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Re: Lamictal rash??

Posted by starlight on July 20, 2004, at 14:19:42

In reply to Re: Lamictal rash?? ? starlight, posted by SLS on July 20, 2004, at 12:30:20

I'm being treated for Bipolar II and take a combo of Trileptal and Lamictal, and 75 mgs of Effexor as well, which I love. I have a close friend with Bipolar 1 who was on depakote and gained over 40 pounds on it and that made her even more depressed. Her personality was basically gone and she had no energy, but she had an old school Pdoc who wouldn't even consider the newer meds. She and I talked about my regimen and she found a new Pdoc who took her off of everything, let her withdraw and then started her on a similar combo. She's lost a lot of the weight and her personality has returned. She takes some seroquel in addition, but she is doing so much better than before - back to doing yoga and looking better.

I do a lot of yoga and actually teach it, so I'm very in tune with my body and how it feels, so I could recognize the ill effects of Depakote quickly. I talked with another Pdoc who I work with and he was the one who suggested researching the newer drugs. I'm glad I did.

That's not to say that the drugs I'm on work for everyone - and some people may react better to the depakote than I did. I absolutely refused to take lithium from the start.




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