Posted by Sobriquet Style on March 17, 2006, at 11:52:49
In reply to Re: Never thought I'd hear this..... » Sobriquet Style, posted by detroitpistons on March 17, 2006, at 11:22:58
>I've been taking Lamictal along with Effexor, and I don't feel flat at all. Perhaps this is just because the Lamictal didn't completely eliminate the hypomania, and I'm still in an "up" phase.
Sounds better than being left in a down phase :-)
I think you're probably right about Lamictal and the hypomania, Lamotrigine seems rare in the case that it is effectively good for treating depression and in some respects is therefore seen as an antidepressant rather than a mood stabilizer as its rarely effective (if at all) for acute mania and in some cases it doesn't look that good for preventing mania. That said bipolar depression is a disgusting depression to say the least, so its a great tool to fight it.
I'm currently taking Lamictal myself, it kind of feels more like an antidepressant to me compared to a mood stabilizer. It does stabilize, but I wouldn't say I feel protected from the high's too much and it appears to increase anxiety related symptoms. I'm only taking 12.5mg because when I push the dosage up it makes me feel pretty uncomfortable.