Which Med Would Be Best
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Q:  Which Med Would be Best


Hello Dr. Phelps,

My doc here is wanting to put me onto Olanzapine in addition to my Lithium and Carbamazepine, and take me off thioridazine. However, I could not afford the price tag for the Olanzapine, so he put me onto Risperidone as an alternative. I am not convinced, now, that the latter is working for me, and wonder should I have made the sacrifices and paid for the Olanzapine. I'm taking the drug to control several problems including social phobias, mania, thought disorders, to name a few. In your view, what would be the superior drug of choice?

Grateful for any opinion.
Sarah.

Dear Sarah -- 
Either can be very helpful in bipolar disorder, although olanzapine has an edge in  that it has more inherent "mood stabilizing" properties, in my opinion (and I think in the experience of most doc's I know).  

Dr. Phelps


Published December, 2001
 

 

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