The Correct Medication ?
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hello everyone This is my first post here on beyondblue. I was diagnosed with Bipolar as well as a couple of other ailments. I have tried several medications including three different SNRI antidepressants and two different SSRI antidepressants etc...... View more
hello everyone This is my first post here on beyondblue. I was diagnosed with Bipolar as well as a couple of other ailments. I have tried several medications including three different SNRI antidepressants and two different SSRI antidepressants etc.... I went and visited my new Psychiatrist yesterday for the 2nd time and he suggested I try the following: 1) A mood stabiliser medication two times a day. In the morning and in the evening. This is to treat the Bipolar 2) A small dose of an antipsychotic medication often used in bipolar. This is to treat my sleeping problem. I had my first mood stabiliser yesterday about lunchtime and I felt O.K. with it except later on where I felt a slight kind of spaced out type feeling but nothing of concern. Then last night I had at around 6:30pm the antipsychotic tablet as the Psychiatrist said to take it about 4 hours before bedtime. Anyway at about 8:30pm I could not keep my eyes open and totally flaked it and woke up this morning at about 7:30 am. I did one time during the night go sluggishly once to the toilet. Anyway today I still have a tired sluggish feeling and I am slightly irritable and a bit touchy. I then went online a read some comments about both medications and the comments were a bit scary to say the least. The antipsychotic contributes greatly to weight gain and extreme feelings of tiredness and the mood stabiliser can cause depression and suicidal thoughts, and can cause liver problems etc.... I mean why do these specialists (Psychiatrists) prescribe medications which do these things to people? I really do not understand this at all. My Psychiatrist never asked me my medical history etc.... Yes, He did have some previous documents I gave him about my initial diagnosis about Bipolar and what medications I have tried but that's all. So now I am all freaked out and not knowing what to try (Medications) if any at all. Any advice would be welcome. Cheers, Mallee