Posted by fluffy on October 24, 2003, at 11:52:03
In reply to Lamictal , posted by St. John on October 24, 2003, at 11:05:41
Hi St. John--
I most definitely responded to Lamictal. I was diagnosed bipolar II, though. If I hadn't volunteered more information to my pdoc, I might have been diagnosed unipolar. But I had a really bad reaction to SSRI's which alerted my pdoc to the bipolar II diagnosis.
Have you ever tried any mood stabilizers before? Did your doc try Lithium with an AD? If anything, it might be worth a try. It can't be worse than non-response to AD's or ECT, right?
Lamictal had a very activating response in me. Some people experience agitation. At first, I had a kind of activated tiredness. But it eventually went away. Other than that, no major side effects, except for a bit of a rash which also went away.
And I did clearly have an AD response. But I didn't have a FULL response, so I am augmenting with Trileptal currently to whomp the hypomania and rapid cycling I've had lately.
I've also read about Tegretol or Trileptal being successfully used in treatment resistant depressions.
I hope you feel better soon. I'm in the wasteland as well. Take care, and good luck!
(dx bipolar II, currently in a major depressive episode)
200 mg Lamictal (7months)
1200 mg Trileptal (1 day)
2g fish oil (1 month)
7.5 mg Restoril for sleep (2 months)