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If you are bipolar... That Elise Girl Due September 25; TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Springville, AL, United States 2927 posts
2nd Feb '13

Or know someone with bipolar disorder...



After being diagnosed and starting on their/your medication, how long did it take to see a difference? I have recently been diagnosed with bipolar type 2 disorder. And I up my lamictal soon. I just wonder how the change will do for me. I am still just sitting around like, "This stuff doesn't seem to be working yet.. lalaaaa".



I just hope that the medicine my phyc has me on, does work and I can tell a difference as well as the others around me can.



Thanks for any advice or help :)

MomDIA TTC since May 2008; 81 kids; Warminster, Pennsylvania 3812 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting Elise :):" Or know someone with bipolar disorder... After being diagnosed and starting on their/your medication, ... [snip!] ... phyc has me on, does work and I can tell a difference as well as the others around me can. Thanks for any advice or help :)"


About 2 weeks before your body full adjusts to the meds.. you have to take it consistently as well for minimal side effects.

MomDIA TTC since May 2008; 81 kids; Warminster, Pennsylvania 3812 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting BoogsMaMa:" About 2 weeks before your body full adjusts to the meds.. you have to take it consistently as well for minimal side effects."


like the same time every day** sorry

That Elise Girl Due September 25; TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Springville, AL, United States 2927 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting BoogsMaMa:" About 2 weeks before your body full adjusts to the meds.. you have to take it consistently as well for minimal side effects."


Okay, I hope soon then to see some difference! :) Thanks for the reply! I also take a lot of other daily meds as well to do with my other mental stuff. But, I was more concerned with just this main medication. The others, I have been on since Oct.12'

r a b b i t ™ Somewhere, US, United States 27547 posts
2nd Feb '13

On average it takes 4-6 weeks for the medincations to reach their full effect, but you should start seeing improvement about 2 weeks after you start taking them.

That Elise Girl Due September 25; TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Springville, AL, United States 2927 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting BoogsMaMa:" like the same time every day** sorry"


Yea, she has me taking mine every night before bed with my trazodone.

MomDIA TTC since May 2008; 81 kids; Warminster, Pennsylvania 3812 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting Elise :):" Okay, I hope soon then to see some difference! :) Thanks for the reply! I also take a lot of other daily ... [snip!] ... with my other mental stuff. But, I was more concerned with just this main medication. The others, I have been on since Oct.12'"


I am on seroquel (sp?), zoloft, and xanax... the first couple weeks were rough, i slept constantly my mood swings seemed to be worse, but then after like 2-3 weeks I started feeling a little better.

That Elise Girl Due September 25; TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Springville, AL, United States 2927 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting Rabbit
That Elise Girl Due September 25; TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Springville, AL, United States 2927 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting BoogsMaMa:" I am on seroquel (sp?), zoloft, and xanax... the first couple weeks were rough, i slept constantly my mood swings seemed to be worse, but then after like 2-3 weeks I started feeling a little better."


I take the lamictal, zanax, lexapro, trazodone daily. The zanax is 3x a day.

MomDIA TTC since May 2008; 81 kids; Warminster, Pennsylvania 3812 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting Elise :):" I take the lamictal, zanax, lexapro, trazodone daily. The zanax is 3x a day. "


Good news is they wouldnt have given you scripts that cant co-exist in your body. Bad thing is waiting for the adjustment. it sucks :( Sorry but it gets better fast.

BubbleLush Due August 20; 1 child; United Kingdom 512 posts
2nd Feb '13

I work in mental health varies



2 weeks to 4-6 weeks but in 2 weeks should be getting use to the meds your on atleast btw just a tip be careful with the xanax we barely prescribe that anymore just highly addictive and super hard to come off the withdrawl is horrible



3 times a day is a high script



good luck hun

That Elise Girl Due September 25; TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Springville, AL, United States 2927 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting BoogsMaMa:" Good news is they wouldnt have given you scripts that cant co-exist in your body. Bad thing is waiting for the adjustment. it sucks :( Sorry but it gets better fast."


I'm ready for the change, and hope it goes well! I am going to PT you, if you don't mind :)

That Elise Girl Due September 25; TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Springville, AL, United States 2927 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting BubbleLush:" I work in mental health varies 2 weeks to 4-6 weeks but in 2 weeks should be getting use to the meds ... [snip!] ... just highly addictive and super hard to come off the withdrawl is horrible 3 times a day is a high script good luck hun"


Yes, my mom is a RN and stays on me about the zanax. I take a low dose... or well the phyc says its low. (0.5mg) Some days I will only take it one time and then a half later. I don't want to be forced to take anything, if my body doesnt feel I need it.

BubbleLush Due August 20; 1 child; United Kingdom 512 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting Elise :):" Yes, my mom is a RN and stays on me about the zanax. I take a low dose... or well the phyc says its ... [snip!] ... only take it one time and then a half later. I don't want to be forced to take anything, if my body doesnt feel I need it. "


yeah that is low, the dosages also varies people to people, but I always tell people only take that when needed not a med to ever take everyday or multiple times a day if you can avoid doing so



your mom is wise haha :)

That Elise Girl Due September 25; TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Springville, AL, United States 2927 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting BubbleLush:" yeah that is low, the dosages also varies people to people, but I always tell people only take that ... [snip!] ... that when needed not a med to ever take everyday or multiple times a day if you can avoid doing so your mom is wise haha :)"


Lol. Yes, she keeps up with me and my meds! Let me tell yah, a nutcase always asking me new questions. I guess more of a concerned parent. haha