I have bipolar disorder but nothing has worked to ease my symptoms.

United States
March 5, 2007 5:07am CST
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder over 15 years ago. During that time of tried many different medications such as Paxil, Prozac, Welbutrin, Depakote, Risperdal, Seroquel, Lamictal, and Lithium to name a few. All these medications either had intoreable side effects or did not work at all. All the SSRIs made me worse (emotionally) even with a mood stablizer. Does anyone have any success stories with any new medication or treatments. I'm even willing to try homeopathic treatments, I just want relief.
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
5 Mar 07
I feel for you. I have an anxiety/depression disorder. My sister had the same thing. I used to go to counseling before my disorder got bad enough that I couldn't work any longer. She was the one who advised me to go to an endocrinologist, who then referred me to a psychiatrist, specalizing in anxiety disorders. I tried Paxil, made me worse. I tried herbal treatments, which didn't do anything. Wellbutrin worked for awhile and then I got Zoloft and took away my depression, but it didn't do anything for my anxiety. I then tried Buspar, no affect. I could take Xanax like candy, with no affect. I went on to take Valium, didn't help much either. I tried Klonopin in the past, not much help. Finally, the doctor got me on Neurontin, (generic Gabapentin). It helped my anxiety somewhat. If I go out I take 50 mg of Valium in addition to Wellbutrin, Zoloft and the Neurontin. The doctor says I have the worst case of anxiety, he's ever seen. What's bad, is trying different meds and the dealing with the side affects. Everytime I would change I would have Migraines, nausea and extreme fatigue for about three weeks to a month. Finally, my doctor and I agreed to stay with what I'm on and not make any more changes. I know how you feel about being willing to try anything. I hope you are going to a doctor whos specializes in Bipolar disorders. It can make a difference to get to the right doctor. I will keep you in my prayers. Have you tried doing an internet search for docs who specialize in bipolar care in your area? My doctor, has the initials DO after his name, DO stands for Osteopathic Medicine. A doctor who has a DO after his name can specialize in any area of medicine he wants. These doctors are known for high quality care and are trained to work with the patient as a partner. My doctor is great! Hope this helps. I wish you the best.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Thanks you for your advice I will try to find a specialist.
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@AmbiePam (48570)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I'm bipolar and Lithium, Lexapro, and Vistaril work for me, but I've heard that Abilify works for bipolat patients as well. I worked at a mental health facility for children and that was one of the main ones they used for hard to treat cases.