Archive for the 'Depression' Category

Just an update

Monday, July 14th, 2008

As it says, just a quick update for those of you who actually know me, and use this as a way to keep a vague eye on my comings and goings. Buproprion is still wonderful, although side effects are a bit of a pain (the timing of the second dose most days either leaves me […]


Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

My currect medication cocktail: 800mg Lithium (Priadel) 125mg Lamotrigine 300mg Buproprion (Zyban) Buproprion Hydrocloride is very commonly used in the US, under the name Wellbutrin. In the UK however, Buproprion is only licensed as an aid to smoking cessation (under the name Zyban). This means that it is rarely prescribed, as doctors have to prescribe […]


Sunday, July 1st, 2007

In response to my complete lack of posting recently (Had too much else to worry about) comes a round-up post to bring everything back up to date. Firstly, I am no longer a student. After five years I am now the proud holder of a 3yr BSc in Biochemistry, 2:2. It’s not the greatest result […]

And then there were 4

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Apparantly, according to my consultant, we have exhausted the possibilities of 3 drugs at once, and have therefore moved onto 4. These being 1g Lithium, 75mg Lamotrigine, 20mg Clomipramine and 20mg Prozac (Fluoxetine). Reducing the dose of Clomipramine has certainly helped a lot with the side effects. I can think a lot clearer and the […]

New Year, same old Jo.

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Appologies for the lack of updates for the past few months. I’ve been having a fairly terrible time with the depression, and that kinda saps your enthusiasm for pretty much everything else. So here’s a quick update on the medication situation. After coming off the olanzepine, we increased the dose of clomipramine to 60mg Since […]

Olanzepine is no more

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Increasing the olanzepine caused an increase in side effects, with no noticeable improvement in my mood, so I’ve come off it cold turkey, as recommended by my consultant. So far I haven’t noticed a drop in my food cravings, but I do seem to have acquired a permanent and rather nasty headache. The plan is […]

Olanzepine and Blueberry pancakes

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

My mood is up and down at the moment like the proverbial yo-yo, and as a result my consultant has asked me to increase my olanzepine dose to 5mg daily. We’re trying to prove that it won’t help so we can abandon it for good. Of course, it might help, so we’ll have to see. […]