What Other Meds Might Work
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Q:  What Other Meds Might Work

I was diagnosed in 1998, and battled alcohol and drug addiction during my initial stabilization on meds. I went off my meds in late 2000, and got back on them in July 2001. I have been increased and increased since then. I am now at 1800mg lithium and 200mg Trazadone, and I still have HUGE anxiety, panic attacks, racing thoughts, and "rages" of anger. I hate the weight gain, and the acne! I would like to know what alternative meds there are that dont have such side effects. And, by the way, I am Hep-C positive and am VERY concerned about the lithium effect on my liver. If I knew what other meds might work, I could ask my psych. about them...PLEASE advise. Thank you

Dear Mary -- 
Ask your doc' about
Trileptal.  It might be a candidate, if used cautiously; it might also allow you to lower lithium and decrease the side effects therefrom.  

Dr. Phelps

 Published June, 2002


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