Our expert says:
Epitec is a generic version of the drug originally released as lamictin, and can be really useful in managing depression in bipolar disorder. No pills do magic. But they can be really helpful. In Bipolar Disorder the challenge is to find ways to both manage the depressions and the highs as they occur, and also to use other drugs properly to control and reduce the mood swings, thus we also use Mood Stablizers.
So its good that you're not a pill popper in the frivolous sense hat some people do use drugs too eagerly, but using meds you need, is sensible .
I do hope you have been assed and are being treated by a Psychiatrist - bipolar disorder may be identified by a good GP, but should never be treated entirely by a GP, without the assessmetn and diagnosis being checked by a qualified specialist, who should also decide on and monitor treatment.
Usually, Bipolar Disorder needs more than a single medication, so your own psychiatrist needs to discuss this with you, incluing side-effects and benefits.
Various meds used for various reasons may include weight gain as a potential side effect, and this includes quite a few antidepressants. A newly released antidepressant, Agomelatine, seems effetive for depression, but does NOT cause weight gain or the sexual side-effects some others do ( they may, for instance, cause a lack of sexual desire, and related problems in performance ).
DO, please, arrange to discuss all these issues with your psychiatrist, whose job it is to do this, taking into acount all the extra information he must have about your history and your problems. And if you are so far only being treated by a GP, do insist on being refered to a good psychiatrist for re-assessmetn and a detailed discussion of treatment options
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