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Re: Help - yet another thread on Lamictal dosing. Chloe

Posted by Emme on May 7, 2002, at 7:57:15

In reply to Re: Help - yet another thread on Lamictal dosing. Emme, posted by Chloe on May 6, 2002, at 18:55:17

Hi Chloe,

Butt right on in! Nice to hear from you. How's the combo working? I assume Lithium is still your mainstay? How's your sore scalp problem?

> I am so sorry you did not get that job. What a disappointment.

Yeah, thanks. There's a lot of "life" issues that were attached to it, such as moving. I will probably need to move in the next year and I need to job search and I wanted to get it all done with *now* since it's all pretty destabilizing for me. And this would've fulfilled a dream career wise. My current life situation is not good for me. But it's moot for the moment...

>But I wanted to let you know I am thinking about you.

Thanks! Same here!

> I am glad you have an "overly optimistic" pdoc. Perhaps she can think of something to help you get through this rough time. Too bad the naltrexone was a wash...Is the Lamictal still helping, or has that pooped out some?

Well, I suspect it's doing some good. I feel crappy, but I would probably be in worse shape without it. So it may not have totally "pooped out" per se, I may just be really unhappy and not have enough resilience yet. We'll meet on Friday and see what she thinks.

> BTW, I am much more sensitive to meds as I have gotten older, too. I could take boat loads of stuff with few side effects in my teens. Now, (in my 30's) I can only tolerate microdoses. So I am on small doses of 6 meds, to minimize side effects, but potentiate good effects.

I worry that increasing sensitivity will be so limiting on what I can take that I'll become impossible to treat. That's one reason I really hope Lamictal will be my mainstay - I can tolerate it. What does all this say about how our bodies metabolize chemicals with age? Maybe we are metabolizing more slowly.... As I think about it though, I've also been a much wider range of drugs than I was at first, so I should perhaps expect more problems. Much as I hate having all those bottles lined up on my dresser, I know polypharmacy is the way for me. And the klonopin and neurontin really go along way towards kicking out the anxiety, so I do have a few "keepers".

> You did tell me you are a chemist, didn't you?

Yeah. :) Geared towards the earth sciences though. I'd love to learn more about the pharmacologic properties of all the drugs - I'm impressed by how well some people here have studied all this. But my brain is full just from work. How 'bout you? What is your main area of interest/expertise?


> Well, please take care,
> Chloe




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