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Medications to help the depression side of manic depression

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by Lilmissfit » Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:07 pm

Hi! New here, I am currently prescribed, Adderal, Lexapro and Risperidone.. I am finding that these medications have been controlling my "manic" episodes, but I have been in a super depression on them, I find that I am not having any "mania" episodes instead I am always depressed and not motivated, I sleep all the time and am always exhausted any "happiness" or motivation I have is very short lived. I was wondering if there were medications out there that were more geared to controlling the depression in manic depressive disorder instead of the mania. I find that I have not had many "Mania" periods even off medication its more of a period of depression and anxiety.

These are my current dosages
Aderall 15mg
Lexapro 30mg
Risperidone .25mg (which I take 1 and half of so .375mg )

I have tried seroquel but may have taken it too late in the evening because the next day I was in a fog until about noon. I felt like I was in a bubble and the world was continuing on around me and I was just watching. Very strange.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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by Duckysmom » Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:00 pm

Welcome, Lilmissfit. You will find you fit in here very well. There are a lot of caring, compassionate people here.

I was on resperidone for a bit, but had to go off of it due to side effects. I've also used Adderall but it caused issues with my BP meds. I was on it for ADD. My current meds seem to be helping with that and I am pretty stable right now.

A call to your pdoc (psychiatrist) sounds like it is in order. You are dipping to the low side too much. Do you have a pdoc currently? And therapy can also help greatly. Do you have a tdoc also? We always say it takes meds and therapy to work with BP.
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by dubious66 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:05 pm

Seroquel and lamictal (with some other stuff) helped me
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by Mocha » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:11 pm

Hi and welcome, Lilmissfit......

I'm several meds to keep the hypomania/mania under control, but for the depression, I take Lamictal. It's been great for my depression.

I used to take Seroquel for the same reason, but dc'd it recently.


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by AvantGarde » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:51 pm

Welcome :) I take depakote for my depression.
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by Jemane » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:08 pm

I take valdoxan (agomelatine) but I have to be careful as if the dose goes too high I get hypomanic.
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by Lilmissfit » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:04 am

Thank you all so much! This has been such a battle since I was always diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression, it wasn't until recently I was diagnosed as Manic Depressive. I have only had health care through the VA so I have been working with a MD for meds there and a therapist there as well. I just got healthcare outside of the VA so I am searching for a new doctor.
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by Lilmissfit » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:47 pm

So I have finally told my doctor that I cannot take the risperidone any more and it was completely making me more depressed. so she ordered me a light therapy set up and is starting me on the generic for latuda.. I’m hoping this helps. I hate being depressed and unmotivated especially when I’ll have one great day and get so much done and feel so good and then the next day back to shit!
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by Mocha » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:29 pm

the light therapy works great for a lot of folks. I think one of our members, Ducky uses it.

Also, many of our pdocs/docs Rx's Vit D for depression. I take it for that reason. He ordered labs first to see what my levels were, and orders them on a regular basis. Worth looking into to....... :)

And about my Lamictal.........I take 200mg/am and 200mg/pm immediate release, but pdoc also added 50mg/am and 50mg/pm extended release. Once he added the extended release, it really made a difference in the depression.

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by Lisa » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:39 pm

I hope your doc gets the dosages right, Lilmissfit. Also, there is a mood between depressed and hypomanic, I've read that it's called normal :lol: The days are good, but not magnificent... I hope you find it and enjoy it. I'm still trying to get used to it :roll:
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