Mini-Post Mondays: Money and Meds

Short and sweet, per my going crazy and all.

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Money

I just found $8 in change in my purse and that’s awesome.

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Meds

I’ve realized many of you don’t know which meds I’m on, so let me break it down for you. I’m supposed to take:

  • One 20mg pill of Citalopram (Celexa) a day.
  • One 10mg pill of Abilify a day.
  • Two 100mg pills of Gabapentin (Neurontin) a day (200mg total).

The Citalopram is for depression. The Abilify is a mood stabilizer and pretty much for nothing other than if the Celexa makes me manic (I know this because my doctor keeps upping the dose whenever I tell him I’m anxious or too happy). The Gabapentin is for anxiety. Now, I don’t know anything about these meds, but something tells me they’re not the correct combination for me.

I also have an update on my diagnosis — I have Bipolar I with Anxiety, and Borderline tendencies. So, there’s that.

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The end. Make sure to link up your own Mini-Post Mondays to either this post or the Mini-Mondays page!

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7 thoughts on “Mini-Post Mondays: Money and Meds

  1. Almost on the same meds! Abilify 15mg, Gabapentin same dose as you, and my antidepressant is prozac. We’re med twins sista. I feel you on going nuts, I’m in the throws of it myself.

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  2. Ugh. Moist. Gag me with broomstick!!! Ya know, in honor of Halloween and all. And thanks for sharing. It’s always interesting to me to know what meds people take — which according to several friends makes me a weirdo. Oh well… I’ve certainly been called worse.

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  3. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and as an add-on to anti-depressants for treatment-resistant depression. If you are getting manic, you should be taking less SSRI (Celexa). Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is the next generation SSRI derived from Celexa (citalopram). Lexapro is quicker, safer, more precise, and has fewer negative side effects (less dampening of sexual responsiveness) than Celexa. You should NEVER double up on Abilify or Celexa without your doctor’s consent. You may precipitate rapid cycling and mania if you ramp up SSRIs. Neurontin (gabapentin) is an anticonvulsant and analgesic drug which is used to treat comorbid anxiety in bipolar patients, but not bipolar itself. I am not as knowledgeable about the effects of doubling up on gabapentin, but do know that dosages are to titrated up slowly, not rapidly doubled up (though your dosage is low compared with dosages for epileptics). Try talking to your pharmacist, as well. Although, I will let you know, having once worked as a pharmacy assistant in my youth (yes, I’ve had a lot of jobs), pharmacists realize quickly who abuses and overuses their medications. So, be forewarned.

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