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Lamictal: How Much Time For Each Dosage Increase?

Posted by TomG on August 3, 2002, at 12:59:09

I am bipolar II and have been on Lamictal 125mg for about three days. This is my only med. Before this I was on 100mg for three weeks. I thought this was a little long to be on this dosage without an increase. In nine days I will go up to 150mg and hold for four weeks. I have no side effects so far and my depression seems to be holding steady instead of getting worse as the day progresses. Although my mood is still bad (no antidepressant effect). How long have you guys on Lamictal remained at one dosage before an increase? Do the antidepressant effects come on suddenly or does it happen gradually? I was taking lithium with this, but I cannot take lithium at any dosage. It seems to cause a worsening of depression and terrible agitation at doses of 600mg and maybe less. I haven't tried. I thought this was an odd reaction to lithium. Lithium worked for me for five days when intially started it. I was 100% symptom free and it just stopped working all of a sudden. After this I started getting the worsening of mood. I suspected a thyroid problem because I know lithium can be associated with hypothyroid. My blood tests for thyroid seem to check out O.K. Any input from Lamictal users would be appreciated or anybody with a similar reaction to lithium.





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