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Re: Alert: New Uses for Zyprexa and Lamictal

Posted by Elizabeth on December 6, 1999, at 1:30:07

In reply to Alert: New Uses for Zyprexa and Lamictal, posted by anita on December 5, 1999, at 13:59:15

> Just thought I'd pass this on ---
> Zyprexa's been approved by the FDA for bipolar disorder -- I think it's the first antipsychotic officially approved for this use.

Well that's cool. I think some of the older ones may be approved for vaguer indications (mania or "agitation") but this is the first to be approved for bipolar, yup.

> Lamictal's been proven helpful for PTSD according to one study. Also, I read on PubMed that glutamate overexcitation may be the cause of dissociative episodes, so since lamictal is an anti-glutaminergic drug, maybe it'll be helpful for dissociation.

That's interesting; I hadn't really heard that. Which PTSD symptoms did Lamictal help with?

I think the glutamate receptor type affected by Lamictal may not be the one that's relevant in dissociation, but I should read up on that.




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