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Re: Depression back, med advice? Help gardenergirl

Posted by Racer on October 6, 2005, at 22:39:47

In reply to Re: Depression back, med advice? Help jay, posted by gardenergirl on October 6, 2005, at 22:31:19

My own GI symptoms from Lamictal improved a bit when I started taking it with LactAid -- any chance you're a bit lactase insufficient? Might be worth a try, since Lamictal is known to cause either constipation or diarrhea. It can also cause anorexia (in the basic lack of appetite sense), and sometimes depression, according to my N who looked it up yesterday when I told her about my lack of appetite and food aversions.

The Lamictal has also wiped me out completely. I get up around 7:30, 7:45, and then need a nap by about 11. Then I get up, putter around, and need another nap by 2 or 3 in the afternoon. And then fall asleep climbing the stairs to bed around 11PM. I think I'm up for about four hours at a time, then have to sleep. (Then again, I'm also having nightmares, waking in the night, and even though I usually get right back to sleep, that's still not good quality sleep.)

While you know how little I know about MAOIs, I'd say it's worth taking to your pdoc about switching to Parnate. It has less chance of weight gain, which is a plus, and the Nardil has not been especially consistent for you. Maybe you'd be able to maintain Parnate at a dose that would be more consistently effective for you.

I'm sorry you're feeling croupy. I hope you feel better soon.




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