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Re: Lamictal, EMSAM, and CBT - Doing pretty well

Posted by gibber on October 15, 2006, at 19:59:43

In reply to Re: Lamictal, EMSAM, and CBT - Doing pretty well, posted by jealibeanz on October 15, 2006, at 15:42:24

I'll try and answer the questions above. My diagnosis is probably dysthmia/moderate depression. Years ago I had some bad social anxiety. Surprisingly I have had absolutely no side effects from either EMSAM or Lamictal. Like I said in my first post, the higher dose of EMSAM made me feel faint when I stood up and made me tired. I get free doctors visits and meds from a local hospital so I don't pay for lamitcal and I get samples of the patch from my doctor. As far as I can tell lamitcal is outrageously expensive. The pharmacy doesn't give me a reciept, but I peeked over the counter and I thought I saw $3500 for a months supply @ 100mg a day. Unf&*%ing believable!!! It's hard to say what is contributing the most to my health. I know much of it is from lamictal, there could be synergistic effect of the patch and lamictal. The CBT has just made me very aware of how I interpret stimuli around me. I realized through CBT that I was creating all these squewed perceptions of myself and other people because of a 'core belief' of inadequacy. It's made me realize that not everything I think is actually real and I stop negative thinking sooner. I can't say that one therapy really helped...all I can say is DO EVERYTHING! By the way I had tried about dozen medications before this regime, not to mention all the alternative stuff. cheers,

> Cool! haha:)
> It's always good to hear another success story, of any type. I'm glad your doing well. What's your diagnosis? Have you noticed any side effects from EMSAM (weight gain, insomnia, anxiety)? Sorry, I know I ask this constantly, but they are concerns of mine. I know we can't trust what companies say, especially at this point. It's good to hear first hand experiences. Take care!




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