Posted by JohnL on March 10, 2000, at 4:25:51
In reply to Not many people on lamictal, posted by Amanda S on March 8, 2000, at 20:58:32
> What's up with so few people on lamictal?? I and only a handful of people seem to be on lamictal. I would like to be able to see how they are doing on this med.
I've taken Lamictal up to 125mg, increasing by 25mg a week to avoid the rash risk. It does stabilize me, and pleasantly diminishes my tinnitus.
I read in a research study that it didn't help many people for tinnitus, but it does with me. I read in another research that it has serotonin, NE, and dopamine reuptake inhibition all in one, which increases with dose. They aren't sure if that is why it has been promising in both unipolar and bipolar depression. But electrical smoothing and multiple reuptake inhibition all in one...sounds pretty good to me. Just have to go slow to avoid the rash.
My pdoc is getting ready next week to run me through the stimulant class. He wants me to stay on 50mg Lamictal pending results, if for no other reason just to help the tinnitus. If results on stimulants are disappointing, the next plan of action is to get me into the 200mg to 400mg range of Lamictal. Apparently the antidepressant qualities are more evident at these higher doses. We'll see. I have to admit it's kind of cool to have a pdoc with an organized strategy all mapped out in advance and customized for me.
I have nothing negative to say about Lamictal, except perhaps some insomnia. It is probably the most side-effect free drug I've ever tried. But I think its use in psychiatry is still fairly new. I was the first patient my pdoc tried it with, and my GP didn't even know what it was! lol :) JohnL