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Thursday, September 24, 2009 mike, Community Member, asks

Q: is it ok to take haldol with lithium and other antidepressants

my fiance is bi polar,she takes lithium and antidepressant for it.she hasent been taking it right,and drinking on top of that.well she had a bad mood crash when drinking the other day,and she did something crazy that landed her in the emergency room,and now in a behavorial mod program.they are getting her back on her lithium,and anti depressant,which is good.but she has been having mild hallucinations,and they are giving her haldol to relax her.am wondering if that is ok for her,or is it too much,should she not take the haldol,,or what,please i need to know,if somebody can help me,i would sincerely appreciate it.

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Christina Bruni, Health Guide
9/24/09 10:13pm

Hi mike,

 

She needs to talk with her psychiatrist if she feels the medication isn't working well enough to alleviate her symptoms.

 

Sometimes more than one drug is prescribed to treat a person's symptoms.  I know three people with bipolar who are on two or more drugs.  Everyon'e brain chemistry is different and responds to different drugs in different ways.  So she may need a certain combination of medications to do the trick.


If you are concerned, why not go with her to the psychiatrist?

 

Regards,

Christina

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Christina Bruni, Health Guide
9/24/09 10:15pm

Mike,

 

Also: she should not be drinking if she has any desire to recover from the bipolar.  Alcohol can interfere with the ability of the bipolar meds to do their job effectively.  If she wants to recover, she needs to stop drinking.

 

Christina

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