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Effexor + mood stabiliser


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#1 adilello

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 07:57 AM

Hi all,

my pdoc suggested that he would like to try me on a mood stabiliser to augment the Effexor xr that I am taking for clinical depression.  It seems that I have a tendency to be a little manic on ADs (over spending mainly using credit, over elevated mood, too happy etc) and he suggested a little bit of a mood stabiliser will even out both the highs and the lows because this year there seems to have been no in-between moods, just either really, really happy or down into the darkest and deepest of clinical depression and anxiety.

any thoughts as I am a little confused at the moment.

Cheers

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 12:43 PM

Adrian,

I don't take effexor, but I'm currently on prozac.  I've used many different ADs over the past 10 years, with varying success.  Just recently (in the past 3 or 4 months) I've started seeing a psychiatrist.  Previously I'd always been treated by my family doctor, but I decided perhaps I could get better help from a specialist.  My psychiatrist has continued my prozac, but he has also started me on lamictal.  In my case it is not so much for episodes of mania, but just to regulate my depression.  He said it is often used for stabilizing mania in people with bi-polar disorder, but it also helps in uni-polar depression.  

I believe the two commonly used mood stabilizers are lamictal and topamax.  They each have their pros and cons.  I feel like lamictal is helping my depression, so at least in my case I would say that a mood stabilizer together with an AD works very well.

Good luck!  :)

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 08:30 AM

I was on efexor and risperidone at the same time and it did help me with anger.  If you are likely to get manic then you should know that efexor is known for creating manic episodes in Bipola people.

A mood stabiliser should help.  
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