Prozac and lithium. Since I have been trying to get off the lorazepam, I have been having uncomfortable withdrawal problems. The worst is not being able to sleep at night. Please let me know if there is something I can do. I quit taking the lorazepam because I lost the bottle and my doctor said she could not write me another prescription. In the mean time I am afraid I will get manic if I don't get enouch rest.
She kept getting toxic and one psych doctor decided to take her off lithium and start neurontin, then it went to seraquil with a little lithium (doctor realized...hey, lithium worked for this lady my ideas did not). then another psych doctor decided to try depakote.
I currently take Tegretol, Neurontin, Seroquel, and BuSpar. I recently stopped taking Wellbutrin SR. I know that Tegretol causes neural tube deficits and heard that Calan is sometimes used as a mood stabilizer. I do not know much about Calan other than it's a calcium channel blocker and also used for high blood pressure. I've been on Tegretol for about 10 years, even if I stop taking it will it still be in my system and effect the baby? I'm already taking folic acid 800mcg/day.
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.
Neurontin and Topiramate and Lithium are good for bipolar, but they are all bad when taken along with alchohol. There is a great danger of convulsions when he drinks that much and takes these kind of powerful drugs. I know the problem you are having and how difficult it is but only AA or detox and rehab. will make any difference and you are going to have to continue to work the system to get him into some sort of community rehab. program.
I was in a deep depression and on Lithium (and trying out Neurontin at the time) when I ended up in the Hospital for a suicide attempt. The wonderful doctor there pulled me off of Neurontin and put me on Wellbutrin and it rocks. Life is balancing out again after a year long roller coaster ride. Before that, I battled smaller mania states for about five years and did not know what it was.
Methyldopa, levodopa and dopamine agonists, [lithium carbonate], [buspirone], [anticonvulsants], [pethidine], [interferon alfa], [sumatriptan] Lastly, the Dr. told her that the third "disorder" she was dealing with was just the residual effects from the opiate withdrawal from the Suboxone.
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.
You are on a very high dose of Lamictal. You are on three mood stabilizers (Lithium, Lamictal, Neurontin). Perhaps your psychiatrist could titrate you off the Lamictal (do not make changes on your own!!) to see if that would help. The dose of the Lithium (900 mg.) is subclinical but if that were raised to 1200 mg. that is a standard starting dose. Of course there is always the risk of an anti-depressent making mania worse but Wellbutrin is the least likely offender for that.
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