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Re: manic-depression--meds?

Posted by jamie on July 5, 1999, at 18:59:36

In reply to manic-depression--meds?, posted by katie on July 5, 1999, at 15:04:57

> If anyone out there could give me the names of alternative drugs (other than lithium and anti-convulsants) used to treat manic-depression I'd be really grateful. I just can't deal with the side effects of topamax and lithium. I've gotten off of the topamax and am back on full dose of lithium, but have been suffering w/ diarreah. I really don't know what my doc will do with me because I plan on complaining to him about this...I really, really DON'T want to try another anti-convulsant. The topamax made me very irritable and I suffered from numbness in my feet and hands. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Thanks, Katie

Lamictal (Lamotrigene) is a new generation anticonvulsant used to treat all spectrums of manic depression. You might consider it because of its very favorable side effect profile compared to classic drugs you mention. I'm overly sensitive to everything, but I find Lamictal easy to handle. If your illness involves a lot of depression, Lamictal also has significant antidepressant characteristics in addition to mood stabilization. Though we are all different, Lamictal may very well have the most benign side effect profile of anything you might choose. Hope this helps. Take care, jamie.




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