Posted by 4WD on January 18, 2006, at 21:42:24
In reply to Re: Med-induced hypomania? Crazy and hopeless » 4WD, posted by detroitpistons on January 18, 2006, at 9:01:59
I'm really glad you're feeling the Lamictal. It worked a lot quicker for me than they say to expect. It was, as you said, very subtle, and so maybe when you get up to the higher dose, it will be more noticeable.
I went through that whole insomnia thing, too. I'd always had some trouble falling asleep and then discovered Ativan. I was supposed to be taking it t.i.d. but I discovered that if I saved it all up and took it all at night I could sleep beautifully. For a couple of months. Then I had to up the dosage. And again. By the end of about 12 years, I was taking 10mg at night and still couldn't sleep at all. It was horrible. It took me a couple of years to get over that (I stopped it cold turkey and it was hell).
I continued to have falling asleep problems the whole time I was on Prozac (9 years) but it got a little better when I switched to Effexor. Then last fall when I went on Cymbalta, within 2 weeks, my insomnia disappeared. Just went away. I could fall asleep in minutes at night. I could even take a nap. It was one of the greatest gifts I've ever received. I was so afraid to quit taking the Cymbalta (it wasn't working for depression or anxiety very well and I had to find something better) because I was terrified the insomnia would come back. When I went off it I did have some mild insomnia for a day or two but now, over a year later, I still fall asleep easily without meds. I think the Cymbalta did something to my brain - reset it or something. I'm not going to try and figure it out. I'm just grateful for it.
Now if I could just keep from waking up an hour too early in the morning. Can't have everything, I guess.