Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 1094060

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Lamictal dry mouth

Posted by Clearskies on July 7, 2017, at 0:15:34

I'm back on Lamictal after a multi year break while I futzed around with other meds. I remember the metallic taste in my mouth, but where did this Cotton Mouth come from, and does it subside?
I'm not looking forward to my next dental appointment.

 

Re: Lamictal dry mouth Clearskies

Posted by SLS on July 7, 2017, at 6:05:56

In reply to Lamictal dry mouth, posted by Clearskies on July 7, 2017, at 0:15:34

> I'm back on Lamictal after a multi year break while I futzed around with other meds. I remember the metallic taste in my mouth, but where did this Cotton Mouth come from, and does it subside?
> I'm not looking forward to my next dental appointment.

If no one else offers and adequate explanation, I have a kind of weird one. I suggest that some people experience a short period of dry mouth (xerostomia) when they begin to feel better or begin to feel worse. It may be a transitional state. This might be an effect on the automomic nervous system. Do you also experience heart palpitations, dizziness, tremors, blurred vision, sensitivity to light (photophobia), teeth grinding, or constipation? This could happen with several, not just Lamictal.

I could be way off. I would appreciate it if you were to list your dosage of Lamictal, how long you have been taking it, and other side effects you are noticing.


- Scott

 

Re: Lamictal dry mouth SLS

Posted by Clearskies on July 7, 2017, at 8:21:04

In reply to Re: Lamictal dry mouth Clearskies, posted by SLS on July 7, 2017, at 6:05:56

> > I'm back on Lamictal after a multi year break while I futzed around with other meds. I remember the metallic taste in my mouth, but where did this Cotton Mouth come from, and does it subside?
> > I'm not looking forward to my next dental appointment.
>
> If no one else offers and adequate explanation, I have a kind of weird one. I suggest that some people experience a short period of dry mouth (xerostomia) when they begin to feel better or begin to feel worse. It may be a transitional state. This might be an effect on the automomic nervous system. Do you also experience heart palpitations, dizziness, tremors, blurred vision, sensitivity to light (photophobia), teeth grinding, or constipation? This could happen with several, not just Lamictal.
>
> I could be way off. I would appreciate it if you were to list your dosage of Lamictal, how long you have been taking it, and other side effects you are noticing.
>
>
> - Scott

Hi Scott, and thanks for jumping in. I started at 100mg on July 1. Beside the dry mrouth I'm experiencing some tremors.

CS

 

Re: Lamictal dry mouth

Posted by PeterMartin on July 8, 2017, at 4:35:58

In reply to Re: Lamictal dry mouth SLS, posted by Clearskies on July 7, 2017, at 8:21:04

Would you mind saying what generic maker of Lamictal you are taking? I know the FDA insists the bioavailability of the generics are the same but I've tried a number of different generics and there are big differences.

I've been on Lamictal for 10yrs (started w the brand sample kit). The generic brans that seems to be best for me is Teva (Walgreens in the us tends to stock it by default). Zydus (CVS by me) was ineffective and I had different side effects. I've read a lot of complaints elsewhere. Same with "North Star".

Are you taking the same generic as last time when it worked and you didn't have dry mouth? If not maybe consider filling your next prescription at a different pharmacy or request they order you a different brand if possible.

I don't really have any issues w dry mouth but everyone different.

 

Re: Lamictal dry mouth PeterMartin

Posted by SLS on July 8, 2017, at 6:28:05

In reply to Re: Lamictal dry mouth, posted by PeterMartin on July 8, 2017, at 4:35:58

> Would you mind saying what generic maker of Lamictal you are taking? I know the FDA insists the bioavailability of the generics are the same but I've tried a number of different generics and there are big differences.

