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Re:Lamictal and dryness. Emme

Posted by Chloe on May 7, 2002, at 17:42:09

In reply to Re: Help - yet another thread on Lamictal dosing. Chloe, posted by Emme on May 7, 2002, at 7:59:33

> P.S. Chloe. My hair seems a little drier and my scalp a little itchy. Nothing horrible. But if you've settled on something good for your scalp I'd love to hear about it.
> thanx,
> Emme

Hi Emme,
Yes, as I recall Lamictal was quite drying to my skin. That was one of the reasons why I couldn't tolerate it.
Just so you know, I have tried every dandruff shampoo, every shampoo for dry hair, etc that you can find in a pharmacy. I think they are all the same. They just dry your hair and scalp more.

What works for me, I found at my natural food coop. It's a mild NON medicated tea tree oil shampoo. Tea tree oil is very good for itching and dry flakes. But some formulas are very harsh, you can tell by smelling them! The brand I found that cleared up my dry flakes is "Nature's Gate" Rainwater herbal tea tree shampoo. It's very mild but does the job.

If you are having itchy dry skin, some people swear by the Aveeno oatmeal baths. They can be relaxing too!

Lastly, I will plug the essential fatty acids. It does take 2-4 months to see an marked improvement. But the wait is worth it. My lackluster, brittle hair is now bouncy and shiny with 1-2 tbs of FSO/day. And I can wash it more than once in a blue moon without severe scalp pain! I think these drugs, particularly the AED's strip the body of some nutrients and body oils. A good vitamin/mineral supp. is always a good idea, too. Hey, another pill to swallow! :-O





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