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Re: lamotrigine

Posted by fattoush on November 27, 2009, at 10:20:11

In reply to Re: lamotrigine fattoush, posted by SLS on November 27, 2009, at 9:55:53

> > What might be a moderate amount of Topamax?
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> I was thinking 100mg.
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> > It does wonders on my migraines. However, aside from what for peole like us are typically acceptable side effects, twitches, losing words, jitteriness, etc.. it makes me depressed. At higher than 50 mgs, I entertain death wishes, at 75 mgs they graduate to plans, at 100 mgs, I was admitted to the psych ward. This happened twice, even under supervision, and with an AD on board. You have no idea though how I'd love a small dose of Tope with something that could offset the depression and that I could take to prevent my in and of themselves suicidal headaches. I am bipolar II, so ADs scare the hell out of me. I already take Lithium at 450 mgs.
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> Lithium is not considered to be particularly effective for treating bipolar II. Even so, a dosage of 450mg would be too low. I believe lithium can make migraine worse. You might consider using Depakote instead.
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> What happens when you get manic?
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> Which antidepressants trigger mania?
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>
> - Scott
>
>
My mania had never exhibited itself before I took anti-depressants. On the SSRIs, I get that super uncomfortable inner agitation all day, so much that I'm afraid I might press too far too fast on the gas pedal. On SNRI and on EMSAM, I was a riot. I was buying sunglasses by the dozen and having sex with a dozen men a week.
All I've read seems to support the notion that Lithium is being used even as monotherapy for depression. I can't take higher, shortness of breath.
Depakote would be good for both my migraines and my bipolar, but I won't gain 5 pounds a month for as long as you're on it. This is an experience I went through twice and rather die instead. Plus, it's supposed to be better on mania.
Thanks.


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