As my heading indicates, it would appear that augmentation is now inevitable and has finally arrived.
Because of my bipolar diagnosis several months ago, I was prescribed Seroquel on the lowest dosage possible with prescription instructions to increase it by one tablet each week until I'm taking 8. But my Restless Legs says no way, one tablet is my highest dosage possible, and even with that one tablet my RLS began arriving earlier than usual, kicking in (pardon the intentional pun) at 5 pm. That was ok, I could take my Sifrol early instead of waiting until night time but take no more. However, now on awakening every morning the legs have started to move to the point where another couple of Sifrol are required as a matter of urgency. After throwing a couple down, I'm fine within 10 minutes. It definitely is a game of shuffling around and seeing what works.
Now 5pm comes and goes with no indication of early symptoms, (obviously because of the early morning dose), so I take my night time meds as usual.
Again, all of this is bearable and really not an issue ... but we all know it's only a matter of time until it escalates. My question is, to those of you who have experienced augmentation; how long do I wait until I tell my psychiatrist and we start to work out a coping mechanism for weaning me off Sifrol.
ATM all of this is still bearable and I have no daytime symptoms and nights I sleep soundly (thanks to the Seroquel).
Common sense tells me to advise him immediately, but I guess I'm scared. What if I go on like this for the next few months and intervention is not yet required. Is it a case of the longer I leave it the harder it will be. Common sense sux.
Another question if it's ok, I know that Tramadol is mentioned quite often on this forum as a coping mechanism for augmentation, and luckily for me, my psychiatrist is not against prescribing Tramadol. What other medications have you found to be useful in dealing with augmentation?