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Re: Lamictal Serotonin Properties??????? » JohnX2

Posted by Morgana on April 18, 2002, at 23:31:51

In reply to Lamictal Serotonin Properties???????, posted by JohnX2 on April 17, 2002, at 1:43:53


I am very sensitive to all SSRI's. I get all the lovely side effects, the sexual dysfunction one being the worst, but I haven't noticed any seratonin side effects with Lamictal. I take 200-mg 2x day. I'm not sure if that is considered a high dose or not. High for some I'm sure, not enough for others. My fiancé has increased his Lamictal to 300-mg 2x day, and is sensitive to seratonin as well, with no noticeable side effects.

Something new I've learned about Lamictal is that it does not provide a good cap for mania, but is highly effective for rapid cycling. Stanford has come out with new studies re the effectiveness of Lamictal and mania. Very interesting. The woman who runs the group I attend keeps encouraging me to have a good mania capper on hand. I've recently started Verapamil though, and have read that it has been used as a mood stabilizer with some success. Maybe the combination will provide a better 'safety net'.

Hope you're able to find the right cocktail. I know you have been struggling, especially with the Topomax.

Morgana, BPII – Nardil, Lamictal & Verapamil

P.S. I wanted to add that for me, an increase in seratonin seems to help with my headaches and migraines. Not sure how that works exactly, but I'm looking forward to the Nardil kicking in - in about 2-3 weeks. Neurologist says I have to wait a full 6 weeks to notice any benefit when it comes to the migraines.

I'll keep my ear to the ground about recent studies on Lamictal. I have a friend who goes to Stanford and she always has the latest news.




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