Posted by emme on June 13, 2005, at 10:24:02
In reply to Re: Trileptal 600mg » emme, posted by SLS on June 13, 2005, at 7:46:26
> > Apathy and flatness are bad things.
> > Apathy has really done a number on my quality of life (or lack of one).
> That really sucks. Abilify helps me with motivation..... Amotivation and anergia can combine to allow one's life to become very disorganized and in disarray. Over time, it becomes unmanageable.
Yeah, I wonder how many pdocs really appreciate this. I'm lucky. I don't think mine knows how it feels directly, but at least she knows it's a problem we need to fix.
I've taken Abilify before. It was great at first, but after a while it faded out and it made me pretty antsy. Maybe I should consider trying it again.
> > I forget - how long have you been on the 600 mg?
> About a week. How impatient is that!
Well, a week can seem like an eternity when you ain't gettin' nothin' done!
> > Do you feel like you've been at 600 mg long enough for things to settle in and for you to have achieved the full effect?
To be honest, I don't know how long it typically takes to really get up to speed with this one. Can you ride out a few more days with it?
> I guess I'm just obsessed with feeling well. It's a vice of mine. :-)
I think we should shoot high. What's the sense of a partial recovery if we can't be fully alive? But then I've been accused of not being willing to scale back my expectations or accept limitations even though I've been pretty debilitated. Hmph.
Now, about my contuining tiredness. I'm down to 150 mg Lamictal and 1.25 mg memantine. I feel less drugged on the lower doses, but I'm still very very floppy and don't have any initiative. I can't decide if it's the Lamictal making me tired all this time. It had seemed activating when I first started it and I sleep less at night on it. I may just still have fatigue as a symptom of depression. I'm at a loss. Have you found that Lamictal makes you tired?
I know there are options to counteract fatigue, but I have to be very careful with stimulating drugs b/c I get pushed into anxiety and overstimulation very easily.