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good non-addictive meds
An_191196 posted:
I'm dually diagnosed bipolar and add and have also had a history of substance abuse. I am new to the add world and would like to know of the best new meds out there that aren't addictive. I take Lamictal, abilify and paxil. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
momuv4girls responded:

My daughter is also bipolar and takes Lamictal, and risperdal.....she too has add, but as you may know taking a stimulant med can often times send a bipolar person into a manic state - even when their mood is stable.

We have tried ADD meds twice, with disastrous results.

It is super important to rely on your psychiatrist here because you don't want to try anything that will potentially put you in a bad place.

You may want to ask your psychiatrist about Intuniv, as it is a longer acting form of Tenex that is used to control high blood pressure,, yet has proven to control some AD(H)D symptoms.

Good luck and take care,
Boyzmomee responded:
Stimlulant medications for ADHD are not addictive if taken as prescribed.
djedwards replied to momuv4girls's response:
Thanks for the info. I actually went to the Dr. the day after I posted that and explained everything to him. He prescribed Intuniv like you said. So far I think it might be helping but really too soon to tell. Thanks again. Debbie
momuv4girls replied to djedwards's response:
Good luck with the Intuniv Debbie! I really hope it helps you.

FYI, there is a bipolar board here that is really active and has a lot of helpful people is the link:

Take care!
syrinx68 replied to Boyzmomee's response:
It is an Amphetamine. It is highly addictive! They need to stop handing it out like candy! I am absolutely 100% against children being on this medicine. We need to wake up! America has a huge pill problem.

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