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Re: Lamotrigine works for me- why? Huxley

Posted by Peter S on June 25, 2010, at 17:21:16

In reply to Re: Lamotrigine works for me- why?, posted by Huxley on June 24, 2010, at 0:31:02

> > I have a bizarre (good) reaction to Lamotrigine that doesn't seem to be shared by many people. 3 hours after I take it (only 50mg) I get an anti-depressant effect and increase in energy that lasts for 4- 5 hours, then it fades. I have been using LAM for years in this way- it has been of huge benefit in relation to work and helping me to be "on" when dealing with social and/or stressful situations when normally I would feel like a corpse.
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> > Unfortunately I seem to be able to use it only once a day and I only have that 5 hour period of normalcy. I keep thinking that if I could figure out the mechanism, maybe there are other drugs or ways to augment it to make the effect last longer. Anynoe have any ideas resources?
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> > A side note: In all my med experimentation and my experience with LAM I have realized one thing- Psychopharmacology is not based on science. No one knows why these drugs work or don't work. We are in the dark ages. Trials of SSRIs, tricyclics, or MAOIs does not qualify as real medical treatment- it's throwing darts in the dark.
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> Hi Peter I am in the same situation as you. Almost the same. My boost generally only lasts for one or two hours and it also only works one time a day.
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> It also works at each dose increase and decrese. The positive effects generally lasts for 2-3 days then fades.
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> When it is working it is fantastic. When it is not I feel pretty bad.
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> I have been all the way up to 400mg and tried every possible combination to get it to work consistantly but have never been able to make it last.
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> One of the most jeykl and hide drugs I have taken.

Hi Huxley- Good to hear your experiences. Have you ever considered using Lamictal xr? I'm considering it but it's so expensive! About $11 a pill.


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