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Re: Lamictal side effects

Posted by St. John on May 10, 2004, at 15:27:16

In reply to Re: Lamictal side effects, posted by T_R_D on May 10, 2004, at 13:28:26

Hey, folks. Thanks so much for the responses. A couple of points of clarification are in order. By gastric distress, I meant a generalized feeling that couldn't be tied to any specific symption with regard to my gut. In both cases, the feeling was one of being in a sensory irritation--burning, flaring, hurting, without a node of pain in particular. I was also flatulent in both orafices and constipated. My MD suggested that sometimes the anti-convulsant/mood stabilizing drugs cause this feeling and that it doesn't go away. He described it as an impact on the neural network of the stomach and intestines. In such cases, he felt that the drug was probably impossible to tolerate. I stopped after getting to 75 mg, but after some subsequent time trapped in atypical depression, I decided to give it a more gradual go. After 6 days of 25 mg, the symptoms returned with a vengence. It's Monday afternoon and I haven't eaten anything since Thursday evening. When I threw up Friday about midnight, it was all that I'd eaten since early Thursday, entirely undigested and in the form it'd entered my stomach. I'd guess this means that peristaltic motion had ceased? I don't know.

With regard to the dizziness, I have to be careful about that because of a wonderful little malady called Meniere's syndrome, which summarizes the deterioration of the vestibular system of the inner ear. Fortunately I'm not nearly as affected as some people who are totally bedridden by vertigo, but it ain't fun. My Otologist suggests the smallest atavan underneath the tongue till it dissolves. It has to be name brand because the others don't dissolve, but it works to cure pretty intense dizziness going to vertigo.

Thanks for your responses.




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