Lamotrigine is one drug in particular that is problematic when it comes to generic products. It is a common complaint that they do not produce equal results. I'm not sure why. I get Lamictal name-brand because I appealed to the insurance company stating that I had tried two different generics that I did not respond to adequately. Teva was better than Mylan. When I switched to Teva from Lamictal, it may have taken as long as a week to relapse. I relapsed more quickly with Mylan. If you can't find another generic that works, and are prevented from taking the Lamictal name brand, I would consider taking Teva, but increasing the dosage.


- Scott

 

Re: Lamictal dry mouth

Posted by PeterMartin on July 9, 2017, at 10:02:52

In reply to Re: Lamictal dry mouth PeterMartin, posted by SLS on July 8, 2017, at 6:28:05

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> Lamotrigine is one drug in particular that is problematic when it comes to generic products. It is a common complaint that they do not produce equal results. I'm not sure why. I get Lamictal name-brand because I appealed to the insurance company stating that I had tried two different generics that I did not respond to adequately. Teva was better than Mylan. When I switched to Teva from Lamictal, it may have taken as long as a week to relapse. I relapsed more quickly with Mylan. If you can't find another generic that works, and are prevented from taking the Lamictal name brand, I would consider taking Teva, but increasing the dosage.
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> - Scott
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Right on. I'm jealous you can get brand. My insurance wouldnt. I just think the mention of big differences between generics (and maybe brand but haven't been on it in so long) doesnt get mentioned enough. I'm sure some quit the med when a proper generic could have been very helpful.

I so think the new revelation that folic acid counteracts the effects of Lamictal needs to be mentioned more. (Deplin included). I was on Reddit the other day in bipolar group and someone was PROMOTING taking folic acid with Lamictal. Said it helped their cognitive side effects. Lots of up votes like oh wow I'm gonna try. Well sure it'll help side effects if it makes the drug ineffective.

 

Re: Lamictal dry mouth Clearskies

Posted by beckett2 on August 2, 2017, at 3:16:34

In reply to Lamictal dry mouth, posted by Clearskies on July 7, 2017, at 0:15:34

Xylitol spray and gum. Keep a spray bedside. Night is the worst for dry mouth I find, and early morning.

 

Re: Lamictal dry mouth PeterMartin

Posted by porkpiehat on October 17, 2017, at 12:43:35

In reply to Re: Lamictal dry mouth, posted by PeterMartin on July 9, 2017, at 10:02:52

> >
> > Lamotrigine is one drug in particular that is problematic when it comes to generic products. It is a common complaint that they do not produce equal results. I'm not sure why. I get Lamictal name-brand because I appealed to the insurance company stating that I had tried two different generics that I did not respond to adequately. Teva was better than Mylan. When I switched to Teva from Lamictal, it may have taken as long as a week to relapse. I relapsed more quickly with Mylan. If you can't find another generic that works, and are prevented from taking the Lamictal name brand, I would consider taking Teva, but increasing the dosage.
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> >
> > - Scott
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> Right on. I'm jealous you can get brand. My insurance wouldnt. I just think the mention of big differences between generics (and maybe brand but haven't been on it in so long) doesnt get mentioned enough. I'm sure some quit the med when a proper generic could have been very helpful.
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> I so think the new revelation that folic acid counteracts the effects of Lamictal needs to be mentioned more. (Deplin included). I was on Reddit the other day in bipolar group and someone was PROMOTING taking folic acid with Lamictal. Said it helped their cognitive side effects. Lots of up votes like oh wow I'm gonna try. Well sure it'll help side effects if it makes the drug ineffective.
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Interesting. I found Teva and brand name to be comparable but have similiar, almost intolerable side effects (cognition, sleep, muscle spasms, etc) But the mylan (or white) brand those symptoms disappear but BAM did I become suicidally depressed and up and down a week after the switch. It took me a while to figure out what was wrong with me. When I suggested it to my pdoc he said it was impossible.

Anywho my new doctor (a nurse practitioner fresh off the truck) said I should add deplin for my lamictal side effects. I sent him an email mentioning the study about folate interfering and he has ignored it.

I was fully planning on increasing lamictal for mood with the deplin but I'm on hold now.


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