Hello, I'm new to this site and really to be honest new to even talking about being bipolar. I seen my family doctor today and he wants to put me on carbamazpine. I was wondering if anyone of you have been on this drug? I am really tired of feeling this way....I'm tired...physically and emotionally... i get migraines on top of being bipolar. I feel i'm alone. I feel i'm sinking in a hole of quick sand. Drowning fast....!
Sorry, I don't think I've ever taken that med, but I wanted to take the time to welcome you to this board. I think this is a wonderful board with many very nice and caring people. I hope you stick around too! Again, welcome!
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Hi Chopchewy (love the name!!) Welcome to the board. There are lots of folks here who are great to talk to. So your not alone!
I have not taken carbamazepine either, so can't tell you re how it will feel for you, however it is a mood stabilizer, (will help balance your moods so they are not swinging all over the place, ie sinking down into depression, or running around doing risky things) There are other mood stabilizers, Lamictal, Depakote and Lithium are the others (the main ones)...What might be a better idea is to go and see a pdoc, and get him to confirm the dx and then suggest medications for you. Pdoc are more experienced with BP and meds than family doctor's are "usually" ...
Hoped some of that helped... keep chatting here, and there is also a pdoc on board here who you can ask for advice, just start your post with 'Dr. G' in the title....
Your not alone... we also like to have some fun here, and try to stay positive as we all travel on this journey.
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I've not taken this med but have had migraines all my life. You might want to make sure that you have no hormonal or other physical reason for them if they come in cycles. Mine eased considerably after menopause. I still find the best treatment is an ice pack on the head and hot pad on the chest.
guess what i figured out the problem! i took one step at a time. I guess you could say i'm having a good moment. I was wondering all day if someone would write to me and they did. Thank you.That means alot to me.
Carbamazpine is one of the lesser used anti0-seizure type meds for bipolar. There are other meds that are used for bipolar that are also used for migraine prevention. You might make sure that your doctor knows about both conditions and takes that into account when prescribing meds.
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