Posted by Peter S. on September 19, 2012, at 16:02:14
In reply to Lamictal combo for everything?, posted by Sheilac on September 19, 2012, at 6:13:38
As I mentioned above- I only take 50mg- this is the optimal dose for me. Everyone has different chemistry/metabolism and I wouldn't push it if you don't feel comfortable with higher doses.
> My doc is nuts I think. He said since I didn't get the rash after the first month, he wanted me to jump from 50mg up to 150mg for a week, then 200mg the next week. That is a fast jump. I was taking it slow by going up to 75mg, but yesterday after he was gruff with me on the phone I jumped up to 100mg.
> He took me off everything else - Trileptal and lithium.
> I like Lamictal as an antidepressant, but my gums feel weird again (I've tried Lamictal before). Plus, sleep is almost impossible. He can't believe Lamictal is activating for me. He said it should be making me sleepy. I feel like I'm on Adderall.
> I am wondering if I can use a lower dose of Lamictal for antidepressant effects and add back something else to keep me grounded. He wants me to go up to between 200mg - 400mg Lamictal. But this last jump in dose produced weird itchy gums.
> Is it possible to go back to 50mg Lamictal and use lithium and or Trileptal?
> I think, given my history of medication sensitivity, the drastic jump he wants me to do in 2 weeks isn't so good.