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oops...mistake on amount of Ambien--BCat and Katia

Posted by malthus on July 31, 2004, at 11:55:25

In reply to Re: Bcat and Katia posts and lamictal Malthus, posted by BarbaraCat on July 30, 2004, at 14:37:49

Hi BC and K:

Thanks for your reply. I meant to say I was given 5 mg. of Ambien (not 25 mg. what was I thinking when I wrote that?!), 1 tablet at night for insomnia. When I told Dr. G. that it wasn't helping she said that I shouldn't go any higher than 10 mg. but felt it was better to try something new, Ativan, 0.5 mg., cut it in half at bedtime,take that but have the other half on my nightstand to take if I can't sleep. (She's quite conservative with benzos, which I guess Ativan is). Also, I feel that Lamictal has made me crave caffeine more than usual; are you aware of this side effect? It made me feel a bit hypo, so I cut down on the caffeine and now feel a bit more normal. Dr. doesn't want to increase me on Lam. (presently at 75mg which is nowhere near therapeutic dosing) until next week to tease out if it's the caffeine or the Lam. that's making me feel hypo. Sometimes I feel like a human pincushion considering all the different drugs I've had to try over the past 10 months, but Lam. seems to keep me from feeling so down that I become suicidal.

I feel so supported here and thank you both for your posts to me. Malthus




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