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Re: question for chemist: lamictal and depression Rachel Terese

Posted by chemist on May 4, 2004, at 15:48:11

In reply to Re: question for chemist: lamictal and depression, posted by Rachel Terese on May 4, 2004, at 15:38:48

> I'm taking Klonopin 1/2mg during the day and 1 at night for insomnia. I just talked to my nurse today (I have Kaiser and apparently cannot see a real doctor) and she put me on 10mg paxil to increase to 20mg in a week. I'm also apparently only to stay at 100mg because she doesn't think any higher dosage will help. I told her that Paxil has horrible sexual side effects and withdrawl (used to be up to 80mg/day). She was very abrupt and said she didn't think I had any other options. I know there are hundreds of drugs out there. I just cannot going on feeling this way. I've also lost 5 pounds and am down to 106 (5'5"). Sorry I rambled so much, but am very frustrated... I feel like I'm not being listened to. Thank you so much for your advice.

hi rachel, perhaps it is the paxil that you have had such a bad history with in the past that is the cause of your problems now, in addition to being held at a less-than-therapeutic dose of lamictal...if i were you - this is my opinion, and i am a ph.d., not an m.d. - i would hold the paxil dose low while trying to find another doctor who can ramp you up on lamictal to see if it takes hold. also, you might try doing 0.5 mg of klonopin throughout the day, not loading up too heavy with 1 mg at bedtime....this will reduce the clobberring, if you will, of taking a big dose of klonopin at once and might be adding to your depression...please let me know if i can be of any help, and all the best, chemist


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