Posted by emme on June 13, 2005, at 20:46:13
In reply to Re: Trileptal 600mg, posted by SLS on June 13, 2005, at 15:12:12
Thanks for your input.
> Actually, I think it might be worth discontinuing the memantine briefly to see if it isn't the culprit.
I thought of that, but I don't think my doctor will like that idea b/c it's been so hard to find things that work for my depression. It’s hard for me to believe the microdose I’m taking now is making me a zombie, but anything is possible.
> I think we had a conversation about this earlier in the year. We both reacted to memantine in the same way the second time around - weakness and fatigue.
Yeah, you're right, we did. I'm glad one of us has a memory. :)
> I have not had Lamictal affect me this way - even at 450mg. I just experienced some cognitive impairments.
When I've been on minimal meds, with mostly lamictal and a benzo, it hasn't killed the depression and I've been tired and apathetic. So maybe Lamictal makes me tired in the long run even though it seemed activating at the outset. Either that or the fatigue is caused by depression.
Anyway, my options for adding antidepressant power aren’t great.
My last two tries with Paxil made me terribly irritable or too sedated.
Celexa went south after about 6 weeks.
Lex = apathetic and numb beyond belief.
Wellbutrin: 37.5 did nothing. 75 was awfully stimulating.
(All of these with Lamictal.)
Effexor made me feel sick and increased my pulse hugely, but the dose may have been too high.
My pdoc isn’t keen on me having tricyclics around b/c of their lethality in overdose (plus higher s/e profiles).
MAOIs = my dietary habits would make the diet very difficult.
Selegiline = what appeared to me to be cycling. Much better w/o it.
SSRIs haven’t panned out for the long term, but maybe try prozac anyway?
Provigil = inconsistent response. Sometimes okay, sometimes too stimulating, sometimes does nothing. I keep some on hand.
I have poor prescription coverage (only 50%), so it helps if everything else is either generic or if I can get by with small doses and sample packs.
I gotta get less tired and have more spark and initiative. It's going to hit situation cricital if I don't become more productive.
I’m getting more impatient and less and less willing to put up with side effects. And I complain a lot. :)