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Parnate and Lamictal

Posted by Gretchen on August 3, 1999, at 19:10:35

I was wondering if anyone has taken Parnate (or another MAOI) with Lamictal ??

I am currently taking Parnate 4omg, Lamictal 25mg (5 days now), a generic thyroid med .05mg (also just 5 days), and klonipin about 2mg a day.

From what I have read about Lamictal and from the "Notes" part of this site, I should be having very few side effects. (Mainly becoming concerned only if I happen to develop a rash.)

Instead I am having many side-effects: diffuse, strong, pressure headaches, dizziness to the point of falling over backwards plus general increase in hypo-tensive problems and a "new" dizzy feeling of spinning that is intermittent though strongest when I lay down.

Motion sickness type nausea, an inability to remember the next word I was going to say, muscle and joint pain, muscle cramps esp. in my legs.

And other never before felt symptoms: sudden disorientations in space (both "like I don't know where I am but I do and should" and while driving not knowing if it was the "right road" although I have been on it many times -- nothing "looked right". (I am not driving for a while.) Also difficulty telling what lane a car was in, but not really double vision.

Generally feeling just incredibly sick.

It would help to know if anyone else has had these many side-effects and for how long they lasted.

BTW, I have chronic major unipolar depression, my doctor is just very convinced that mood-stabilizers are where it's at. Combinations of Parnate plus Lithium, Neurontin and Depakote have caused either incredible dizziness (broke collar bone in two places)or **severely increased suicidal feelings**.

Since so far with Lamictal, there are physical symptoms I feel guilty about calling and complaining.

Maybe it will last just a few more days??

I kind of need to be able to drive.

Thanks for reading all of this. G.




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