Posted by Maxime on March 6, 2005, at 11:36:46
In reply to Trileptal Experiences Opinions, posted by Nixon on March 5, 2005, at 17:59:45
> Just looking for some people with experience on Trileptal. Onset of action time, initial side effects and chronic ones, effectiveness on mania, anxiety and depression. Thanks Everybody. JN
Hi. I am bipolar Type 2, although at one point I was diagnosed Type 1 because I had a psychotic episode. I find it helpful at keeping mixed episodes at bay as well as irritability and rage and hypomania. For full blown mania, I am not sure if it would be sufficient.
Side effects I had at the beginning were dizziness and nausea. They went away quickly. I take it at night. It is weight neutral for most people. And as you probably know it is close to Tegretol in its chemical make-up with only an oxygen atom added on. This is why it has less side effects than Tegretol and less contraindications with other meds you might be taking. It's expensive. It can lower the sodium in your body so if you are already on a low sodium diet you will want to be careful as too low a sodium level can mess up your heart.
I hope this helps.