KansasTherapist : Hello
KansasTherapist : The resources I use don't list needing to taper off the doses of either of these medications.
KansasTherapist : That suggests you can just stop taking them.
Customer: I've seen entries on the Internet that say your must taper off carbamazepine for risk of seizures but that was for schitzafrenia. Also my doctor said not to stop the medications without a doctors supervision.... Is he just being super carefule?
KansasTherapist : If that's what the doctor recommended, I would go with that. Is the carbamazepine a pill or a capsule?
Customer: Capsule.... Equetro
KansasTherapist : What's your dosage?
KansasTherapist : How many times a day?
KansasTherapist : I suggest you go to your regular medical doctor and tell him you want to taper off these meds so you can get the prescriptions you need.
Customer: That sounds reasonable.... But now I'm back stopping. I also read that it was recommended to drop the medications by 100-200mg every 5 days until you're done. Sound reasonable?
KansasTherapist : Yes, that should get you off of them nice and slow.
KansasTherapist : How will you know if going off the meds turns out not to be a good idea?
Customer: I still have a therapist and If I start showing strong signs of mania I may consider the medications again, though the side affects have bothered me from the beginning.
KansasTherapist : That's good. There are other meds you could try if you need to take somethng.
Customer: Ive seen that online. My psychiatrist only wanted to go with these 2 and another.... That was part of the reason that I stopped seeing him..
KansasTherapist : Yes, he should have offered you other options.
Customer: Thats what I thought. I've gotten what I need... Thank you for the help!
KansasTherapist : You're welcome.