After a long episode of bipolar depression, and many visits to a new psychiatrist who tried a number of medication changes, we finally hit on a winning combo, and, to my surprise, it was the same meds I had been taking for years, but at a higher dose. I guess the solution does not always need to be complicated.
For the past few years I had been on:
- Seroquel ER 100mg
- Wellbutrin SR 150mg
Then the protracted episode of depression, and mixed episodes hit. I first asked my general practitioner to try a few things. He first had me take Zyrtec (with very bad results), then Prozac, then 2 Prozac, but it wasn't resolving the depression. I was referred to a psychiatrist who immediately increased my dose of Seroquel, and tried a few things I can't even remember to manage the depression, but, again, no dice. The psychiatrist then suggested just upping my dose of Wellbutrin. I wasn't that enthusiastic, but was running out of options. Surprise. It worked!
Now I am on:
- Seroquel ER 200mg (taken at bed time)
- Wellbutrin SR 300mg (taken in the morning)
If you are currently having problems managing your bipolar disorder, you may want to ask your psychiatrist if an increase in dose might be helpful, but DON'T increase your meds without first discussing it with you psychiatrist!
Good luck! If you have had a medication adjustment that worked, or didn't work, for your bipolar, please post a comment and share your experience.
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