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Re: Lamictal rash?? starlight

Posted by SLS on July 20, 2004, at 12:30:20

In reply to Re: Lamictal rash??, posted by starlight on July 20, 2004, at 11:36:51

> I just disagree that it's the best we have to work with. As far as I'm concerned there are newer generation drugs with less side effects and in the end you have to balance it all out and get the most efficient treatment. To me, just because it's the first line of defense doesn't mean it's the only avenue available. After being on it for about 2 weeks, I refused to take it. It felt like poison in my body. I went to my Pdoc, research in hand, on both Trileptal and Lamictal. He was an old school Pdoc that wanted to put me on either Depakote or Lithium, but when I went in with the research in hand, he couldn't argue and I've been stable on those drugs ever since. I've had no weight gain, no clouding of my mind, no feeling like my energy is deadened. Those are very precious things to me - I want to feel stable, but good enough to enjoy my life.
> starlight

This might be a good time to start a thread devoted to the use of mood stabilizers in general. There hasn't been one in a long time, and I don't think that much attention has been paid to Trileptal yet.

I have had bad experiences with Depakote myself, but I think it is important not to generalize to everyone the experiences of the individual to a given treatment. From what I have read and what I have been exposed to, Depakote seems to be the most consistently effective mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder and is generally well tolerated.

It is wonderful that you are experiencing such a great improvement on Trileptal. I might consider trying it myself. If I may ask, what are you being treating for? How has Trileptal improved your condition? Do you think it would be good as a treatment for bipolar depression?

- Scott




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