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post #121 of 572
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All the allopathic books say don't take the meds while breastfeeding because they don't value breastfeeding --
Yea and my baby is a year old so its not really important anyways, right?
post #122 of 572
jenny im looking at hale's book right now and it basically says they don';t have a lot of info on abilify and breastfeeding, but they classify it as a L3. i'm taking an L3, so i personally think its ok, but its a personal decision.


i found this when i did a search on lact net (the link i provided up thread):

http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/si...temp/~t9s6Fi:1
post #123 of 572
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I am considering weaning.
post #124 of 572
she's a year old so dont beat yourself up over it. but if you really dont want to, can you try discussing another med with your pdoc? i know ive mentioned this a few dozen times, but seriously, topamax is amazing. and very few side effects. well, it makes you kinda DUMB for awhile, like mommy brain on crack, but it gets better. lol.
post #125 of 572
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Also I am going to have to convince her to give it to me when I am nursing...she seems really really worried.
I don't completely blame her for this. When I was pg the first time, my OB wanted to give me Paxil. At the time, it was considered safe while pg or bf. I refused to take it because even though they said it didn't pass through the placenta, I was worried. About a year after DS was born, Paxil came out as very unsafe during pg/BF. There were a bunch of news stories about birth defects from it, and I was incredibly grateful that I'd stood my ground.

So my point is that I don't blame a pdoc at all for not wanting to rx something that Hale's says could be safe or that she's not sure about. That's a huge risk for her to take. Psych drugs are really hard on our bodies, too. Like Arwyn said, it's a balancing act, and it sounds like you and the doc are at different places on the scale, but maybe you can come to some compromise.
post #126 of 572
Anyone have to go off Lamictal onto Abilify? My family member has had to switch because while L helps the symptoms, the side efects prevent reaching a therapuetic dose (inability to focus- no rash). So the MHNP just switched them to Abilify. How do any of you who are on it feel about it? Especially if you have been on Lamictal before, do you feel it's as good? I would hate to see a return of symptoms Thanks!
post #127 of 572
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I am considering weaning.
Whatever you decide, know that it was because you're trying to do the best you can for your child and yourself.

Do you feel like you have to? Or that it might be best?
post #128 of 572
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Anyone have to go off Lamictal onto Abilify?
Yes me! I just swicthed from Lamictal to Abilify. I don't know if I can answer your question though because I was only on the Lamictal for a week when I was in so much pain I could barely walk (joint pain). I tried to tough it out until I realized that I was being stupid
The abilify is fine so far. It makes me sleepy and hungry but thats about it.
post #129 of 572
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I am considering weaning.
So there's nothing compatible?
You won't get any judgement from me whatever you decide to do
post #130 of 572
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got pills 2day.

Depakote.

Its the only one she would give me while nursing.

Thank frigging God, relief is on its way.

post #131 of 572
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got pills 2day.

Depakote.

Its the only one she would give me while nursing.

Thank frigging God, relief is on its way.

post #132 of 572
Thread Starter 
gah. I feel like : today from these meds!
post #133 of 572
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gah. I feel like : today from these meds!
You and me both sister!
Omg.
I am going in tomorrow to talk about it because I can't stand it.

So what are your symptoms?
post #134 of 572
what kinds of side effects? i tried a lot of meds before i found one that allowed me to function. a lot of them made me soooo sleepy.
post #135 of 572
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I am on depakote ER. I took 250 last night and then again this morning. I was really ready to get the ball rolling but I should just take all of it at night.

I am sleepy, lightheaded, tummy ache, no appetite.

I am giving it 2 weeks unless something really crazy happens.

It just like totally accellerated all of my normal depression symptoms, kwim?
post #136 of 572
Thread Starter 
oops.
post #137 of 572
Mine symptoms are that I feel like jumping out of my skin but lack the energy to do so. Very uncomfortable. Also major anxiety.
I take Wellbutrin and Abilify. Maybe not for much longer.
post #138 of 572
I don't even know where to begin.. I've only posted once in this thread, although I read often. I have pretty severe manic depression and OCD. The Ocd really only gets bad when I'm super stressed, or PREGNANT. UGh.. anyways, I've been on Lexapro for several years.. it helps with the OCD and depressive part of my illness. I USED to take a mood stabilizer then just stopped taking them like an idiot several years ago.. Since then I've been able to deal with the mania.. although it's caused many fights between my husband where I get soo irritated and aggressive. I'm about 6 months post partum, and I'm getting out of control. I'm a rapid cycler , and I've been going several nights on just 2-3 hours of sleep.. then crashing. I feel insane.. I'm getting paranoid, and when I come down I get so low I really honestly fantasize about suicide. I cannot bring myself to do it now because I know my children need me.. but I'm afraid if I keep getting worse that one day I'll actually do it. I'm scared to go back on mood stabilizers.. I feel like such a damn guinea pig. I'm afraid I'm going to have to try so many different combinations, and it's going to be hard doing that while being a good mommy/dealing with the holidays/etc.. I know it's what I HAVE to do. I just need some reassurance/support/advice.. anything... My husband really doesn't "get it". I just wish this would all go away.
post #139 of 572
Please, please get yourself some help. You deserve it, and you need it. Are you taking high EPA fish oil? That can help without pharmaceuticals, although it really sounds like you need something serious, and soon. A quote I love is that meds suck [a donkey part], but untreated bipolar disorder sucks syphalitic [donkey anatomy]. It's better than the alternative. Really.
post #140 of 572
Yes you need to get help now. I know exactly what you mean about feeling like a guinea pig because I feel the same way but its important, like Arwyn said.
Please make an appointment for yourself right away, whether its with your primary to obtain a referral or if you can just go straight to a psychiatrist.



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Originally Posted by bebebradford View Post
I don't even know where to begin.. I've only posted once in this thread, although I read often. I have pretty severe manic depression and OCD. The Ocd really only gets bad when I'm super stressed, or PREGNANT. UGh.. anyways, I've been on Lexapro for several years.. it helps with the OCD and depressive part of my illness. I USED to take a mood stabilizer then just stopped taking them like an idiot several years ago.. Since then I've been able to deal with the mania.. although it's caused many fights between my husband where I get soo irritated and aggressive. I'm about 6 months post partum, and I'm getting out of control. I'm a rapid cycler , and I've been going several nights on just 2-3 hours of sleep.. then crashing. I feel insane.. I'm getting paranoid, and when I come down I get so low I really honestly fantasize about suicide. I cannot bring myself to do it now because I know my children need me.. but I'm afraid if I keep getting worse that one day I'll actually do it. I'm scared to go back on mood stabilizers.. I feel like such a damn guinea pig. I'm afraid I'm going to have to try so many different combinations, and it's going to be hard doing that while being a good mommy/dealing with the holidays/etc.. I know it's what I HAVE to do. I just need some reassurance/support/advice.. anything... My husband really doesn't "get it". I just wish this would all go away.
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