Risperdal and lamictal

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Does anyone out there take it for Bipolar Disorder Type 2? Any opinions or thoughts? I am currently on Lamictal and Welbutrin. I show mixed tendencies ( is that type 1 ),and my Dr gave me Risperdal for what appeard to be a manic state( I was off all meds at the time except Welbutrin which may have excaserbated my mania). My manic states don't last that long and it confuses me cause I am in somewhat of denial about my diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder which i've had for three years now.
My son has been prescribed a 100 mg of lamictal/100 mg zoloft(taken in am) and 1mg risperdal(pm). He's been on this combination of meds since Jan.07 after a seizure associated with alcohol use and Wellbutin put him in the hospital. He is being treated for depression and has not had a manic episode but suffers from anxiety. I've read so many frightening things about risperdal that I wonder about continued use. Is the the dosage small enough so it doesn't pose a long term threat?
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. It doesn't help with the cycling either; it just makes the down episodes much worse.
I've done okay with lamictal, but lamictal and celexa, not so good. And now lamictal with wellbutrin, not so good. At least I think it's not the lamictal. I know my PsychNP put a big no in her notes regarding me and celexa.
My doc started me on lamictal, with 25mg/day and gradually working up. I'm now on 50 mg/day and tomorrow will go to 100mg, then a week later to my maintenance dose of 200mg/day. That seems like an awfully high dose to me. I'm feeling a lot better now on just the 50 mg -- why do I need to keep upping the dose? I don't see my doc for another month so that's why I'm posting the question here, to get other opinions before I go to see him.
Is this combination of drugs safe? I have read about the serious side effects of lamictal and about possible drug interactions between lamictalan resirdone. What side effects should we expect and which ones pose a danger to our child?
I have a job interview Monday and I really want it. Anyone have luck on a low dose of Risperdal w/o yucky side effects? I need a reliable sleep aid!
I just weaned myself off risperdal and lamictal and I have terrible insomnia. Maybe it's just coincidental because I'm 51 and probably perimenopausal but it is impossible for me to get a good night's sleep without Ambien. It takes 1 1/2 hours to fall asleep and I toss and turn all night. I was diagnosed last summer with bipolar type II and I began to doubt the diagnosis and I realized that my psych had me overmedicated...
I am concerned in that because is elderly that he is being medicated for something neurological they were unable to diagnose. I had an elderly friend of the family whom my mother knew. He was in the hospital and he had some blood loss after surgery. He started talking incoherently because of this and they almost gave him Risperdal for "psychosis". Of course my mother stopped them and he did not have any "psychosis" but imagine if she hadn't.
i have been on haldol which was crippling, got off it, then onto risperdal, geodon, and seroquel. the most tolerable is risperdal however i tend to need something to help me get to sleep very badly. i dont fall asleep easily. thats when my psychiatric nurse moved me on to geodon then seroquel along with risperal. both of these i find not very tolerable at all. with seroquel i will sleep very sound though i might suffer some bad hallucinations getting there. and i will oversleep with it.
I'm currently taking Depakote, Geodon, Cymbalta and trying to taper off from my Lamictal. Has anyone had really good luck with any other antidepressants or other medsin relation to these other drugs? I've been on the Cymbalta for 3 years now, the Depakote for 17, Lamictal for 1 year, and the Geodon since August. I'm confused at to what's working as I'm not feeling any better. Sure, I make it through the day, but I'm a good actress. Inside, I'm feel like I'm fighting a losing battle.
I am also taking 100mg of Lamictal/day. I thought that Risperdal was used to control manic episodes, but I have been having really bad anxiety attacks and the doc seems to think this will help. I am not sure why, but I've been having them 2 or 3 times a day and he still won't write me for anything to use as needed until this med works. Don't know why, but maybe it has to do with drug interactions or something. I didn't even think to ask until I left. Oh well.
It will take a few months to build up to a full dose of Lamictal and if you have angry outbursts that get physical your psychiatrist might want you to take Risperdal and then as the Lamictal builds up to a full dose see if you can do without it so that you have full stability in the meantime as Risperdal unlike Lamictal works right away. Risperdal of course has a good mood stabilization effect. They can coordinate about this as well.
I am currently taking Risperdal, Lamictal, Lithium, and Lexapro. I was on Seroquel XR for quite sometime, but switched back to Risperdal because 1) it is a heck of a lot cheaper, and 2) it really worked well for me, even better than Seroquel. I believe in the fact that medications work quite differently for everyone. I personally have not had any issues with my current combination.
