Posted by BK on January 28, 2001, at 15:23:10
In reply to Favorite Mood Stabilizers?, posted by Noa on April 3, 2000, at 17:14:46
First time respondent so please bear with me. I tried just about every drug out there and only had success with Nardil, albeit short lived. At the time, it totally cured my depression, anxiety and tremendously improved my concentration and cognitive function. Unfortunately, it was short lived and its debatable whether it was no more than just a tease, but at least it showed me what it feels like to be "normal".
Anyway, I recently tired Lamictal. It was by no means a miracle drug,but it certainly helped my cognitive abilities. Unfortunately, I did experience some rather unpleasant side affects, namely a persistent sore throat and sleeplessness. I also had severe dandruff. In fact, it was from this site that I learned, or I hope anyway, that my consistent sore throat indeed be from the Lamictal.
So, here's what I would recommend based on my experiences. Give the lamictal a try. It worked rather quickly, despite the slow start-up dossage. Id say within a couple of weeks and I was at maximum dosage of 200mg. I ended up at a dosage of 100mg/day, which gave me the best response/side effect combination. If it doesn't work, fine you tried it and can eliminate it from your list. If it does work, you can still monitor any possible side effects and make a judgement later.
If all else fails try the Nardil. Be prepared that the response may be short lived. Also, there are dietary restriction that must be adhered to prevent serious and potentially deadly side effects. Iím going to try Adrafinal based on some of the comments Iíve read here. Iíd also point out that on numerous occasions, I would experience a positive effect on a medication when I first started to go off of it. This would occur despite the fact that I experienced little or no benefits while on the medication. Perhaps you are experiencing the same type of phenomenon. Remember your are not alone. Good luck my friend.