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Re: Lamictal rash. No prob with care Barbara Cat

Posted by katia on July 28, 2003, at 14:28:08

In reply to Lamictal rash. No prob with care katia, posted by Barbara Cat on July 28, 2003, at 11:00:54

Thanks Barbara,
I need to hear this. So in the meantime, I've also talked to my pdoc. He is just quoting statistics, which is again, rare for that deadly rash to occur. But, it can also occur with Depakote, right? So I'm not surewhat to do, esp. b/c Dep. and Lam. might not be able to work together.
I do trust him, but I also trust myself and this board. I do have to remember his is the one who studied this stuff for years. And his reasoning to start with Depakote is that it's "tried and true" as a pretty good mood stabilizer. And that his rationale is this will hopefully even out the "ups" so that I won't crash into the "downs". and that to see this result takes at least the length of a cycle. He works a lot with bipolar people and is pretty well known and respected. (i've been dxed as BP NOS - falling somewhere in between mixed and II).
and I can't help but feel my intuition is telling me to start on the Lamictal first. He suggested that I just start with the Dep. and see if I can even tolerate it, i.e. do I crash into severe depression within a week, am I too nauseous, do I gain weight, etc. and if I can, then we'll see if it works for me or not by I guess, waiting out a cycle. Problem is don't really know what a cycle is for me as I'm just plain moody as hell, mainly with the down. I am always taking the bull by the horns and making my own decisions disregarding real professional opinions even and I'm thinking maybe this time, listen to him first and then take the bull by the horns?
Oh, by the way, I don't have insurance and I get my meds from Canada and this pharmacy there doesn't have the ER version yet.


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