Q: References to Medications that May Help?
Dear Dr. Phelps,
Hello, I have been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I had a
severe episode of mania, in which I was hospitalized. I have been
prescribed 600mg neurontin 2xday, 100 mg seroquel 3xday, and celexa 20mg 1x day.
I am still very manic, to the point that leaving the house is very difficult,
and making decisions is impossible. I can only do tasks one at a time, if
anything distracts me (like the phone ringing etc) I become severely confused.
This has been going on for a month. Could this be from the medication?
It seems that I am in the same state as when I entered the hospital a month ago.
Do you have any references to medications that may help me so I can talk to my
Please help, and thank you for your time
Dear Sandra --
For some basics for you and your doctor, I particularly like the "Expert
Consensus Guidelines for the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder", which is a
bit old now but still basically well accepted. I like it because it's in
Then for a very up to date version, though in
medical lingo, there's the American Psychiatric Association's recent Practice
Guidelines for the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder. To help guide you a
little with that document, I offer this
tour. You and your doctors both need to read, consider, and
discuss these guidelines.
Published January, 2003