Bi-Polar Med's ...

Marlene - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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At what age did you find out your child was Bi-Polar? What medications are they on?? How many diagnosis did you get??
My daughter is 8; she was diagnosed last year with Bi-Polar and she is on 300mg of Lamactil; 15mg of Abilify & 1mg of Benzotropine.
I was fine with this diagnosis because it works for her .. she's so much easier to deal with!! But someone brought this to my attention that she's on a lot of medication. (This was a mom who's child is also bi-polar but removed them because of the medication amount). I guess I'm having doubts on this and am I doing the right thing for her??
Please help and let me know what you think ... I will be talking to the doctor soon, I just think I need to hear from other parents of bi-polar children. Thank you .

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Silka - posted on 03/07/2010

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My daughter was diagnosed at 13 and started on Abilify at first. She hated how that made her feel so she tried Risperdal next. Same thing, complaining that it gave her worse anxiety. Just last week she started on 300mg Lithium per day plus 2 over the counter Benedryl at night to help her sleep. After 1 week she just told me yesterday that she has been sleeping great and hasn't felt this good since she can remember. I have gone back and forth about the guilt that comes with medicating my child but I have always known that something was just off with my daughter, especially when compared to my other children, that kind of made me feel that at least it wasn't my parenting skills like so many people want to blame it on. I think as long as you find a doctor that knows what they are doing and you can trust, and more importantly if you are seeing improvement in you child, then you are on the right track. I have just realized that there is no one size fits all for a Biploar child, and as they grow their brain chemistry changes and their meds need to be changed or adjusted accordingly. I hated the idea of making my child a science experiment and having to try all kinds of different combinations of drugs, fearing that the wrong combination could have severe consequences, but over the past few years the periods when I allowed her to not take any meds were the worst times. Seeing her psychiatrist is also invaluable to her therapy.

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Angela - posted on 10/23/2012

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I have 3 children 2 with diagosis of sever bipolar disorder with one classified as an ultradian cycler (prob spelled that worng) which means he cycles through mood changes by the second it seems - a minimum of 800 to 1000 mood changes a day on average. Both have been highly symptomatic since birth and have an extensive family history of extreme mental health issues on dads side. They were only diagnosed at 6 for the youngest and 7 for the older and a year after the start of meds life is still very difficult. The only thing keeping them out of an institution is the meds and that barely so. There is nothing more irritating than well intentioned people directing you to take your kids off meds. With bipolar they can be a litteral life saver. We lost their father to the disorder in 2006. Boys are 1) on rispiridone 2 mg per day and clonidine 15 mg per day and boy 2) abilify 15 mg per day and paxil 5 mg per day - set to increase to 10. Looking at adding abilify to the first boys meds and possible ceraquil to the second.

Alyssa - posted on 06/04/2012

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my stp daughter took abilify for a year but her sympoms have gotten worse.. mania..they changed her to 40 mg of latuda.. which is a strong anti psychotic..mainly for pscyhosis and schizophrenia.
little nervous but will monitor her progress.

Angie - posted on 03/24/2010

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It is sooooo hard to find the right combination of meds. If it works, don't mess with it. Your friend may mean well, but I would trust your child's doctor or psychiatrist's opinion on proper medication dosages. Does she have the education to back up her opinion?

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