Posted by Zo on May 24, 2002, at 17:09:00
In reply to Re: I'm scared to death of Tegretol! Help!, posted by 2sense on May 18, 2002, at 7:46:25
My sense is that Tegretol is Heavy Artillery, and that for many, many years doctors routinely put people on Tegretol, more or less for life, after a single seizure.
For a long time, I don't think there was much else available--not that this isn't atrociously primitive thinking about seizure. But it is a wretched drug, compared to all the newer AEs/mood stabilizers. I remember developing mouth sores with in a week.
Have you looked into any alternatives? And no, I haven't heard of weight gain with Klonopin.
I had some help from Neurontin (in addition to an AD and pstim) but the side effects were difficult--altho it is just about non-toxic, even beneficial--compared to Lamictal, which I'm very happy with. Of course, YMMV.