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August 25th, 2012, 03:41 PM
Hi! I'm 17 and have been diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder and in a depressed phase. I'm on 300mg of qeitiapine, and wondered what medication others was on as mine is not helping me

August 26th, 2012, 10:17 PM
I have bipolar as well, but I am not taking anything for it. When did you start taking your medication though? Because it can take awhile for it to work or even to find the right balance of meds that will help stabilize your moods. I would talk to your doctor if after awhile you really don't see any noticeable difference in how you are feeling though. Best of luck :)

August 28th, 2012, 04:47 PM
I have Bipolar, among other things, and I take mood stabilizers, Lithium. This is what most doctors recommend for Bipolar Disorder but each individual is different and Lithium is a very serious life-long drug which can require intense monitoring. It is not usually given unless adult.

If your meds aren't working then you need to talk to your doctor/psychiatrist/whoever prescribed, as they are the only ones that can suggest/evaluate new medication.

Also, if you look online for Bipolar medication, there will be a lot of useful sites to gather information. PM me if you need anything.

August 30th, 2012, 09:53 AM
Does lithium make you put on weight?

September 1st, 2012, 10:00 AM
Does lithium make you put on weight?

it didn't with me, no. But there are some serious side effects and that is why doctor are generally hesitant to prescribe it, unless absolutely necessary.

Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Lithium:

Drying or thinning of the hair; hair loss; mild hand tremor; mild loss of appetite; mild thirst; mild tiredness; temporary, mild nausea and general discomfort at the beginning of treatment.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Lithium:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); back and forth eye movements; confusion; diarrhea; dizziness or light-headedness; drowsiness; dry mouth or eyes; fainting; giddiness; inability to control the bladder or bowels; increased or decreased urination; increased thirst; involuntary twitching or muscle movements; loss of consciousness; loss of coordination; muscle weakness; numbness of the skin; restlessness; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe or persistent headache or nausea; shortness of breath; slow or irregular heartbeat; sluggishness; slurred speech; swelling of the ankles or wrists; tremor; unsteadiness; vision changes (eg, blurred vision); vomiting; weight changes.

Taken from drugs.com/lithium side effects. hope this helps :)