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Lamictal nmk

Posted by Barbara Cat on August 5, 2003, at 22:03:16

In reply to Barbara's Back! Barbara Cat, posted by nmk on August 5, 2003, at 15:07:53

Hi Nicole,
Thanks for the welcome back. I'm feeling much better. Don't know why, except for the whim of the chemistry gods.

Lamictal most definitely causes anxiety, especially when starting or increasing. Some don't get jittery, but I did. It's a common topic on this board. It does go away and then you think it's not working anymore because you kinda get used to the extra zip, but it's still doing it's thing in the background. You have to go baby steps slow on it, like 12.5mg a week. This is excrutiating when you're desperate to feel better, but there's no way around it. I'm sure you've heard of the rash, which is very rare, but still a scare. I went up 25mg from 125 to 150 in one week and got the itches like a dog with fleas. Back down to 125 and get occasional prickles but not like poison ivy. The mood is holding too. I even wonder if 150 was a little too strong and set off a hypomania which usually descends into depression. Looking back, I was feeling a tad too bubbly and having too many spiritual epiphanies. Great while it lasts, but it never does.

So, good luck on lam. It's been a good drug for me. And you know how it is. You've got to give it time but if it's not going to work, you'll probably know in a month. Maybe by then they'll come out with that magic bullet we're all waiting for ;-) - Barbara




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