I went up to 200 mg of Lamictal on Sunday and started risperdal. So far I am going really well. I feel normal, whatever that means and I hope it lasts for a while.
However, concomitant use of Trazodone and Cymbalta may potentiate the risk of Serotonin Sydrome. Caution is also advised when concomitant use of Risperdal and Cymbalta or Risperdal and Lamictal is necessary. Caution is also advised when concomitant use of Lamictal and Cymbalta or Lamictal and Trazodone is unavoidable. I'm sure your prescriber feels the benefit of taking these medicines outweighs the risk of side effects but you may wish to discuss this with him. Hope this is helpful. Eloise.
I have had several psychiatrists and they all leave me on an antipsychotic. Also, I am taking Effexor XR, 300 mg and Risperdal 2 mg. My doctor has not prescribed a mood stabilizer. I have asked my doctor if I will always need an antipsychotic. His response is he would be afraid for me to try. Does this sound right to you? No mood stabilizer although I was manic for about six to eight months? Do most doctors prescribe mood stabilizers for their bipolar patients?
Any way maybe you could tolerate a low dose of risperdal if it helps. I also take Ativan, lithium, and buspar If I could tolerate the twitches, and maybe not everyone gets them, I'd take Haldol.
I am currently taking 100-200 mg Provigil, 300 mg Wellbutrin, 150 mg Seroquel and 150 mg Lamictal. Although the bulimia is under control- I am angry and moody. This is harming my relationship with my husband and family.
Vyvanse and Tenex for the ADHD and Risperdal and Lamictal for Bipolar. He also takes Melentonin to help him sleep. This combination of drugs to help him has been wonderful. They all seem to compliment each other.
5mg of Effexor ER, 200mg of Lamictal, 60 mg of Buspar, 1200 mg of Neurontin, 600mg of Seroquel and .5 mg of Xanax ER as needed. I feel better than I ever had in my life, but the only problem I have now is excessive weight gain--about 30 lbs. I am currently 5'7 and 188 lbs. I want to get my weight down to 160 lbs. As a New Year's resolution I have been working out between 30-60 minutes 5 days a week combining cardio and weight training.
Have you ever heard of fatigue(physical, not mental) as a side affect of risperdal? Or lamictal, for that matter?
Does anyone know if Lamictal and Risperdal are drugs that women can continue to take when pregnant? I plan to ask my doctor when I can see her, which is in a month. For now, I'm just doing some research. I am not pregnant now or planning to be right away, but may at some point in the future. That is, if there is a medicine and/or vitamin regimen that I can still take that will keep me (at least mostly) sane!
Based on my pharmacy tech knowledge, I came up with a new one called Stavzor, then loxapine, tamoxifen and olanzapine (zyprexa) and risperdal and mirtazapine. These are available in the UK (according to the net...so I hope I am right.) The tamoxifen is mostly for the mania though. The mirtazapine is for the depression....which I think you should have one of each to stabalize. Also, you have to be careful in how you ask for different pills....
I've been rapid cycling daily and by the hour and minute it feels like, and often am in a mixed state, (my doctor is aware and we're working on it) and I was very aggitated at that particular moment. Has anyone had problems w/ lieing while aggitated when you're not a liar? Has anyone had words just tumble out of their mouths? It goes hand in hand w/ dwelling on it, and beating myself up about it.
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.
Depakote and Seroquel did cause me to gain 30 lbs in two months -- since off of those and on Lamictal and Lexapro my appetite has calmed down and I have lost most of that weight I gained. Everyone reacts differently to the meds -- and like the other posters above -- sometimes I react the opposite of what my doc says to expect -- even he cannot predict all the side effects.
I realize this disorganized thought is part of schizophrenia and I worry a lot that my bipolar diagnosis is wrong. I take Depakote and Lamictal and refuse to let my doctor change my meds because I do not trust her competence. Now I am thinking I may have to let her intervene.
I now take seroquel, xanax, geodon, lamictal, klonopin, propranolol)as needed), synthroid, and very low doses of prozac and wellbutrin when Im really really depressed. I am rarely in remission from my bipolar. Im 45 now and still a total mess. When I sought help for depression after getting a dui-I went to a totally unethical and crazy shrink who put me on a ton of psychiatric meds. Prior to seeing that shrink-i never took pills of any kind.
Can you give me any insight? Has anyone felt this way before? I'm so tired of being unstable. I am on Lithium, Risperdal and a little Klonipin. I have tried a million meds and med combo. Your opinions would be very helpful.
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