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10 hours in the Bipolar Disorder Community - 3
I have the same concern and my psychiatrist has told me its called dysphoria. It is something to keep track of because in some people it can lead to suicidal ideations. Any sudden shifts in mood, especially accompanied by a change in thought patterns can be of concern. These are always worth bringing up to a psychiatrist right away. For any mood concerns i...
Dec 25, 2014 in the Schizophrenia Community - 2
All current antipsychotics have the potential to cause weight gain. However the antipsychotics from Abilify and after (they are a specific class of antipsychotic) have less of that potential although each person responds differently to each medication. I know with some antipsychotics I had much difficulty with weight gain and others not so much sometime...
Dec 25, 2014 in the Bipolar Disorder Community - 3
For me as I have schizoaffective disorder it is a matter of managing both psychosis and mood swings and both concerns can overlap. Mixed states where both aspects of mania and depression can occur are not uncommon. Sleep disruption can occur during mania and/or depression and can worsen any condition. Setting up a sleep schedule can be of great help. For...
Dec 23, 2014 in the Schizophrenia Community - 2
Basically its a form of Risperdal that a psychiatrist would inject every two weeks. For some people who don't remember to take their prescriptions this can be easier. The medication website would have the specific information. I was on Risperdal before but only in the standard tablet form and the side effects were about the same as other antipsychoti...
Dec 21, 2014 in the Bipolar Disorder Community - 5
You could try asking about Rozerem which is an FDA approved medication that works in a similar way to melatonin to adjust the sleep cycle and is non addictive. Some people find it helpful although each person responds differently to each medication.
Dec 19, 2014 in the Bipolar Disorder Community - 6
That can be one potential side effect of Klonopin. I experience that at higher doses (within the prescription limit I am allowed to take). The best thing to do would be to let your psychiatrist know and they could advise you what to do and keep track of it and see how it goes over time.
Dec 19, 2014 in the Schizophrenia Community Best Answer - 4
Yes I was on that for a while in the past. It requires weekly blood tests and careful monitoring at first because of the potential of the side effect of a drop in white blood cell count. This potential lessens after some time and then the blood test requirement drops to once every two weeks to once every month over a time frame that is FDA required. This si...
Dec 18, 2014 in the Head & Traumatic Brain Injury Community - 1
As the condition itself has a potential to cause a brain injury complications such as memory loss and anxiety and personality changes are a potential: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000713.htm Some of these concerns are treatable themselves. It would be worthwhile to set up a further consult with a neurologist to see how they could be of...
Dec 18, 2014 in the Bipolar Disorder Community - 9
Ambien has the potential to cause tremors as a side effect. This can also happen when a person is discontinuing it which would need to be done under a psychiatrist's supervision because a person can build up a tolerance to it. This should go away in time but keep your psychiatrist up to date.
Dec 16, 2014 in the Bipolar Disorder Community - 1
Its a difficult balance as regards many medications, Lamictal included between side effects such as cognitive confusion and efficacy. Please work with your psychiatrist to find a workable dose. I know when I was on Lamictal that when it didn't work I was given other mood stabilizers as adjuncts (add on medications). However as some mood stabilizers...