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Are there any new meds out there for us bipolars? I usually

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Are there any new meds out there for us bipolars? I usually develop a tolerance for them after awhile, & then I have to go & try something else. I have just about run out of meds that actually do something for me.

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There are new medications coming out constantly to treat Bipolar Disorder. Most of them help with mood stabilization-you may have tried some of these-Lamictal, Neurontin, and the old fashioned lithium. These help stabilize the mood and then a different medication, usually an antidepressant helps the depressive part. Often times a different, more sedating medication, such as seroquel can work with a manic episode.
I wonder if you access to a psychopharmacologist who is willing to try different things or combine different meds. Often times, off label medications, i.e. they were initially marketed to treat something else, can be very beneficial.
Most recently, the ones that I have seen be most effective are lamictal and neurontin. They are typically used with a newer antidepressant such as citalopram or celexa.
I hope this is helpful and wish you well,
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