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Lamictol questions and thoughts

Posted by DAVID GRAF on November 3, 1999, at 13:09:22

I am trying to get to Lacmictol (hope I spelled it right) as the side effects of traditional meds. I have been on Depakote, which did absolutely nothing for me. I have been on Lithium, but had continued problems with mixed episodes. Tegretol made me so groggy I couldn't find my way home from work. Eskalith did wonders for me and I loved what it did for me, but it gave me digestive problems with diarrhea so bad that I would get dehydrated. However, at this time I am out of work, and the VA hospital wants to keep putting me back on old meds and won't pay for Lamictol because of the cost. I need info on how to get free or low cost medication due to hardship.

I am a highly functional manic depressive, active in a good support group, a musician who is also a recording engineer preparing to do a cd of my own material in January. As of this moment, I am not quite sure if I'll make it that far and it means a lot to me. I am not suicidal in any way, but have not been on meds since March of this year. I need help. I am very prone to manias, and have little problem with depressions. Although when they come they are short, but very very intense. I want to stay productive and keep my mind sharp. And at 36 years old I have learned the value of extended stability, but have never truly had it, although I did so well on Eskalith that I know it's possible. I am also dealing with the past and issues arising from manias and depressions that I really need to talk to someone about. I have worked very hard over the last few months on personal issues and have done quite well under the circumstances. But, at 36 years old, I am really feeling the pain of prolonged manias to the point of self medicating with marijuana (formerly alcohol) every day. I have lost two jobs in seven months. I would put myself in the hospital, but I am a contractor and have no insurance and cannot afford it.

Whatever the case, in any area of my life, I know beyond all doubt that if I don't get this tiger by the tail, it just might get me.




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