Posted by: Deidre van Wyk | 2010/06/30


very worried about possible medication side effects

I''''m a 27 yo female. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the past but have recently moved to a new psycologist and found out that I have ADHD. I slso moved to a different Psychiatrist mainly because she has an extremely heavy hand when writing scripts and doesn''''t take me into consideration when talking to her about effects of the medication nor the psycologists diagnosis, my appointment with the new psychiatrist is only on the 16th of July. I''''m currently on Lamictin and Topamax but have gone to the Solal clinic for supportive natural treatment for the ADHD as my psycologist strongly feels that I don''''t have bipolar just as I do. The solal clinic advised me to stay on the lamictin and topamax but gave me a whole list of extras, all Solal products. These include DMAE, Ubiquinol Co-Q10, Acetyl-L Carnetine, Krill oil and Ps Phosphatidylserine. Since starting on these I have been exhausted and sleepy during the day and unable to concentrate (worsened) and been unable to sleep during the evenings(worsened). It feels like I''''m in a constant daze and my brain feels hazy. To be honest I feel out of it and ''''stupid''''. Picking things up and taking my dogs for their morning walk is a huge physical challenge and my brain has been drained of all creativity and productivity. I have tried to contact all involved but my previous psychiatrist is negative as always and ''''anti'''' psycologist. The solal clinic is yet to respond. Please help.

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Deidre,

As I am not a medical doctor I cannot advise specifically on stopping or continuing any medications.

However, from your post, it is clear that you are distressed about the situation. Changing psychiatrists sounds like a positive move.

Please do not abruptly stop taking any of the medications you are currently on; Since the worsening of symptoms occurred after starting the Solal products it may be beneficial to ask how to ween yourself off these.

When you meet with your new psychiatrist be sure to inform him/her of any and all products you have taken as well as the effects they had.

I wish I could provide you with a more concrete plan. Hang in there.

Best wishes,

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