Q: Will My Current Meds Keep Me Stable?
I am a male in my late 30s, diagnosed as a mixed bipolar and
presently stabilized on a mixture of depakote, tomopax and celexa.
For the first time +/-15 years I have my life back.
Dear Steve --
Great that you have had such a good response. I wish I could assure you it will stick; and there is definitely a possibility that it will. Some mood experts would suggest -- unless the celexa was added last -- a trial of very slowly, like over 4 months, tapering the celexa. You could ask your doctor/NP what she/he thinks about that. The idea is that antidepressants seem to be "destabilizing" in some folks, and for a while there many of us were avoiding them in anyone who looked bipolar, at least without a mood stabilizer (or tapering them off ASAP if a person was rapid cycling). I just recently heard Bob Post of the NIMH say he is less worried about doing this than he used to be, which was encouraging for folks like you -- i.e. you may not have to taper off to do very well for years and years.