Epilepsy medications
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Epilepsy medications, for bipolar disorder?

Q: Please help me with my question about Neurontin. After trying many meds for anxiety/panic/depression, my doctor has prescribed Neurontin. Part of my disorder is a fear of medication. I am afraid to try Neurontin because I know it is an epileptic med. I need help, nothing so far has helped, Prozac, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, etc., I am afraid my doctor has begun to give up also. I also suffer some form of OCD, I constantly pick my hands. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Patty

Hello Patty --
Have a look at my website about bipolar II, as that is the basic information you need to feel much more comfortable about why trying an "anticonvulsant" may be just the right thing.  Some forms of "OCD" can have a lot of overlap with "bipolar disorder", to the point where I've been unable to really distinguish them.  I've even seen clear "OCD" turn into something that sure looked "bipolar" and responded to mood stabilizers (the family of medications we use in bipolar disorder, which includes other antiepileptic medications).  There's version of the bipolar site for doctors too, if you think she/he might need a briefing.

Dr. Phelps

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