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Lamotrigine (trade name Lamictal) for depression becksA

Posted by Fi on October 14, 2004, at 15:41:55

In reply to Lamictal - about to start. Experiences please, posted by becksA on October 11, 2004, at 9:53:34

Its being used as a 'mood stabiliser'recently. Its been around before that (as an epilepsy treatment).

I was put on it apparently it has been helpful for the kind of depression I get- short regular bouts. Its really important to build up to the main dosage, not start at it once- your doctor or pharmacist should explain that. Also to decrease it gradually.

I dont know how much it has helped me, as my episodes of depression have no pattern. I have probably had less episodes, tho.

There are a lot of possible side effects listed in the BNF (UK medicines info book), but I havent had any at all. Its particularly important to quickly tell a doctor about any rash you get, I think especially in the first couple of weeks. Most rashes are minor, but there can be some really serious ones. But I got the impression that this isnt something the doctors I saw have ever actually seen happen, so it sounds like something serious but unusual.

I've had more problems/side effects with SSRIs (tho not bad ones).

Good luck, whatever you decide.

Fi


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