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Re: lamictal questions

Posted by HenryO on October 15, 2003, at 1:32:09

In reply to lamictal questions , posted by linnette on October 15, 2003, at 0:15:54

I am not going to claim to have any special knowledge. I am just going to surmise based on my experience.

Your doctor thinks the bipolar II meds made you depressed?

I want to make sure I understand your terms, AD, anit-depresant medication?

I'd persevere with the Lamictal. For me there was a long period of waiting to get up to a therapeutic dose. I take 200mg daily and it has been the best AD/mood stabilizer I've ever taken.

At 225 I don't sleep that well and at 175 it doesn't work as well. I see people here taking twice that though. And of course you need to be so patient moving up the dose.

I like your idea of lowering the Zoloft dose slowly and prudently but I'd try to taper off it eventually. I don't know about interactions but I have learned to trust my gut. Certain meds made me feel truly strange. Some people like Zoloft.

I would also keep the Xanax handy and use it to tide you over while you dial in the Lamictal dose. I went through hell (emotional pain) for weeks after my cocktail washed out of my system and the Lamictal wasn't working yet. These multi med cocktails just make me a bit nervous. I took one for several years but I feel more secure on a single med with one or two on the shelf for when (or if) the bottoms drops out.

This whole process takes way to long. I want to encourage you to be hopeful about the Lamictal. I have seen people post here about Lamictal poop-out, but that has not been my experience. I have had great success with it.




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