19 year old girl Bi polar disorder. prescribe Zoloft

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I take 100MG of lamictal which is working great for me. My moods are stable, but I have really bad social anxiety. So my psychiatrist prescribe me Zoloft. (25MG) My question is has anyone had weird side effects with taking Zoloft? I'm just a little stressed because some of the reviews I've read. Say that you get over the top manic moods. Any knowledge you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Hi Keisha

    What kind of weird side effects?

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    I've been asking my psychiatrist these past few months to prescribe me Duloxetine but as it's an antidepressant she won't because of me being bipolar. That bothers me because there's your psychiatrist letting you have an antidepressant so whys that. I'm not getting at you God forbid Keisha it's my psychiatrist I'm sounding off about here because I know my mood isn't great and would need something that's all.
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    Hello Keisha

    Did you mean once you've got over the top of a manic mood what would happen?

    I don't know anything about Zoloft but there is a bit of a debate going on about prescribing anti-depressants to bi-polar people.  When I was taking Paroxetine for post-natal depression I had gone up to 10mg a day and it made me go really doo-lally, behaving in an un-characteristically irresponsible way.  Part of my bi-polar is being helpless and over dependent on other people or substances.    In the end I did stop all together and now just take Lithium to stabilise mood.  Keep Well, Best wishes.

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      That's been why my psychiatrist wouldn't prescribe me Duloxetine though for Neurological pain at a low dose it's reported to be good but then at a low dose it's nor going to help depression..though praise be to God at present I'm not in depression but my mood could do with something as it's a bit on the low side.
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      Hi Maureen. I don't think it's right to "sound off" about your psychiatrist. They are experts in their specialty, every patient is different and what may be appropriate for one patient may be totally inappropriate for another. The evidence shows that SSRI 's and SNRI's in particular can push you into a manic episode. That's a pretty good reason for a doctor to not prescribe one for you. It's not a matter of the doctor "not letting" you have duloxetine. It's the doctor who is the doctor. Not the patient who thinks they know about a drug they've probably just read about or heard talked about. You really don't want to risk going manic do you? I was on high dose citalopram when I had my 2nd episode. There were other things in my life too but the citalopram certainly hastened a police escort, prn haloperidol in the bum, side room seclusion and being locked up for weeks.

      Maybe talk to your doctor about lamotrigine, mitazepine, Mono Amine Oxidase Inhibitors or Agomelatine. Lamotrigine has really helped prevent me not getting depressed. Professor Martin Hale (one of the best psychiatrists in the country) explained to me about antidepressants in bipolar disorder. They do have a place but you have to be very careful and use the right one.

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